How do I connect my XTRONS stereo?
XTRONS Installation Guide
We at XTRONS are specialists in aftermarket car stereos and entertainment. Our range of head units are designed to improve every aspect of media in your vehicle, giving you exceptional technology and great fun.
However, one of the most frequent questions we get asked is this - how do I install my stereo? Below is our easy step-by-step guide to getting started with your new XTRONS unit…
1. Disconnect the battery!
Car batteries can carry quite a charge, and your safety should be the priority. The last thing you want is an electric shock! Disconnect the negative battery cable, which will ground the terminal and ensure it is no longer live. Be sure to tuck that wire away, so that it doesn’t accidentally touch the terminal and reconnect itself. Always be careful when working with electricity.
2. Disassemble the dashboard
You’ll most likely need to remove a portion of the dashboard to get at the area you need. This is not a destructive process - they’re designed to do this! Some may need a larger area removed than others, but in the main it will just be a single panel. Use a trim tool or a flat-head screwdriver to assist you and spare your fingernails!
Find any wire connectors which should be just behind the dashboard. Give them a gentle squeeze and they should come out fairly easily. The original stereo will be held in by some screws. Simply unscrew these with the appropriate screwdriver, and ease the unit out. From here you can easily disconnect the remaining wires.
3. The wiring harness
Your new XTRONS unit comes with a wiring harness, designed to fit it snugly into your vehicle’s dashboard. You’ll need to connect it to your vehicle’s plug (the one already in the dashboard).
First connect the earth wires together- you may need to use a plastic posi-connector, or solder them if you prefer. This sounds fiddly, but it ensures the safety of your head unit, and really isn’t difficult. Next, all of the wires should be colour-coded for their function, and can be connected together. You will also see wires there that are used to power your new unit’s video screen, should it have one. Once these are all connected, your wiring harness is set up.
4. The Installation Kit
The installation kit sits the head unit in properly, and makes the final thing look slick and “finished”. Put in the brackets (they only go in one way) and screw them in place. This should set up the spot for your new XTRONS head unit perfectly.
Not so fast! Have you explored our range of accessories? We have microphones, USB powered dash cams, tyre pressure monitors and many more things to extend your entertainment and functionality. This is the time to run those cables and keep your car’s interior looking clean.
6. Time to fit your Stereo
Simply slide in your head unit - carefully - and connect each wire to its corresponding port. It should sit nice and flush, without you having to physically force it. Check that the screw holes line up nicely, then fasten it into place.
7. Turn it Up!
Put back in place in any dashboard panels you removed in the installation, and carefully reconnect the negative wire on your car battery. Your new XTRONS head unit should be wired, fitted and ready to go! Fire up your favourite music, podcast or audiobook, and enjoy the amazing new features at your fingertips.
While this guide is intended to help you fit your new XTRONS unit yourself, always consult a professional if you are unsure about any of the stages. Always be safe!