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<b>BEFORE:</b>
our factory mounts do not allow us to put the radio ring on it because of the way it sits with the AC and cubby hole.

<b>AFTER:</b>
after a <b><big>simple and free</big></b> mod, the radio protrudes enough to place the ring on.

This how-to will help you fix the problem with our dash that convieniently causes the deck to look right whether you buy a dask kit, or use the factory brackets. The dash kit indents the deck and makes it look awkward IMO, while the factory brakets flush mount everything besides the face but do not allow the use of the ring for the radio (for a lack of better words). The only way to use this ring with the factory mounts is by shaving the dash panel. I have seen some do it but i think its a bad idea. Here is what a deck with normal factory mounts would look like:



First things first, remove your stock and aftermarket radio. Bring to your work area: the two factory metal brackets, the radio, and the cuby. For tools you should prepare a drill, 2 drill bits (talked about later), a file, and a screw driver. A vise would also be useful.

The first thing I did was switch the positioning of the radio. In the stock format the radio is above the cuby, which is above the AC controls. For the stock radio with steering wheel controls this was fine, however, with the new deck you will need a way to reach it easier. For a better look, more ease of use, and less glare, move your radio in between the cuby and the AC controls.



now easier to reach deck with hand on shift knob



The next step is drilling the holes in the factory brackets. Familiarize yourself with the brackets beforehand to know what side is up and down and front and back. Looking from the side, the most forward side of each bracket should have one hole. The back side should have two holes. Doing the first hole first, grab your small drill bit. This drill bit can be any size which is considerably lower than a screw. This is merely to make it possible to drill a larger hole. The larger drill bit should be the exact size to make a hole the size of the factory holes in the bracket. This hole should be drilled more towards the front of the bracket, as if the 2 holes were next to eachother. file off any sharp pieces. The back holes are one hole diamiter apart. Drill your hole directly between these with the same process. Small first, then large.



The key to the next step is matching up the holes. On the CD player you want to use the same two (2) holes that you normaly would use to mount the CD player. On the factory brackets you should use the 2 new holes on each side. Be aware to only use 8mm screws (or whatever your deck requires) and not to over tighten. Some screws will not go in completely straight.



This should protrude the CD player a bit (about 1/8 to 1/4 inch) from the cubby. Also make sure that the cd player sticks out enough so that you can see the two holes that the ring will lock into.

<b>BEFORE:</b>


<b>AFTER:</b>





You should make sure that the cubby also has some gap over the cd player. This will look bad now, but it will clear up some of the gap on the top once the dash is put back, and the gap above the cd player is eliminated when the face plates ring is put on.

Screw the radio into place, and replace the dash piece. You will see that it looks the same as it probably did beforehand. <B>SEE STEP 1 AND 2 FOR PICTURES OF WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE!</B> Now you will want to take the rim and place it onto the radio. You will most likely need a bit of coaxing but be gentle, the piece is sort of fragile. Now you have a finished project:







Hope you enjoy! Add your pictures to show how it worked out for you. Feel free to contact me with any questions <b> [email protected] </b>
 
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