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I am replacing my speakers in my 2001 CC. The speaker wire colors at the doors are different than the colors at the head unit wire harness. I am not sure which colors are positive/negative. Anyone know the answer?

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I am replacing my speakers in my 2001 CC. The speaker wire colors at the doors are different than the colors at the head unit wire harness. I am not sure which colors are positive/negative. Anyone know the answer?
it will work ether way, but one will sound significantly better. just lighty hold the ends with the radio on and playing, then touch the wires to the speaker , then alternate and see which one sounds better. ive done 7 vehicles all different from full size trucks to a lil suberu... theryre all different...


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The one with the black stripe is generally negative polarity. Use a multimeter to double check.
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2001 Nissan Frontier Truck Car Radio Stereo Audio Wiring Diagram

Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Pink
Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Blue
Car Radio Ground Wire: Gray or Chassis
Car Radio Illumination Wire: Red/Blue
Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: Red/Yellow
Car Stereo Antenna Trigger: N/A
Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A
Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A
Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Pink
Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Blue
Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): White
Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Black
Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A
Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: N/A
Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Green
Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Violet
Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Blue
Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Pink

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2001 Nissan Frontier Truck Car Radio Stereo Wiring Diagram


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Hi - I know this is a bit of an old post, but I am in the same quandry...

The wires listed above and on the site are the wire colors AT THE STEREO, not at the speakers.

Does anyone know which wire is positive and which is negative, AT THE SPEAKERS?

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Well, obviously you're not simply getting Nissan speakers to replace these (that's what Nissan would like). Two or three weeks ago my daughter and I replaced the four door speakers in her '98 Pathfinder with Pioneer aftermarket ones. Of course the Nissan proprietary plug is useless for those unless one buys the corresponding receptacle adapter from Crutchfield or similar.

So my daughter soldered the wires to the new speakers onto the Nissan harness. We used the wire with the black stripe as the ground wire in each case (each speaker location), sounds fine.

I did similar in my 2004 Frontier King cab earlier in the year when I replaced its speakers. And about 4 years ago similar with my '98 Frontier regualr cab.

Note that on both 1998s that the speaker cone was no longer attached to the rim of the speaker, it had deteriorated that badly - so 6 out of 6 no longer connected to the rim. at least in the 2004 Frontier they were still connected.
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why solider it to the pins? when you solider it it makes it useless for future nissan speakers? why not just cut before the plug then use the wire? thats what i did haha


Truck: 2002 Aztec RED V6 4X4 XE king cab

Interior: Kenwood Excelon HU, Alpine speakers w/ polk PA330 amp, kicker 6x9 w/ polk PA 330 amp. Husky mats, cobra 29 LX cb radio

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performance: K&N Air & Oil Filter, air intake mod,R1 Concepts slotted rotors,

suspension:1.5" AC shackles on the back and Sway away torsion bars and ultra low profile bump stops on the front, AC idler arm race Bilstein shocks4600's on front , and 5125 on back.Rancho steering stabilizer

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Speaker-wire colors

Ok... So since I posted last, I got a little more information. The diagram I just posted/attached (not sure what this is going to do when I hit 'post' - lol) is for a 2000 Crew Cab. I believe this should be the same for all the 1st gen CC's. If not, I think at least it answers one question:

It would seem that the negative posts all get attached to the wires with a stripe and the solid wires to the positive post.

Only question remaining and I'll find that out when I get the speakers I ordered, is: How are the terminals marked on the aftermarket speakers?

Anyway, hope the diagram helps someone else...
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why solider it to the pins? when you solider it it makes it useless for future nissan speakers? why not just cut before the plug then use the wire? thats what i did haha
I don't think many people plan to ever go back to a stock set of speakers after getting aftermarket ones. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if there are plenty of quality aftermarket ones cheaper than anything you can buy from Nissan.
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why solider it to the pins? when you solider it it makes it useless for future nissan speakers? why not just cut before the plug then use the wire? thats what i did haha
Red, I believe you mean "solder". And you didn't read the post correctly: daughter soldered the universal wires that came with the speakers to the Nissan's wires, so the new speakers, or any future speakers, could just simply be plugged in. Basically one strips the insulation a little and wraps the new wire around it, then solders that connection, can still have the Nissan speaker plug there for any future dummies.

No one except a dealer would use Nissan replacement speakers; they're more expensive, and special order, and crummier. If one is able to remove a door panel, installing an aftermarket speaker is pretty straightforward.

When I checked a few years ago, replacement speakers for that '98 Frontier were $65 EACH, and special order.

Maybe soldering (or just spelling) is a lost art these days, but chances are that if you use crimp-type butt connectors and don't take your time, that you or someone else will be going in again to repair some of those. Even the small pink butt connectors are too large for many automotive wires like speaker wires.


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It would seem that the negative posts all get attached to the wires with a stripe and the solid wires to the positive post.
Yes, that's consistent with other vehicles like my '88 Mazda truck. Yes, that diagram makes it easier for others, thanks.


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Only question remaining and I'll find that out when I get the speakers I ordered, is: How are the terminals marked on the aftermarket speakers?
Oftentimes there will be a + or - sign there as well. This is typically how the are. If you look at the speaker back as if it was a clock dial, then the terminal at the earlier "time" is positive, and the one at the later "time" is negative. So in the picture attached, positive is at about 11 o'clock, and the negative is like two "hours" later at 1 o'clock

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