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How to install a stereo and speakers in a Honda Civic

DIY car stereo installation video

In this video, Jensen, a member of the Crutchfield Tech Support team shows you how to install a new car stereo and new speakers in a  Honda Civic. This car is a 2008 Civic, but the procedures are the same for most 2006-2011 models.

Give it a watch and you'll see that you really can do this job yourself. And for Crutchfield customers, if you run into a snag, our award-winning tech support help is just a phone call away — we've been helping our customers install their own car stereos for more than 40 years.

To learn more about installing stereo gear into your Civic, visit our Research Garage to see in-depth vehicle profiles of these recent Honda Civics:

  • Tobias Hubbard from South Salt Lake

    Posted on 3/22/2019

    I will be upgrading my factory sound in all four corners with a Kendwood head unit and two sets of components front and back powered by a Kendwood amplifier (also subwoofer in trunk on it's own amp this is not an issue), do you have instructions regarding installing an aftermarket amplifier? I'd like to remove the factory amplifier since it's being replaced my question here is will I still need the amp bypass harness? I'll be using new speaker wire for the connections to new crossovers and speakers and tweeters. If I'm not using the bypass harness will the new stereo harness to connect to the car and the parking brake connection be all that I need aside from my atenna adapter and RCA's?

  • A. J. from Atlanta

    Posted on 6/22/2018

    I'm considering updating my stereo with at DMX905S in my 2009 Civic LX. What I don't see on the installation video are suggestions for what to do with the USB inputs, as well as the microphone. This stereo supports CarPlay and Android Auto, which means it needs USB ports to be accessible for the phone. And the microphone would need to be placed to work well for phone calls. How and where would I run the wires and mount them? Do you have any suggestions or documentation on what to do with these? I haven't done any project like this before, so I'm definitely a novice.

    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield on 6/22/2018
    A.J., I've passed along your question to our Advisors for more help. Someone will contact you soon. In the meantime, food for thought... Many times an ideal spot for mic placement is at the base of the steering wheel close to your instrument panel. There's usually space to route the mic cable into and behind your dash to then plug into your new stereo. As far as the USB goes, you'll want to add on either a USB extension or an extra-long USB charging/data cable, and then route it to the most convenient spot for phone placement. You'll find those options under the Accessories tab of that Kenwood receiver.
  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 4/9/2018

    Ej, that's a strange (and frustrating) glitch. You could ask your local Honda dealer if they're aware of a solution. However, if you're ready to replace your radio, give us a call.

  • Ej Pio from Orland Park

    Posted on 4/3/2018

    My current stock radio in my 06 Civic coupe changes modes by itself. It goes from AUX, to FM1, to AM, without me even pressing anything. What's wrong with my radio and what do I need to do to fix it?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/20/2017

    Jim, it's certainly possible in many cars. However, that's not the case with the '08 Civic in this video. Typically, the AUX port gained with a new radio makes up for the lost factory input.

  • Jim Johnson

    Posted on 10/18/2017

    Great video. Only question unanswered is does the auxiliary port still work like normal after putting in a new radio ?

  • Kevin from Columbus

    Posted on 3/4/2017

    Very informative video. Not only did it give a great step by step on the radio (and transferring factory controls to the dash kit) but since you had to access the shifter console to run a wire it also showed me how to access that area for another project I have. I appreciate the knowledge you guys share.

  • Daniel from Bankstown

    Posted on 3/11/2016

    Great video. Very thorough guide. :)

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