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I recently purchased an Eclipse AVN5495. I took out the old headunit from my 2001 camry and discovered that the harnesses don't match up with the Eclipse head unit. I'm talking about the two plugs that are plugged into the top right of the dash when you first take out the old head unit.


Just a heads-up for anyone else who's looking to buy the same unit. :)

Here is what the plugs from the vehicle look like.


And here is what the headunit back looks like.


Oh and for anyone who wants to know how to take out the old head unit, I took some step by step pics.
http://photobucket.com/albums/d40/eeeccc/
 
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You havethe JBL system right?

See those two white plugs in the background of those pics?

Those are the amplifier bypass harness's. Those MIGHT actually plug right into the AVN, not sure.

Either way, if you have the external amp behind the glovebox, use those bypass harnesses.
 

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if you go to pepboys or auto zone or any audio shop, they will have a metra harness (the harness shown in the crutchfield link). it will cost you 10 dollars and make your life very easy. DO NOT CUT ANY FACTORY WIRES! they also have them at wallmart.

you will notice that the wires comming from the harness match up with the wires comming from your eclipse deck. the purple, green, gray, and white wires (and the ones with stripes) are the speaker wires, just so you know. if you are running an amp, those need to go directly to your amp via speaker wire. if im not mistaken, those are the top row of the eclipse harness (just so you know).
 

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cam is right, i have a 94 camry with a factory amp that powered the rear speakers. I bought a pioneer HU and the wiring harness and it didnt fit into the stock plugs just like you. Like cam said those white plugs behind you are the factory bypass connectors, unplug those and your wiring hardness will plug into those and the rest of the connectors you are holding in you pic just leave then hanging, you dont need them.
 

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ok.

from what i understand, you plug the metra harness into the car's original harness, and then connect the loose ends to the loose ends of the new wires of the headunit. is this correct?

So how would I connect the metra harness to the new wires from the headunit?
 
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eecc said:
ok.

from what i understand, you plug the metra harness into the car's original harness, and then connect the loose ends to the loose ends of the new wires of the headunit. is this correct?

So how would I connect the metra harness to the new wires from the headunit?
That is correct IF those Amplifier Bypass harnesses don't plug straight into the Eclipse headunit(may or may not)

If they do not plug straight into the Eclipse Unit then you will match the right wires of the loose ends of the Metra/Scosche harness to the ends of the Eclipse Harness. You can do this with soldering, or just twist them and use electrical tape. Solder and shrinkwrap perfered.

It's also easier to do this in the house or in the garage instead of in the car. The metra/scosche wires will be labeled and the Eclipse harness may or may not, if not I'm sure it will be in the manual.

After you have done this, plug the metra/scosche harness's into the factory amplifier pypass harness shown in the top right corner of the pic(or like explained in the write-up)

So how would I connect the metra harness to the new wires from the headunit?[/QUOTE]
 

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no, ok your HU comes with a plg that fits into the back of it and has a bunch of different colored wires coming out of it. Each wire is for something different one for the + front left speaker and one for the - fron left spearker. 2 for the front right speaker, 1 for power, 1 for ground and so on. The problem is that those colors dont always match up to the colors of the wires in your hands. The hard way was to cut off the white connectors you are holding and ditermine what each wire connects to and solder it to the corisponding wire coming from your HU. The easy way is to go to your local bestbuy, now i normally wouldnt recomend bestbuy but this they cant screw up, and go to the audio section and look for the metra harness that fits you make and model car. It will be like fits all toyotas 2000+ or something like that. Buy that and about 20 18-22 gauge butt connectors unless you feel confident in soldering. It should have two different connectors each with multiple wires coming out of it. Those wire colors will match up with your HU harness wire colors. So all you need to do is match up the colors and crimp them together. Some wires may not be used, thats ok just put some electrical tape around them. Then the part your most confused about is unplug the connectors i circuled. These will bypass the amp under your passanger seat that fet the rear speakers because your HU has a built in amplifier and its not good to send an amplified signal into and amplifier. The wiring harness you bough should fit right into those two connectos and your ready to go.
 

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cam2Xrunner said:
You can do this with soldering, or just twist them and use electrical tape. Solder and shrinkwrap perfered.
As TN's car audio guru, you should know better then twisting wires and wrapping with electrical tape. :slap: :lol:
 

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Looks like I may need to take some better pictures and explain exactly how to do this for people... A step by step if you will.. so there is no confusion
 

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im sure its not that hard, you just have to know what your doing, im no help, as i have never bothered with car video products. :D
 
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88 LE said:
As TN's car audio guru, you should know better then twisting wires and wrapping with electrical tape. :slap: :lol:
:lol: Me..Guru? Nah man, you're the guru, you just don't post enough. :D





oh yeah....SOLDER!! :preach: :lol:
 

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you need to also tell him which type of solder to buy!!

Not everybody knows about Rosin (sp???) core solder.
 

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i use the standard 40/60 tin to lead ration w/ rosin core, and it works well, just remember to heat the material you intend to solder, not the solder. when you heat the metal up, the solder will stick and make the crucial bond you need.
 

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Discussion Starter · #18 · (Edited)
Wow. This clears up a lot of things. I actually feel confident going into this now. Thanks everyone for all the help.

I will take pics of the install and update you guys on how it goes. And for sure, I'll throw in my opinions on the eclipse unit as well. Expect to see it in about 1-2 weeks after my finals are over.

List of things before starting:

metra wiring harness
crimping tool
soldering gun
solder
heatshrink tubing
 
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