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Old 07-10-2007, 08:44 AM   #1
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Aftermarket radio removal

Hey, im new here and have a question on how to remove an aftermarket radio. Currently my girlfriend has an older panasonic and I'm going to be putting in a pioneer 4900 with a sirius adaptor. I'm thinking I could just radio bezel and the unit should just slide out. Is there something else I should do??

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Old 07-10-2007, 08:56 AM   #2
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start at the top of the dash kit(black piece the radio is sitting in)

that black kit the radio sits in pops right out(with a little effort) and there are two tabs you will have to bend out on the sides, and it slides right out...

OR what you could do first, is when you get the new radio, try using the removal keys that come with the new radio, and see if it'll pop them out.
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Thanks for your reply. I'll let you know what happens when I try to install it.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:37 AM   #4
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that's really good for those cd's
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that's really good for those cd's
They're burnt cds.........
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It depends how it was installed. If the dash kit went into the dash first and then the radio went into it, the tabs will not be bent out on top. If the deck was put into the dash kit and then the whole piece was installed as a unit, you will need to bend the tabs back down. I know I purposely put the dash kit in first and then the radio for just this reason. It makes taking the radio out really quick and easy and allows for easy access to the rats nest of RCAs behind it in case I have a problem...
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i put my dash kit in first, and then put the cage in next, and then the radio, and i can still remove it as a single piece...

honestly, the focus is one of the easiest cars to steal an aftermarket radio out of
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That is true. I mean, there is no OEM trim piece to remove to get at it or anything. I know some of my friends that have Integras have to dissassemble half of the interior to get their deck in and out.

But, the theft thing doesn't really concern me that much. I mean, if a thief is going to get my stuff out, he is going to get it out...no matter how well it is secured. Not to mention, if you get past my locks and alarm, and then just take the deck....that is just an excuse for me to get a new deck...
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Actaully if its a single din install, you should get two flat tools with the new panasonic unit. you should be able to use those to remove the head unit with out removing the dash kit.

of course, you will probably have to remove the dash kit to get at the harness to redo that :/
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Actaully if its a single din install, you should get two flat tools with the new panasonic unit. you should be able to use those to remove the head unit with out removing the dash kit.

of course, you will probably have to remove the dash kit to get at the harness to redo that :/
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OR what you could do first, is when you get the new radio, try using the removal keys that come with the new radio, and see if it'll pop them out.
yep, said that
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