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Old 09-28-2006, 11:00 PM   #1
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Well, I was stubborn as usual and thought that I would be able to install a double-din Headunit in my car. The dash dimensions on my Aurora and the 2000+ Bonneville are the same, other than my dash opening is 7.25" at the top, and 6.75" wide at the bottom. I was told by various companies and other people that it wouldn't fit. I didn't listen, and this is what it got me.



































It fit perfectly through the dash opening!!!

The only insallation issue I had (which was pretty major) was that the dash was not DEEP enough. Toastedoats (Aaron) warned me of this, and he was absolutely right!

The spots that I cut out of my dash cavity can be seen in the picture below. I didn't get an actual picture of what I did, but the whtie boxes below represent the areas I had to cut out for the wire harness (right) and the RCA cables (left) to fit through.
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Here'* the unit fully installed in the dash. I'ts a perfect fit!
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Here is what the display shows when you turn the unit on:
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And while you play a cd or listen to the radio:
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The color of the text can be changed to red/orange, yellow, white, or blue. I have it set on blue.

This is the wire harness that plugs into the factory ribbon cable. out of all these wires I only used TWO of them! the ground, and constant hot (yellow)..
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This is the Kenwood side of the harness.. only four wires connected here. switched ignition power (source is the positive side of cigarette lighter wiring), amp turn-on leed, ground, and constant hot.
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All connections are soldered. the ribbon cable AND the antennae MUST be unclipped from the back of the dash cavity to provide clearance! The both of them are just hanging behind the dash cavity. It'* all plastic behind there, so there'* not a worry of anything shorting out! You'll need a motorola style of antenna adapter for the 2000+ Bonneville.


Last but not least, here'* the stock headunit in comparision to the Kenwood. They're very close in dimensions!
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Here is the remote control wire to connect an adapter for my steering wheel controls.. I'm not sure where to get one, but I REALLY WANT to get one! Anyone know where I can get one??
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In all, this job wasn't too bad, just had to be careful and measure things out! The installation in all took me right around 2 hours because of the cutting that was required to my dash. If it weren't for that, it wouldn't have taken so long! Also, if you don't use RCA cables, and jus tuse the internal amplifier, ther'es a chance you wouldn't have to cut the back of the dash. I cut it in a way however that the stock radio can be put back in if I so choose. Any questions or comments? Thanks!


Lastly, I would like to thank Aaron for his ideas and help throughout this project. It was really helpful to work with another person during this!! Thanks man!
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nice work!! that headunit is amazing... all that stuff to look at, and no need to flip anything
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nice work!! that headunit is amazing... all that stuff to look at, and no need to flip anything
yup. that'* why I love Double Din units. They look like "they could be stock", yet you can get them packed with functions. Like you said, My favorite thing about it, is that you DON'T have to flip the face to change cd'*!! It does have way too many options though.. it took me an hour to figure out how to even set the clock. lol. (which is why my picture says 4 PM an dit'* actually around 9 PM when the picture was taken.) It even has a G-Analyzer although I haven't used it yet. Another favorite feature is the USB port on the front to plug a key drive or iPod into, and the auxiliar RCA inputs on the rear to hook ANYTHING up to that has a headphone jack on it.

Here'* the unit on Kenwood'* page if anyone wants to look at it.
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Wow, good way to stick it to the man, there! Very nice install, man.
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No one ever got anywhere listening to nay sayers

Looks great
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you donot use that remote wire for the steering wheel controlls


you get a PAC SWIX and then go from there
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wow, nice head unit!!! looks like it belongs there
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you donot use that remote wire for the steering wheel controlls


you get a PAC SWIX and then go from there
Actually, he could get this and plug that wire into it. It'* a lot like the SWIX, but it'* wired instead of infared, and it'* brand-specific.
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you donot use that remote wire for the steering wheel controlls


you get a PAC SWIX and then go from there
Actually, he could get this and plug that wire into it. It'* a lot like the SWIX, but it'* wired instead of infared, and it'* brand-specific.
that does look like what I'd need, only problem is that it'* a male connector, and my cd player has a male connector... two male ends don't connect to each other.. hmmm. Odd!
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actually, to me, this looks like a female plug to me...
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