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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-05-2004, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Car stereo prob?

I put in some new rear speakers, and when the bass hits, the face dims. Its a pioneer gm custom fit deck. It only dims when i turn the volume up pretty loud. I'm worried that it might be putting too much stress on my battery/altenator. If i did a bad solder job on the connections would it make the speakers draw an unusual amount of power?


Maybe this is all normal for my deck, there is a dimmer on/off option, but it behaves the same whether its on or off. hmmmm

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If the deck lights are dimming you are very likely over stressing your headunit. Do you an OEM amp in the system? How did you wire the new rear speakers? Was there more than a single pair of wires at each speaker location???
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its a pioneer 45x4 i think, i took out the old head unit so i dont think there is another amp back there......(in the dash) for the new 6x9s i just unsoldered the metal prong things, that look like two metal tabs, from the stock speakers and soldered the metal prong things to the corresponding ones on the new speakers. I'm kinda dumb when it comes to wiring, and even soldering. Its not a A+ job or anything.


my car is a 3.5L 95 trep

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-06-2004, 12:04 AM
 
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Do you have the OEM Infinity system? It honestly sounds like there is a wiring problem somewhere...
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Could be not enought power coming off the alternator. Not a big deal.
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A headunit pulling down an alternator? Not likely...
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sometimes when bass hits even on small speakers like that, it will take down the intensity of your lights, in my dakota when i have the cd player turned all the way up, if the door is open, the dome light flashes dim and bright, it just comes with using up more power than normal
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Dimming of the entire car caused by the draw from a headunit? Sorry, but the 15A fuse in the line to the headunit just isn't going to allow enough current draw to cause noticeable dimming unless you've got other serious problems in your electrical system...
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Dimming of the entire car caused by the draw from a headunit? Sorry, but the 15A fuse in the line to the headunit just isn't going to allow enough current draw to cause noticeable dimming unless you've got other serious problems in your electrical system...
Agreed!!!!.... thats like saying the cig. lighter dims my headlights.....I'm thinking you have a wiring problem I'd check all the wires you might have one crossed or hooked up poorly..
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-07-2004, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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I'm going to have to agree that I probably hooked them up poorly! Whats the best way to connect new 6x9s, they just have two metal tabs for connections. The wires from the trep go into some little plastic piece with two metal tabs that i just unsoldered from the old speakers and resoldered the new speaker tabs.... Maybe the connection isnt very good. I used some cheap solder from walmart and just kinda blobbed a bunch on the tabs so that they would stay together.

What's a better way of doing this
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Cut off the 'little plastic piece', get some good sharp wire strippers, and twist into the wires that lead off the 'two metal tabs'. You'll want to be aware of + - wires; do a search on stereo wiring. When you're comfortable with the strength of the twists, wrap with a decent electric tape.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-08-2004, 11:46 AM
 
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and turn your bass down from +12. I'd be willing to bet you are distorting em like nobodies business, and the radio is playing waaay out of its rms
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