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Old 04-24-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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adding a radio to pre-wired speakers and antenna

We got the new 19RL Puma home last week and I am just now getting a little time to start adding things.

The Puma came with 4 speakers, antenna, satellite hookup, and antenna power booster installed but no radio or TV. I figured with all that stuff pre-wired I should be able to open the area that the radio should be in and just connect my own radio to the existing wires. Unfortunately, with only a slight inspection it isn't clear to me where to get power or exactly which wires to use.

After opening up the cabinet I found 2 sets of paired red/black wires and 2 sets of paired yellow/black wires. I think these are most likely the speakers. I also found a long antenna cable complete with an automobile style connector on the end. All good there but where is power?

I also see a number of wires that cross the opening that was cut during installation that have some slack in them but with using minimum force they don't seem to want to pull from the ceiling. These wires include 2 sets of paired brown/white wires as well as 1 gray, 1 white, and 1 black wire that are round, thicker wires that I believe are the satellite and something else.

Does anybody have any ideas about which wires are used for what? Perhaps a pointer to a wiring diagram?



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Old 04-25-2011, 05:55 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by jmiller_2308 View Post
Does anybody have any ideas about which wires are used for what? Perhaps a pointer to a wiring diagram?
Sorry Jeff, without a wiring diagram I am as lost as you are. I have been trying to get a wiring diagram for two years, just to find out where they hid all the fuses.

It might be helpful to know what radio "would have come" with the unit; look online and use that as a source. If there is a 12 volt light close by you can run a pair of red/black to the radio from that.


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Old 04-25-2011, 06:50 AM   #3
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Take a AA battery and scratch the pairs of wires on the
battery. IF the wire goes to a speaker it will pop
and you can track down each one and label accordingly.

Finding the power wire might be more challenging.
Once you've eliminated the speaker wires you will
have fewer to choose from.

That "antenna power booster" should have power to it.
Can you find the wire going there?
That would be my first choice.
Also any ceiling light wire can be tapped for radio

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Old 04-25-2011, 08:00 AM   #4
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you can also use a toner (fox and hound) to figure out where the wires are going to as well.

usually red is +12 and black -12
I would think that they use a standard set of wires for every install but I could be wrong on this one
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Old 04-25-2011, 08:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the input. It turns out it wasn't all that hard to figure out.

I opened the speaker next to the cabinet that houses the radio and found a ton of wires. The first thing it did was confirm that the red/black and yellow/black are indeed the speakers. It also confirmed the orientaion of the speakers.

I then looked at the mass of wires that were under the speaker and went hmmm.... A quick trip to the fuse box and I see there is a green wire attached to the fuse labeled for the radio. Back to the hole, pull on the green/white wire and there it is. The speaker wires were long enough that I could pull one back, attach the power wire to it, and then pull it to where it should have been. YAY!

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Old 09-15-2011, 09:34 PM   #7
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I know this post is old but its an issue I just had. I finally accounted for all the wires in the Opening where the Entertainment system goes. However, the one issue I seem to notice is say I put in the factory Radio/DVD player I don't see how the dvdplayer would output to the TV. I would think there would be some type of Video/Audio RCA cables there as well etc or some coax connection for the TV.


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