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well im sure you guys know that on the 92 - whatever year, the stereo was just to the right of the steering wheel then farther right of that is the tape deck thing. was wondering what my options are with this set up. buddy of mine said that a friend of his took his stereo next to his steering wheel out and put a little cubby hole there then replaced the tape deck with the aftermarket deck, i was thinking that was a good idea but im not sure where i can get a cubby hole like that? if someone could point me in the right direction i would appreciat it

or can i just take out the OEM stereo and throw a aftermarket deck there? it doesnt look like it will fit tho but i guess i might as well ask since i found a cubby hole that would replace the tape deck lol

thanks to anyone that can give me some help.
 

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well im sure you guys know that on the 92 - whatever year, the stereo was just to the right of the steering wheel then farther right of that is the tape deck thing. was wondering what my options are with this set up. buddy of mine said that a friend of his took his stereo next to his steering wheel out and put a little cubby hole there then replaced the tape deck with the aftermarket deck, i was thinking that was a good idea but im not sure where i can get a cubby hole like that? if someone could point me in the right direction i would appreciat it

or can i just take out the OEM stereo and throw a aftermarket deck there? it doesnt look like it will fit tho but i guess i might as well ask since i found a cubby hole that would replace the tape deck lol

thanks to anyone that can give me some help.
Ok, I have quite a bit of experience with stereos in the older C/K trucks. First off, you can get the cubby hole thingy at a junkyard. They came in the base model trucks that did not have a stereo. Second, the stock stereo consists of three components: the control panel (just to the right of the steering wheel) the main unit (under the dash) and the tape deck. There is not enough room next to the steering wheel to mount a head unit there, so it MUST go in the place of the tape deck. You will have to by a dash kit that replaces the panel where the tape deck is, and it will allow you to mount any single DINN head unit there. You will also need the wire harness adaptor so you don't have to cut the harness in the truck. All you will have to do is connect the harness to the wires comming out of the harness for the new stereo, then plug the other end into the three little harnesses in the truck (you have to disconnect them from the main unit under the dash) You will not have to remove the main unit that is hidden under the dash, it can be left in the truck if you want to. It's pretty easy to do this, it just takes some time. Hope this helps. I will get some links for you in a few, so you will know where to get the dash kit and wire harness.

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thats exactly what i was looking for! i looked all over ebay and i couldnt find one lol guess i was just looking at the wrong stuff, thanks alot all that info is exactly what i needed!
 

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Ok, I have quite a bit of experience with stereos in the older C/K trucks. First off, you can get the cubby hole thingy at a junkyard. They came in the base model trucks that did not have a stereo. Second, the stock stereo consists of three components: the control panel (just to the right of the steering wheel) the main unit (under the dash) and the tape deck. There is not enough room next to the steering wheel to mount a head unit there, so it MUST go in the place of the tape deck. You will have to by a dash kit that replaces the panel where the tape deck is, and it will allow you to mount any single DINN head unit there. You will also need the wire harness adaptor so you don't have to cut the harness in the truck. All you will have to do is connect the harness to the wires comming out of the harness for the new stereo, then plug the other end into the three little harnesses in the truck (you have to disconnect them from the main unit under the dash) You will not have to remove the main unit that is hidden under the dash, it can be left in the truck if you want to. It's pretty easy to do this, it just takes some time. Hope this helps. I will get some links for you in a few, so you will know where to get the dash kit and wire harness.

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Well since you have the knowledge, Maybe you can help me out. I have the same stereo set up in a '93. Not working though. I got a whole other stereo (all 3 parts) and replaced them all. No luck. When I started driving the truck, only one of the dash speakers was working. I'm not getting an sound at all now. Not even static. Blown speakers mabey? I know this a common problem and I've seen it before but still haven't found an answer.
 

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Well since you have the knowledge, Maybe you can help me out. I have the same stereo set up in a '93. Not working though. I got a whole other stereo (all 3 parts) and replaced them all. No luck. When I started driving the truck, only one of the dash speakers was working. I'm not getting an sound at all now. Not even static. Blown speakers mabey? I know this a common problem and I've seen it before but still haven't found an answer.
It is most likely the speakers. They were VERY prone to blowing in the '88 to '94 trucks because they were pretty much the cheapest speakers that GM could get, and they sucked. There is also the possibility that the replacement stereo is bad... Just a thought.

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Just stop into a best buy & they shgould be able to to get you the dash kit and the pocket to replace the radio control mto the right of the steering wheel. If not best buy go to a custom stereo shop. I previously work in one. The install is easy.
 

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About you stereo problem with no sound there is an amp back in the dash that must likely need to to replaced

I thought that it was a built in amp for those yr's. Do you know where to look?
 

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I thought that it was a built in amp for those yr's. Do you know where to look?
There is no amp in those trucks, He is referring to the main unit located under the dash. The amp is built into it. I have changed or replaced stereos in about 9 of the '88-'94 GM trucks, so I'm kinda familiar with them.:happy:

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There is a sliver box trace the wire from the control unit to it and the wire from the cassette deck also trace to it as well. it is on the driver side around were the gas pedal area at the top. i hope this help you find it.
 

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if i go into best buy or a stereo place are they going to make me have them install it? money is kinda tight and i like to do my own stereo stuff just so i know whats going on with it and i can make sure there isnt any wires hanging loose that shouldnt be and all that good stuff.
 

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if i go into best buy or a stereo place are they going to make me have them install it? money is kinda tight and i like to do my own stereo stuff just so i know whats going on with it and i can make sure there isnt any wires hanging loose that shouldnt be and all that good stuff.
No, just make clear to them that you know what you are doing and that you want to do it yourself. Most places wont hassle you about them doing the work, if they do, just tell them "no thanks, I'll take my business elsewhere" Thats what I always do:happy:. I've only had one place that I went to try to make me let them do the work, and I said the above line to them. Most of the time they will help you and not try to push their services on you. Just go in and say "I need the dash install kit and wire harness adapter to install an after market stereo in a 1992 Chevy full size truck, and do you have the dash pocket that replaces the control panel next to the steering wheel?" thats it, they should help you with no hassles.

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well over the last couple of nights i tackled the project of getting the new head unit in and wiring amp/sub.

putting the headunit in was the hardest since it has 2 sub units that have all the buttons and tape deck and i guess even some had an EQ? but anyway they run into the main box in the dash, which you must drop and unplug everything and plug that stuff into the wiring harness then run the wires up to where the tapedeck/EQ was then wire it all up, which sound simple but for me it was very frusterating, my hands are kinda big and there is a stupid bracket in there that keeps the deck from sliding all the way back, i have yet to fix it...

the sub and amp where much easier but again i had to drop the old stereo box in the dash down so i could run the remote turn on and the amp rca wires past it. just thought i would let everyone know that i did get it done, im sure for someone that puts in stereos all day it gets pretty easy but i really prefer the method of pull the old deck out throw the wiring harness on and wire it up and put the new unit it.

i still havent got the little cubby hole to replace the old radio so its still just sitting there not working

thanks for your help you guys! really appreciate it!
 
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