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    New toy.....

    So I posted a few months back about looking for a new vehicle to mess around with and I ended up getting the green ZJ Grand Cherokee.



    Well, I just happened to be browsing BaT last week and ran across this thing:



    I had been craving another 4th gen for awhile and I had always had a Camaro in the past. Why not a Trans Am? I put in a bid and almost immediately was outbid by someone. I threw another one on and same thing. I thought "I am going to do this one more time and walk away". So I threw a final bid out there and walked off, totally expecting someone else to win. I didn't want to spend too much, and I was comfortable with that price. Imagine my surprise when I came back and found nobody else had bid.

    Flew out to California and drove it home that weekend. It has a few things I need to fix, (stereo, sun visors, some vibration when I race it around a little), but overall I think I did ok for what it is. A 1998 Red Orange Metallic Trans Am. I like it and it's good to have another quick car. (The 4.0 ZJ is about as lethargic as it gets....)

    I know some of you have put stereos and speakers in 4th gens before, so anyone have any recommendations for good ones to use?? The speakers are trashed in this thing.

    Link to BaT auction for more pics:
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19..._placed_outbid
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    Nice! Rare color too. 6 speed?

    Not sure on speakers. I always though the factory monsoon sounded good but I'm sure it's impossible to find good replacements for that system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead SS View Post
    Nice! Rare color too. 6 speed?

    Not sure on speakers. I always though the factory monsoon sounded good but I'm sure it's impossible to find good replacements for that system.
    Nope, it's an auto. I am actually ok with it. I'm getting old......

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOFASTER View Post
    Nope, it's an auto. I am actually ok with it. I'm getting old......
    I know the feeling. I wouldn't turn away any clean and unmolested 4th gen Trans Am. How much did it set you back?

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    I'm running a single din Pioneer media player (no CD) in mine. It has hands free and the mic works well. That is, it works well in my 01 Jeep (running the same stereo). My Jeep is infinitely more quiet than my T/A. However, if you're keeping the exhaust note practical, it'll work great.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


    I ran a 1.5 din Alpine for years, but it was time to upgrade. The Alpine "had" BT, but it never worked. I did love the way it looked though.
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    www.keeaudio.com

    easiest way to go

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    decent price for a pretty rare color

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead SS View Post
    I know the feeling. I wouldn't turn away any clean and unmolested 4th gen Trans Am. How much did it set you back?
    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19..._placed_outbid

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    Welcome to the 98 Trans Am club! Mine just hit 90k, but minus one lazy eye that won't fully open (I never drive it at night anyway), its purring right along.
    FYI, I ordered rear OEM replacement speakers two years ago through a local GM dealer. Received them a week later, no issues. Not sure about availability now.
    Congrats on the purchase!

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    nice score...
    pm griswold, he just decked my old camaro out with a sound system/bump in the trunk/back up camera etc....

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    I replaced every single bit of my stock stereo except the factory wiring and it is 100% worth it. Not sure why the last pic is sideways. Aftermarket stuff doesn't play well with the monsoon amp. I wired a 4 channel amp in place of the factory monsoon and trashed it. The mono amp powers the sub. With 2 pairs of components w/tweeters it absolutely screams.










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    and lol at Justin's post 1 minute before mine

    OP if you go that route I think I still have my notes/links with wiring diagrams etc. for the amp. I also just left the speakers in the panels in the hatch unplugged. They are pointless anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Griswold View Post
    and lol at Justin's post 1 minute before mine

    OP if you go that route I think I still have my notes/links with wiring diagrams etc. for the amp. I also just left the speakers in the panels in the hatch unplugged. They are pointless anyway
    You said you left the factory speaker wiring though? Didnt the monsoon speakers need to have slightly different wiring than aftermarket or "normal" speakers? I'm probably completely wrong, I just remember someone telling me years ago when I had an 02 WS6 that you needed to run new wire for non-monsoon speakers.

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    Damn... not too bad of a deal. And I was so looking forward to LS2 giving you shit and telling you that you paid too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5.0THIS View Post
    You said you left the factory speaker wiring though? Didnt the monsoon speakers need to have slightly different wiring than aftermarket or "normal" speakers? I'm probably completely wrong, I just remember someone telling me years ago when I had an 02 WS6 that you needed to run new wire for non-monsoon speakers.
    Nope. Used all of the factory wiring. Bought the necessary harnesses/adapters for the head unit. Then I cut the plug off the factory monsoon amp and using the wiring diagram I knew the inputs/outputs for each speaker. Wired my 4 channel amp in place of it.

    I did the exact same thing in my blazer. About 2 years before

    I think the issue with using the factory monsoon and amp with aftermarket speakers is the sail panel speakers only get a low filtered signal so they don't sound right. Unless you rewire those. IIRC

    I just shit canned all the factory stuff

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    oh and I highly suggest changing your window motors while the panels are off

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    OP this should answer all of your questions

    https://ls1tech.com/forums/stereo-el...nsoon-faq.html

    happy bumping
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    Nice score, I wrecked my 98 T/A many years ago but still held onto the stock radio and speakers. Finally pitched them last year while cleaning the garage after trying to give them away free on Craigslist, nobody wanted them. LOL

    I think I still have the infinity door and sail panel speakers if you are interested?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Griswold View Post
    OP this should answer all of your questions

    https://ls1tech.com/forums/stereo-el...nsoon-faq.html

    happy bumping
    Thanks man! I'll put this to good use!

    Quote Originally Posted by Carvone View Post
    Nice score, I wrecked my 98 T/A many years ago but still held onto the stock radio and speakers. Finally pitched them last year while cleaning the garage after trying to give them away free on Craigslist, nobody wanted them. LOL

    I think I still have the infinity door and sail panel speakers if you are interested?
    I am thinking about going with a full system upgrade, but I seriously appreciate the offer. Sucks about your car, though.....

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    Definitely a good deal! Congrats! I was watching that auction and was surprised at the sale price.

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    I watched that one on bring a trailer, you got a good deal!

    stay away from the kee audio stuff IMO I have the level 3 package in my 02 formula and now I wish i would have gone with a setup like grisfail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Locker537 View Post
    Definitely a good deal! Congrats! I was watching that auction and was surprised at the sale price.
    Quote Originally Posted by MITCHELL View Post
    I watched that one on bring a trailer, you got a good deal!

    stay away from the kee audio stuff IMO I have the level 3 package in my 02 formula and now I wish i would have gone with a setup like grisfail.
    Thanks, I was pretty surprised myself that nobody else bid higher.

    Anybody watching the 2002 Camaro SS today? Only 233 miles!!

    Also today on BaT, a TTA with 19,xxx miles.
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    I saw your car go through...great buy! I had a ROM T/A myself back in the day...

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    That SS today was cool...my '06 GTO closes i less than 30 mins!

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2006-pontiac-gto-19/

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    That was a killer deal on your GTO! Nice looking car, and cool to see so many LS2'ers are involved with BaT, one way or another!

    I love the look you gave your TA! What wheels were those?
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    The wheels on the T/A were American Racing wheels (I don't remember the model...it's been years since I owned that car)...

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    I really like how unique both ROM and SOM were on the 4th gens (my '01 below)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN View Post
    I saw your car go through...great buy! I had a ROM T/A myself back in the day...

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    That SS today was cool...my '06 GTO closes i less than 30 mins!

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2006-pontiac-gto-19/
    I haven't watched GTO prices lately but that seems like a strong price, especially considering with how shaky the economy is right now.

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    That thing got the Corvette 350 motor?

    My dad bought a 2000 WS6 which made me buy a 2000 Z28 back in the fall of 2000. Those were fun rides. I sold my Z not too long ago.
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    This thread got me wantin a 4th gen

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Griswold View Post
    I replaced every single bit of my stock stereo except the factory wiring and it is 100% worth it. Not sure why the last pic is sideways. Aftermarket stuff doesn't play well with the monsoon amp. I wired a 4 channel amp in place of the factory monsoon and trashed it. The mono amp powers the sub. With 2 pairs of components w/tweeters it absolutely screams.









    What brand speakers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOTCIVIC View Post
    This thread got me wantin a 4th gen



    What brand speakers?
    Kraco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOTCIVIC View Post
    This thread got me wantin a 4th gen



    What brand speakers?
    All alpine

    Alpine NAV deck
    6.5" components with inline crossovers and tweeters in the doors and sail panels
    Alpine R-W10D2 in a subthump stealth box
    Fosgate R1200-1D pushing the sub
    Pioneer GM-D8604 pushing the rest
    ebay back up camera
    sub thump amp rack on the back wall
    parking brake override, etc.

    For a budget system it's no bullshit

    putting something similar in a RCSB truck this weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by windham View Post
    Kraco.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Griswold View Post
    All alpine

    Alpine NAV deck
    6.5" components with inline crossovers and tweeters in the doors and sail panels
    Alpine R-W10D2 in a subthump stealth box
    Fosgate R1200-1D pushing the sub
    Pioneer GM-D8604 pushing the rest
    ebay back up camera
    sub thump amp rack on the back wall
    parking brake override, etc.

    For a budget system it's no bullshit

    putting something similar in a RCSB truck this weekend
    Always had a good experience with Alpine. Ran SPX components for years and loved em. Have Morel components in my Camaro now just to try something different but I think the Alpine sound quality is right there with em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOTCIVIC View Post




    Always had a good experience with Alpine. Ran SPX components for years and loved em. Have Morel components in my Camaro now just to try something different but I think the Alpine sound quality is right there with em.
    Alpine has been consistently good for decades. I ran Mb Quart competition stuff back in the 90s but I have heard they are not as top shelf as they were way back.

    I have always liked Kenwood head units for some reason, never had a bad one. Right now my stuff is stock but it would be fun to get back into the game a little.

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    Great looking Trans Am man! Nice pick up, and seems like a fair price.
    Just checked my build sheets, and Red Orange Metallic was indeed a rare color. 2nd least common color in 1998, only more rare color is the Bright Purple Metallic.
    There are 368 total Red Orange Metallic Pontiacs in 1998, of which 156 were Trans Am Coupes. There were Zero WS6 models produced in that color.
    Red Orange Metallic was a single year run, only available on 1998 year models.
    Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GldRush98 View Post
    Great looking Trans Am man! Nice pick up, and seems like a fair price.
    Just checked my build sheets, and Red Orange Metallic was indeed a rare color. 2nd least common color in 1998, only more rare color is the Bright Purple Metallic.
    There are 368 total Red Orange Metallic Pontiacs in 1998, of which 156 were Trans Am Coupes. There were Zero WS6 models produced in that color.
    Red Orange Metallic was a single year run, only available on 1998 year models.
    Congrats!
    Thanks ! So far I really am happy with it. I'll be getting some stereo upgrades and a few easy mods for now.
    Is there a way to tell how many of those 156 Trans Am coupes were automatics? Probably most of them, that would be my guess.
    I thought I read somewhere that the ROM was available for the '96, '97, and the '98 model years? Maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOFASTER View Post
    I thought I read somewhere that the ROM was available for the '96, '97, and the '98 model years? Maybe not.
    It was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead SS View Post
    It was.
    And it was called Cayenne Red Metallic on the Camaro's those years...

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