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post #1 of 16 Old 03-11-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Radio: I am already frustrated

I have this nice Pioneer AVH491 that I was planning on installing.
But when I take out the old radio ... no luck. It's a bit too tall to fit.
What's the solution?

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-11-2019, 06:18 PM
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Installation kit?
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Oh I have the installation kit. It appears that I will have to remove metal. Didn't see anything like that in the videos on YouTube.
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Oh I have the installation kit. It appears that I will have to remove metal. Didn't see anything like that in the videos on YouTube.
You probably have a double din head unit.
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Radio? People still put radios in jeeps?
I haven't had a radio in my CJ for over 20 years.

Even if I did, I wouldn't be able to hear it


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Wj'are 1.5 DIN, pioneer is the std double din. You need to cut to get things to fit.

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post #8 of 16 Old 03-12-2019, 05:49 AM
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Yep.. either return and get a single DIN size unit, or you can buy a double DIN adapter face plate. Some people trim them, but they usually look pretty hacked up...
"SD Overland" posted the most commonly available adapter.
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You probably have a double din head unit.

Yes, it is a double-din.
(In the real world we might say 2U. But nobody understands that. *sigh*)
Did find a video that showed everything being cut up. Not really the direction I want to go.


I'm looking for a nice 1.5 high unit now.
Do want hands-free. Many states I drive through now require it. (IL & NY) And it is generally safer.
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You probably have a double din head unit.

Yes, it is a double-din.
(In the real world we might say 2U. But nobody understands that. *sigh*)
Did find a video that showed everything being cut up. Not really the direction I want to go.


I'm looking for a nice 1.5 high unit now.
Do want hands-free. Many states I drive through now require it. (IL & NY) And it is generally safer.
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I like my single din alpine. I dont want to butcher my wj either.
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Pretty easy to install, only took a day. Some modification is needed to the dash, but nothing too bad. If you have the infinity gold system, you can keep the amp and speakers and just replace the head unit. I added satellite, hands free, android auto/apple carplay, and it's a touch screen. Technology of the new jeeps in an old body. Love it.
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Pretty easy to install, only took a day. Some modification is needed to the dash, but nothing too bad. If you have the infinity gold system, you can keep the amp and speakers and just replace the head unit. I added satellite, hands free, android auto/apple carplay, and it's a touch screen. Technology of the new jeeps in an old body. Love it.

Well-done.
Looks like I have to buy my first angle grinder to get the metal out. Correct?


Also, I like your burl. Have to find some of that for mine.
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Well-done.
Looks like I have to buy my first angle grinder to get the metal out. Correct?


Also, I like your burl. Have to find some of that for mine.
Your going to want a dremel tool with a cut off wheel in that tight space. Prepare for lots of cutting, not much room in there.
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It really isn't that bad. I used a Dremel and an air saw on my compressor. There's not metal back there to cut. It's all plastic. You'll but out the plastic bracket behind the bezel, but not the edges. And then trim the top to fit. It is pretty tight, but I shoved all the excess cables and boxes to the both sides. I got the axxess box to keep the steering wheel controls as well.

The hardest part was modifying the new double din bezel. You have to remove the vents from the old bezel to put on the new ones. Once you get the old bezels off and trimmed to fit the new bezel, I just used a flathead screwdriver and a torch to plastic weld the vents in place.

Hope some of that helps. Let me know if you need anything. It is well worth it.
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