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I am wanting to hook up a switch to my new alpine radio so I don't have to use the key to turn the radio on. I have been doing some research but haven't found the answers I need yet. I think I need a 3 way switch and if so is it just the 12v red wire and switched 12v yellow wire I need to hook up?

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Yes.

Center of the 3 way goes to the switched lead on the unit.

One side goes to the switched lead.
One side goes to a constant hot source.

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A switch for the radio? Why? If you forget to turn it off, you might run the battery down overnight. If you insist:
1) hook up the a fused yellow wire of the radio to the battery or constant "hot" wire.
2) take the radio's red wire and attach it to the center pole (dpst) OR the "+/BATT" side of a single position, single throw switch. Connect the "load/output" side of the switch to the stereo's red wire.
3) Ground the black wire and you're done ( provided your speakers are already hooked up).


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Why? Because at lunch time I like to sit outside and listen to music to escape people for half an hour a day. Also a lot of times when i'm just parked and around the suv I want to play some music and id rather just flip the switch and keep the key on me vs leaving my key in the ignition.

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Yes.

Center of the 3 way goes to the switched lead on the unit.

One side goes to the switched lead.
One side goes to a constant hot source.

Tom
So one end is constant hot from battery, middle is switched power, and other end is switched power also?

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Or just wire it directly to the battery. Most units have an off switch IN the unit.
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Or just wire it directly to the battery. Most units have an off switch IN the unit.
If I can just use the factory harness I would prefer that. I am gonna mount a switch right by the radio on the console somewhere and its easy access to get into the wires I need.

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Or just wire it directly to the battery. Most units have an off switch IN the unit.
Or.....
Do like BWA says, it's much more simple. Connect the radio's red + yellow wires together. Then attach to a "constant hot" wire behind the dash or run straight to the battery. Do it this way and you won't need a switch...All you have to do is turn the radio knob/button on or off to listen to music.


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