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    Default 2006 Dodge Viper Aftermarket Stereo Install Guide **Complete, in detail**

    Even though my Viper has 12k miles and I’ve only had it for a week, hanging wires for GPS etc. wasn’t something I preferred. So, I decided to swap the factory head unit with a Clarion NZ503, it’s a 1-DIN slide out head unit with every possible feature you can imagine.. I’m surprised it doesn’t drive the car for me

    The install took me about 8 hours start to finish(including the 1 hr to patiently unplug factory wires ), but I couldn’t find a single guide out there that walked through all of it. So here goes –

    *I lost the pictures I took while the dash was disassembled so apologies in advance.

    Parts needed –
    1. Clarion NZ503 – usually about $599, but I found a refurbished one off of ebay for $385.
    2. Metra 99-6503 Dash Kit for Chrysler/Dodge 98-Up - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000281X6U
    3. Metra 70-6502 Radio Wiring Harness - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002BESGE
    4. Scosche CRAB Chrysler/Jeep Antenna Adapter -https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007KPRKQ
    5. Any decent Driving Kit with hex and Philips drivers - http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-Dri...079G/205193172

    Now the fun part –

    STEP 1 – Follow Alex’s wonderful guide to disassemble the center console and dash cover-
    http://www.viper007bond.com/2012/08/...a-dodge-viper/


    There are a few things that are missing from the guide, and you may figure it our depending on your skill level, but here they are anyway –
    · The connecter behind the 12v outlet next to the Handbrake is tight but there are no clips and it comes right out if you pull hard steadily (don’t jerk it around!)
    · When you remove the Factory Stereo, there are 2 harnesses in addition to the antenna, ignore the smaller harness for this install, its just for the factory CD Changer.

    STEP 2 – Connecting Harnesses

    We’re going to leave the factory harnesses as is.

    *ATTENTION* Never ever ever.. ever.. cut/splice through the factory harness!! Don’t be an idiot, just use $5.50 radio wiring harness, it’ll save you a lot of trouble.

    Now that the factory stereo is removed, plug the Metra 70-6502 harness into the factory harness, it should fit easily.

    Do not connect the Clarion harness to it's stereo yet, we’re going to connect harness wires only first.

    Wiring for the Clarion stereo (from the guide) –

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    Connect the GROUND wire first

    *ATTENTION* Instead of wiring the Blue from the Viper to the Blue for Clarion, connect the Blue wire from the Viper to the While/Blue (remote amp turn-on) for the Clarion. If you don’t do this, the AUX, BT Audio, USB Audio will not work.
    Next, connect the speaker wires between both harnesses. Leave the POWER and 12v ACCESSORY wire for last.

    Once done with connections - .
    1. NO loose wires should be left from the Viper harness (you would’ve found the corresponding wires on the Clarion harness).
    2. The following wires from the Clarion harness will be left unconnected – Blue, Parking Brake cord, Reverse gear cord.

    Quick note about the Clarion – the other huge bunch of wires fixed to the unit will be a PITA to fit in Viper’s dashboard so I decided to cut all of them except Sirius, Rear Camera, HD Radio and Ipod. That made the head unit slide in easier, and it still works perfectly.

    *DISCLAIMER* Cut these wires at your own risk because this WILL void your Clarion warranty. If you can fit them all in the dash, good for you!

    *ATTENTION* Don’t forget the electrical tape ! Make sure NO wires are left exposed, it’s only a matter of time until one of them shorts something out.

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    For this next part, I suggest covering the center console with a cloth and setting the Clarion stereo on top. Makes it easier to work and prevent scratching.

    STEP 3 – Radio adapter, GPS Antenna and USB Cord.

    Radio Adapter – Pretty simple, plugin one end into the Viper’s original antenna, and the other end into the Clarion. Done.

    The Viper’s dash has enough gaps that you can insert a couple of wires virtually effortlessly and without any tools.

    GPS antenna – I followed the placement guide in the Clarion install guide, and putting the GPS antenna above the passenger side dash tweeter is the best signal I got (accurate location with the garage closed, even my Garmin can’t do that). It also has a magnet underneath so it can stick on the tweeter without having to stick anything to the dashboard.

    Next, insert the wires into the door/side trims, taking it underneath the dashboard, into the console housing, and finally bring it up from the same area as the A/C control harness. Connect to the stereo.

    USB Cord – This will stick out from the same place where the GPS antenna wire went in.

    *EXTRA WIRES* – I decided to roll them up and slide them up the sides of the center console on the passenger side.

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    STEP 4 – Fitting the Bracket.
    Just like any other aftermarket stereo install, remove the metal casing/housing from the Clarion stereo (use a screwdriver to gently but firmly release the latches).

    This casing is used to lock in the stereo and remove it without having to open everything up like we are right now. This casing will slide into the Metra Dash Kit from the front, after which you lock it in place by bending the teeth.
    If you don’t know how to do this, watch this video at 10:00 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXmcOjXKzmY

    STEP 5 – Test to make sure that the GPS, USB Audio, Tuner and Bluetooth audio works.

    STEP 6 – Slide it in (That's what she said !! Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) – Slide the Clarion in slowly, keeping the *fixed* bunch of wires (ziptied) to the left (there is a hole there that can hold these), and the rest of the harness in the middle-right, antenna wires to the right.

    Slide in slowly, and use a long screwdriver or stick to gently push wires to their places. The last 1 inch or so will feel like you’re pushing too much, but it’s okay, just push gently till you hear a click. Put on the Clarion faceplate and you’re all set.


    I’ve never written a guide like this before.. please feel free to ask any more questions.

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    My only complaint about Chrysler dash kits is, they look like dash kits. I installed professionally for a while and there really is no way to make that look any better without shaving off some serious plastic and putting a 1/2 DIN EQ underneath and tweaking it till it was flush. I second the wiring harness, ill slap an idiot for cutting the plugs off of a Neon let alone a Viper. Good job on learning yourself, I bet you realize its a lot easier than you first thought and will be more willing to do more stuff in the future

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    Default Re: 2006 Dodge Viper Aftermarket Stereo Install Guide **Complete, in detail**

    Quote Originally Posted by TalonTSi90 View Post
    My only complaint about Chrysler dash kits is, they look like dash kits. I installed professionally for a while and there really is no way to make that look any better without shaving off some serious plastic and putting a 1/2 DIN EQ underneath and tweaking it till it was flush. I second the wiring harness, ill slap an idiot for cutting the plugs off of a Neon let alone a Viper. Good job on learning yourself, I bet you realize its a lot easier than you first thought and will be more willing to do more stuff in the future
    Yep, I agree on the dash kit, I searched everywhere for a better looking one.. nothing.. gonna leave it as is until i find an elegant way to cover that color..

    I also swapped out the front speakers with these -

    IMG_20160805_144023.jpg

    The factory subwoofer sounds like it was designed and built by monkeys, so I got a Kicker CVT65 (slim mount), now gotta search for a guide to get to the Sub box with minimally invasive approach.. you got any ideas?

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    Yea, get rid of those speakers, youll regret using them. On the sub, not so much but we can talk privately in real time if you want and try for a solution. Gen I and II had components in the doors, this one looks to have door and dash speakers? In which case, you still want to go with a component setup, itll sound better.

    Not sure what your budget is, but i can find some nice mid to high end stuff for you.

    Heres some of what ive been able to hoard over the last few years, along with a rare-ish 8" Solo-Baric SL5 DVC, in addition to two NIB Kicker MB8's, probably the last in existence


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    Default Re: 2006 Dodge Viper Aftermarket Stereo Install Guide **Complete, in detail**

    Interesting.. so far they (the pioneers) sound okay, but the sub is so crappy that I haven't listen to much music yet lol!

    Which component speakers would you recommend?, and are the ones in your box for sale? I'm not looking for anything too high end since I left the factory amp in there, high-end speakers, amp and soundproofing will be another project...

    I also got the Chrysler factory repair guide and intend to go through it to figure out a way to remove the bulkhead without removing seats, let me get some info together before we talk to find a solution (your offer is much appreciated and I'll take you up on it )

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    The factory amp will suffice for now, might as well upgrade the speakers now so you have less to do later and can enjoy some tunes. No, you canna have stuffz in mah box.

    These on the low end http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kicker-RS56-...UAAOSwezVWwJQR

    These on the high end http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kicker-SS56-...cAAOSwe7BWwJP7

    Or the 6.5" version http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kicker-SS65-...4AAOSwKtVWwJP8

    If you want to spruce up the dash for now, you could always use some 3M Carbon Fiber Di-Noc or some seat vinyl

    The Di-Noc can be heated with a hair dryer and produce some nice results





    I covered my side covers on my Fury with Ford seat vinyl using Loctite super glue


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    Default Re: 2006 Dodge Viper Aftermarket Stereo Install Guide **Complete, in detail**

    Wow this is neat stuff!! And those speakers fit the budget, time to order some ****, roll up sleeves and get to work !

    Thank you!

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    If you need any adapters for the dash or w/e let me know too.

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    Default Re: 2006 Dodge Viper Aftermarket Stereo Install Guide **Complete, in detail**

    Quote Originally Posted by TalonTSi90 View Post
    If you need any adapters for the dash or w/e let me know too.
    Will do, thanks!

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    Check this one out, looks like 4 screws..


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    Excellent find!

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