What do I NEED to install a car radio/stereo?

Okay, look. I JUST want to replace my crappy factory radio with one that has an aux cord. I found one on amazon that says it fits my 2006 equinox. Some people however are telling me that I'll also need a wiring harness and some kind of bracket and all this other crap. But isnt that if I'm installing

Okay, look. I JUST want to replace my crappy factory radio with one that has an aux cord. I found one on amazon that says it fits my 2006 equinox. Some people however are telling me that I'll also need a wiring harness and some kind of bracket and all this other crap. But isnt that if I'm installing subwoofers and everything? Can't I just rip out my shitty stereo and put this one in?!?!

Other answer:

branden:
It depends on the car and you don't really need an extra wiring harness. It looks like the 2006 equinox has a 2-DIN sized slot for the radio meaning it's twice the size of a normal aftermarket CD player. You will need a plastic bracket to surround your new radio so you don't have a gaping metal hole in your dash where there used to be a larger radio.

Example of what you need: Scosche GM1587B Dash Kit

KaeZoo:
Sure, you can rip out your stereo and put the other one in. Of course, the plug that fits the factory radio probably won't match the plug in your after-market head unit, so you'll have to cut off the stock plug and figure out which wire is which, then splice them together. Or you can buy a wire harness to make it fit without cutting.

And unless the new head unit is specifically made to work with that particular vehicle, it won't be a perfect fit in your Equinox. I suppose you could just wrap a towel around it and stuff it in the opening, or use shims to wedge it in place. Or you could buy an adapter kit to make it fit correctly and look right in the dash.

Also, the antenna connector at the back of the radio is a different size from the one used in standard after-market head units. That's okay, because no one listens to AM/FM radio any more, am I right? If you'd like to tune in radio stations, though, you'll want to buy an antenna adapter.

TL/DR: "fits your vehicle" isn't the same as "made for your vehicle". If it's a typical after-market head unit, you'll need a wire harness adapter, a mounting kit, and an antenna adapter for the installation. If you want to know for sure, post a link to the Amazon listing.

Davies:
You need to have an actual stereo, installation kit, where it will be mounted, electric wire hand tools, including wire stripper and connector crimper, plastic prying tools, slotted and/or Philips screwdrivers, nut drivers, solderless crimp connectors, cable ties and electric tape.
speer:
You need to have an actual stereo, installation kit, where it will be mounted, electric wire hand tools, including wire stripper and connector crimper, plastic prying tools, slotted and/or Philips screwdrivers, nut drivers, solderless crimp connectors, cable ties and electric tape.
Michael:
You need to have an actual stereo, installation kit, where it will be mounted, electric wire hand tools, including wire stripper and connector crimper, plastic prying tools, slotted and/or Philips screwdrivers, nut drivers, solderless crimp connectors, cable ties and electric tape.
Eric:
you will need to get a harness for the car or you will have to cut the factory wiring harness, if you buy the adaptor specific for your car you wire it to the deck and then its just to plug into harness that was plugged into factory deck it is a much cleaner and easier way to go. other wise you have to figure which wires to wire up to new deck so a wiring diagram would be useful for that.

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