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Unread 07-03-2011, 06:34 AM   #1
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steev's Double Din TJ install

UPDATE! I've changed my setup. Skip to post 27 for the latest pics.


I bought my first TJ about a month ago. I was not happy at all with the din and a half stock setup, so I decided to mod the dash to fit the double din Kenwood unit from my previous vehicle. I didn't do the best job documenting this, but here's what I have. You all know what the stock dash looks like, so no picture of that. I pulled the radio and dash bezel to test fit the head unit. I needed a small amount of space top to bottom, so I pulled out a sharp utility knife and trimmed out the piece above the radio that separates it from the vents. Note: The vents still fully function. This piece is in no way connected to the vents.


I started by dremelling out an opening for the trim ring from my double din install kit and dry fitting it in.


Once I had it lined up and straight, I used plastic epoxy to hold it in place. That stuff worked great. I then fiberglassed the sides and bottom. There wasn't enough room at the top to fiberglass under the vents, so more epoxy was added to fill in the tiny gabs and pin holes.


After some bondo and a bunch of sanding, I primed it.


Did some finish sanding and spot filler and finally hit it with a bunch of light coats of flat black.


That's where I stand right now. I'm hoping to have it installed today or tomorrow and will update with some pics. The best part about it is that it's all reversible in about 10 minutes. I modded a spare dash bezel that I picked up off of Craigslist for 20 bucks. Comments are welcome!

-steve


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Unread 07-03-2011, 12:42 PM   #2
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In case you were wondering why I got rid of the entire body line around the radio and the HVAC controls, look at your stock setup. That body line goes above the radio in stock form. Since I had to trim all the way up to the vents, the body line would have turned and just ended at the side of the radio. I didn't like how that would look and I didn't want the hassle of trying to make a body line just around the HVAC controls, so I glassed it and did away with the whole thing. In my opinion, it was the cleanest way to do it.

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Unread 07-03-2011, 01:02 PM   #3
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nice work.

If you lived a little closer to me i'd put ya to work, it's hard to find guys in this area that can acomplish clean installs.
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QUOTE=billzcat1;wsar10 is right on point on this oil thread - as usual. Anyone reading this would be well-served taking his advice.


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Unread 07-03-2011, 04:03 PM   #4
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Looks great; glad to see people who aren't afraid of some simple fiberglass work.
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Unread 07-03-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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Some simple brackets to hold the radio in place...


Exactly the look I was going for.


Installed and working!



Hope you guys like it. Overall, I'm really happy with how it turned out. By the way, it's the Kenwood DNX6960...so it's got built-in nav and bluetooth. I also have an HD tuner and an iPod cable for my iPhone.

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Unread 07-03-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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nice work.

If you lived a little closer to me i'd put ya to work, it's hard to find guys in this area that can acomplish clean installs.
Drop it in the mail! I'll be in Carlisle in a few weeks for All Truck Nationals and can bring it back then!

It'll cost ya though!
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Unread 07-03-2011, 08:27 PM   #7
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Drop it in the mail! I'll be in Carlisle in a few weeks for All Truck Nationals and can bring it back then!

It'll cost ya though!
No I need a guy here with me thaqt can do it 30hrs a week, cuz I can't keep up with the few customers that I have.
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Unread 07-29-2011, 12:57 PM   #8
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What trim ring did you use?
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Unread 07-30-2011, 08:02 AM   #9
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What trim ring did you use?
It was the fitting kit that I had mounted in my 98 Ranger. It's a Metra kit. Not sure of the part number. Should be easy enough to figure out.

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Unread 07-30-2011, 05:48 PM   #10
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very clean install, good work
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Unread 07-30-2011, 05:54 PM   #11
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****!!

I wish I would've seen this 2 weeks ago b4 I bought my HU...lol
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Unread 07-31-2011, 05:54 AM   #12
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****!!

I wish I would've seen this 2 weeks ago b4 I bought my HU...lol
Never too late!
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Unread 11-30-2012, 10:29 PM   #13
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did all the wiring go easy and stuff too??
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Unread 12-01-2012, 05:47 AM   #14
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did all the wiring go easy and stuff too??
Yup. Wired up just like any other head unit install.
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Unread 12-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #15
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Great Work!!!! Love the ingenuity.
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