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Old 03-24-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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QUESTION: Installing double-din stereo

Hi guys,
Quick question...
My car is at the shop right now, getting a Pioneer 4000-NEX (2014) double-din stereo installed.

The shop just called me and told me that the area is not DEEP enough to house the double-din stereo?! They said that the HVAC control unit is in the way and would have to be cut out?!

They ARE moving the HVAC control panel down to the slot below, however they are saying that there is a separate part of the HVAC system that sits behind the stereo area that would have to be cut out in order to provide enough depth to push the stereo in and mount it?!

Is it true that this would have to be cut out?
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:36 PM   #2
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Ok... answering my own question... pictures are worth a thousand words...
http://www.lazara.org/misc/photos/m3/system/3.htm
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:08 PM   #3
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Yes, they have to do a lot of cutting and modifications.. Should have done a little more research and got a single din from one of the sponsors..
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:23 PM   #4
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A day late a dollar short maybe for the OP but may help someone in the future, easier to stick to Dynavin or the ///AVIN or EONON etc which are built for the e46 dash.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:28 PM   #5
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Well I directed the audio installer guy to this forum and had him follow the picture tutorial
I think it turned out fine. I've got a nice new Pioneer 4000-NEX head unit installed
Also he was able to install four 6.5 inch speakers and still keep the OEM speaker grills in tact!
This installer is in the Chicago area, so if anybody else is interested, I can give you his contact info.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:47 PM   #6
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Great stuff, glad it worked out for you.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:55 PM   #7
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Well I directed the audio installer guy to this forum and had him follow the picture tutorial
I think it turned out fine. I've got a nice new Pioneer 4000-NEX head unit installed
Also he was able to install four 6.5 inch speakers and still keep the OEM speaker grills in tact!
This installer is in the Chicago area, so if anybody else is interested, I can give you his contact info.
Can you control the air flow at the lower vents (footwell area)?
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Old 03-31-2014, 02:30 PM   #8
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Can you control the air flow at the lower vents (footwell area)?
Yes. Here's what I'm experiencing now after the installation...

Climate set to Auto:
front vents: major air
floor vents: minor air
upper vents: no air

Climate set to Front:
front vents: major air
floor vents: minor air
upper vents: no air

Climate set to Upper:
front vents: no air
floor vents: moderate air
upper vents: major air

Climate set to Floor:
front vents: no air
floor vents: major air
upper vents: no air
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:48 AM   #9
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Here's some pics, and a few notes:

- The installer didn't cut the airbox deep enough nor low enough, so the deck (actually the surrounding trim) slightly pokes out a bit too far, but its not really noticeable. Keep in mind that the dash is slightly angled, so you need to cut the airbox low enough so that the deck can sit at an angle to match the angle of the dash.

- He used those metal brackets on each side to secure the head unit. He screwed the brackets into the sides of the head unit. I think this worked out very well, the head unit is definitely secure in there.

- The Pioneer 4000-NEX head unit is a beast in size, but it was still able to fit!

- The climate controls fit down below very nicely using the after market trim piece. Note: the climate controls are actually able to snap into the old trim piece very well, its just that there are some gaps around it. If you're looking to save a few bucks, you could actually get away with not using the new trim piece for the climate controls. Nevertheless, the pics below include the new trim piece.

- And to top it off, I mounted my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to the dash ;-)

- I included hyperlinks in the text above, in case you want more details on the parts I ordered.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:10 PM   #10
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The hardest part i found was tucking in all the wires especially if you have 3 sets of rcas coming back to the unit. Mine pokes out slightly too right now
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:58 AM   #11
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sounds like he didnt properly seal the vent that opens and closes the airflow from upper to lower.
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