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In dash radio, for 98 VNL, replcement


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   I'm wanting to replace the in dash   AM/FM radio. (98 Volvo VNL)   Wanting a direct plug in, NO splicing, to install. Dose any one have a part number/ suplyer name, for a direct fit?   I have looked on the internet, but the plug in is in question.  My plug is a 13 pin.... six on each side and one off set in the middle.  Thank you for any help.  OU812

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Check with a Volvo dealer, they might have one. We bought a Pioneer  unit with the wiring harness adapter at Freightliner when we bought our truck and we installed it for the 15 hour ride home. The cost was reasonable. 


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 Hi  Dave    Been to two  Volvo dealers and others,  all they have is one fits all....splice it in.  Not willing to go that way unless that is all I can find.   Wrecking yards have about the same.     I got it on my wish list  ....   Now back to fixing oil leak on intermediate rear axel, pinion seal.....I hope  I don't have to pull the third member....   Merry Christmas..   Thank you  OU812

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There is information on Volvo Radio replacement in the HHRV Resource Guide.  Where else?

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I've been very happy with the one I purchased from Best Buy not long after I bought the truck 14 years ago.

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there are adapters that you choose the semi plug end and the radio mfg end.

i may still have the stereo that came out of my 1998 with the factory plugs still on it. be after christmas before i get to my storage unit to dig for you. just let me know if your interested.

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There are multiple "levels" of factory systems. all are wired differently. If you have the "base" system than you MUST splice it in. (it's a really odd set up) If you have the high end system than they used to make (20 years ago when I worked on a fleet of these things) an adapter for a pioneer.  Unless you are looking to return it to stock for some reason, you should go ahead and splice it in properly.

Make sure that whatever route you choose, the wires don't end up in the a/c controls. They will break the cable retainers if you force the sliders.


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Splicing is not that hard to do, with basically just speakers and power involved. I would cut the plug off the old radio and use it to wire up the new one so I'm not cutting into the main harness in the dash. That's what I did to install my double din, 7" display, Sony media center. Jay


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