Double din radio... how big of a pain to install? - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Audio & Video Tech General discussion of audio and video for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 09-06-2006
ThatGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kent, Ohio
Posts: 325
Double din radio... how big of a pain to install?

Alright... well i've been in need of a new radio for a couple weeks now, my 6 disk took a crap, and won't eject cd's anymore. So i was looking at double din units... i hate the space at the top and bottom of single din units. I found this one...

I really like it... but im curious on how much work it would take to get it to work in our trucks. Crutchfield had this in the help section...

Q: My car has an oversized factory radio. Why can't I replace it with an oversized aftermarket receiver?

A: "Oversized" receivers come in two different sizes:

the 3" tall (or DIN-and-a-half) slot found in many GM/Chrysler vehicles
the 4" tall (or Double-DIN) opening in some Japanese vehicles.
If the dimensions of your car's dash opening differ by even a fraction of an inch from these standard oversized openings, you won't be able to install one of these oversized aftermarket radios without modifying your dash.
Many Fords, for instance, appear to have Double-DIN openings in reality, the opening is a little too small. In some vehicles, the bracket system that holds the factory radio in place won't work with an oversized aftermarket receiver. In either case, we recommend installing a standard DIN-sized radio with a mounting kit.


so i e-mailed crutchfield, and they said it would work, but would take some modifying (our openings are... if i measured right... 4x7), no real way of attaching otherwise... but how much, i don't want this to end up being a week project to install a radio, and id rather spend the money on aftermarket, instead of buying factory so i don't have the void. Thanks guys...

-Brad
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-06-2006
RockysFord's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 2,782
I dont know but that radio is HOTT......

Rocky
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-06-2006
ThatGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kent, Ohio
Posts: 325
I know thats why im trying to figure out how big of a pain in the *** it will be to install lol
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-06-2006
quest51210
Unregistered User
 
Posts: n/a
it will fit. luckily it comes with a radio cage. you can size it up to the dash and probably have to file down 1/8-14", slide the cage in, bend some tabs, and be done with it.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-07-2006
TrailRateThisFx4's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Royal Oak, Michigan
Posts: 1,022
i have installed one of the same kenwood DD Radios in my buddy exp sport....went in with no problems....
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-07-2006
quest51210
Unregistered User
 
Posts: n/a
let me know if you like it. i am looking at the 701 excelon for the stang and any input would be good.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-07-2006
ThatGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kent, Ohio
Posts: 325
Cool.. thanks guys, i think im gunna order it. I was gunna go with the 701... still might... its just more expensive than id like. Im so tired of not being able to listen to CD's

-Brad
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-07-2006
quest51210
Unregistered User
 
Posts: n/a
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
not too expensive and great feedback
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-12-2006
Bigwill41's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Navasota, Texas
Posts: 4,659
Brad, Did you ever get the radio installed..

Do you got any pics of it..

I was thinkin about the same one..

So i can hook my Ipod up to it..
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-18-2006
bwester04's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Round Rock, Tx
Posts: 2,641
I know, OLD POST! But i really wanna know, will this work in a Ranger?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 12-18-2006
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Moore, SC
Posts: 27
it will I have a double din. works perfect. just have to file down the sides alittle
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-18-2006
nvrenufedge's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 148
I had to file down the top & bottom.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12-18-2006
bwester04's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Round Rock, Tx
Posts: 2,641
cool I went ahead and got one.. cartoys wanted $400 but i got it online for $190 and the place is only over in Houston :) So i'll be having my Panasonic CQ 7401U and XM adapter/antenna for sale soon!
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-18-2006
ThatGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kent, Ohio
Posts: 325
wow... i didn't even see that Will posted back in september lol I didn't end up putting it in my truck, found out my warranty company covered factory radio equipment, so the cost of my deductible i got a brand new pioneer 6 disk. But yes, that radio will work in our trucks, scosche even makes an installation kit for it. Which i still have... if you want it BJ i'll send it to you, u just pay shipping, shouldn't be more than a couple bucks.

-Brad
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-18-2006
logan03CO's Avatar
Member

iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Colorado
Posts: 1,235
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThatGuy
wow... i didn't even see that Will posted back in september lol I didn't end up putting it in my truck, found out my warranty company covered factory radio equipment, so the cost of my deductible i got a brand new pioneer 6 disk. But yes, that radio will work in our trucks, scosche even makes an installation kit for it. Which i still have... if you want it BJ i'll send it to you, u just pay shipping, shouldn't be more than a couple bucks.

-Brad
Hey Brad....Do you know what the part number is on that Scosche kit?

EDIT: Nevermind..I think I found out the correct one.. #FD1330B

Last edited by logan03CO; 12-18-2006 at 07:36 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-18-2006
ThatGuy's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kent, Ohio
Posts: 325
Yup thats it... looks pretty straight forward on the install too.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-18-2006
GrafixGuy's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Montgomery, AL
Posts: 8,703
I wanna see pics! lol
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 12-18-2006
Bigwill41's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Navasota, Texas
Posts: 4,659
haha, I got an e-mail from this topic when i subscribe to it. To get some replys..

I like that HU alot, they don't sell it here in stores.

I just wanted a HU that would play my Ipod, got one already.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 01-06-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 26
I just put this radio DPX-701 in my 07 Ranger today
went in easy like stated above
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-06-2007
bry02ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Montrose, CA
Posts: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by clifford938
I just put this radio DPX-701 in my 07 Ranger today
went in easy like stated above
Do you have pics of the radio installed in your Ranger? I'd like to see how good it looks in the interior.

Interested to see what your system is like! Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 01-06-2007
l2en's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: The Keystone State
Posts: 4,521
Quote:
Originally Posted by bry02ranger
Do you have pics of the radio installed in your Ranger? I'd like to see how good it looks in the interior.

Interested to see what your system is like! Thanks!
I'm curious as well. I wanna put my pioneer 8600mp in my rig as I have the aux plug for my ipod. I'm thinking about a dual din myself.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 01-06-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: charles town wv
Posts: 4
I put the panasonic cq-vd6503u DD unit in my dash yesterday. It wasn't too bad, I had to dremel the cage for the unit a bit on the top and bottom, and the little lip on the dash had to be trimmed. It fits good on the top and bottom but needs some trim pieces on the sides. I am going to make them in the morning and will post picts once I am done.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 01-06-2007
bwester04's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Round Rock, Tx
Posts: 2,641
I ended up with the DPX-501 like originally posted, I like it, a lot. Post some pics of your 701!
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 01-06-2007
l2en's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: The Keystone State
Posts: 4,521
Quote:
Originally Posted by bwester04
I ended up with the DPX-501 like originally posted, I like it, a lot. Post some pics of your 701!
Post your pics!!!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 01-06-2007
bwester04's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Round Rock, Tx
Posts: 2,641
lol i cant find any batteries 'good enough' for my POS digicam, none of my remote control batteries work in it, nothing! It just beeps at me, i hate it, it eats batteries rather quickly..i'll have to get some in the daytime with my phone
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stock Double Din to a single Din kits? Rescue Audio & Video Tech 6 01-22-2011 11:58 AM
How-To: Modify your radio bezel to fit a double din radio Redneckstone Interior, Exterior, & Electrical 0 03-31-2010 11:18 PM
Double-Din Radio SteveOh Audio & Video Tech 2 10-16-2007 09:38 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:05 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.