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Old 01-20-2004, 01:20 PM   #1
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A long time ago I remember seeing a post here about the kits to make a 1 Din streo fit a 1.5 Din opening...someone wanted to find one with a cubby taking up the extra space rather than a flat surface, I just wanted to get the word out that I found one...in case that person (I can't remember who it was) or anyone else was interested. I found it here http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...D=117740&DID=7. It looks pretty good to me (looks like it should match the grey interiors fairly well...and even the material and finish look like a pretty good match). For 10 bucks I think I will just go ahead and order one just to check it out. Oh, and yes, it should fit our cars despite the fact that it doesn't list us...it came up on a search specifically for Bonnie parts.
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Anytime you upgrade from a stock HU to an aftermarket HU an adapter is needed. I cannot recall the technical term, but $10 clams sounds about right.

Its just used to fill up the void space left from the stock headunit.

Granted we are talking about the same thing here
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I was just referring to the dash kit. I've looked everywhere for aftermarket 1.5 din head units, and I hate all of the ones I've found (except for an Alpine one that is no longer made ), so I'm sure I'll end up with a 1 din if I ever get around to upgrading. I was just happy to find a dash kit that has a little pocket instead of an ugly flat space above and below the reciever...I've never liked the way that looks. It seems to me that this one could look pretty nice...almost stock...but I'll never know unless I get one and try it.
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Not all need it jimbo, there are 1.5 DIN aftermarkets too!
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*idiot alert*

WTF is a DIN?

*edit* dash insert?
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Oh...now I know why the confusion (well part of it is my poor word choices because I know squat about stereos :P ). Anyway, I don't know what DIN stands for, but it'* a measurement or designation for the size of head units (and I think anything that goes in the dash, like climate controls too...someone correct me if I'm wrong). 1 DIN is standard, 1.5 is what we have (GM/Chrysler), and some Aisian cars have 2 DIN. Since we have larger 1.5 DIN openings, smaller 1 DIN stereos don't fit without the kit.

I hope that was what you were asking about...otherwise I'll look pretty silly. :P
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Oh...now I know why the confusion (well part of it is my poor word choices because I know squat about stereos :P ). Anyway, I don't know what DIN stands for, but it'* a measurement or designation for the size of head units (and I think anything that goes in the dash, like climate controls too...someone correct me if I'm wrong). 1 DIN is standard, 1.5 is what we have (GM/Chrysler), and some Aisian cars have 2 DIN. Since we have larger 1.5 DIN openings, smaller 1 DIN stereos don't fit without the kit.

I hope that was what you were asking about...otherwise I'll look pretty silly. :P
Lots of SUV also have 3 DIN, its just the term for the size of the HU, as posted above... about 95% of the good aftermarket HUs come only in 1 DIN...
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Looks pretty close to the one I have, Think mine was for a VW actually



Now with my alpine out, when it is out and exteneded the display is bigger than 1 din.



Go for it.
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Metra is a very good brand for kits and harnesses btw....

here is what DIN is all about..


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Since the dash is the most common mounting spot for car radios and disc players, you'll first need to know what size head unit (which is what a car radio is called in the biz) fits there. You'll find three basic sizes of sources (another common term for heads): DIN, DIN-and-a-half, and double-DIN. DIN stands for Deutsche Industries Normen, which in the case of head units means a width of approximately 7 inches, a height of about 2 inches, and a depth between about 5-7/8 and 6-3/4 inches. For cars with factory units that are DIN-and-a-half or double-DIN, the consumer can select an exact-size replacement or use an installation kit to make a smaller DIN-sized radio fit into a larger opening. In some cases, a larger radio face will mean a bigger display and controls, making it easier to operate (safety is paramount, after all). Cosmetic integration is usually best when an exact-size replacement radio is installed. Any good salesperson can identify what size the factory radio is either by looking at the car itself or using a guidebook or other resource.
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