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Old September 28th, 2014, 11:17 AM
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Defender Stereo and Wiring

I have a 1994 Defender with the original stereo removed. I want to put in a new deck into my Tuffy cubby but would rather not butcher all the wiring. Are there stereos that just plug in to the stock harnesses or do I need a converter. Finally does anyone have a decent stock LR deck resonable that I can just plug in. I want this to be a quick, simple and cheap project.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 11:47 AM
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I have a 1994 Defender with the original stereo removed. I want to put in a new deck into my Tuffy cubby but would rather not butcher all the wiring. Are there stereos that just plug in to the stock harnesses or do I need a converter. Finally does anyone have a decent stock LR deck resonable that I can just plug in. I want this to be a quick, simple and cheap project.
You have the wrong vehicle fo quick simple and cheap projects.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 12:02 PM
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There is a good thread already on this.. Use the search function..
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Finaly had to go out and buy a new stereo. This will require splicing the wiring. I have searched but not found the wiring diagram for the stock stereo plugs. Can someone point me in the correct direction?

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Old February 14th, 2015, 05:58 PM
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So I'm assuming you're not a big stereo music lover if you were originally hoping for a direct replacement to the 20 year old crap that LR originally fit.
It's a simple single din unit that just needs modern circuitry. It's really not that hard but given the 10000's of guys that do just this all day everyday, if you aren't sure just pay someone $50 and get whatever unit satisfies your needs.
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The basic tape unit that came with mine only get's one station here in North Jersey and that's the new Country station so for right now, I am good...
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Do a search. Many years ago I swapped out my stereo in my 97 Defender and used a VW adaptor plug. It will save you from cutting into your wiring.
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Metra makes adapter harnesses. Plug and play for the most part.

I actually just put in a brand new Kenwood today for my Rover Project. I don't know why I waited so long, what a massive improvement.
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Thanks all. Decided to forgo any adapters and just click her in. No sound yet but I have one wire left from the vehicle, that is, the red wire with black strip which after searching the net is called "light switched".
I also have wire fom the stereo, labelled system remote control. It would not seem logical to attach these two - any ideas?

Finally the antenna has not yet gone up yet, any ideas which power source is likely to do this.
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Thanks all. Decided to forgo any adapters and just click her in. No sound yet but I have one wire left from the vehicle, that is, the red wire with black strip which after searching the net is called "light switched". I also have wire fom the stereo, labelled system remote control. It would not seem logical to attach these two - any ideas? Finally the antenna has not yet gone up yet, any ideas which power source is likely to do this.
Normally the light control wire will go to the illumination input on the stereo.

System remote control could either be the steering wheel controls, or a remote turn in signal for an amplifier. Do you not have the manual for the stereo you are putting in?
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Antenna remote wire is usually a blue wire..it gives power when the stereo is turned on and cuts power when turned off..the remote wire will do the same thing..they both have the same functions and one will do for the other.. The light switched wire is wired I to your dash lights wiring.. It will either dim the radio panel when lights are turned on or it will illuminate the panel when lights turned on...
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Thanks all. Finally the antenna has not yet gone up yet, any ideas which power source is likely to do this.

WAAAIIITTTT a minute...

These antennas are supposed to go up and down with the radio being switched on and off??!!!!

Get outta here!! Seriously????
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WAAAIIITTTT a minute...

These antennas are supposed to go up and down with the radio being switched on and off??!!!!

Get outta here!! Seriously????
Only if you've got an electric one..
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Only if you've got an electric one..
Well, they didn't come like that from factory I'm assuming. Not even an option?

Had me worried for a sec...
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