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 Post subject: Double-Din install - Somewhat D.I.Y guide
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:17 am 
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I tried to take as many pictures as i could during the process and i will try to answer any questions I can. I did this over two days due to drying, etc. I will try to make this step by step. I missed some pics in the initial process but you can reference the USB/AUX install pics below to help. Good luck and be patient.

Materials I used:
Plastic electrical dual gang box covers from home depot (they're blue, easy to find and a good thickness)
Aluminum angle 1/16 thick, also at home depot
JB Weld plastic epoxy
Bondo
painters tape
sandpaper
thick poster board for templates
Xacto knife
Spray paint
*You may want to source a new trim panel from a Salvage yard so you can put yours back later*

First thing is to remove your factory radio and measure distance between holes, I used a micrometer for this.

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Cut your aluminum angle to around 3" (+/- based on your model of navigation)
I drill holes to match the holes on the side of the pioneer. After attaching the pieces to the pioneer i used my micrometer to get the width and drill those holes. Then I test fit and used a dremel to makes the holes more of a slot and i could tweak it for later purposes.


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Now that you have that in the car you need the trim panel to fit. I used poster board to first make a template of the Pioneer size (approx 3.75 x 6.875) then i centered this over the factory location and taped it down... real well or it will move!!!

IT WONT FIT.. :seuss:
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Next i cut the "wings" out of cardboard to fill the sides, easier to make templates first, then cut the plastic. I used those templates to cut out of the Blue plastic pieces I purchased from Local hardware. I did this with my dremel. I then covered the plastic wings with painters tape and stuck them on the trim panel. Now you can use the plastic epoxy from the back and get them nicely attached. I would try to get them to fit as tight as possible, it makes clean up later, much easier.

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Once the epoxied had cured I cut out the top and bottom of the trim panel to give the height needed for the new unit. I used the same template that was already taped in place. Since i am a little over anal, i saved the pieces i cut out and used them for my side pieces with the blue plastic.

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Now that your hole should be cut the size of your template you can clean it up and prep it for some bondo. Bondo is an art of a sort. If your unfamiliar i would apply it in thin layers to make finishing work/sanding easier. I recommend testing you bondo ability on something else first.

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Once i had a good smooth surface and my trim panel looked clean, I prepped and painted it with the closest plastic bonding paint i could find to my interior. Let the paint cure at least 24 hours, trust me on this, it nicks easy when its not cured fully.

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Here are some other pics of me doing the USB and AUX ports under the CIG lighter. This shows my template process a little better. Same general process as above, just different, smaller shapes! 8)

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I hope this helps and of course, I assume no responsibility for anything you may eff up in your attempt to follow my installation.


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 Post subject: Re: Double-Din install - Somewhat D.I.Y guide
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:29 am 
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... CRAP!!!!!...

Now I have another project.... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

My USB pigtail hanging between the dash and center console will no longer be sufficient.

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

Curse you Red Baron!!! :ROTFL:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:47 am 
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Do you have a picture of it complete and installed?

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 Post subject: Re: Double-Din install - Somewhat D.I.Y guide
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:34 am 
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Great ideas, finished pics please


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 Post subject: Re: Double-Din install - Somewhat D.I.Y guide
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:41 pm 
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I know I'm reviving a 3 year old thread, but for everyone's info, double din units are available on eBay for about 40 bucks. Just in time :)

http://r.ebay.com/fL3Jd2


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