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Old 11-26-2004, 01:08 AM   #1
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Which dash kit?

Hi all,
I'm getting really close to finally replacing my stock Blau/MP3 HU, and was curious which dash kit to get. It seems the Metra and Scosche are the most common and available. I prefer the pocket to be located under the HU like the Metra's, but am more concerned with how it fits and the ease of installation. I've installed a Metra kit in a Chevy, but the instructions were very vague and I had to improvise for proper mounting of the HU.

The stock mount is kind of a slide and groove bracket underneath and center of the HU which, when slid all the way in, locks in place by the side clips. What locks the HU in place with the aftermarket HU/kit? Do I use any hardware from the stock unit?

Any experiences with these kits as far as difficulty or fit, would be greatly appreciated?

BTW: I'm seriously considering the Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP


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Old 11-26-2004, 03:03 AM   #2
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the cougar/focus kit is cake....from any manufacturer. take off the tabs for the cougar (that'd be four of them), and remove the shaft brackets. insert the bottom on the kit into the dash. push the top of the dash kit in... boom. done. I dislike how both of them look (imagine that), so i'm in the process of making my own.

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Old 11-26-2004, 05:15 PM   #3
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personally, i've always liked the metra kit more. it seems to blend in and look more stock than the others. but it can be difficult to take it out since it has clips that snap in.

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custom is the best I think

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very nice piece. mine is similar, however with a few switches underneath to control my accent lighting, actuators, etc.


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Thanks for the input, everyone.

I ordered the Metra kit with the VW wiring harness and antenna adapter from Parts Express. Even after downloading and reading the all the install instructions, I'm still not fully clear on how it all holds together and locks in place. The instructions are still very vague like my previous install, but I trust it will be as easy as some of you say.

Now all I need to do is order the new HU, I'm kind of on the fence between three models, but leaning towards the Premeir.
1)Premier DEH-P860MP
2)Alpine CDA-9833
3)Clarion DXZ945MP
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yeah, the metra kit is pretty easy, just one thing you need to remember, the mounting kit goes on the outside of the headunit, the headunit does not slide in through the front like most installation kits formost cars. you'll see what i mean when you get it. another tip, i don't think you really need to use the backstrap clip thing (the plastic peice that slides on the track below the unit), i never used it and it looks fine, it's just a little easier to install without it in my opinion.

as far as the head unit goes, i love pioneer so i say go with that. but i would go with the regular p8600mp unless you plan on going 3 way since that unit's preouts can be split into highs, mids, and lows as opposed to front, rear, and sub (the p860mp has the option of both configuarations); that's the only real advantage of that model.

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Thanks for the extra tips Scott.
The Premier's crossover feature does interest me a lot, but I won't use it right away. The price difference is only $5 to $10 more than the 8600 at most online stores, so I don't want to regret not having it if I ever decide to use it!
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Goodbye to the Blaupunkt MP3

I used the Metra kit and I think it came out nice. The HU's sleeve/cage didn't lock in place as well as I thought it should, so, against Scott's recommendation, I ended up using the rear bracket that slides on to the rail. It held it more securely that way. Snapping the bezel in place took care of any other slop that remained. The sound of the Premier is excellent, especially the imaging and soundstage from the auto time alignment/EQ function. Bass depth, articulation and overall clarity is also greatly improved from the extensive bass management.
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