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Before we start, I did a search to find instructions and the most promising one turned into a heated battle over who was right about underpowering subs. I don't want arguments here, just instructions and diagrams.

So...I got a 2 channel amp and subs and need to install them into my 2000 non-Mach Taurus. How do I do it myself?
 

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1st, do you have a aftermarket head unit?
If the answer is yes.. This is what you do..

You have to drill a hole in the fire wall.. That part isnt too hard.. You just have to drill in the right place..

It is easier to drill from inside the car, out..
Here is a pic of where you should drill.. It is above the gas pedal, and right by the rubber part of the steering collumn.

Then the wire comes out from here

That is with you looking into the engine bay.. To get to it easier, take off the rubber part that connects the Throttle Body to the air cleaner..
Then feed it up, and clamp it onto the (+) battery cable

BTW, this was on a 2002 Taurus, so it should be the exact same

If you need to know more, you can e-mail me, or IM me on AIM, there should be a AIM link under my post
 

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You don't need to drill anything. Here is a cut & paste from something I wrote a while back:

The firewall hole is a bit tricky to find. If you open the hood, and reach back between the brake booster and the strut tower, you will feel a 1" dia. rubber grommet about 2-3" below the cowl. Just push it through the hole into the inside of the car. Then stick a long screwdriver into the hole and leave it there. This will help you find the hole on the inside of the firewall, when you are on your back on the driver's side floor.

For the ground, flip your back seat down. There is a large (14mm?) bolt on each side of the frame, near the bottom. Remove one bolt, and grind the paint off the surface around the hole. Make sure you are down to bare metal. Use a ring terminal to connect your ground wire there.

The remote wire I used is in the trunk. I tapped the red/pink stripe wire (power antenna) on the main RCU harness. To get to it, you need to remove 3 push-in clips on the driver's side trunk carpeting. Two are near the brake light. The other one is in a small recess on the side, near the antenna mast. Pull the trim piece back and locate the metal box (looks like a small amp) with wires coming out of it. There is one main plug, about 1.5" wide, and 2 smaller plugs (maybe more, I don't remember, exactly.) The red/pink (or was it pink/red?) wire is on the right side of the main plug. Use a wire splice connector (Radio Shack!) to tap your remote wire from there. I have the power antenna and the MACH audio system, but the wire is probably there for all trim levels.

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And to add to that, you can tap your rear speaker wires for the audio signal. I hope you have a line output convertor (converts speaker signal to RCA.) Auto parts stores and car audio places have them, but there are cheaper sources if you have the time to wait for shipping.
 

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I have the factory head unit, but after reading everything to do, I think I'll have a professional do it. I'm getting readjusted to being back at college after a long holiday and don't have the time to devote to it. Some reason I thought it'd be a whole lot less involved. Guess I was wrong.

Thanks for the responses I got, but I got scared.
 

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Believe me, it's not that hard. Two hours on a saturday, and your'e done. YOu don't need much more than basic hand tools. Don't pay someone. What school do you go to, maybe someone here is close enough to come help.
 

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I go to Auburn University in Auburn, AL. WAR EAGLE!!! I won't have two hours free on Saturday for about a month, and I want these in pretty soon.

Thanks
 
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