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Old 12-13-2011
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OEM Upgrade - Double din suggestions

Hi there

Looking to replace the OEM head unit on my 2004 Edge, it plays MP3 but burning cds is not really convenient.

I'd like to be able to watch DVDs if the unit is within reasonable price, but is not a necessity. USB port is a must so I can plug in any MP3 player I happen to have laying around.

Security would be fine, like a detachable faceplate but not sure if it's possible with such large faceplates.

If possible I'd like to buy at Best Buy because I have credit with them and I'll be buying some other stuff there for the Holidays and the financing is OK

I'll keep the rest stock for now, Sub or amp in the future maybe, I don't listen to music as loud as I used to.

Budgeted around $300, but not set in stone.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_020CX20...FFDouble%40DIN

Thanks for the help again
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Ive got a Kenwood DDX-418 w/ add on video remote,install kit and wiring harness.Ready to put in.Has front USB also.Ill sell mine for $400 shipped or best offer,have box and everything as bought new. Let me know

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113DDX4...FBrand|Kenwood
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Hey Guys, bringing this up to life :)

I'm looking at the following unit

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_020CX20...er-reviews-tab

and this one too

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113DPX3...IN#details-tab


I'd rather avoid having to trim the dash and stuff like that, so my question is if there's any other way to add/connect a Mp3 player or USB device to the OEm head unit on my 04 Edge ?

Any help would be appreciated
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Cant help you on just adding a connection for ipod/mp3 player but IIRC I didnt have to trim anything to make DDin to fit. The kit bolts it right in.
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Cant help you on just adding a connection for ipod/mp3 player but IIRC I didnt have to trim anything to make DDin to fit. The kit bolts it right in.
can i see a pic of your install?? i had to trim my dash to get the ddx418 to fit. but it fits flush now
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Ill get some more pics tomorrow in the daylight
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wow... i like how you did that did you just use a install kit and put the stereo in and then put the panel on?
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can you give me a link to the double din install kit you used?
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Add IPOD/MP3 to OEM Head Unit

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do you need a bypass to watch movies while you drive?
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do you need a bypass to watch movies while you drive?
While you drive? I don't care if it is for the passenger, that is just stupid!
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do you need a bypass to watch movies while you drive?
Probably. Had to on my friends one fiddy. I can't recall exactly how we did it but I'm sure you could figure it out with some research. Seems that every new stereo is like that for safety..
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ground the pink wire will allow to play dvd while not parked but I think you could get in trouble ;?)
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on the ddx418 you can bypass by grounding the greenwire. but i dont recommend it thats a hefty fine.
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Speaking as a Deputy, it's fairly difficult for us to tell you are watching a dvd with an in dash unit due to vehicles height. My crown vic sits lower than my Ranger and I can't even see the radio.
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Manufactures do the Video "park brake wire" to take liabilty out of their hands and the stores that install them.

Exverse. I didnt forget bout more pics, been sick in house. Metra part #95-5600 on install kit also
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Any standard double din should require you trim the dash but I wouldn't worry about it. The amount you take off is very small, and is invisible even if you put the stock radio back in.

+1 on the bypass being a liability thing. I've got an Pioneer Avic x930bt that I picked up new on Amazon for $580 there is a bypass that can be done. If the only thing blocked was watching movies I think many wouldn't bother but without the bypass it's stupid how little you can do when your driving.

Basic functions like changing your destination, put in an address, change audio setup, dial a phone number, ect.. ect.. ect... require you to stop on the side of the road.
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Any standard double din should require you trim the dash but I wouldn't worry about it. The amount you take off is very small, and is invisible even if you put the stock radio back in.

+1 on the bypass being a liability thing. I've got an Pioneer Avic x930bt that I picked up new on Amazon for $580 there is a bypass that can be done. If the only thing blocked was watching movies I think many wouldn't bother but without the bypass it's stupid how little you can do when your driving.

Basic functions like changing your destination, put in an address, change audio setup, dial a phone number, ect.. ect.. ect... require you to stop on the side of the road.
Agreed. On the pioneer I helped install, it required the parking brake depressed at least halfway before allowing most of the functions to even be accessible.
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Basic functions like changing your destination, put in an address, change audio setup, dial a phone number, ect.. ect.. ect... require you to stop on the side of the road.
lol ya but we're in Ontario, if you don't do that now its a ticket and points anyway.... if you get caught
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lol ya but we're in Ontario, if you don't do that now its a ticket and points anyway.... if you get caught
I'm confused how someone would get caught? Only thing I can think of is if you're next to a cop at night for a while...
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I'm confused how someone would get caught? Only thing I can think of is if you're next to a cop at night for a while...
Yes I know its hard to get caught, I was just trying to be funny because Ontario has this big thing lately about no "hands free devices" and "distracted driving" But people have been caught, just recently I heard on the radio of a truck driver being charged for watching tv in his truck after several cars saw (somehow) in his big rig
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Yes I know its hard to get caught, I was just trying to be funny because Ontario has this big thing lately about no "hands free devices" and "distracted driving" But people have been caught, just recently I heard on the radio of a truck driver being charged for watching tv in his truck after several cars saw (somehow) in his big rig
Haha my bad. That's pretty funny though.
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Haha my bad. That's pretty funny though.
ya I thought so as well lol
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lol ya but we're in Ontario, if you don't do that now its a ticket and points anyway.... if you get caught
It's still legal in Ontario to use a GPS :)

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Agreed. On the pioneer I helped install, it required the parking brake depressed at least halfway before allowing most of the functions to even be accessible.
With a GPS like the 930bt I have unit it will use that as well for speed and parking brake or not will blank all the options once your moving over a walking pace.
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