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keyless Radio on off switch

Some of us do beach parties or listen to there radios at the desert. But something ive never liked is the idea of my keys in the car when im not around, let alone the obnoxious Dinging when the keys are still there. so something ive figured out is how to wire in a switch that allows the radio ONLY to operate keylessly If anyone is interested ill take pics of my setup and give a basic rundown of what i have done.

It works 100% and allows you to retain the stock 7.5amp fuse (if thats what you have) ive done this mod to 91 COROLLA 04 Silverado an my 97 Ranger xlt.
Also, it doesnt interferre with the stock ford alarm for some reason. you can have the alarm set and still listen to tunes. Year doesnt matter, so far as you have a beginners knowledge of how to dissmantle your own dash.
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Sounds pretty easy. Just wire up a all the time power to a switch and tap that into the radio switched power?
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Sounds pretty easy. Just wire up a all the time power to a switch and tap that into the radio switched power?
Yup. pretty much. And i LOVE it. if i go to the gas station or into a store and my girl is still in the truck ill flip the switch first so she has something to listen to while im gone. (Don't ask me why but i STILL don't leave my keys in there lol)

there is all kinds of constant 12v's to run off if you don't feel like running a new line. Than ya, splice the line into your stereo's acc. wire (Generally red.) and your good. only downfall is if you have any other shoddy mods wired into the same acc. line it'll turn those on too without modifications.
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Btw That is an AWESOME contribution to this, only problem is with that mod specificaly the radio turns off when you open the doors. and if your using your truck as a mobile boom box opening your doors increases audible sound, opposed to leaving them closed and containing the sounds. but that design is worth showing people who would rather have an alternative to mounting a switch in there dash.
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Its a darn good idea, I think I'm going to do the same this weekend.
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Wire the 12 volt switched wire(usually red) from the stereo to the 12 volt memory(usually yellow) from the stereo. No extra money spent just do it and done. Just remember to turn your radio off.
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Its a darn good idea, I think I'm going to do the same this weekend.
I got my switch at pepboys. They have all kinds of switches but if you look thoroughly you can find one of the true mini rocker switches. They have a really low profile and glow blue.
About 1/4 inch long, don't fall for the "Mini rocker switches" that are like 3/4 inch long, there cheaper quality and for some reason require more than the stock fuses amperage.
Also lighted switched are always lit when on. that means when the vehicle itself is on, the light will be on no matter what position. so keep that in mind :)
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Wire the 12 volt switched wire(usually red) from the stereo to the 12 volt memory(usually yellow) from the stereo. No extra money spent just do it and done. Just remember to turn your radio off.
Dead draw?

Also, 04blackedge lemme know how it goes for you. just make sure you disconnect the battery so you dont unnecessarily pop any fuses.
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Well I mean its an idea. You don't have to spend any money to do it and if you have amps they will turn on since they also run off of the battery. But you would have to turn off your stereo any time you got out of your truck.
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