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I recently upgraded to an aftermarket radio in my pickup, now I'm upgrading my speakers (from stock.) Can I use the wiring that went to the old speaker, or do I need to run new speaker wire from my radio to my speakers?
 

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If you are running them from the head unit, i.e not with an amp, wire them with the original wires. theres no problem with that. You may even be able to get a wiring kit so that you dont even need to cut any wires to get them to fit. What type of truck is it?
 

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It's a Dodge RAM 1500 (94'). Since it's pretty old, I think I will end up cutting the wires, but I'm pretty confident that I will be able to do that without screwing up. *crosses fingers*<br />
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I bet you can get a kit for it, and with a proper frame to fit the speaker in too, into the door.<br />
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Hope this <a href="http://search.stores.ebay.com/Speaker-Adapters_dodge-ram_W0QQfciZQ2d1QQfclZ3QQfsnZSpeakerQ20AdaptersQQfsooZ1QQfsopZ1QQftsZ2QQsaselZ36858086QQsofpZ0" target="_blank">Link</a> works
 

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OK, I went to wire it, and now I have a new question. (Trust me - I'm a big-time auto newb. <G>) Which wire is positive - the green one, or the red-and-brown one? I tried a volt-meter, but that didn't pick up anything at all.<br />
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EDIT: the speakers are the same size and shape, so I won't need a frame.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">OK, I went to wire it, and now I have a new question. (Trust me - I'm a big-time auto newb. <G>) Which wire is positive - the green one, or the red-and-brown one? I tried a volt-meter, but that didn't pick up anything at all.<br />
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</div>Not sure on the + and - connectios but if i recall the volts going to the speakers/subs is AC not DC. So if you were trying to measure the volts on the multi meter when set to DC thats why you didnt get anything.
 

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The red and brown one is negative, the green one will be pos.<br />
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<a href="http://www.installdr.com/Harnesses/DCP-Wiring.pdf" target="_blank">-Link-</a>
 

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OK, thanks. And yes, <G> I was trying to test with DC.<br />
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I'll post back when I finish it.
 

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OK, now I'm confused. On the passenger side, the color-coding is different. There's a purple wire, and a blue-and-red wire. Can I assume that the purple wire is positive?
 

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If your talking just the wires that go from the head unit to the speakers, yes you can use the old ones. But you will most likely need to buy a harness kit for it so the speakers will connect to the aftermarket head unit.<br><br>
I personally like to run my own wires in the vehicle, and not even use a harness. I feel hard wired systems just work better, and you feel better about it knowing that everything is top notch... if you choose to make it that way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Lol yes the purple wire is positive, look at the link. The wires are diffrent so that you know where each goes to the diffrent sides of the car.
 

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OK, thanks. (Sorry, I didn't even see that you had posted a link. *smacks head on wall*)
 

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Its all good man, you got it running? it sound good?
 
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