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So i have been wanting to do a double din install in my truck for the last couple weeks finally got the double din its a kenwood ddx516 and i started and finished the install today thought i would do a little write up on it as i have seen some pics of installs and some small writeups on how they were done so i took some pics along the way today and thought i might do a little write up.
first thing i like to do is tear apart the dash and do a test fit on the double din to see how it clears best mine had the best clearences when positioned to the passenger side of the dash as it gave a path for wires to be tucked in and what not, after i figured out where the best clearences were i placed the dash bezel back over top of the double din in the dash with tape placed around the bezel so i could mark off where i needed to cut and trim the dash to clear the headunit, after i got it all marked off using a cardboard cutout of the dimenssions of the double din which i pictured, after everything was drawn onto the tape i used a dremel with cutoff wheel to cut the trim on the bezel, after i had everything cut back and cleaned up a bit i did a quick test fit to ensure everything cleared properly, after that i used the pieces of plastic that i had cut out of the bezel to frame in the sides of the dash i used hot glue on the backside of the dash to temporarly hold them in place and then used another piece of the plastic that i wasnt going to use along with a soldering iron to fuse the added pieces to the existing bezel to reinforce it. after that i used a cardboard cutout of the hole that needed to be filled in and glued the cutout in place with hot glue, normally i would have fiberglassed this part but the opening wasnt large enough for me to justify getting all of that out and making a mess. after that setup i body filled both sides and sanded it smooth and then masked off the grey areas of the dash and painted the other areas of it, i plan to repaint the area i painted today but started running low on time so i just put a quick coat of filler primer on it and called it a day, let me know what you guys think and if you have any questions.
the pics from when its done arent the best due to the low light and the camera glaring whenever i took pics i had to turn the flash down so quality isnt the best i will try to take some better pics tomorrow.
Looks pretty good.
97 Chevy C3500 7.4L/4L80E
87 Mazda B2000 5.7 LT1/4L60E
Damn good work!
1997 ECSB (third door) Silverado - 5.7 Vortec, 3.73 gears, Kenwood CD player
Sold: 1993 ECSB Silverado - 5.7 TBI, 3.42 gears, 3" Body lift, 2" Cowl hood, 285/75/16 BFG All terrains, Alpine CD player, auto start
now i just need to find a paint to match the oem color that was there before
what do you mean by header?
i was going to make a metal bracket for the headunit but when i went to test fit the dash over the headunit in the dash it was a very tight fit and didnt require me to fab anything up it just sits in there right now and i can try to move it but it doesnt move at all, the brackets i was going to make would have bolted to the side of the headunit in the stock mounting holes and then have them secure to the hard plastic brackets that were connected to the rails, hope that helps
Nice work. Double Dins are just nice.
i agree way nicer than a flip out
Nice work. I want to do this to mine so bad.
Definitely doing this to my truck..SOON! great job man!
One question though...you have it off centered. Could you have placed it more where it would it be centered with the hvac controls?? Just asking!
Last edited by THOMPSON22; 03-13-2011 at 04:31 PM.
oh yeah there was plenty of clearance for it, i just did it over there so it was farther from the shift lever and makes it easier to use and see in my opinion.
The thedetailss.com makes a good kit to put a double din in a obs. but with this kit you do have to move ur hvac controls down to where the cd player was. so there will be some cutting involved. Im wanting to do this to my truck bad!!! the kit is $164 but i was told that if ur a fsc member he will give you a deal.