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Old 02-07-2019, 09:56 AM   #2
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Re: Going aftermarket with radio

Hello. It's been a while since I've done one of the early style trucks but yes, you can eliminate all the factory equipment and just use aftermarket. Actually, you have to eliminate the the factory equalizer in order for the speakers to work with an aftermarket radio. I do remember it was a pain in the ass to remove because it's really tight behind the dash. You'll end up with a nice pocket for storage where the EQ was.

Best thing to do it stop by a car stereo shop and either have them do your install or at least tell you what has to be done. You'll need the complete install kit with all harnesses, pockets and dash kit. Be prepared, it's a lot of work to do by yourself or will cost a bit more to have them do it...
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