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Stock HU Removal

Is there any way to get my stock headunit out without having to buy those removal keys?
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hmm... why? those things cost like $4 at any car parts store!
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Because Napa's closed and I dont want to look at my stock headunit anymore.
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use a wire hanger. and make one 'c' shaped piece for each side.
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take out your cluster and take it out the clips where the keys would go..

****edit**** just get a coat hanger or something like that
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lol, yeah a coat hanger was my next idea...
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Just remove the two screws above the HVAC panel, and pop out the bezel, then push in on the locking tabs from the back and slide it out. I find this faster than the keys most of the time. I don't have good luck with the keys.
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take out your cluster and take it out the clips where the keys would go..

****edit**** just get a coat hanger or something like that
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lol, yeah a coat hanger was my next idea...
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use a wire hanger. and make one 'c' shaped piece for each side.
Yep. just like I said
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Yeah just remove the bezel. It will make it easier to stick all the wires for the 700BT back there anyway.
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Yeah just remove the bezel. It will make it easier to stick all the wires for the 700BT back there anyway.
Haha all those wires I dont have yet.
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I got it out no problem this morning and went to put in my double din and it didnt fit. I knew it wasnt going to though. I already knew that there has to be some trimming done. Now I just have to wait for my install kit and power harness to get here and I can finally put it in.
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Yeah do you see where you have to trim? Its that lip on the back of the bezel that I needed to trim.
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Yea there's like a lip that goes all the way around on the back of the bezel so I'm just going to trim down the lip on the top and bottom.
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you going to rubberize your interior too??
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you going to rubberize your interior too??
Maybe. Who knows? I'll be sure to take pictures if I do though.
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Even walmart sells the keys. They're so cheap and useful (many many head units use them) I dont see why anyone who does their own audio work wouldn't have them.

It's kind of like changing your tires with out a breaker bar/tire iron. Yeah, you can do it. But the tool designed for the job makes things less complicated. Why would I want to go digging through my tool box for a half inch drive ratchet, correct lug size, and a bar to slip over the rachet handle when I can just grab my breaker bar.
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Im not worried about buying the keys. It took me like 2 minutes to pull it out.
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Did yours come with the gps antenna and bluetooth mic?
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No. I was kinda pissed cause in the picture it showed the gps antenna, the power harness, and the preamp plug. And when I pulled it out of the box none of those wires were there. Oh well...
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Thats crap, all that stuff isn't cheap. I had to get a new GPS antenna cause I pulled the plug end off of mine and it was like 20 bucks. Did the add say that it just came with the unit or no cables? I would email them and complain
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It never said. Only said that it was a factory reconditioned pioneer product. I guess thats what I get for assuming that it came with everything.
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