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Old December 8th, 2012, 02:52 PM
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Radio wire colors in ROW

I searched the threads for wire colors and found some good info but for NAS trucks.
Does anyone know for example if the wire colors are the same in all years ROW/NAS?
Is yellow still the remote power wire?
What color is for the backlighting?
My truck was rebuilt, but is a 1987. Needless to say, my truck had no amps or even a radio install from the factory, but it does have a tired old JVC head unit that's going in the trash ASAP.

Any links to wire diagrams would also be helpful. But most importantly, looking for wire colors for ROW radio installation.
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Old December 8th, 2012, 03:56 PM
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I had a similar thought with no stereo or speakers in the truck. Instead of reusing the old worn out wires, I decided to rewire all new coming from a separate fuse box I installed under the drivers seat. Worked great and was quick and neat solution.
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I'd just say rewire it, as you know these things aren't complicated and it will give you a base incase you ever want to change the radio again/
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I have a ROW 90. White was ignition and brown was constant. You will need both of these for your stereo. You really don't need a harness if you have done any electrical work in the past.

Yours may be different...I would use an electrical tester to be 100%.
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When I say ignition, I mean the accessory part of the ignition.
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When I say ignition, I mean the accessory part of the ignition.
Perfect! Thanks.
I'll start there. Really only need to know the ACC wire. I plan on running new leads for the rest.
My stereo install book says that you must have an ACC connection.
I'll start looking for white.
I can grab constant power from the clock I suppose (that's gotta be a minimal draw anyway)

EDIT: I just checked. No White wires at all up at radio harness in center of dash. a few greens (one w/ brown tracer), a red and some blacks. No white. I have a voltage tester which will tell me what I need to know, but was sort of assuming that the accessory lead may have been clipped or non-existent.
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