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New Radio install in 98 Disco

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I just got my Land Rover and haven't been able to get my radio to work at all, I'm supposed to be able to punch in a code (a code which I don't even have) and the radio doesn't do anything. So I'm really thinking I'm going to just buy a new one. I was wondering if any of you could recommend a good affordable one, I'm all ears. I'm getting really sick of the sound of my singing in the car. I appreciate any and all suggestions!
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I just went to Best Buy and had them install the stereo I picked out, that was almost 5 years ago.
I let them do it all so it was done right, worth it to me.
But you can take your truck to the dealer and they can unlock your stereo and give you the code.

I have a Kenwood deck, I want a different unit, one that matches better the color of the dash lights.

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i second calling the dealer. when i got my disco i too had a locked stereo, called the local dealer and was given the radio code in exchange for the vin number. moths later i was goiong through the owerns manual and low and behold found a note in the back, it was the radio code. lesson check your owers manual!

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i second calling the dealer. when i got my disco i too had a locked stereo, called the local dealer and was given the radio code in exchange for the vin number. moths later i was goiong through the owerns manual and low and behold found a note in the back, it was the radio code. lesson check your owers manual!
Was your code just numbers? I looked through the owner's manual and found something resembling a code, but it also had letters in it.
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The stereo is just numbers, either 4 or 5 I forget.
When it says "CODE" you enter the numbers, just by pressing the numbers on the stereo and then I think you have to hit one other button but look it up in the manual.

TK-where are you located and/or from?

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Here is what I bought:
Amazon.com: JVC KD-HDR60 USB/CD Receiver with HD Radio Tuner and iTunes Tagging: Car Electronics Amazon.com: JVC KD-HDR60 USB/CD Receiver with HD Radio Tuner and iTunes Tagging: Car Electronics
Best Buy has the exact same one but its $150.00 I took the unit to Best Buy and they installed it for $60.00 make sure you get the right wire harness from them. You also need an antenna adapter. The adapter for the three plugs is item number: Metra 70-0400 Then sku number 08642911531 The cover plate is: Mentra 89-9400 sku number 086429123772. You need a cover plate to make it look good. Its the difference between a 2 din and 1 din. I don't remember which is bigger.
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Your code is five digits. If you don't have one, call the dealer, provide the VIN and they will give it to you. Should you find that the code does not work the cause could be that the radio is not the original unit that came from the factory. In that case, there is a serial number on the radio itself. If you provide that to the dealers they can get the code for that newer radio. If the sticker has fallen off and there are no identifiable features on the radio you are out of luck.

When putting the code into the radio, should the radio beep at any time while you are entering the code continue punching in the numbers, wait a few minutes and try again. If you are still having difficulty leave the ignition key in the on position for about a half hour and try again. Sometimes these radios can be very finicky.
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The stereo is just numbers, either 4 or 5 I forget.
When it says "CODE" you enter the numbers, just by pressing the numbers on the stereo and then I think you have to hit one other button but look it up in the manual.

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Spike I am located just outside of Kalamazoo in Richland
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I called the dealer and got the code, I remember something about leaving the key turned to "II" for an hour. then punching in the code. that right?
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Here is what I bought: Amazon.com: JVC KD-HDR60 USB/CD Receiver with HD Radio Tuner and iTunes Tagging: Car Electronics
Best Buy has the exact same one but its $150.00 I took the unit to Best Buy and they installed it for $60.00 make sure you get the right wire harness from them. You also need an antenna adapter. The adapter for the three plugs is item number: Metra 70-0400 Then sku number 08642911531 The cover plate is: Mentra 89-9400 sku number 086429123772. You need a cover plate to make it look good. Its the difference between a 2 din and 1 din. I don't remember which is bigger.
I bought a different unit a Dual XD1228 would the harness you suggested still work for the unit i have? and I still need an antenna adapter
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The stereo wire harness is specific to the stereo that you buy, for example a Pioneer harness may not work with a Sony stereo.

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Ok I had purchased the metra 70-9400 and the antenna adapter I hooked it all up but am left with a bunch of wires not going to anything and not all of my speakers are able to get sound out of them because there are only two jacks on the back of the radio I bought. I am also getting this static high pitched buzz coming from the right passenger door speaker. I will attach a few pictures so you all can see what I'm looking at (because it just look like a jumbled mess of wires to me, unfortunately). I would greatly appreciate some advice
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Looks like your head unit doesn't have 4 channel preamp output. You are not sending the correct input to the amp. You can turn your speaker level outputs into pre-amp outputs with an adapter, then plug your harness into the adapter. You will likely have unused wires from the factory harness. This might help:
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Looks like your head unit doesn't have 4 channel preamp output. You are not sending the correct input to the amp. You can turn your speaker level outputs into pre-amp outputs with an adapter, then plug your harness into the adapter. You will likely have unused wires from the factory harness. This might help:
1998 Land Rover Discovery Wiring Information
I went and got some RCA splitters but now whenever I accelerate there is a high pitched noise through the radio, it goes away when the radio is off. It might not be grounded properly or something. I'm not sure.
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That's usually a ground issue. Check the grounds on the head unit and the amps. Also, splitting the preamp outputs isn't the best for the sound and may be causing some noise also.

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