Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

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Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Rob774 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:39 pm

Good day to you Gents.

I recently tried to toss in my old Pioneer FH-x700bt Double Din receiver I pulled from my 01 Avalong and place it in the Taurus... no dice. I have a wiring harness and brace. For those in the know... I should be able to splice my new wiring harness with my cables that get reinserted into the back of the receiver?

Thoughts?

Any cheap Double Din receiver options you've guys come across?

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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Splicer » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:40 pm

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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Rob774 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:06 am

Thanks for the link.
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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Rob774 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:50 am

The point of my post is, can't "ANY" stereo work...as long as you have the brackets to make it fit and the ability to re-wire?

You know how on Crutchfield it asks, "Will THIS fit my car?" Is that about the internal wiring??? Or is that about the physical ability to fit inside the car?

I'm thinking its the later.
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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by brad e » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:52 am

Hi Rob,

While there is a pretty good chance that most Double Din stereos will fit, there is a chance it will not fit do the physical size/layout of the unit. There are variables, such as the proximity of HVAC duct work, internal brackets, room for wiring, etc., that could limit the maximum depth of a unit... at least if you want it to mount 'cleanly'. Same can be said with speakers. Again, I think you will find most will fit, but it is always good to check something like Crutchfield's 'will this fit' or ask around.

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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Rob774 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:02 am

Thanks Brad.
The depth isn't an issue. I help up my Pioneer and it fit just nicely if anything... it was too small. If you ever have to access the factory stereo, you'll see that once you pop the center panel open, the space is actually kind of cavernous. But that's what the brackets are for. I'm more concerned with the wiring... If I can get the wiring to work... I'll be a happy camper.

I started this thread because I'm about to buy a wiring harness setup from Ebay... and wanted to know if anyone else has been lucky.
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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Rob774 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:11 am

Okay, bought the harness... got to splicin.... grabbed some screws from Lowes to mount the brackets to the stereo...

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Only thing I have done is pushed the central dash all the way back in yet. There's a line going to the microphone that I don't want to pinch too badly, and I also have to better tighten the bolts that secured the radio. Kids knocked over my socket set, and OF COURSE the size I need I can't fine. I was so proud when I called my wife from my car. :D

PS... Lost my steering wheel controls. When you pop out the factory unit, the steering wheel controls is a separate bundle. My Avalon I originally purchased it for didn't have steering wheel controls, so it wasn't a big deal. I'll live without able to adjust the sound with my left fingas!
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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Splicer » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:20 pm

Pics aren't showing...
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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Rob774 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:45 am

Splicer wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:20 pm
Pics aren't showing...
That's odd... cause I see them on this end.
I'll try and re-adjust.
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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Splicer » Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:24 am

Cool! Can see them now. As for the steering wheel controls, for them to work, you need to add this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B4PJC9K/

Works like a charm too!
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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Fuzzball » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:34 pm

Looks great, how does it perform compared to the stock unit? I've never had great luck with replacement stereos, as they always seemed to require more power in order to get the system to perform as good as the stock one sounds.

Thanks for any follow up and maybe some daytime pics of the completed install!

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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Rob774 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:17 am

Splicer wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:24 am
Cool! Can see them now. As for the steering wheel controls, for them to work, you need to add this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B4PJC9K/

Works like a charm too!
Didn't know such a device existed!
See I knew there was a reason for why I come here.

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Re: Anyone With An Aftermarket Double Din Stereo?

Post by Rob774 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:25 am

Fuzzball wrote:
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:34 pm
Looks great, how does it perform compared to the stock unit? I've never had great luck with replacement stereos, as they always seemed to require more power in order to get the system to perform as good as the stock one sounds.

Thanks for any follow up and maybe some daytime pics of the completed install!
I'll take some daytime shots once I tighten up some screws.

The stock unit never had any real issues. At most I spend two long drives in my car a week. Besides those, it's 5 minutes here and there. I just needed to have the Bluetooth capability for music/phone. I play music thru my phone and going through the aux stereo cable was painful because the volume level didn't translate well. So I never used it. My wife on the other hand... so I'd switch off of 'aux' and lose a little bit of hearing everytime. Plus the whole 'hands free' option when talking on the phone.

I'm going to start a thread in a month or so about taking this bad boy to Florida during spring break. I'm an auidobook guy, having bluetooth during a long ride will really help keep my sanity.

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