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Old 05-05-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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I'd like to replace the factory unit. Thinking of a bluetooth/usb/hd radio set up. I did some research and it appears that maybe its complicated? I see from some old threads that it has a dock n lock style radio. I pulled it out and looked at it. Is it just a matter of using the metra adaptor? This one:

http://www.metraonline.com/fit.aspx

Gms -09

What about antenna adaptors?

I called crutchfield and they said uhh,,, we don't think this is a good idea....?

I know you guys are really good at this stuff and Id appreciate some insight before I mess up something.

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I just put a pioneer bluetooth headunit and amps in my 2000 SSEI with dock and lock. If you are using the factory bose amp (if it is bose), and you wish to keep the door chimes, then the GMOS 09 is what you need. It also retains onstar if you have it. This is the integration module I used on my car. It ain't that bad installing a head unit in these cars. You just take the ribbon connector and pull it loose from its mount, tuck it behind the plastic housing where the radio goes and slide your GMOS connector up from underneath and plug it in. It is pretty much plug and play. You probably should do as I did and take your metal brackets from your old head unit and attach them to your aftermarket head unit, that is if you are using a double din head unit. Its fairly easy to do, just get some short rivets and mark where they go, drill some small holes in the side of your new head unit (just barely breaking through the case), and rivet them on, it will fit just like your old one. Hope this helps. Pics below
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That should take care or everythng, if you get a single din radio the dash adapter doesnt have the dock and lock clips and I wouldnt reccoment trying to drill and rivet the clips on, I took a few screws and put them through both pieces to hold mine in, no problems
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I should have mentioned that some aftermarket head units will have threaded holes already tapped into the sides of the unit to facilitate mounting. If your factory clips will be placed over any of these existing holes when you get it where they are supposed to be to make it line up properly, then by all means just drill your clips to match those holes. Otherwise I still stand by using VERY small and short rivets which are better than self tapping sheet metal screws. Good luck to you...I am sure you can handle it just fine.
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I had the part # off a little GMS-09. Or maybe after looking at the radio and the adapters. GMS-05.

Thanks for replying ya'll

I ve got a few more questions.

How can I tell for sure if I have the bose system or not? I don't see anything on the radio or speakers.

And what about the antennae hookup? Is that part of the metra adapter?

And it looks like the above pic shows a double din size radio. If so I guess that fits in there. Which one is that?

And theres the issue of steering wheel controls, Can be used still? I saw an adaper..this one:

PAC SWI-X Universal Steering Wheel Audio Interface - SWI-X - Buy.com

good unit?

I did re read some of the old posts, but it seems like some of the info was from 2005 and some newer adapters might be available...



Thanks again...
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Bose is very proud of Bose, and if it was it would have it written on every speaker grill.
No, the metra adapter doesnt include the antenna adapter. The antenna adapter is something that youre just expected to get yourself. Any auto parts store or car audio store will have them, and if you pay more than $10 you're getting ripped off.
Double Dins and Single Dins fit, but you just have to decide which one you want and get the mounting kit from Metra.
For the last question, I don't know if thats a good unit or not, but when it comes to electronics the word "universal" is frowned upon. You might look for a Bonneville specific unit.
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