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1984-1989 Corvette Bose Speaker Interface

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Part #: 655-126
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  • 1984-1989
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1984-1989 Bose Speaker Interface

Upgrade to an aftermarket stereo without removing your Bose speakers with this 1984-1989 Bose speaker interface kit. 

Allows use of Non-Bose Stereos with Bose Speakers

Also known under these part numbers: (For reference only)

  • 25-129442-1

1984-1996 Bose Stereo System

In 1984 GM contracted with Bose to help design a sound system that would improve their OEM Radio “Image”. Delco made the receivers and Bose furnished speaker boxes with Bose Speakers and individual amplifiers designed for each body style.

Common problems include:


                        Amplifier Failure

                        Speaker Relay Failure

                        Head Unit Problems

                        Poor Radio Reception


                        Amplifier Failure

                        Speaker Relay Failure

                        Head Unit Problems

           Receiver Failure

           Poor Radio Reception

Listed below are common symptoms and solutions to the above problems.


AMP FAILURE. No sound from individual speaker box or popping, squealing, hissing sounds and no music.

Solution: Replace amp unit (units should be replaced in pairs to maintain sound compatibility). There are correctly remanufactured Bose Amp Units under part number 614674.

Speaker Relay Failure: A loud “pop” is heard when radio is turned on. Battery usually drains overnight.

Solution: Replace relay with part number 604099. The relay is located under the right dash, attached to the brace to which the turn signal relay is also attached.

Head Unit Problems: Deck won’t take tape cassette or spits it right back. Unit needs to be remanufactured. Delco used an expensive Blaupunkt Deck in these units. 

Solution: See part number 665017.

Poor Radio Reception: May be due to a faulty antenna. The 1988-1989 factory style antennas were the best units made fore the 1984-1987 Corvettes and can be retrofitted. 

Solution: See part number 601220.


AMP FAILURE. No sound and or a popping, squealing hissing sound.  

Solution: Replace the amp where the strange sound is coming from. We suggest Amps being replaced in pairs, i.e., 2 front or 2 rear. In addition, most 1990 Y Cars (Corvette) will need a separate adapter harness (612620) as GM used an early design Amp similar to the 1984-1989 amps.

Amps are Amps! Right? WRONG! You MUST use only Corvette Bose Amps. Aftermarket amps are of lesser quality and do not match the OEM Bose Sound and cannot duplicate it.

From 1990-1996 Corvettes used 4 different amps (front or rear and coupe or convertible). The convertible used a slightly louder amp. These new amps incorporate better technology and will last much longer than the originals. Used amps are almost never successfully repaired.

Speaker Relay Failure: A loud pop is heard when the radio is turned on. Battery usually drains overnight.

Solution: Replace relay with part number 604099. The relay is located to the right of the steering column under the dash (1990-1992) or in the right rear storage compartment (1993-1996).

Head Unit Problems: Deck will not take a CD / Cassette or show “ERR” on the display.

Soulution: The unit needs to be remanufactured. See part number 665021. All 1990-1991 units used an early design CD deck and can be upgraded. The head unit does not contain the actual radio unit.

Receiver Failure: If there is no sound from any speaker and no radio operation then the radio receiver may have failed. You should check both fuses before going further into the problem. The receiver is under the right dash panel (1990-1992) or in the right rear storage compartment (1993-1996).

Convertibles also used the storage well behind the passenger seat and are especially prone to water damage.

Solution: Use receiver 16169541 for all Bose systems.

Poor Radio Reception: Replace the antenna, (601224) which is the most likely problem due to poor grounding. We also suggest replacing the entire assembly, as the repair kits may not always solve the problem.

Bose Speakers – All C4 Units

In the past, most speaker problems were due to failed amps. However, due to age and heat, speaker cone failure is now possible. This symptom would be a sound like paper rattling and is different than an Amp sound. You must use a Bose speaker for proper operation of your system. Failure to do so could short out the amp and cause overheating to the point of a fire! We know of no aftermarket speaker that has the correct OHM impedance to match the OEM Bose Speaker.