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post #1 of 24 Old 11-27-2008, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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how to replace factory stereo

If I replace the factory stereo with an aftermarket car reciever would I have to get a new faceplate? Can I just plug in the reciever and still have all the knobs for ac and stuff work?
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post #2 of 24 Old 11-28-2008, 07:15 AM
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For how to remove the stock radio, search for the crutchfield mastersheet.

You can repalce the oem radio with an aftermarket one, and still have your knows work, but the metra dash kit you need is ugly, and extremly cheap looking and feeling. Your other option is to get the honda double/single din adaptor that replaces the storage area under the radio, and keep the oem radio to control temp, etc. If you want to keep your tempurature readout, or have dual zone climate controls, your only real option is the one that replaces the storage pocket, and because of how much better it looks, just about everyone puts it in the under the radio
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how much would the din adaptor cost?
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How about keep the OEM headunit and upgrade with an amp and new speakers? You'll improve the sound while retaining the look.

Sworkhard is right, the Metra dash kit is very ugly. It is very cheap, doesn't fit well, and the buttons don't really match either. Also, if you have an EX-V6 with dual-zone AC, you will lose the Dual Zone feature by using the Metra kit.

If you really want an aftermarket, your best option is the dash kit for installing the headunit in the lower pocket. The AC controls will continue to function, and you'll just have to explain to people when they ask why you have two stereos in the car.
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how much would the din adaptor cost?
At Crutchfield, $29.99


Can be found here:
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1209978...t.html?tp=3121

Or the Metra kit, but not as nice looking, for $149


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How about keep the OEM headunit and upgrade with an amp and new speakers? You'll improve the sound while retaining the look.

Sworkhard is right, the Metra dash kit is very ugly. It is very cheap, doesn't fit well, and the buttons don't really match either. Also, if you have an EX-V6 with dual-zone AC, you will lose the Dual Zone feature by using the Metra kit.

If you really want an aftermarket, your best option is the dash kit for installing the headunit in the lower pocket. The AC controls will continue to function, and you'll just have to explain to people when they ask why you have two stereos in the car.

I'd say keep the oem unit and upgrade the speakers unless your gives off an annoying hiss when amplified like mine did. As soon as I swapped the deck the hiss went away and it sounded much, much better, esp the lows. I had a rf360.1 (make me an offer if you want it) to clean up the signal, but the bass cutoff was really annoying

The biggest difference after upgrading to the aftermarket deck though had nothing to do with how good it sounded. The first road trip I took my accord on I noticed how tired I was, and how sore my eyes were compared to my old 94 cavalier. After instaling my new deck I don't get tired eyes and ears nearly as fast when driving long distances after the upgrade which made it worth it all on its own.
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Recently, someone had a real picture of this in their car and it was UGLY. There are pleanty of options with the factory radio, work with it.

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At Crutchfield, $29.99


Can be found here:
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1209978...t.html?tp=3121

Or the Metra kit, but not as nice looking, for $149


Can be found here:
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can you add steering wheel controls after you bought the car?

can you have the reciever sit on the bottom so you have more space to put stuff on top of the reciever?

if i get the din adaptor would this be a relatively easy thing for a car audio shop to do?

can you put it in the glove box instead?

i want to get an aftermarket reciever so that i can play mp3s plus have usb and aux in
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This is why I got satellite so I would not need my ipod or mp3.

I am not up on the technology, but aren't there FM transmitter Ipod docking stations out there? This is how my satellite broadcasts. Anyhow, your best bet is to go to a car audio store and ask them what your options are. I would think you could accomplish your goals without replacing the stock radio?

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can you add steering wheel controls after you bought the car?

can you have the reciever sit on the bottom so you have more space to put stuff on top of the reciever?

if i get the din adaptor would this be a relatively easy thing for a car audio shop to do?

can you put it in the glove box instead?

i want to get an aftermarket reciever so that i can play mp3s plus have usb and aux in

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i should've said that i wanted to play mp3 cds which my factory one doesn't do
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This is how im going to solve my MP3 problem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xm8b4WXCmQ
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i'd rather use an usb flash drive instead...that way i don't lose or forget my ipod in my car, plus its one less thing to worry about since flash drives are getting cheaper and cheaper
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My brothers aftermarket stereo for his civic can do Flash Drives but i Dont know about our stock stereos.

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can you add steering wheel controls after you bought the car?
Probably not. It would be pretty difficult adding them to the steering wheel, especially with an airbag involved.

can you have the reciever sit on the bottom so you have more space to put stuff on top of the reciever?
No, the kit is designed for the receiver to be on top, with pocket below if using a single DIN headunit. No pocket if using a Double-DIN

if i get the din adaptor would this be a relatively easy thing for a car audio shop to do?
Of course, that is why they are in business

can you put it in the glove box instead?
No, no room in the glove box

i want to get an aftermarket reciever so that i can play mp3s plus have usb and aux in
then you will need an aftermarket stereo, either using the dash kit or the pocket kit. An iPod would be easier than replacing the entire stereo just to play MP3 CD's. An iPod connection kit will give you both iPod control and an Aux in. Why do you need a USB in and Aux in? How many devices to plan on playing?
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