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#1847347 - 08/27/09 07:54 PM My Double DIN Radio Install
2005CVSport Offline
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Registered: 06/29/09
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Loc: South La
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’.





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#1847365 - 08/27/09 08:11 PM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: 2005CVSport]
sanco Offline
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Registered: 08/26/07
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Loc: chicago, illinois
very nice and very clean. for once its nice to see an audio system done right \:D
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#1847384 - 08/27/09 08:35 PM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: sanco]
Happy Birthday 04clone Offline
The filthy seaman
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Registered: 04/21/08
Posts: 3142
Loc: Holiday, FL
Looks nice. Does the screen tilt up and down or side to side to reduce glare? I want to get a double din unit that the screen is not in a fixed position.
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#1847455 - 08/27/09 09:55 PM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: 04clone]
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Registered: 11/24/06
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Loc: Moorpark, CA
nice install, very clean!
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#1847533 - 08/27/09 11:33 PM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: 04SSHD]
The_SaudiPanther Offline
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Registered: 02/18/07
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Loc: Riyadh , Saudi Arabia
Clean install congratulations .
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#1847554 - 08/27/09 11:57 PM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: BigNSlow]
The_SaudiPanther Offline
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Registered: 02/18/07
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Loc: Riyadh , Saudi Arabia
 Originally Posted By: Bluemobile
Looks good. I used Metra 99-5600 when I installed mine. With that kit I had to trim the bottom edge of the surround as well and a little bit of the dash trim on the sides but everything else fit ok. No need for epoxy. The outside surround went in from the outside and clipped onto the side brackets which mount to the head unit from the inside.




With your setup it looks like the unit is in there permanently.


Hi Bluemobile .

Nice clean install \:M .Did you change the 1996 center defrost duct with the 2003+ duct ??

2005CVSport sorry for hijacking the thread .


Edited by The_SaudiPanther (08/28/09 12:01 AM)
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#1847674 - 08/28/09 07:28 AM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: BigNSlow]
Central50 Offline
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Registered: 02/10/02
Posts: 5109
Loc: Long Island, NY
Well.. thanks guys - I never noticed that I need a kit to fit a screen in - I just assumed that the size was of a double DIN, not bigger then that. Well, guess I will buy the kit you got Blue.
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#1847675 - 08/28/09 07:32 AM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: 04SSHD]
crown_vic_driver Offline
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Registered: 05/22/06
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Loc: Birmingham, AL
Makes me want to put a double din in my car.
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#1847680 - 08/28/09 07:36 AM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: crown_vic_driver]
Central50 Offline
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Registered: 02/10/02
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Loc: Long Island, NY
Doubles are so much more worth it, especially touch screens.
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#1847748 - 08/28/09 09:34 AM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: Central50]
Central50 Offline
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Registered: 02/10/02
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So to get a double din in, we have to use a kit like above? I would of figured that it could still be mounted in, and the room on the sides are covered by the trim piece that is given from the radio...
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#1847751 - 08/28/09 09:38 AM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: Central50]
sanco Offline
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Registered: 08/26/07
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Loc: chicago, illinois
yea you still need to get the double din dash kit. it just makes it look a little cleaner
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#1847756 - 08/28/09 09:43 AM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: sanco]
Central50 Offline
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Registered: 02/10/02
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Loc: Long Island, NY
K, I have to say I do like the look of the Metra turbokit # 95-5026, not really caring about having to epoxy it. Okay ebay, lets give it a spin.
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#1847765 - 08/28/09 09:52 AM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: BigNSlow]
Central50 Offline
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Registered: 02/10/02
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Loc: Long Island, NY
Just got it for 8 bucks on ebay \:\)

It can wait a couple of days for shipping, still waiting for the harness to come in and of coarse the motor swap next weekend soo no power until then anyways.



CVSport, did you install the steering wheel control adapter so you can use the controls to control the radio?
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#1847895 - 08/28/09 01:32 PM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: Central50]
sanco Offline
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Registered: 08/26/07
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Loc: chicago, illinois
Just an FYI...or the steering wheel contoll interface to work with the aftermarket radio you need a radio that has a remote controll capaility...How it works is by infared remote signal...so depending on ur install you migt have a slight delay...kinda like changing channels on a tv...this varies between the model of the radio and the unit installed
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#1847922 - 08/28/09 02:16 PM Re: My Double DIN Radio Install [Re: sanco]
Central50 Offline
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Registered: 02/10/02
Posts: 5109
Loc: Long Island, NY
Yup, like the JVC I have, wired remote which works with my adapter. Works damn good to, have it in the honda.
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