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    Single din trim for head unit

    I've got a double din opening that I am going to put a 7" screen into. Below that is the ashtray (it says "push" on it). I'm taking it out and putting the headunit faceplate there. The head unit itself is going to be in the glove compartment because it isn't wide enough where the ask tray is.

    Currently above the head unit is a storage pocket. Originally it had a thicker trim piece. I am going to use that to make a trim for the head unit face plate. The faceplate does not fit in the trim. It is too wide and tall by only a few millimeters. What is the best way to go about this? Is sanding a few millimeters feasible or will it take way too long? Can a Dremel be used delicately enough to just cut a few millimeters?

    Let me know if you need more pictures and if it hasn't been explained clearly enough.



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    a dremel can be as delicate as the user themselves, have you ever sanded anything down with a dremel? it works great for small or big things.

    But i would personally just not waste time on doing that if you plan on going with a carPC so shortly... just leave it as is and run straight to the screen and toss that radio in the glovebox

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarX View Post
    a dremel can be as delicate as the user themselves, have you ever sanded anything down with a dremel? it works great for small or big things.

    But i would personally just not waste time on doing that if you plan on going with a carPC so shortly... just leave it as is and run straight to the screen and toss that radio in the glovebox
    I'm 17 and I don't own the car. My parents still drive it occasionally, maybe to run an errand or two on the weekends. They are fine with me doing the carpc install, as long as there is a simple way to use the radio without the computer. If it were my own car, I'd be going without a head unit (I'd run the audio from the computer to an amp to the speakers).

    With WarX's reassurance that a dremel would work fine, I spent some time this afternoon cutting and sanding the trim piece. It was my first time doing anything with the dremel so it didn't come out perfect; however given how low and out of view it will be, I am not too upset.

    To make my life easier, I decided that the faceplate didn't have to be centered. I cut away from the bottom and then sanded all four sides. The texture does not match my dash, but I'm probably not going to paint it for a while.



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    wait a minute... are you mounting the radio down there?? or ghost facing it... I definite would give you MANY props for ghost facing it, it'd be a VERY clean install and the radio would be out of the way, the faceplate down there...

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    The radio is going in the glove compartment with a cat5 cable running to the face plate itself. It is too wide to fit in that space without some serious work.

    Edit: I want to give credit to the first guy who did this. I saw his SportTrac install a little while ago in the show off your car forum. He has his faceplate on his A-pillar.

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    ahh, so you are ghost facing it... nice! get pictures up once you're done with the install!!

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    hey, that is a great idea. Maybe obvious to a non-newbie, but not to me.

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