Thanks for visiting our introductory class about the Lonesome Car-boy stereo line up offered by Pioneer. Now after you buy your setup, how do you make it work?
One advantage of the Lonesome Car-boy lineup is that it’s modular. If you want to put it together or add something, you twist some connectors and plug them together and you are set. But there are a few wires involved with it. Some of these are just found on your amp, but some can also be on the tape deck or radio as well.
Red – 12v accessory (+)
Black – Ground
Green – Left Speaker (+)
Green / Black – Left Speaker (-)
Gray – Right Speaker (+)
Gray / Black – Right Speaker (-)
Yellow – 12v Constant (+)
Orange – Illumination
Blue – Optional accessory power supply / Not used. Used for switching between the stock stereo for AM/FM with the optional RD-300.
Lonesome Car-boy Wires
These here are the proprietary connector that makes the whole system work. The pros are it makes hooking up multiple components easy. The cons are that it only allows you to use Lonesome Car-boy components. Connecting them is easy. Match the keyway located at the top in this photo and slide them together. Once connect, twist rotating collar around them together to secure it.
If you are like me, you were probably curious what’s involved with the connector. There is actually a lot more than you would think that is being sent.
Wiring speakers is the most direct part of the install. Take your Green wire on the amp, run a wire from it to the speaker, and hook it up to the (+) terminal. Then take the Green / Black wire from the amp, run a wire from it to the (-) terminal. Congratulations, you have connected your left speaker. Repeat for the right speaker and the Gray, Gray / Black wire.
Unlike a lot of the newer stereos, these Pioneer stereos really benefit from adding additional grounds. I had issues trying to get one of my tape decks to turn on until I added an extra ground. So if you see this icon with the screw depth, its probably just a good idea to add a ground from the back of it to the chassis of the car. The screw size is a M4 x 6.
This is one of the more simple options for a stereo. We have a tape deck here which is the KP-707G and a GM-4 for an amp. This will allow us to run 2 speakers. Since it is simple, we just have to plug in one set of Lonesome Car-boy wires, hook up the amp to the car and wire in the speakers.
This produces a small wire bundle for you to try and hide as you install.
So you want to add an equalizer to the previous setup? Well here you go. This has the KP-909G and the CD-5 equalizer sitting inside my ADT-355 tray. The KP-909G is slightly different than the last tape deck. This one requires adding the 12v constant and the illumination wires. This also contains an input for the updated Lonesome Car-boy plug.
On this setup, since we are adding the equalizer, we will connect the tape deck into that first.
One advantage of having this equalizer is now you have split front and rear with fader knob. This works by having two separate outputs to two amplifiers. Yellow heads to the front, blue to the rear. Note, you don’t have to use both outputs. You can just run one of them, one amp and power two speakers.
In this example I show the setup with just one amplifier. This added a lot more wires to our previous setup. I once read someone commenting about the mess of these wires that would explode out from under the dash, stating it was part of the aesthetic of these old stereos. Hopefully that will make you feel better about this mess.
This is the setup I plan to run in my Datsun 280z (whenever I get some paint on it). I wanted to run some dash speakers and the stock speakers on the GM-4 amp (the TS-M6 are designed to be paired with another set of speakers), and my TS-X8 powered by the GM-D8. The other addition to this aside from the GM-D8 is the GEX-91. This radio adds a bit more connectors on the back. It also has the illumination, 12v constant wire and the antenna, but also more plugs to connect it between the radio and equalizer.
It might be confusing, but the order of wiring goes: tape deck->radio->equalizer->split into two amps. Some older systems require purchasing another Pioneer adapter to connect both a radio and a tape deck so they can switch between each other. As for the amps, I will connect the GM-4 to the “front” connector of the equalizer and the GM-D8 to the “rear”.
As for my nest of wires, I am not too sure how I am going to hide it all. What I do know is it will look like spaghetti.
While this isn’t a very common part with most Lonesome Car-boy setups, I figured I would also cover it since I bought one (two by mistake). Unlike the equalizer that allows you to adjust the frequencies and send to both front and back amplifies, the multi channel crossover splits the channels up by frequency range and then sends them to the amplifier.
This is handy if you have speakers dedicated to perform specific tasks, similar to a subwoofer, mid-range and tweeter would work. This allows you to set a crossover point between the frequencies, and send anything above or below that range to a specific amplifier. The two switches near the top allow you to turn on or off the crossover for that section. Where as the dial on the top sets the roll off frequency. The bottom dial adjusts the volume level of that crossover.