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Old 11-28-2005, 04:14 PM   #1
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Lightbulb New Double Din Install With Vent Modifications

I have finished install my Kenwood Double Din and thought I would post some pictures of the install. I modified the vent system a bit different than others since I was having issues with adhesives and I felt it also needed to be serviceable. Thus, I have add some pictures of the vent modification. If anyone has any questions just ask.
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:15 PM   #2
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More pictures.........
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:31 PM   #3
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Dude, that is AWESOME. How is your air flow? I cut my ducts about 3 months ago and still haven't fabricated something permanent yet, but thats a great idea. You wouldn't happen to have measurements or a template to make that would you. Nice job.

One question though....how does the plexi hold up against high heat coming through those ducts. I would think it might warp over time.

You did make sure to put your ducts in the open position before cutting the control bar out didn't you?

Great job!
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Old 11-28-2005, 04:47 PM   #4
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My airflow seams to be fine. I have been using the heat in Chicago since the weather isn't even for the birds. I used Lexan since it has greater flexibility than regular Acrylic. Thus, I do not think the heat will be an issue. If it is I will just fabricate a new piece using thicker material. The concept and idea remain. Make it serviceable.

I tried numerous adhesives (5 or 6). Anything from Epoxy, 3M plastic, Epoxy Clay, Silicone, etc. The issue was always the same. Think of it like a ice cube tray. If the tray does not flex the cubes remain locked in place. Twist the tray and the cubes fall out. That is exactly what happened with the adhesives. I test spotted the adhesives to check adhesion before spending time otherwise. This to me seemed to be the best solution. In addition, it was fairly easy to fabricate and install.

As far as the ducts go I cut the control arm and then removed it from BOTH ends. Thus, I would not have to worry about the cut pieces getting stuck on anything. The vents I removed. Then I drilled a series of holes through them and put them back in the closed position. Thus, I am letting airflow through them. It is just restricted by how many and what size hole you drill. It is a happy medium since you do not have to make a choice to only have it on or off.
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Old 11-28-2005, 05:07 PM   #5
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You did a really Nice Job indeed! Great idea on the vent mod. That seems like the best way to go imo.


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Old 11-28-2005, 05:13 PM   #6
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Thanks Rich..... The bezel you fabricated fit awesome and certainly saved me a whole bunch of time.
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Old 01-03-2006, 08:47 PM   #7
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Can anyone tell me if this part:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...112&sasel=&id=

is the same as the part that is cut below?



How much will this thing cost from the dealer? Just curious in case I FUBAR mine up.
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Can anyone tell me if this part:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...112&sasel=&id=

is the same as the part that is cut below?



How much will this thing cost from the dealer? Just curious in case I FUBAR mine up.

Yes it is, they sell on ebay all the time.
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Old 01-03-2006, 09:17 PM   #9
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Yes it is, they sell on ebay all the time.
To replace that part, you would have to remove the entire dash assembly, to take out the cut heat/vent box and replace it with a new one. Not a simple operation from what I've read. In other words...measure twice, cut once.

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Old 01-03-2006, 09:53 PM   #10
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To replace that part, you would have to remove the entire dash assembly, to take out the cut heat/vent box and replace it with a new one. Not a simple operation from what I've read. In other words...measure twice, cut once.

-J
Yes, it looks very complicated to remove. At least I'd like to get one and do science experiments on it first. So when I cut, I know what's behind there.

I'm still debating this.

BTW, how hard is it to remove the dash assembly?
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Yes it is, they sell on ebay all the time.

I was told by the dealer that's a $2k part and requires the whole dash, and then some to be replaced...
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I was told by the dealer that's a $2k part and requires the whole dash, and then some to be replaced...

I see those selling on ebay for under $100 all the time. And nothing else needs to be replaced. I bet every salvage yard has one.
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Fantastic !! Do you have any additional pics, ive got everything out of mine, im installing the DBL din also, and now i am to the part of the cutting/fabricating the air flow part.... i need to see what else you did before you put the clear lexan in , what you cut / covered back up etc... Thank you for Any help..... Tina
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i'm stuck on installation...please help!

guys, i have no clue where to connect the "CAR SPEED SIGNAL INPUT", the pink cable from the D1.

Any help would be greatly appreciated on where to connect it.

ThankS!
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guys, i have no clue where to connect the "CAR SPEED SIGNAL INPUT", the pink cable from the D1.

Any help would be greatly appreciated on where to connect it.

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Fantastic !! Do you have any additional pics, ive got everything out of mine, im installing the DBL din also, and now i am to the part of the cutting/fabricating the air flow part.... i need to see what else you did before you put the clear lexan in , what you cut / covered back up etc... Thank you for Any help..... Tina
Anyone have more pics? I'm not exactly sure where to cut either.
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Anyone have more pics? I'm not exactly sure where to cut either.
Here's a pic right after I installed some ABS to cover the opening I cut.



Cutting the ducts is the easy part because its easy to see what you are doing. Its open area behind the cover. You really have to try and mess something up. The hard part (at least with the eclipse) was mounting the head unit to the radio carrier and getting it to fit because of all the wires.
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Here's a pic right after I installed some ABS to cover the opening I cut.



Cutting the ducts is the easy part because its easy to see what you are doing. Its open area behind the cover. You really have to try and mess something up. The hard part (at least with the eclipse) was mounting the head unit to the radio carrier and getting it to fit because of all the wires.
Where did you buy the abs plastic from? I went to home depot and they don't have anything. Also, I think I cut too much from the duct because the vents stick out when they are open and get in the way of anything I try to cover the duct up with

Edit: ya im pretty sure i ****ed up


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Old 11-28-2005, 06:25 PM   #20
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VERY nice indeed! Always nice to see excellent craftmanship
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