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Well you have to get the 2nd one because your den is the double din size, but regarless, the kits for the ranger SUCK, like seriously suck...no secure at all, i need to remove mine and flip it over and fiberglassit in or something so its on there, and then just slide the radio in...

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Im with him. Thats true
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Alright so I am screwed no matter what...oh well...went ahead and bought the double din one...thanks for the info...guess i will have to find a way to secure it better...let me know how your fiberglassin goes if you go with that.
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The Second one kinda look like mine:


Mine holds really good(never had a problem with it moving/falling out of place) even with all the off-roading
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good to hear Sean, looks like yours is warped a lil...i read on the user comments that that happens during install a lot...
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mmm i thought it was supposted to look like that, lol oh well.
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^^^lmao

Thats mine, its just made so flimsy and cheap..but not cheap by $$$$ means...I was afraid to break the plastic when i was taking the pieces out that had to come out..

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There is one made by american international that actually fits nice and tight. It fits better than the kit made by metra.

I just used it in my truck. It also comes with the piece that helps support the rear of the radio by using the stock support in the dash like the oem radio uses.

I would suggest that one. Plus you can put the pocket either on top or bottom.


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mine fits really well... no rattling or anything and its never come loose....

did you bend the tabs on the metal insert for the HU rocky?
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Mine looks like everyones elses. Never had a problem.



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yeah... install with the pocket up top, and you wont notice it bowing in the middle like that so much.
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my kits clips broke, and now when I start out on an incline the whole Flippin radio falls out and I have .002 seconds to catch it or get ready to re-attach wires aat 60mph...

I'll be moving my HU down to my Expo console as soon as I get one.

and its the metra pocket on the bottom kit from Circuit City.
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I had that metra kit with the pocket on the bottom and it sucked. When I installed my flip out screen, I used a new metra kit because the old one had broken clips. The new one only lasted 2 weeks before the weight of the screen broke the clips.

With the american international kit, You can use a backbrace to help support the weight of the radio. Also there are side brackets that you can use to physically mount the radio to the kit instead of using the cage. Like you would ISO-mount a radio. That way, it doesn't put all the pressure on the weakest point, which would be the metal tabs that you bend. It actually spreads out the weight of the radio evenly throughout the kit. It probably sound stupid, but trust me. This kit is alot better than the metra kit. Plus you get a bigger pocket to put stuff in.


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Well thats the kit from both pictures, can have the pocket top or bottom, and the plastic piece hindges on and screws on to support the back of the radio...i bent all the clips out on the cd player, but its the problem of the plastic installation piece...when i remove the 2 screws for the dash trim, and pull it out with just little effort i can get the radio out....i figured they wouold make a better one, i will probably be reinforcing it with some alumn. plating or just fiberglassing the inside so it wont move...

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their not double din radios they are a 1.5 din. A tip is take the 2 screws out that hold the bezel on and put two 1 1/2 tech screws in place of the other ones so that the screws will go through the bottom of the kit and kind of lock it in place.
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their not double din radios they are a 1.5 din. A tip is take the 2 screws out that hold the bezel on and put two 1 1/2 tech screws in place of the other ones so that the screws will go through the bottom of the kit and kind of lock it in place.
You can put a double din radio in a ranger. I have a spare dash kit from metra that allows you to put in a double din radio.



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then there has to be some modification to fit that. I used to have an alpine cva-1005 flip out monitor and i tried to modify so i could put the dva 5202 under it and i couldnt find any kit to allow me to do that.
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then there has to be some modification to fit that. I used to have an alpine cva-1005 flip out monitor and i tried to modify so i could put the dva 5202 under it and i couldnt find any kit to allow me to do that.
I have an extra american international dash kit that allows it to fit in there. It's opened, but nothing is missing. I was going to use it, but I couldn't get a dvd player before the install. So , I used the normal kit.

You do have to do a very small mod to fit it in there, but it can be done. I have installed the kenwood double din nav unit in a ranger before.

If you want the kit, make me an offer shipped. It cost me $20.


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nah, i got rid of the alpine set up last year. I can prolly order that kit anyway and after my discount get it for like 2 bucks.
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nah, i got rid of the alpine set up last year. I can prolly order that kit anyway and after my discount get it for like 2 bucks.
That's cool. I had to pay full price for it, because we deal with metra and I hated their kits for the ranger.

I believe that all you have to do is cut the upper and lower lips on the radio bezel. You don't touch the side ones.


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