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How do you install a stereo into a 1992 Chevy Silverado?

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July 12, 2014 8:25PM

I found help with the color-coded wiring for my 1992 Silverado

at the site in the Related Links.

For 1992 k1500

-Remove old radio above Temperate controls.

-Remove Tape deck/vent housing.

-Reach or fish factory wire harness and antenna from where the

old radio unit was and bring it to where the old tape deck was.

-Connect the new wire harness and antenna extender to the old

one coming from where the tape deck used to be.

-Connect wires from harness to wires on your CD player harness

or other unit (usually color coded)

-Connect antenna.

-Turn on make sure everything works.

-Install Pocket above temp controls.

-Install after market vent/CD mount


Basically stereo installation is the same for almost any


There are 3 main wires you need to worry about in addition to

the speaker wires...

Stereo side: -Red = Main 12V supply to radio, gets connected to

the red wire. This is switched on/off by the ignition with the key.

-Black = Ground wire typically goes to black wire on Car side

-Yellow = This is a constand low power 12V connection that keeps

presets and time while ignition is off

Car side: Typically the late model cars/trucks have wire

harnesses that have molex connectors that fit the factory stereo.

You can either go to your local electronics store/stereo store and

get a wire harness kit for your make/model. This will plug right

into the factory connector and have loos, clearly marked wires out

the other side that connect directly to your stereo.

Hope that helps!

i have a 94 and if they are the same then you have to plug the

wiring harness into the "brain" below the dash if you are good with

pulling wires then it should go fairly smoothly.

red and red together yellow and yellow together speaker wires

youre done

This is the same as i just posted for the 1990, they years didnt


First off, if you want to do it yourself here is a list of what

you have to have:

* CD Player

* You need the plastic piece that replaces the vents and small

cubby hole in the center of your dash, this will be the new

loaction of your CD player, it will have an opening in the where

the cubby hole used to be that the CD player will fit in. (can be

found at any electronics store)

* Wiring Connector (can be bought at walmart or any car audio


* You will also need an antenna adapter (it should come with the

wiring connector, but it might not.

  • There is a piece that fills the hole of the old stereo that is

    highly recommended but not required just depends if you care if

    there is a large gapping hole in your dash

    To Install it: 1st reach under the dash and look for a silver

    (looks almost like an amp) box with a wired plug coming out of the

    bottom. These are all of the wires that go to your factory stereo.

    after unplugging it you can easily remove the factory stereo.

    Remove the silver box, there is only 1 screw holding it in and

    it is directly on the bottom. After you remove it, there will be a

    connector on the top of it which will plug into your Wiring

    Connector that you should have bought earlier. The antenna wire

    also plugs into the top of this silver box. After all this the

    factory stereo should be completely un-installed (no cutting of any

    wires should have been required)

    Next you should take off the piece of plastic that contains the

    center vents and cubby hole. It is easy to pry with the glove box

    door open. There are 2 bottom clips that are to be pryed out and

    the top 2 slide out the bottom. Now you can reroute the set of

    wires and the antenna wire to the new location of the stereo, this

    may be kind of tough. Take the Wiring connector you bought and the

    wiring connector that came with the stereo and crimp all the

    appropriate wires together using splice connectors and a crimping

    tool...they should be the same color, but check the instructions

    that came with the CD player and wiring connector to be sure. After

    that the connections should slide togethor and the CD player should

    turn on with the key on. The rest you should be able to figure out

    since it is only mounting the CD player in the new plastic piece

    which is very straight forward.

    You will have a hole where the factory stereo used to be, stores

    like crutchfield and other audio shops have a piece that fits in

    there as a cubby hole.

    All of the things needed for this project can be bought at, you might be able to get all of it from stores

    like best buy, or walmart. A friend and I just did this last night

    and we bought everything from walmart, however they didnt have the

    piece where the old stereo used to be.

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