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1996 850R Single Dim Radio

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1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
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wackenhut
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1996 850R Single Dim Radio

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Hi,

I am looking to get a Single Dim Radio to replace the factory radio cause I want to be able to have the option to reinstall the factory radio at a later time. When installing the new radio, a couple of posts I have seen mention the connector pins needing to match up. Is each after market radio plug different? I basically just want to have the option for siriusxm in the vehicle (the reason for the upgrade). If there is a specific after market radio that you recommend that installs easily in the 850R, please let me know. Also, if I need any other additional accessories.

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Re: 1996 850R Single Dim Radio

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Most after market radios follow an ISO standard, which means you can use this harness to hook it up without having to modify the wiring harness in your car:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ISO-Radio-Adapt ... 1685026146

I'll recommend getting a Pioneer head unit.
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Re: 1996 850R Single Dim Radio

Post by BEJinFbk »

Agreed, it's pretty slick installing aftermarket radios with ISO connectors using a pre-connectorized
adapters like the one linked above, but many ship with a permanently attached, bare-ended wiring harness.

Fortunately, nearly all aftermarket radios are supplied with an ISO color coded wiring harness, just like the
majority of car specific wiring harness adapters. You can easily connect by color - Here's an example from Metra:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Volvo-Car-Stere ... -Y&vxp=mtr

There are also some kits out there that include a pocket for the empty single DIN space:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VOLVO-CAR-STERE ... ZM&vxp=mtr
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Re: 1996 850R Single Dim Radio

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You also can just install USA SPEC or a GROM unit for less than a good aftermarket radio and you will have the connectors for a Satellite radio!
These use the CD CHANGER out plug
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Re: 1996 850R Single Dim Radio

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JRL wrote: Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:15 pm You also can just install USA SPEC or a GROM unit for less than a good aftermarket radio and you will have the connectors for a Satellite radio!
These use the CD CHANGER out plug
Actually, the CD Changer INPUT connector - Potato, Patoto...
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Re: 1996 850R Single Dim Radio

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SD card/AUX/USB rule. No CD for me.

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Re: 1996 850R Single Dim Radio

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If you order the head from Crutchfield, they generally include the model specific harness adapter and 1U pocket for free. Just installed a 1U Pioneer MVH-X390BT in my 2000 V70XC in all of 15 min. Very nice helpful people there too.
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