Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Sidekick gets a stereo

Suzuki Sidekick Stereo
When I bought my project Suzuki Sidekick, there was no stereo, and it appeared it had been stolen at one point (broken bezel, cut harness, etc.). I had considered a couple other options for replacement. I had an old Pioneer CD player that had been given to me. It needed a new harness, and didn't have an auxiliary input. I also consiered buying a cheap amplifier and wiring that up, then using RCA cables to a stereo jack to plug in my iPod or mobile phone. However, I wanted it done right, so I brought it in. I went to Stereo King in Clackamas, Oregon and got a low-end Kenwood head unit, but it still has an aux input, which is important. The price (including installation) was very fair, and now I've got tunes. By the way, this was my second good experience with the local Stereo King franchise. I like.

Other good news is that the Polk Audio speakers still work, and sound pretty good, too.

Regardless, it all beats singing to myself in the car. And when the weather gets nicer, it'll be great—people in traffic won't have to hear me singing when the Sidekick's top comes off.

Oh, and pay no attention to the missing vent, the cracked bezel, and other dashboard imperfections. I'm workin' on it.


Ducati Scotty said...

Sweet! I'm glad you got a regular radio. That whole amp setup would be a PITA.


Andy Lilienthal said...

Yeah, the amp think could've been cheap, but who knows if it would've sounded good. This setup was fairly cheap, professionally installed, and I'll hopefully never have to worry about it.