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Switching out the old for the new!!

Hey every one,
I have been doing a little research in getting a new head unit for my ranger. I have the old stock stereo and I been looking at putting in a new 7'' inch LCD DVD Player. How much of a pain is it to do? I don't mind doing a little modifications but if it's a lot I might change my mind.
I'd rather hear it from people that have done it then just hearing it's easy and not knowing what they are talking about.

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its easy... all you have to do is trim the top and bottom lip off where the radio slides in on the bezel. With out those lips it fits.
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That sound's pretty easy. A little dremal work I can do. Do I need a in dash kit for it to sit in with or does it just slide in place of the other one?
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you will need a dash kit. metra sells a double din kit for explorer/rangers.
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Yea, do the dremel work, then the dash kit is basically just two side pieces that will screw into the sides of the radio, then those pieces clip into what looks like a trim ring. I think I had to dremel the sides down just a hair also. Not hard, just take your time and do lots of test fitting.
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Those links dont work.
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Hey thanks guys, Now with the bypass for the DVD part.... where would i get that at or what would i need for it. I'm getting a pioneer unit.
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Do some research, it depends on the unit you buy. Some brands don't allow for it to be bypassed, or make it much more difficult to be. The Kenwoods all you have to do is ground out one wire. I'm sure it's the same for other brands... google it.
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which pioneer unit? i have bypassed a couple different pioneer units, some need a ground and a switch but my current f90bt had to be rewired a little, nothing major.
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Pioneer AVH-P4300DVD <---- Thats the unit I was looking for for my truck. That one or the model just below it. I'll keep researching and looking around.. I just want to make sure i get all the right stuff so i dont have to spend even more money to go around things to get it to work.
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That model I'm 99% positive all u need is a ground and a switch
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I was looking around and I found a relay that was like 14 dollars and it hooks in the back of the unit. Ill look more into it all to see what's out there.
thanks a lot for the help.
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I bet you fourteen dollars that's all you need to do. No need to buy anything special it's quite easy
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Gotcha. lol I was just saying I did some research and I did find one. I'll probably be doing the switch and ground thing. None of that seems really hard to do. Thanks a lot guys for the help. If I have any more questions I'll know who to ask..
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