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    Default FYI - '03 TL LS Stereo Wire Colour Code

    Hi All,

    Recently installed by Alpine H/U into my '03 TL LS. Relatively painless, except for the research. Not sure about wiring in other models, but see how you go.

    The stock is a rebadged Clarion. It's got a 16 pin and 8 pin socket and a socket for a stacker (Not Ai-Net or M-Bus though).

    16 Pin (numbered looking at the loom, left to right, top row first)
    (Primary colour is the fist, the second is the stripe)
    Pin #, Loom Colour, Function, Standard Colour
    1. White/Red --> Front Right + --> Gray
    2. White/Blue --> Front Left + --> White
    3. Green/White --> Illumination (Dash lights. Normally used to dim the HU) --> Orange
    4. (No connection/pin) i.e. no spot on the plug at all. Makes way for retention clip.
    5. (No connection/pin) i.e. no spot on the plug at all. Makes way for retention clip.
    6. Pink --> Auto Antenna --> Blue **
    7. Yellow/Blue --> Rear Left + --> Green
    8. Yellow/Red --> Rear Right + --> Purple
    9. Black/Red --> Front Right - --> Gray/Black
    10. Black/Blue --> Front Left - --> White/Black
    11. Black/Yellow --> Dimmer (Rheostat) --> Orange/White (not all H/U have this)
    12. Red/Black --> +12 from battery --> Yellow
    13. Blue --> Ignition --> Red
    14. (No connection/pin)
    15. Gray/Blue --> Rear Left - --> Green/Black
    16. Gray/Red --> Rear Right - --> Purple/Black

    ** Some H/U have Remote On (Blue/White) and Power Ant (Blue). If you connect Blue, the antenna will be up when listening to tuner only. If you connect Blue/White, it will be up when the stereo is on. Don't connect your amp to the Blue on your new H/U, use Blue/White. Otherwise this will turn your amp on only when listening to the tuner!

    8 Pin (numbered looking at the loom, left to right, top row first)
    (Primary colour is the fist, the second is the stripe)
    1. (No connection/pin)
    2. Blue --> Radio Mute (Phone Connector)
    3. (No connection/pin)
    4. (No connection/pin)
    5. (No connection/pin)
    6. Light Green and Black --> Remote Control ** (Where fitted on Verada XI Steering Wheel)
    7. (No connection/pin)
    8. (No connection/pin)

    ** This wasn't on my unit, but I found out from the Service Manual.

    Note there is no ground in this loom - need to attach your own earth strap.

    I used my own knowledge in conjunction with http://www.streetdreams.com/wires/mi...i/general.html. Only the speakers matched the TL, so maybe the other colours will match earlier models.

    You'll see in the image the orientation of the plug - the direction you see here is how the numbering above it set out in my explanation. Look at the plug as is, with the retention button/clip on the top.

    Most other guides (including the Service Manual and the guide from Install Doctor below) give their pin assignments as if you are looking at the plug from the back - that is where the wires come out of and have the clip on top.

    Enjoy and good luck.

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    Default For the Novice, Less game or time conscious

    Don't know or can't find the stereo wire colour codes for your vehicle, or can't find a connetion for your H/U? Or if you are new to car auto electrical and want a quick and easy solution I recommend the following -

    Aerpro OEM Wiring Harness 717011 - connects to the old H/U for resale, installation in another vehicle
    Aerpro Quick Connect Adapter APP0111 - connects to the existing vehicle wiring loom plug
    Aerpro Direct Quick Connect APP8ALPL - connects to your Alpine H/U one end and the other to the APP0111.

    For those a little more game, and to save yourself some cash -
    Harness Adapter AP7011 - connects to the existing vehicle loom plug, then you connect your H/U provided loom. Just match the pretty colours.

    There are also other many Aerpro Direct Quick Connect adapters for H/U manufacturers (Alpine new and old, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, Panasonic, JVC...). Also available for other models and makes. (http://www.aerpro.com.au/vrg.php)

    This saves you time and hassle with finding the right wires, stipping, soldering and insulating.

    Each adapter costs around $15.

    I don't work for them, but have been reading some of the horror posts about things that have gone wrong!

    I didn't use any of them cause I had the time and knowledge - and they had to be ordered in!

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    Cool. Except it doesn't include the Dimmer, Illumination, a few of the correct colours for the TL and it's assuming you're looking at the socket (an adapter or the end where the wires come out, not where it plugs in) rather than the existing plug that's connected to the vehicle's loom. The pin assignments are correct, but some of the colours are out (and pins missing)

    Take a look at the picture of the plug I attached in the original post and work right to left with the image in the PDF -

    A (Aqua) = 8 (Yellow/Red)
    B (Yellow/Blue) = 7 (Yellow/Blue)
    C ( - ) = 6 (Pink)
    D (Yellow/Green) = 16 (Gray/Red)
    E (Yellow/Red) = 15 (Gray/Blue)
    F ( - ) = 14 ( - )
    G (Blue) = 13 (Blue)
    H ( - ) = 3 (Green/White)
    I (Red/White) = 2 (White/Blue)
    J (Red) = 1 (White/Red)
    K (Red/Black) = 12 (Red/Black)
    L ( - ) = 11 (Black/Yellow)
    M (Red/Blue) = 10 (Black/Blue)
    N (Blue) = 9 (Black/Red)

    Sorry if I confused anyone - wanted to make sure people realise the difference in some of the colours - especially since there are two blue connections on the Install Doctor loom.

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    Will these suit a TH MAGNA

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexW
    Will these suit a TH MAGNA
    If you are asking about the pinouts
    I would say that they would be similar.
    Cheers
    Bill

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    will this suit TE magna.

    i understand A - I but where is the J - N

    cheers

    ive got eonon HU
    should i be able to do myself.
    cheer

    "
    Note there is no ground in this loom - need to attach your own earth strap
    "

    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvdesensi
    will this suit TE magna.
    i understand A - I but where is the J - N
    The J to N refers to a different plug.
    If you open the install dr pdf document (see link higher up)
    it shows 2 different plugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by jvdesensi
    "
    Note there is no ground in this loom - need to attach your own earth strap
    "
    WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
    It means that you will have to run your own earth wire to the chassis.
    It will be the black wire from your HU, find some screw to attach it to.
    There are some good attachement points behind the radio.

    Cheers
    Bill

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    Thanks for the followup Bill - not sure why I didn't get notified about the thread being added to.

    Quote Originally Posted by BILLV
    It means that you will have to run your own earth wire to the chassis.
    It will be the black wire from your HU, find some screw to attach it to.
    There are some good attachement points behind the radio.
    For anyone running their own, make sure the earth point on the car chasis is clean (no grease, paint, etc) and try to keep the earth lead as short as possible.

    Be careful when you srew the other end into your HU - make sure you use a screw that came with the unit and not too long so you don't do any damage to the internals.

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    Hearty thanks for this wiring guide, It made the installation of the new headunit easy, well, ish, soldering those wires in that confined space was a b*tch...
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