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Cheap and clean double din installed

I just installed the Panasonic cq-5800u in my ranger this morning. Looks like a OEM unit now that I have it installed ( which is what I wanted), it has a I pod hookup and best of all it was only $114. Its cheep, the sound quality is pretty good,and it has all of the features that I need.

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Old vs. new

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A few of it installed

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I should mention that this unit was a royal pain to install as the Metra double din kit had to be severely modified to get it to work. All of the modifications to the it were made to the front cover but we are talking about cutting it in half and and dremeling the F out it. I dont know if it is the dimensions of the unit or if the kit from metra was off, but I would suggest getting a different install kit if you are thinking of getting this unit.

Thats about it, just thought I would share in case anyone else was looking for a cheep and good looking upgrade to there head unit.
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Nice... great job, looks like an OEM radio.
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That is awesome, great find! Perfect stock replacement for someone that wants a ipod hookup, I'm gonna order that for my mustang.
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is that really double din? I thought our truck only fit 1.5 din or something?
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A couple months late... You should have posted this up a few months ago I would love to have a clean install like that! I mean I love my Pioneer deck and it looks good but factory look always gets me or all custom.
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That looks really good man. Nice job.
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is that really double din? I thought our truck only fit 1.5 din or something?
Yep, it a double. That was one of the contributing factors of why I had to modify the install kit, but it is worth the extra effort.
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To install a double din is very simple Jacob. A minute of trimming and you're good to go.
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Looks good. I really like that it looks like a stock radio. Have you tried out the weather bands on it?
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Looks good. I really like that it looks like a stock radio. Have you tried out the weather bands on it?
Not yet, I just put it in today and I am also prepping the parts so I can do the rear brake disk mod this weekend so I have been busy today. Truth be told that is a feature I doubt I will ever use.
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Not yet, I just put it in today and I am also prepping the parts so I can do the rear brake disk mod this weekend so I have been busy today. Truth be told that is a feature I doubt I will ever use.
That's cool. It would be nice to have a weather band radio for when I go hiking. When I worked for Dr.Pepper the radio that was in the truck had the weather bands but didn't pick them up for crap.
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any links to specs? that looks great
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pretty sweet lookin
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Link,

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...+CQ-5800U.html

Specs,

General Features:

* Double DIN AM/FM CD/MP3 Car Stereo Receiver with 3.5mm Aux Input and Weatherband Tuner
* Green LCD display
* Green button lighting
* CEA-2006 compliant amplifier
* Power Output:
o Peak: 45 watts x 4 channels
o RMS: 18 watts x 4 channels
* CD Text Display
* MP3 ID3 Tag Display (Title/Artist/Album)
* 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

Playback and Audio Features:

* Playback of CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and WMA
* AM/FM Tuner with 6 presets buttons
* Weather band radio
* 8 times oversampling
* 4 SQ equalizer presets
* Audio modes (bass, treble, balance, fader)
* Spot size detection methods
* Semiconductor 3-beam laser

Expandability Options:

* SIRIUS or XM Satellite Radio Ready: Sirius SC-C1 and CA-LSR01U or Panasonic XM Radio Solution Package required and sold separately
* iPod Ready: Panasonic CA-DC300U required and sold searately
o The Apple iPhone 3G, iPod Nano 4th Gen, iPod Touch 2nd Gen, and any other newly released iPods can be controlled using the iPod adapter above; however, charging will not be possible unless you purchase the Scosche IFWA PassPORT charging adapter.
* Front-panel auxiliary input: 3.5mm (headphone jack) allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc.
* Front-panel auxiliary input: USB Port allows connection to portable media devices such as MP3 players, etc. (Recommended capacity is 4 GB or lower, fat 12/16/32 file system)
* CD Changer controls
* Expansion Module: Panasonic CY-EM100U required and sold separately
* Authorized Internet Dealer
* 1-year Manufacturer's warranty

In-Dash Receiver Specifications
Receiver Size Double DIN
Faceplate Security None
Motorized Faceplate No
Remote Control No
Peak Power Output 45 watts x 4 channels
RMS Power Output 18 watts x 4 channels
Preamp RCA Outputs None
Sub Preamp RCA Output No
Preamp Voltage N/A
Built-In Equalizer Preset EQ
Display Type Dot-Matrix Text Display
Display Color Green
Button Color Green
CD Signal-to-Noise 85 dB
CEA-2006 Compliant Yes
Warranty 1-year Manufacturer's
Playback Features
AM/FM Tuner Yes
FM Presets N/A
AM Presets N/A
CD-R/RW Playback Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
WMA Playback Yes
DVD / Video Playback No
Expandability Features
Navigation No
AUX Input Front 3.5mm
Audio/Video Outputs N/A
USB Input Front
iPod Connectivity Optional (Accessory Required and Sold Separately)

* Panasonic CA-DC300U

Satellite Radio Optional - SIRIUS or XM (Accessory required and sold separately)

* SIRIUS/XM SC-C1
* Panasonic CA-LSR01U
* Panasonic CNP2000UC+CNPPAN1

HD Radio No
Bluetooth Connectivity No
Steering Wheel Control Compatible No
CD Changer Controls Yes
Rear View Camera Input N/A
Memory Card Reader No
Warranty and Return Policy
Standard Warranty for Electronics
Review Summary
5 people rated the Panasonic CQ-5800U and gave it an average rating of 4.8 out of 5
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December 28, 2009 Good Receiver, so so install kit
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Niiiiiice...

Now you just need to pull that back out & send it to me
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Aux cords sticking out the front = YUCK!

although if youre stoked, that all that matters
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I should mention that this unit was a royal pain to install as the Metra double din kit had to be severely modified to get it to work. All of the modifications to the it were made to the front cover but we are talking about cutting it in half and and dremeling the F out it. I dont know if it is the dimensions of the unit or if the kit from metra was off, but I would suggest getting a different install kit if you are thinking of getting this unit.
did you dremel out the inside or outside of the cover plate
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did you dremel out the inside or outside of the cover plate
inside
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looks good... clean.
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Aux cords sticking out the front = YUCK!

although if youre stoked, that all that matters
If you buy there I pod specific cord it mounts to the back of the deck.

But yea the 3.5 audio jack and the USB port are on the front, but that is where I want them.

Different strokes for different folks.
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The radio also has the NOAA Weather Radio built into it.

I installed the deck and got quite a bit of new dremel time in tonight. The install took around 2.5 hours. I had to get everything out, carefully sand down the radio bezel, then widen the cover plate and bracket (because mine is a 4x4 and the switch gets in the way).

I used the Sosche kit and it's junk. In the spring I'm going to redo it and use the Metra kit as it looks a little more sturdy. I don't know of any other brands.

It actually lights up a more yellow green than straight green as in Ford's models. It was a little disappointing because all the pictures online show it a true green.

Sounds a heck of a lot better over stock. I think my factory 01 radio sounded better than my stock MP3/CD/Cassette 04 radio...:(
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hmm i want this but idk if i want to dremmel the **** outta everything
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hmm i want this but idk if i want to dremmel the **** outta everything
not everything just enough to get the job done
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Ive been looking for a new Panasonic cq-5800u for about three weeks now and finally found a new one for $125.00 shipped. Should be here on Friday. I have a 2004 Ranger 4x4. For those that have done this install how difficult is it with the 4x4? I found a radio shop here in town that will do it for $150.00 but Im wanting to try it myself first.

Does the Panasonic cq-5800u plug directly into the Ford wiring or will I have to cut and splice?

Thanks for the help
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Nice work.
Great deck for the stock look.
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