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[HOW-TO][INTERIOR][2001-2003] Double-DIN Dash Modification

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First off, I am a huge music fan, not a big fan of radio for various reasons –
I prefer to use a device that houses all of my favorites. I originally connected my Ipod directly to my factory deck, but soon realized that in order to browse my music, I needed to navigate from the Ipod itself, which is not legal in this province.

In looking for a new head unit, I wanted 4 things:

  1. Ipod Sync
  2. Bluetooth
  3. Double DIN
  4. Concealed Connections (no jacks on the face)

I wanted a double din and knew going in that it would need to be a custom install. After watching many Youtube videos, I decided this was something I may be able to do myself.

Please note: I am not a mechanic or an electrical guru. I removed and installed things that you may not want to do. This is written only from my own experience – this is not intended to be taken as the “right” way to do the install so please read this walkthrough first. I assume no responsibility for any damage you may cause to your vehicle.

Materials Required:

  • New Double-DIN Head unit
  • Antenna adapter – required for older vehicles
  • Vehicle Specific Wiring Harness
  • Bondo body filler
  • Adhesive/ Epoxy
  • Primer
  • Plastic Paint
  • Sand Paper 80 – 220 – 320 Grit
  • Soldering Iron
  • Solder
  • Masking Tape
  • Heat shrink Tubing
  • Dremel Tool
  • Metal cutting saw
  • Drill bits
  • Safety glasses
  • Ventilated work area
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I just wanted to complement you on this thread I followed the directions and did it myself. I will say it is kind of a pain to snap the dash back in and I actually had paint peal a little in the corner. I plan to fix that with maybe a little more clearance other then that I think it looks pretty darn good. I had around 100 bucks in parts let me know what you think.

My unit, no I didn't pay 500 lol I got a reaaaallly good deal on it new.


Bondo here is pretty well finished


Painted, just trying it before installing

Finished with small mess up in the corner :rant: :blahblah:

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Sand, prime, paint. I'm super glad I did this instead of doing like a flip out I think its super clean. Also its hard to believe that guy will do those for 125 I mean even if you get a good deal on parts your still talking at least 80 dollars and your not even talking labor or shipping lol!
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