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Old 11-18-2013, 12:16 PM   #1
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MK1: Updating the headunit

My MK1 has the Audiophile system, which is great and all. Six disc CD changers were the business in 2003.

But it's 2013 and I REALLY don't want to carry fifty CDs in the car at all times. So I'd like to get a new head unit, but I'm not sure how to remove the big deck without destroying the HVAC surround (though it looks like the P/O tried to do so with a flathead. He failed).

That said, what are my options for a new unit? I don't want to go nuts and put a tablet in there, I'm happy with just an aux jack. But I am open to possibilities, depending on the price point.


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Old 11-18-2013, 12:47 PM   #2
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Go to the store, buy the ford stereo removal tool, Obviously you could try making them yourself by sacrificing a close hanger, but the tool makes quick and painless. As far as options, given that your skills are attack with screw driver DIY you should probably stick with Single DIN, a ford wire harness adapter, anntena adapter, and a radio adapter kit ( I recommend the metra kit, The schosche seems to fit the 05-07 better. Sometimes crutchfield has a deal where it gives all you need to install the radio.
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You know, I'd have never thought there'd actually be a special tool to remove radios. Guess I spent too much time around Hondas...if you punch the dash, everything pops out.

I imagine you mean something like this? http://www.ebay.com/itm/PC2-83-Ford-...p2054897.l4275

What headunits do you like/recommend? I've seen some double dins that make use of all the space, but I can't say I remember who has them on this site.
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Wal-mart carries the special tool.
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depends entirely on your budget. alpine, kenwood, and pioneer are pretty much safe bets for quality units. Alot of other stuff is just cheap crap IMO but if all you need is a radio/aux/usb that makes your speakers make sound then they are fine. I keep buying kendwood because they have 6channels of RCA outs @ 4volts for a slightly cheaper price. Your needs might be different.

Also Check the ICE section there is a "how to" somewhere for a double din install since its a fitment issue. I think now you can get a dash kit for them but you still have to cut out some plastic on some dashes.
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I think my 06 is slightly different than yours, but here's a link to the kenwood double din that I put in my car. Has USB port on the front, comes with a remote and has controls for iPod/pandora/iheart radio. Like 24 dif colors for the backlight. Pretty decent head unit for the price.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00B7I...110_SY165_QL70
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Wal-mart carries the special tool.
Walmart is not allowed to do business within NYC. Maybe one of my local parts stores carries it.

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I think my 06 is slightly different than yours, but here's a link to the kenwood double din that I put in my car. Has USB port on the front, comes with a remote and has controls for iPod/pandora/iheart radio. Like 24 dif colors for the backlight. Pretty decent head unit for the price.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00B7I...110_SY165_QL70
That looks quite nice, actually. I don't think I'd ever use Pandora, but built in controls for my iPod would be quite nice.

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depends entirely on your budget. alpine, kenwood, and pioneer are pretty much safe bets for quality units. Alot of other stuff is just cheap crap IMO but if all you need is a radio/aux/usb that makes your speakers make sound then they are fine. I keep buying kendwood because they have 6channels of RCA outs @ 4volts for a slightly cheaper price. Your needs might be different.

Also Check the ICE section there is a "how to" somewhere for a double din install since its a fitment issue. I think now you can get a dash kit for them but you still have to cut out some plastic on some dashes.
I've heard nothing but good things about Kenwood and Pioneer. Had a Pioneer Premier system in my last car, thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't know Alpine made units, but I guess that does make sense.

I'll head over to that section. I'm curious to see how much work is involved in the double din swaps.
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stereo removal tool. like 5 bucks at walmart
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I'll head over to that section. I'm curious to see how much work is involved in the double din swaps.
Metra kit 95-5806 is the kit you need for a clean install. Sonix electronic gives you free install gear it looks like if not they have some decent prices half the time anyway.

You have to actually cut the screw mount on your dash to get it to fit, the dash will still snap in fine, but thats it.
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I can mail you the removal tool for free if you PM me your address. I wont be needing mine again.
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