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Old 09-15-2004, 10:54 PM   #21
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Wow! That's a pretty nice install. I've been looking into the Eclipse AVN2454 though. Do any of you know if this headunit has more or less clearance than the Kenwood DDX7015? Or has anyone installed one of these yet? Here's a pic of the AVX2494, but it looks identical to the AVN2454. The only difference is that the AVN2454 has Navigation and the AVX2494 has a built in hard drive for MP3's.
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Old 09-15-2004, 11:13 PM   #22
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Wow! That's a pretty nice install. I've been looking into the Eclipse AVN2454 though. Do any of you know if this headunit has more or less clearance than the Kenwood DDX7015? Or has anyone installed one of these yet? Here's a pic of the AVX2494, but it looks identical to the AVN2454. The only difference is that the AVN2454 has Navigation and the AVX2494 has a built in hard drive for MP3's.
I'm not positive about your question, but I think the 2 units are close in depth. Look here:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...eclipse+double
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Old 09-16-2004, 08:01 AM   #23
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Im lurking on this thread, this looks very interesting. If someone could post up a DIY for modding the vents and installing the deck, that would be great!
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Old 09-16-2004, 12:40 PM   #24
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ScottB, did you get the pics yet?
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Old 09-17-2004, 12:55 AM   #25
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interested in the DDX

whoever has more pics of the vent modding, post it up, this could be a popular navi alternative for those interested. Thanks.
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Old 09-17-2004, 04:02 AM   #26
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Instructions on vent modding

To mod the vent unit you have to cut out aproximately 2,5cm in depth an in height. you should start from the center of the hvac unit and work your way out to the left and right. the only thing you have to be careful of is that there are the flaps for the foot well air ducts on both sides and that in the back of the unit is the fiberglass rod tha controls the air ducts. If you start from the center and work your way slowly outward and in depth you can see the situation clearly. Once you have cut out the unit as much as possible remembering not to compromise the flap function you can make an inlet to lay your radio on (i made it out of metal and siliconed it to the vent box). You won't be able to center the head unit perfectly but it will fit fully in depth. Unfortunately don't have pics of the hvac job but will post pics of the final prod in next few days.
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Old 09-17-2004, 06:11 AM   #27
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I've got a couple of pictures I've taken, but the install isn't done yet. I've never done the picture attachment thing, so here goes...

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Old 09-17-2004, 07:36 AM   #28
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I've got a couple of pictures I've taken, but the install isn't done yet. I've never done the picture attachment thing, so here goes...

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I assume you have to cover that cut out back up? And where do u get the face plate fabricated?
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Old 09-17-2004, 09:07 AM   #29
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The way you cover the back is with anything from a metal plate to a fiberglass plate. The reason why you have to cover it is because all the air of the venting system passes through there. About the face plate, unfortunately you have to make one yourself either out of fiberglass or out of carbon fiber. i made mine out of fiberglass and covered it with nappa leather which is very smooth and looks like the plastic of the other dash components.
ScottB what did you make yours out of?
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Thanks ScootB, any more pictures/instructions would be awesome...can't wait to see it finished
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Old 09-17-2004, 12:22 PM   #31
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I assume you have to cover that cut out back up? And where do u get the face plate fabricated?
The guy doing the install is going to reroute the air flow above and behind the double din unit so the volume of airflow is unchanged. The route will be sealed. The faceplate is and install work is being done by Tweeter.

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I didn't make the plate, the great installer at Tweeter did. I am unsure of what material was used but will check. I think it may be wood. (!)

They're hoping to get the majority done by tomorrow. They're installing:
MB Quart PCE 213's in the front
Kenwood DDX7015 head unit
Kenwood Sirius radio & antenna
Kenwood KNADV4100 Navigation and antenna
JL Audio 300/4 amp
JL Audio 500/1 amp
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JL Audio stealthboxes
PAC SWI-X

The stealthboxes and SWI-X are supposed to arrive Monday, so that install will happen then. Everything else should be in by Saturday. For the most part, the equipment list was determined by reading posts from many people here.

I'm kinda excited.

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Old 09-18-2004, 12:58 AM   #32
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The guy doing the install is going to reroute the air flow above and behind the double din unit so the volume of airflow is unchanged. The route will be sealed. The faceplate is and install work is being done by Tweeter.



I didn't make the plate, the great installer at Tweeter did. I am unsure of what material was used but will check. I think it may be wood. (!)

They're hoping to get the majority done by tomorrow. They're installing:
MB Quart PCE 213's in the front
Kenwood DDX7015 head unit
Kenwood Sirius radio & antenna
Kenwood KNADV4100 Navigation and antenna
JL Audio 300/4 amp
JL Audio 500/1 amp
15 Farad capacitor
JL Audio stealthboxes
PAC SWI-X

The stealthboxes and SWI-X are supposed to arrive Monday, so that install will happen then. Everything else should be in by Saturday. For the most part, the equipment list was determined by reading posts from many people here.

I'm kinda excited.

ScottB.
Thats a fantastic place to take your car to. They guarantee their work and stand behind the company name. I'm doing the same set up as you, and it's also being done at Tweeter. Only difference is that I am doing it my self cause I work there. What ever that installer is doing, is not I repeat IS NOT an easy job. My car's been kicking my @$$, I just wish I had a full day to work on it. Don't worry about your car, I can guarantee it will turn out awesome.
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Old 09-18-2004, 01:27 PM   #33
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This is a sweet setup.
Some others have done it to.
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...t=kenwood+navi
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...kenwood+double
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Old 09-19-2004, 09:55 PM   #34
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Yeah, the guys at my Tweeter (Huntsville, AL) are great. Here's a picture of the installed head unit. I'm still waiting on some pieces to come in, but the "hard" part is done. They've done a great job, and would recommend them to anyone.

I took other pictures, but they were all pretty bad. I'll wait until I get some better lighting.

BTW, the screen that's showing is the reason I didn't bother with MusicKeg/Phatnoise. The DDX7015 will play MP3s/WMAs off DVD's! Sure, it's 4.7GB compared to 10 or 20GB, but I can live with that .

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Old 09-20-2004, 10:56 AM   #35
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BTW, the screen that's showing is the reason I didn't bother with MusicKeg/Phatnoise. The DDX7015 will play MP3s/WMAs off DVD's! Sure, it's 4.7GB compared to 10 or 20GB, but I can live with that .

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what?? sorry for the newb question but i have the same unit.. it plays mp3's? off cd's or is there a hard drive in there or something..and wats a wma?
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what?? sorry for the newb question but i have the same unit.. it plays mp3's? off cd's or is there a hard drive in there or something..and wats a wma?
It will play MP3 or WMA files off of burned CDs or DVDs. WMA files are a competing compressed audio format from Microsoft, similar to MP3.

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Old 09-22-2004, 12:10 AM   #37
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So I have one question, there are no issues with decreased airflow from the A/C vents, or anything like that? Or does the A/C make any whistling noises because of that cutout?
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Old 09-22-2004, 06:53 AM   #38
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I've been driving it around for the past few days. I've noticed no airflow changes at all, and the AC seems like it's behaving the same as before. I was really concerned about this as well.

I've also run the fan at full, hit the defrost button & changed the airflow to the footwells only. It all appears to work as before. If there's a problem then I've yet to find it.

That doesn't mean that the procedure is easy; the installer who did mine was very careful not to cut into or obstruct any of the moving parts within the vent.

Hope this helps!
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Old 09-22-2004, 10:21 AM   #39
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Thanks for the info Scott.
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Old 09-23-2004, 07:56 PM   #40
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yes it fits. it's been done. no need to modify anything. just need to build the dash kit.



Who did the custom trim work for you
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