|07-16-2002, 05:33 AM||#1|
Join Date: May 1997
Location: Pensacola, FL
What tools do I need to do a good installation?..
Make sure you get some that can withstand extreme temperature ranges.
Wire cutters/strippers and crimpers
Get a big pair with stripper holes precut for individual wire sizes.
Makes taking dash and rear deck speakers out a lot easier.
Multiple size screwdrivers, both flathead and Phillips.
Magnetic screwdrivers can be a big help when trying to get screws into (or out of) tight spaces.
Various wrenches, pliers, and socket sets
The specific sizes you need will depend on your vehicle.
Metal drill and saw
You'll need these if you need to modify your vehicle for new speaker cutouts or to accommodate a new head unit.
Hot glue gun
Good for putting carpeting or door panel trim back in place after modifications.
Helps for detailed modifications of door panels or carpeting, especially when installing new speakers.
See section 2.3 What is the best power wire to use? [JSC], and See section 2.4 What is the best speaker wire to use? [JSC, JW].
Makes excellent connections, but can be messy if not careful.
Shrink wrap or flex tubing
Good for protecting wire, especially in the engine compartment.
Helps to diagnose installations.
Screws, nuts, bolts, connectors, etc.
Fuse puller and extra fuses.
In addition to the fuses for your stereo system, check your car's fusebox to find the various sizes you'll need. Also, you can use needle-nosed pliers to pull fuses.
Helps to tuck wire away in otherwise exposed areas.
Small light source
A flashlight will do - you just want something that you can poke around the innards of your car with.