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Old 11-02-2002, 10:28 AM   #1
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Question What do u think about this install look? aftermarket stereo pic

i'm thinking about installing my old pioneer premier cd player in my '02 325xi. i found this pic on the internet. it looks like my cd player and what my install would look like.

my question is...think the install looks bad? i just not sure if i like the space/gap on the black trim between the stereo and the wood trim on the right hand side. in my opinion, the stereo seems out of place.

note: aftermarket cd players can't be centered because the oem bmw stereo's back is a weird shape because the front is wide to match the width of the climate control system.


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Old 11-02-2002, 10:40 AM   #2
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looks fine. maybe this should be in the outher forum... but u can get a custom centered kit.. cant u?
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Old 11-02-2002, 12:04 PM   #3
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custom single din install kit.

i've thought about it but decided against it. i don't want to invest too much money in this.

additionally, a custom kit would be difficult to make since the oem head unit is regular sized but it curves outward for the wide oem head-unit front. thus, the pocket that contains the head-unit is shaped for it.

installing a aftermarket head-unit (i believe) can not be centered due to the wide oem stereo's face. ...unless the entire center console is modified.

the pocket and oem the stereo looks like this...


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Old 11-02-2002, 12:38 PM   #4
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An aftermarket head unit can be centered with a custom job. But everyone knows, custom = $$$$$. Because of this reason, I have steered clear of replacing the OEM unit.
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Old 11-02-2002, 01:01 PM   #5
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i read your reply. since u kept the oem head-unit, did u add a sub? if so, what speaker wires did u use/splice/etc... for the sub's amp?


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An aftermarket head unit can be centered with a custom job. But everyone knows, custom = $$$$$. Because of this reason, I have steered clear of replacing the OEM unit.
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Old 11-04-2002, 10:20 AM   #6
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i read your reply. since u kept the oem head-unit, did u add a sub? if so, what speaker wires did u use/splice/etc... for the sub's amp?


Since I kept the OEM unit, I went ahead and added a subwoofer (12" L7 Solabaric). I spliced into the rear speakers, and used a RCA converter to convert the rear signals to RCAs, which in turn, connect to the amp. Tapped into the remote wire from the OEM unit, and power and ground are pretty easy, since the battery is in the trunk.
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Old 11-06-2002, 11:52 AM   #7
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jaisonline,

What you could do is buy film or sticker that matches well with the woodgrain dash and cover the kit with it. If I decide to use this kit I am going to paint my kit to match the gloss tan color of the trim. If you can find a match is shouldn't cost more that $10-$20. Let us know what happens
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