New/Old Radio Finally In!!
Finally got my radio installed!
My brother gave me his old Pioneer DEH-P75DH CD player when he replaced the console in his Avenger with one from an Eclipse(same platform, so same dash, but console is different [Eclipse uses double-DIN-E, Avenger has ISO-DIN like ours]).
It'* about five years old, but well taken care of, and better than a stock unit.
Problem was, it only had ONE mounting bracket, for a MOPAR.
So I called Pioneer and ordered the bracket that I needed.
Bracket came in, wrong bracket!!! Somehow they screwed up and instead of the mounting brackets, I got a trim-plate-to-case bracket!
Called Pioneer again, sorted things out. Turns out I had to order the entire mounting kit that came with the radio, which was almost $20 more than I already paid.
However, they said they'd knock what I'd paid for the first, wrong bracket(including shipping) off the price for the mounting kit, and didn't require me to return the first bracket(and thus nickel out for shipping). So, had to wait for an extra week, but they did make their mistake right.
Anyway, got the right brackets, got the wiring harness, realised I had no ideawhat went where. Wires on the harnes kit were labeled, but wires on the back of the radio weren't! So, called Pioneer AGAIN, took the poor girl on the help line half an hour to find the right manual, because my radio was two wire-color-code-set-changes ago.
So had the right brackets, got the harness sorted, realised that antenna wire didn't fit.
Went to Best Buy got adapter.
Finally ready to put in dash, WOULDN"T FIT!!! The screws for the mounting brackets stuck out just a little too far.
Went and got big-*** round rasp, filed two slots in the right places, jammed it in.
Then I stripped one of those gods-damned little fasteners while Iwas screwing everthing back in. Oh, well.
Why can't just ONE of my projects go EXACTLY as planned? Just once?
Any way, it'* in, and right off the bat, no adjustments, it already sounds so much better than the stock unit. Can't wait until I can get those component 6x8s for the back.
How many ways do you think I can **** THAT up?