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Old 04-09-2003, 05:18 PM   #1
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How do I remove the radio and put a new one in??? What all do I have to do?
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If your '95 is like my '93, you _carefully_ pull the faceplate surround off the dash (the part that actually encloses the front of the stereo). Hook your fingers in a corner of the opening, pull straight outwards until the spring clip releases, move a few inches along and repeat, until you have released every clip around the perimeter of the cover, and it'll lift off. You may need to unplug some stuff from in back, such as a subwoofer control if you have one.

That reveals a couple of large-ish bolts holding the stereo into the opening. Remove those and the stereo slides out the front, then unplug its wiring harnesses and antenna from the back, and you're done.

Assuming you're putting in an aftermarket replacement, you'll need some sort of nosepiece adaptor kit to mount the new unit in the dash, and you can buy wiring adaptor harnesses as well, which will allow you to plug your new stereo into the existing harness plugs so that you don't have to cut any car wiring (and you can quickly retrofit the original stereo when the time comes to sell the car).
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If your '95 is like my '93, you _carefully_ pull the faceplate surround off the dash (the part that actually encloses the front of the stereo). Hook your fingers in a corner of the opening, pull straight outwards until the spring clip releases, move a few inches along and repeat, until you have released every clip around the perimeter of the cover, and it'll lift off. You may need to unplug some stuff from in back, such as a subwoofer control if you have one.

That reveals a couple of large-ish bolts holding the stereo into the opening. Remove those and the stereo slides out the front, then unplug its wiring harnesses and antenna from the back, and you're done.

Assuming you're putting in an aftermarket replacement, you'll need some sort of nosepiece adaptor kit to mount the new unit in the dash, and you can buy wiring adaptor harnesses as well, which will allow you to plug your new stereo into the existing harness plugs so that you don't have to cut any car wiring (and you can quickly retrofit the original stereo when the time comes to sell the car).
Nope, I am taking out an aftermarket replacement and putting in a factory 7 band Eq. head unit the "thing" that is in there is a POS. can anyone confirm that they are spring clips on the '95'*?
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they didn't change them from 92-99. The plate comes off the same on all of them.
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Nope, I am taking out an aftermarket replacement and putting in a factory 7 band Eq. head unit The "thing" that is in there is a POS.
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Can anyone confirm that they are spring clips on the '95'*?
Well, yeah; if you don't see any screw heads, it pops off. But be careful that you don't break off the tabs or the clips. You pull straight up/out on the panel until the nearest clip releases, then stop pulling there. Move along to the next clip and pull again, etc. The point is that if you only free up enough clips to get your hand under one end of it, then pull, you _ain't_ going to get the rest to let go that way; they'll just break instead. You release them all the way around, then lift it straight.

I hate it whenever I have to do this, 'cause I know that if I screw up and have to look in a junkyard for replacements, they'll all be broken the same way...
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I'll be doing the exact opposite this weekend. I have my alpine 7894 head unit im pulling outa my 88 and putting in my 98. Also my 2 alpine subs are making the migration also. Hopefully friday they will be all done.
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Yup, thats all that holds in the dash trim... Just spring clips, and the will pop out fairly easily... You should have no trouble in the removal department, Its eaiser on the 92-99 bonnevilles than it is on the 88-91 bonnevilles, but its still not as bad as it sounds...
Heh... That'* true, but it'* also easy to get too, um, casual when dealing with the plastic parts, right up to the time that you hear that sickening *crunch*... So take it easy and they'll come off just fine!
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Yep that'* how you, do it. I have a 96, I was afraid to pull on it, but it just started poping off, it'* real easy.
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Not sure why 88-91'* are considered hard. I just pulled the deck and sub amp this evening and I've never pulled any part of the dash before. Was kinda hard pulling the wires from the trunk because my passenger door won't open. I just pulled the carpet from under the plastic door floor cover. Then the wires came out nice and easy. Tomarrow I'm gonna put the deck in my 98 SSEI with the help of a friend. So hopefully tomarrow afternoon gonna have big toons in my car.
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DANG, the factory unit is like 100x times better suited to the factory speakers than that after market POS, now it actually sounds like a modern system. Bass has improved greatly, and so has clarity. I am SO happy with it
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