Self Installation in 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > General Interest > Car Audio
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Gallery Wiki Blogs Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 4th January 2009, 01:18 AM   #1
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Question Self Installation in 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass

So I know a fair amount about electronics, but apparently not enough to install a stereo in my car properly. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!

The story so far:

I own a 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. It had stock Delco speakers (two 6" [I think it's 6"] speakers up front with two tweeters, and two 6x9's in the back behind the backseat headrests), and I set out to replace the deck and then the speakers.

The deck:

Stock deck in the car, so I removed it to put in a newer stereo deck, which is a JVC KD-AR200, 200W CD player and tuner. I got the kit for the deck to fit my car (which is something like a DDR2 - the double-tall kind), and that fits fine. I got the harness for it, and so now the tiny black pinset goes to the JVC and large blue pinset goes to the innards of the car. I read up on the wiring of everything, and soldered each wire and closed it with shrink tubing. The main problem is that I ended up with three extra wires from the car harness. One is orange (w/ white stripe) and says positive dimmer. One is dark blue with stripe and says amp turn-on. The third is black with a stripe and says amp ground. I asked around and heard from one or two people something about needing to bypass the in-car amplifier (after hooking up the new deck, power goes to it and is turned on, but won't play music through the speakers). I don't know if it makes a difference, but there are steering wheel controls that apparently go through the heat/AC unit and then to the stereo (I had wondered if the extra wires could correspond to something having to do with that).

I also want to install a single sub (already in a box). Now I didn't think that I needed an amplifier for just the deck, and thought that I would be able to put that in after soldering the harness wires without the amp. I do have an amplifier - it's a Majestic MA 760C amp, 200 watts. It says it is bridgeable. Now, I had it tested and they said one of the four terminals (can't remember which) is broken, but if it is used bridged, then it works fine. However, I haven't even gotten to the point to try to use it yet.

So there's the info. I can't get past these extra wires thing, because that seems to be the main problem for the deck not working when I put it in. If anyone has any answers, let me know!

After I get this figured out, then I'll move on to the amp and sub and replacing the 6x9's, but the deck is the priority.


Ryan Spencer
  Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2009, 02:34 AM   #2
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
Connect the Blue/White wire coming from the car to the Blue/White wire on the back of your deck. That will turn the amp on and you WILL have sound.

The broken terminal of the amp may or may not be a problem. If the 2 bridge terminals are not broken you will be OK. The Blue/White wire of the deck also needs to be connected to the remote terminal of the amp along with the blue/white wire on the car harness.
If it ain't broke Don't fix it
  Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2009, 02:44 AM   #3
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
The orange/white stripe is the dimmer wire. You hook that wire to the brown/white wire comming from the car's wiring harness. You dont have to hook it up if u dont want only thing that wire does is it will dim the lights on the cd player at night when u turn your headlights on if u want that then hook it up as described.

The blue/white stripe wire from the wiring harness connets to the remote turn on wire from your cd player which is also blue i believe.

The last wire black/white stripe connect that to a ground wire if im not mistaken and then try your cd player it should work

The speaker size in the front is 5 1/4" i do believe
  Reply With Quote
Old 4th January 2009, 08:24 PM   #4
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Default wiring...

okay, so the blue/white from the deck i had hooked up to the plain blue on the harness, which says power antenna. if i connect the blue/white to the other blue/white, what do i do with the solid blue? leave it? connect it somewhere else? put them both to the same blue/white?

and i don't care about the dimmer, so i'll leave the orange/white unattached to anything. and then finally what do i do with the black/white amp ground? i realize i need to ground it, but where do i find that? do i just do a certain metal part inside the console area somewhere?

Attached Images
File Type: jpg dsc02632 (small).jpg (93.2 KB, 60 views)
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2009, 12:48 AM   #5
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Mar 2007
If the car has no power antenna, just insulate the end of the wire and let it ride. The black/white wire can be connected to the ground wire of the deck.
If it ain't broke Don't fix it
  Reply With Quote
Old 5th January 2009, 01:24 AM   #6
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Sep 2006
the plain blue wire goes to a power antenna if u dont have one leave that wire alone. The other 2 wires blue/white stripe should connect together one wire should say remote and the othe should say amp turn on connect thosse 2 together. and the black/white wire connect that to the same black wire as your cd player as said in the post above
  Reply With Quote
Old 16th November 2011, 11:11 PM   #7
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Nov 2011
Hey i just got a 1997 cutlass supreme and someone gave me a sony xplod deck, so im planning on switching decks this weekend, i dont know if maybe someone can give me a walkthrough of how to disassemble and reassemble the dash?
  Reply With Quote


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fosgate TechLib 1997 a 2002 julianobarcik Car Audio 6 10th May 2009 06:47 PM
Musen to Jikken 03/1997 ghecar Tubes / Valves 0 19th December 2005 09:58 PM
CS8412-CP with D/C 1997 OR 2000 drlazybones Digital Source 7 2nd January 2005 07:14 PM
Fast High-End Design from Elektor May 1997 JDeV Solid State 1 12th November 2003 03:43 AM

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 08:04 AM.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2017 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2