Ok, so here’s my first contribution to the site… After owning a couple of Marquis’ over the years I finally acquired what I really wanted, a Crown Vic LX Sport, 2005 to be exact. 76k miles and in very good condition. I decided to keep my paid for 2003 Mountaineer for towing/large family outings. That meant the Pioneer radio and ipod adapter that has been in at least 3 vehicles was in its final position, time for a new deck…. I really did not like the way the single din radios looked in the dash, plus the pocket above is useless because it’s too thin to reach stuff that falls to the back. After searching around I finally decided that one way or another I would have a double-din touch screen in this car. I decided on a Kenwood DDX514 because… well, I liked it. What follows is my install story.
I’ll skip the boring before pictures and obnoxious wiring…. Its all been seen before.
Basically I used a Metra turbokit # 95-5026 for various ’01 and up Ford double-din installs. Of course it would not fit into the hole in the radio trim panel so I used my trusty Dremel to cut the lip from the back side of the opening. I removed it all the way around.
Ok, apparently edits and text from photobucket don't transfer here, just pretend the lip around the inside is gone.....
After test fitting the radio and kit into the opening I found that the taper of the kit squeezed into the radio and did not allow it to install easily. I remedied this by removing the lower bar on the kit and notching the top corners so the sides could be squeezed inward to allow it to fit better.
I then used plastic epoxy to glue the install kit into the opening for the radio.
After the epoxy dried I was able to mount the radio into the panel then install everything as an assembly. I had already installed my Pioneer 6x8’s in the doors and 6x9’s in the rear deck. I also had my Bazooka 10” sub boxed with an Alpine amp from my previous Marquis’.