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shepherd
01-21-2008, 09:48 PM
I want to get a new stereo for my '99 Tahoe. I want something with an iPod hookup (any suggestions?). I'll probably go to Best Buy to get it and have it installed.

My question is: How do they install the new stereo and keep the same trim on the dash panel? Do they have trim packages for each vehicle model or do I need to look at specific stereo models that fit my particular vehicle?

I wanted to ask one of the salesmen at Best Buy, but it's hard to find help these days... :rolleyes:

bcampbe7
01-21-2008, 10:19 PM
I want to get a new stereo for my '99 Tahoe. I want something with an iPod hookup (any suggestions?). I'll probably go to Best Buy to get it and have it installed.

My question is: How do they install the new stereo and keep the same trim on the dash panel? Do they have trim packages for each vehicle model or do I need to look at specific stereo models that fit my particular vehicle?

I wanted to ask one of the salesmen at Best Buy, but it's hard to find help these days... :rolleyes:


Yes, there are vehicle specific trim packages.

What stereo do you have now?
Do you have a factory amp?
Are you replacing speakers as well?

I would go with this Alpine. It has 50x4 power and comes with the needed iPod adapter cable. If you buy it from SonicElectronix you also get the vehicle specific installation parts free.

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_8933_Alpine+CDA-9885.html

If you do not need a remote (and some other features that you will probably not use/need) then go with this one:
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_8934_Alpine+CDA-9883.html

JBaker
01-21-2008, 10:30 PM
I want to get a new stereo for my '99 Tahoe. I want something with an iPod hookup (any suggestions?). I'll probably go to Best Buy to get it and have it installed.

My question is: How do they install the new stereo and keep the same trim on the dash panel? Do they have trim packages for each vehicle model or do I need to look at specific stereo models that fit my particular vehicle?

I wanted to ask one of the salesmen at Best Buy, but it's hard to find help these days... :rolleyes:

Hey Shep. I would advise going to any specialty store over best buy or circuit. People at best buy just don't know what they are talking about half the time, and best buy can't get most of the good lines. If you were doing a full system, it would also be important because a local car audio shop is going to have better installers but I would trust pretty much anyone to do something as simple as a head unit on a Tahoe.

As stated you will find vehicle specific kits (fits the dash) and harnesses (adapts the factory harness to aftermarket.) Both of these will be necessary and are pretty cheap. As for the stereo itself, Alpine is certainly a good brand. I have also had good experiences with Pioneer and Clarion. Assuming you are keeping your factory speakers and not adding anything but a new head unit, I would go with the most economical unit of these three brands that has the features you require. No need to pay for stuff that won't be used.

dmayer84
01-21-2008, 10:36 PM
I would also second going to a specialty shop to have it done. I dont trust the guys at best buy at all. One of my friends went there and they reversed the polarity on the speakers. I honestly think you could do it yourself after the boat restoration that you did.

stuartmcnair
01-21-2008, 10:47 PM
you can also get an idea for the model you want from crutchfield.com

Upper Michigan Prostar190
01-21-2008, 11:18 PM
Bandit car.

ski_king
01-21-2008, 11:22 PM
YOu can't go wrong with Crutchfield.com
The service and support are great. In most cases they throw in the adapters needed.

shepherd
01-22-2008, 12:02 AM
Yes, there are vehicle specific trim packages.

What stereo do you have now?
Do you have a factory amp?
Are you replacing speakers as well?

I would go with this Alpine. It has 50x4 power and comes with the needed iPod adapter cable. If you buy it from SonicElectronix you also get the vehicle specific installation parts free.

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_8933_Alpine+CDA-9885.html

If you do not need a remote (and some other features that you will probably not use/need) then go with this one:
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_8934_Alpine+CDA-9883.html

Thanks. So I'll have to ask if they have a trim package for my '99 Tahoe. Right now I have the stock stereo - single CD player, AM/FM, and cassette player. Stock speakers too. I've been really happy with the system until it started rejecting my CDs. Otherwise, it sounds great IMO.

I'm hoping to just do a quick swap out of the head unit, so I figure the dudes at Best Buy can handle it.

thijs
01-22-2008, 05:43 AM
Thanks. So I'll have to ask if they have a trim package for my '99 Tahoe. Right now I have the stock stereo - single CD player, AM/FM, and cassette player. Stock speakers too. I've been really happy with the system until it started rejecting my CDs. Otherwise, it sounds great IMO.

I'm hoping to just do a quick swap out of the head unit, so I figure the dudes at Best Buy can handle it.

Head unit swaps are actually quite easy with all the kits out there. There are straight forward adapters and wiring harness' where you will not need to cut a single wire in your truck.

I have always hated GM's stereos. Weak/paper speakers and YES they are notorious for rejecting discs. We just did the speakers in my dad's 2001 Z71, super easy. Only two or three beers or so.

TMCNo1
01-22-2008, 07:34 AM
Thanks. So I'll have to ask if they have a trim package for my '99 Tahoe. Right now I have the stock stereo - single CD player, AM/FM, and cassette player. Stock speakers too. I've been really happy with the system until it started rejecting my CDs. Otherwise, it sounds great IMO.

I'm hoping to just do a quick swap out of the head unit, so I figure the dudes at Best Buy can handle it.

I've always had problems with the CD players rejecting Porn DVDs when I get them all mixed up!:D

ShamrockIV
01-22-2008, 08:59 AM
I have an alpine with the ipod control cable. it plays ipod and also charges it. they work great!!!!!!!!

Go to best buy or use crutchfiel if you want to install yourself. if you do the self install pay the 25 bucks and have crutchfiel send you the wiring harness!!! it pays for itself because you just plug radio into it and then the car plug into the other side!!! no cutiing wires or crimping!!!! plus keep the original radio for your truck, then if you sell just unplus harness and stick factory radio back in!!!

shepherd
01-22-2008, 10:35 AM
Bandit car.

I think the Bandit Car only had an AM radio with a speaker in the dash. It only played Jerry Reed songs for some reason. :cool:

ShamrockIV
01-22-2008, 10:41 AM
I think the Bandit Car only had an AM radio with a speaker in the dash. It only played Jerry Reed songs for some reason. :cool:

nope it was an 8 track!!!!

rotated between
east bound and down
the bird
she got the gold mine and i got the shaft!!!
and when ur hot ur hot!!

all classics, all jerry reed, all the time!!!!!!!!!!

shepherd
01-22-2008, 11:02 AM
I've always had problems with the CD players rejecting Porn DVDs when I get them all mixed up!:D

Is that what you do in the back of that van?

tmi, sir, tmi... :rolleyes:

stuartmcnair
01-22-2008, 11:47 AM
don't be too sure about the Best Buy guys...that trim is easy to break and they will cut wires instead of using the adapter cable.

Cuzz
01-23-2008, 06:03 AM
crutchfield.com You can outfit your hole car through thier system. they will tell you what fits and what wont, from head units to stock speaker locations

shepherd
01-23-2008, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the input. I just ordered an Alpine CDA 9883 from Crutchfield. They say it comes with everything I need to install, including wiring harness and a free iPod adaptor.

ShamrockIV
01-23-2008, 12:13 PM
hey shep
i got that one in my VW!!!! i love it!!! charges and runs ipod. i am gonna out one in boat b4 summer!!!

shepherd
01-23-2008, 12:36 PM
hey shep
i got that one in my VW!!!! i love it!!! charges and runs ipod. i am gonna out one in boat b4 summer!!!

yeah, I put one in my '90 Prostar 190 when I restored it -- about a month before I sold the boat! :(