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    oh yeah. i asked around about replacing the hu, because i was going to just skip it entirely, and i heard the adapter harness for this radio is like 150 dollars. too much for me, but i guess youd have to decide. there is also a antenna adapter you need to buy, if i remember correctly.

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    Yeah, newer GM cars' head units can control the car's options like keyless entry, headlights staying on, etc....., but the headunit allows you to customize settings and doesn't actually control anything but the radio for your listening pleasures. You can actually reset oil change lights and tire pressure warnigns through the headunit, but they can also be reset another way that is specified in your owner' maunal.

    Also, the 7" Lillput 629 model fits perfectly in there if you cut off the buttons. If you still want use of the remote, you can always extend the IR sensor that is on the button board.

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    My second attempt

    Here are a few pics of my first attempt. I still have a lot work to do like covering with vinyl and building a better center console which was the first time i had ever dealt with fiberglass shouldn't have gotten in such a hurry now i have cracking and alignment problems. In my next attempt I am removing the HU all together. I had 60/40 seat to begin with, but I took the seat out and cut it down to bucket size. I will now to to reupholster when i get some time school is killing me.





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    That looks pretty good for your first try, compared to mine. My impala doesnt have the center console, it goes right to the floor with a slide out ash tray instead. so i didnt really have a whole lot of options when it comes to screen placement. Does any body know if there is a cheap way to get audio to the stock head unit? i looked at it and im pretty sure it has to be an adapter of some sort hopefully.

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    I too had the slide out ashtray and 60/40 seats but I took a dremel and cut the steel support bar that ran to the middle arm rest, and cut the foam with a hacksaw. I made the console out of fiberglass and finished with plasticote products. The remaining seat material is just tucked under until I attempt a reupholster.

    I believe that there is an adapter that uses the cd changer or aux input, but it is not cheap. If you want to go super cheap you can always get an fm modulator, but your sound quality will suffer horribly. Or you could remove your hu all together and wire it directly into the factor amp. if it is like mine, it should be between the two 6X9 speakers in the trunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impala View Post
    Here are a few pics of my first attempt. I still have a lot work to do like covering with vinyl and building a better center console which was the first time i had ever dealt with fiberglass shouldn't have gotten in such a hurry now i have cracking and alignment problems. In my next attempt I am removing the HU all together. I had 60/40 seat to begin with, but I took the seat out and cut it down to bucket size. I will now to to reupholster when i get some time school is killing me.







    Wow......
    2003 Black Impala

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    That's a really nice setup. It's giving me some ideas for my 03 Chevy Impala. I'm looking to start small by hooking up my ipod and my Treo to the audio system, but I do want to go big and put a PC in there some day.

    Nice job fabricating your center console, very clean looking.

    Tim

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