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Sean M's 1994 Toyota Celica ST

A circuitous path, involving England, New York, rural Michigan, Indiana, and lots of parts in between brought Matthew Freeman to Charlottesville, where he's been writing about mobile audio/video for Crutchfield off and on since early 2000. He fosters an eclectic taste in film, and is fond of a wide range of music. A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he found his way to the University of Notre Dame, where, in an act of charity unsurpassed in the history of Western civilization, he was given a B.A. in English.

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Receiver installed:

Having fun in his first car

Sean's dash before (left) and after (right)

The moment Sean got his first car, a 1994 Toyota Celica, he knew he wanted to make it his own. His first step: replacing the factory stereo. We, of course, were happy to offer some guidance (not that he needed much).

Step 1: the wiring harness

Sean used Posi-Products to make connecting the harnesses easier.

The first thing Sean did was connect the wires of the harness we included with his stereo to his new stereo's wires. That way, he'd be ready to go when he got his dash disassembled. The harnesses we provide with most stereo orders make it possible to plug directly into a vehicle's factory wiring harness, eliminating the need for splicing in the dash.

To make connecting the wires easier, Sean used a set of Posi-Products™ car stereo connectors. They're easier than soldering, and more secure than crimp caps or butt connectors.

Step 2: dash disassembly

Following his MasterSheet instructions carefully, Sean disassembled his dash, removed his factory radio, and detached the factory mounting brackets (which he would need to use for his new stereo). He found the MasterSheets extremely helpful: "they were clearer than the instructions that came with the stereo."

Step 3: stereo installation and dash reassembly

With his new stereo prepared in the mounting brackets, Sean was ready for the final stretch. He plugged the new harness into his factory wiring harness, connected the car's antenna, mounted the new stereo in his dash, and reversed the steps listed on his MasterSheet to reassemble the dash. The result: a sweet-sounding stereo and a professional-looking installation.

Sean takes his dash apart and removes the factory stereo
Sean attaches the mounting bracket to the new stereo
Sean mounts his new stereo and prepares to reassemble the dash

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