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Old 12-23-2015, 11:34 AM   #1
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Radio upgrade

Hi All,

So I wanted bluetooth. So I wanted a touchscreen. So I wanted a remote (found the OEM one half way through this process but didn't turn back). So I am upgrading the dash stereo.

We currently have the Magnadyne 9900CDS and we are replacing with the Pioneer linked here:

https://jet.com/product/product/8a31...8c8710213a549c

As gleaned in threads here and elsewhere, the existing unit is 1.5 DIN which is an odd duck and you can't get direct replacements that have many features (if at all).

I went with the Double Din after confirming that I had room inside the dash to enlarge the hole.

I have learned a lot during this process which has led (in part) to the questions below. Thanks for your input and Merry Christmas!

  1. I guess I hadn't considered the conflict between the TV audio and cockpit stereo before looking into this upgrade. Our TV is on the starboard side of the den, directly across from the couch. I don't yet know if it will power on with the ignition on. If it will, I don't want to try to listen to my driving music over the TV obviously - has anyone tried wireless headphones to address this (for the tv watcher)? I don't really want my daughter watching TV in the bedroom, unbuckled, as we drive across the country.
  2. For those who have performed this upgrade: was the sleeve enough to support the 2 din unit or did you have to shore it up otherwise?
  3. I am going to extend the aux in and usb in jacks from the back of the new unit to the dash with a cord. I am also going to install a dual USB jack for device charging. Anything else I should add? How are the stand alone GPS units powered? Cigarette lighter?
  4. When enlarging the hole in the "oh so brittle" dash panel, what Dremel bit did you / would you use? What about cutting the round holes for the new jacks?


Thanks all!
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Need to replace in dash radio/CD/monitor
I added pioneer Z2 and trimmed the dash for the new radio support and works great.
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That looks great. Did that trim ring come with the head or the sleeve? I have to purchase the sleeve separate and most don't have a trim piece.

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Replacing 1 1/2 din to 2 din radio
This is how I did mine. I used a dermal to do the cut out.
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I hope you get it all worked out. I have some upgrades to do on the 2000 Bounder we just got. I proudly have a cassette player in my dash mounted stereo and the unit came with a VCR player. Yep, gotta do some upgrades alright. We moved this past year and I still don't know what I did with my old cassettes!
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