Cavalier Wiring Information

I compiled this list of tables because there seems to be a lot of questions lately in the Audio Forums over at www.v6z24.com regarding what wires go where. I have included tables for both stereo wiring as well as alarm wiring. These tables were taken from the vehicle information database at www.the12volt.com, this is an excellent source for any install info you may be after. Some of the tables seem identical however I have not merged them as of this time. There might be slight differences from one table to the other so it is best to use the correct table for your vehicle. This page currently only covers the1st and 2nd generation Cavalier, but color and location should be correct for all J-Bodies of that year. 3rd generation info will be added at a later date.

I should also add that it is recommended when installing an aftermarket head unit that you purchase a wire harness adaptor kit for your vehicle, this is the best route to go for a clean reversible install. These adaptors are connected to your aftermarket HU, then plugged into the OEM wire harness. The best method for connecting the wires is always solder. Second best would be crimp connectors, and just twisting the wires together and taping them is never recommended. I typically use heat shrink tubing to then cover the solder joint, this makes for a good install. It's easier to put the wires into a loom if they are shrink wrapped than it is if you have 15 wires each wrapped in electrical tape.

Here are the 2 types of harness adaptors you will encounter. The years are not specific due to mid-year change overs etc. you may have a car newer than 88 but still need the kit for the older models. To verify this pull out your OEM stereo and check the type of connectors you have.

This is the adaptor for 82-87 GM vehicles. Click here for a compatible list of vehicles.

This is the adaptor for 1988 and up GM vehicles. Click here for a complete list of compatible vehicles.


Disclaimer
*All information on this site is provided "as is" without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to fitness for a particular use. Any user assumes the entire risk as to the accuracy and use of this information. Please verify all wire colors and diagrams before applying any information.

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82-85 Chevrolet Cavalier
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86-90 Chevrolet Cavalier
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91-94 Chevrolet Cavalier
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AUDIO
1982-85 Chevrolet Cavalier Stereo Information
Constant 12V+Orange 
Switched 12V+ Yellow 
Ground Black 
Illumination Gray 
Dimmer Brown 
Antenna Right Front 
Front Speakers 3 1/2" Dash
Left Front (+) Tan 
Left Front (-) Gray 
Right Front (+) Light Green 
Right Front (-) Dark Green 
Rear Speakers 6" x 9" Rear Deck
Left Rear (+) Brown 
Left Rear (-) Yellow 
Right Rear (+) Dark Blue 
Right Rear (-) Light Blue 
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1986-90 Chevrolet Cavalier Stereo Information
Constant 12V+Orange 
Switched 12V+ Yellow 
Ground Black 
Illumination Gray 
Dimmer Brown 
Antenna Trigger Pink 
Antenna Right Front 
Front Speakers 3 1/2" Dash
Left Front (+) Tan 
Left Front (-) Gray 
Right Front (+) Light Green 
Right Front (-) Dark Green 
Rear Speakers 6" x 9" Rear Deck
Left Rear (+) Brown 
Left Rear (-) Yellow 
Right Rear (+) Dark Blue 
Right Rear (-) Light Blue 
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1991-94 Chevrolet Cavalier Stereo Information
Constant 12V+Orange 
Switched 12V+ Yellow 
Ground Black 
Illumination Gray 
Dimmer Brown 
Antenna Trigger Pink 
Antenna Right Front 
Front Speakers 3 1/2" Dash
Left Front (+) Tan 
Left Front (-) Gray 
Right Front (+) Light Green 
Right Front (-) Dark Green 
Rear Speakers 6" x 9" Rear Deck
Left Rear (+) Brown 
Left Rear (-) Yellow 
Right Rear (+) Dark Blue 
Right Rear (-) Light Blue 
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SECURITY
1982-85 Chevrolet Cavalier Security Information
Constant 12V+ Red Ignition Switch Harness 
Starter Yellow  Ignition Switch Harness 
Ignition Pink  Ignition Switch Harness 
Accessory Orange  Ignition Switch Harness 
Tach White  Coil 
Neutral Safety Wire Orange/Black  Gear Select Switch 
Brake Switch White  Brake Switch 
Trunk Pin n/a   
Parking Lights Brown  Light Switch 
Head Lamp Yellow (+)  Light Switch 
Hood Pin n/a   
Factory Disarm n/a   
Door Trigger White (-)  Driver's Pin Switch 
Door Lock Light Blue  Driver's Kick Panel 
Door Unlock Black  Positive Trigger 
Horn Wire Black (-)  Steering Column 
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1986-90 Chevrolet Cavalier Security Information
Constant 12V+Red  Ignition Switch Harness 
Starter Yellow  Ignition Switch Harness 
Ignition Pink  Ignition Switch Harness 
Accessory Orange  Ignition Switch Harness 
Tach White  Coil 
Neutral Safety Wire Orange/Black  Gear Select Switch 
Brake Switch White  Brake Switch 
Trunk Release Black or Yellow  Switch in Dash 
Trunk Pin Black/Orange (-)  Driver's Kick (Wagon only) 
Parking Lights Brown (+)  Light Switch or near Fuse Panel 
Head Lamp Yellow (+)  Light Switch 
Hood Pin n/a   
Factory Disarm n/a   
Door Trigger White (-)  Driver's Pin Switch 
Door Lock Light Blue  Driver's Kick Panel 
Door Unlock Black  Positive Trigger 
Horn Wire Black (-)  Steering Column 
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1991-94 Chevrolet Cavalier Security Information
Constant 12V+Red  Ignition Switch Harness 
Starter Yellow  Ignition Switch Harness 
Ignition Pink  Ignition Switch Harness 
Accessory Orange  Ignition Switch Harness 
Tach White  In Harness Behind Engine 
Neutral Safety Wire Orange/Black  Gear Select Switch 
Brake Switch White  Brake Switch 
Trunk Release Black  Switch 
Trunk Pin Black/Orange (-)  Gate Ajar Switch (Wagon only) 
Parking Lights Brown  Light Switch 
Head Lamp Tan (Low Beam) Green (Hi Beam  (+)Head Light Switch 
Hood Pin n/a   
Factory Disarm n/a   
Door Trigger White (-)  Driver's Pin Switch 
Door Lock Light Blue  Driver's Kick Panel 
Door Unlock Black  Positive Trigger 
Horn Wire Black (-)  Steering Column 
Windows Up LF=Blue, RF=Blue/White, 
Windows Down LF=Brown, RF=Tan 
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