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Should I just use the standard American Megatrends (the kit Best Buy and Crutchfield sells) or should I try another brand? I've seen a Scosche kit, but I'm not impressed with the company. In the American one, I can't fit my remote in the little slot. I could fit a CD or two, but they stick out like 2-3 inches and with any acceleration, they fly out. Kinda worthless.

Anyway, who's got a dash kit they are happy with? What brand? And pics or links?

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What's the best dash kit for aftermarket radios?

None of them work, get a custom install done....only thing that will last.
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Go out to Hawk in Lewisville, talk to Nick in the install bay, tell him Dugan sent you, he will fix you up.
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I just used the one that crutchfield sent me for free. Gawd knows the brand. Yeah, nothing fits in the stuipd cubby hole. It is entirely useless! But it works just fine. Had the exact same thing in the old truck and it lasted fine too..
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Yeah, bubba, that's the one by the company called American Megatrends or something like that. it works just fine, but I'm just trying to play out all the options first...

Thanks Jon, will try to check them out...

And nice deck aftermarket! 9813 seems to be pretty popular, at least you, DeadPresidents, and I have it...
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http://www.scosche.com/scosche.aspx?...p;CategoryID=5

I like this one...it has a CD drawer.
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yeah, the CD drawer is kinda useful. Metra sucks, it's has space for 1 CD case. I mean, what's the point? I really needed one that could hold my remote control, so it didn't have to rattle in the center console or the glove box (I hate rattles). American Internation's FM-K550 was what I went with. Big large opening.
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I just installed mine yesterday with the Bestbuy Brand. It looks kinda nice but like said before, the cubby thing does nothing at all
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i had al&ed's one but i dont' like it
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The best one in my experience is one made by American International, which I am currently using. It is the most solid, well made, best fitting kit I've used so far. It has a slot which can be mounted above or below the headunit. Also, the slot is molded to the frame of the kit, unlike other kits (i.e. Scosche) in which the slot is press fitted. I mounted the kit with the slot above the headunit to allow for optimal heat dissipation. I got the kit from Crutchfield for $26 delivered. And yes, I know I could have gotten it cheaper elsewhere! At least it shipped in 2 days and I needed one fast.

I had a Metra brand kit from Circuit City which has a snap in plastic panel instead of a slot. Simply put, this kit was a P.O.S. (poorly made, very flimsy, squeeked, and warped from the weight of the headunit). I also had a kit from Scosche which I got from Wal-Mart. This kit has a slot and was intermediate in terms of fit and solidity when compared to the other two kits I've used.
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http://www.scosche.com/scosche.aspx?ItemID=SKFD27-3&CategoryID=5

I like this one...it has a CD drawer.
The CD drawer is something we would actually use! Not an inch deep slot that has no purpose. I swear i can't figure out what to put in the space. The only thing that came close was the remote for the head unit but that just flies out when i accelerate too fast and ends up somewhere under my seats.

Anyway, my experience with the brand that walmart sells (Scorche (sp?)) doesnt fit correctly. It's kind of crooked when you look at it right, and it has a slight gap at the top. I guess you get what you pay for. :roll:
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