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Old 03-06-2011, 08:29 PM
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Hello fellas/ladies,

I was wondering for those of you who have swapped your factory decks to an aftermarket, was there any cutting or modifications required with the install? I looked through some of the treads and read that some indivduals cut and other didn't. I just bought a Kenwood DNX8120 deck with Navigation, Bluetooth, and all that jazz. Itís going in my 2010 Ram and I just wanted a heads up on what to expect when the install time comes. Also, how difficult was it to install SWI-Jack to keep the factory steering wheel controls? Thanks guys for the time and responses.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:30 PM
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I find it hard to believe that no one can assist me with this topic. People please provide me some insight on this people.
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I installed a pioneer 4200 in my 2010. I had to cut the lower part of the metal bracket under the radio for it to fit. As for the steering wheel controls, they were fairly easy to set up. just read over the instructions a couple of times to get familiar with how to set the buttons.
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Thanks for the reply. Did you cut the metal because the double din was too big to fit? What did you use to cut the metal?
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I have a Alpine W900 installed in my 2010 I don't remember having to cut anything to fit it. Steering wheel controls work great with this kit it even changes songs over blue tooth!
here is a link to a picture of my dash on a trip up to mount baker
https://picasaweb.google.com/jzphoto...40542167701570
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I had to cut mine because the radio wouldn't fit. I think some radios will fit without cutting the dash. I cut mine with a sawzall, but you can cut it with a dremel tool.
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Thanks for the reply guys. I am a little apprehensive about this install. I got a few things that will be going in such as a Sirius radio tuner, the steering wheel control adapter, and a reverse camera. This would be the first time I ever installed a radio but have done quite a bit of sub/amp work.
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I have a Alpine W900 installed in my 2010 I don't remember having to cut anything to fit it. Steering wheel controls work great with this kit it even changes songs over blue tooth!
here is a link to a picture of my dash on a trip up to mount baker
https://picasaweb.google.com/jzphoto...40542167701570
So Sorry Guys!!!!!! I just talked to my installer and he told me he did cut a huge!! sheet metal chunk out. I had no idea he had to because he never told me. My mistake
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Lil jo, my guess is that it would probably depend on the brand and model. They're not all the same size and shape. Do some research for that particular brand and model and you might figure it out. Otherwise, just start the install and figure it out on your own. It's not going to be any kind of heavy modification. If you have to cut anything it will be a small piece so I'm sure it's nothing you wouldn't be able to handle in about 10 minutes of extra work. Unless someone installed that exact model, the advice isn't going to be any good to you anyway.
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Ladies & Gents,

I have some awesome news to share with you all. I installed my radio on Friday and did some cleanup work and touchups on it Sat & today. All in all it was a learning experience. I did have to cut some plastic and metal from the dash opening. I ran into a few problems and this was due to the fact that I failed to read the instructions. The rear view camera will be installed when it comes in which more than likely may be tomorrow. Below is everything that I installed and am damn proud of it. If anyone has questions about it, let me know.

Kenwood DNX8120
Kenwood iPod to USB cable
Nav antenna
Radio Antenna
Double din kit
Bluetooth Mic
PAC C2R-CHY4 Radio Interface
PAC Steering wheel control
Sirius Car Tuner
Sirius Antenna Adapter
Rearview camera to come!!!
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I installed a pioneer avic z120-bt. ounce you try to fit yours in you will be ablel to see what to cut. I used a drimmel , to cut mine. It worked out fine.
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I plan on keeping the factory deck, But I will be integrating an iPad into the truck. Hopefully within the next month or so, Just waiting for all the parts to be shipped.
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Everyone,

Feel free to let me know if you had any questions in regards to the deck install. I know I spent ALOT of time due to the fact that I did not read the instructions provided to me with my items. I am willing to assist anyone if asked. All in all, I am pleased with the results of the install.
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Feel free to let me know if you had any questions in regards to the deck install. I know I spent ALOT of time due to the fact that I did not read the instructions provided to me with my items. I am willing to assist anyone if asked. All in all, I am pleased with the results of the install.
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What would you like pics of? The install? If so, I did not take any as this was my first install. If you would like after pics, I can definetly provide pics of that.
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lil jo where did you get your dbl din kit from???Part#??? Also did you have to trim the factory bezel??
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lil jo where did you get your dbl din kit from???Part#??? Also did you have to trim the factory bezel??
I bought the Metra 95-6511 kit. I searched through some of the threads and someone else used this as well. You can get it where ever you would like. I got it from eBay for $14.00. I had to cut some plastic and metal in order to get the new deck in as it was bigger than the factory deck.
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im going to do this soon ill take pics for you guys(if yall tell me how to hookup the steering wheel controls for next song and volume)...also what screen did you use?...looks sick and this is the one thing ima do to mine for the interior along with a custom headliner
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Click the image to open in full size.I just did the Avic-Z110BT install in my '11 ram 1500 reg cab. The usual cutting and shaving of the plastic on top. What i did find though, when installing the antenna cable adaptor from Crutchfield, is that it does not clip in all the way to the original antenna. There is a black plastic piece that inserts into the original lead and i thought it was supposed to lock in. In another forum, someone said to remove that clip and just insert the lead which is not the case here. If you do this, you will have a loose fit. I called Crutchfield and they were aware of this and sent me a photo of how its supposed to look, installed. It does not clip in, just a snug fit. They should have included that pic when i got the original kit and antenna and it would have saved me some time. They sent me a new replacement after i told them i removed and obviously damaged that black clip. Here is a pic of it installed showing it not going all the way into the original antenna lead. Showing the black clip inserted into the white plastic partially. it will not go all the way in and lock and that is normal.
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im going to do this soon ill take pics for you guys(if yall tell me how to hookup the steering wheel controls for next song and volume)...also what screen did you use?...looks sick and this is the one thing ima do to mine for the interior along with a custom headliner
The steering wheel controls are easy to set up. You will need to figure out what you want and where on your steering wheel controls. I have mine where the volume bottons on the left side, and in the middle is my mode button where I can switch between stations. On the left side, its my seek buttons with my stop and play in the middle.
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