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Can i hook my amp and sub to a stock radio. dont really have the money to get a new deck. is there a way i can do this... if so how? Thankes
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Yes you can...I need to think how we did FordGuy302s but it is very possible and fairly easy IIRC.
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Can i hook my amp and sub to a stock radio. dont really have the money to get a new deck. is there a way i can do this... if so how? Thankes
yes, most amps have speaker level inputs that you use for sound input into the amp instead of RCA's.
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this has come up so many times.
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You need a line in converter to do so.
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You only need a line in coverter if the amp doesn't have speaker level inputs.
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I got one of those converter things in my shed. It's easy to use, you just tap it into your factory speakers wires. Wire up your amp and plug your RCA's into the converter, done. Only thing about doin that is that it dosent sound the greatest. I hope you have a amp that blocks out all sounds except bass.
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yes, most amps have speaker level inputs that you use for sound input into the amp instead of RCA's.
I wouldn't say most, but some do.

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You need a line in converter to do so.
The theoretical maximum voltage of an amp with out a power supply on a 12/14.4v system is 12/14.4v. If you just give up some of your volume range, you can just keep the gains low and use the signal coming right out of the back of your radio.

When I did this, I just limited the volume on the stock radio to 3/4 and faded to the front slightly. This gave a maximum output voltage of roughly 7.5v on my rear channels. Many amps can handle 8-9v. Thus, I just soldered some RCA ends onto the rear channel outputs and set my gains accordingly (very low) and it worked pretty well. Of course, the SQ wasn't fantastic and there was some bass loss from the radio but with a parametric EQ I got it to sound decent until I bought a good head unit.
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Yes you can thats how I have mine done, you just need a converter box, you can get one at a local radio aftermarket place or prolly at Best Buy or somewhere like that
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Can everyone elaborate a little more? I want to do this also, but I just dont want a radio cause I like my stock one, and dont want a big hole in my dash.
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Can everyone elaborate a little more? I want to do this also, but I just dont want a radio cause I like my stock one, and dont want a big hole in my dash.
If you install an aftermarket head unit, most people usually get the install kit that comes with the storage shelf. This covers the "big hole".....LMAO

OP, save some cash and just get an aftermarket HU. I bought several off eBay for my past vehicles. Heck, I bought most of my past systems off eBay (HU, speakers, amps, subs....)
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