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New Headunit: Eclipse CD5000. Is there a way to "HIDE" it? (non removable face)

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  • New Headunit: Eclipse CD5000. Is there a way to "HIDE" it? (non removable face)

    So my car was recently broken into, and my headunit was stolen.

    I've now ordered an Eclipse CD5000 headunit to replace the old one.

    eclipse has this thing called ESN.. basically you can use their software to create a unique key cd-r.. when the headunit is removed from the car, it requires that "key" cd to unlock it.. otherwise it's about as useful as a brick. eclipse also offers a 1 year theft warranty.

    this headunit does not have a removable face.

    is there something I can buy or fabricate to help hide the headunit? Like Scion cars have that door that rolls up and down to hide the radio which is pretty cool..

    I'm thinking about getting my windows tinted, but I don't know how much that will help..

    Thanks for any suggestions!

    //edit: it's an 04 cavalier

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    ESN doesn't use 'their' software so much as you just put the cd in, hit a few keys, it remembers it, and you then put THAT cd away in a safety deposit box.

    I can't tell you how many people would come in with their radios, putting them in new cars, only to find that the cd they used to program the ESN was missing, had been broken, etc.

    As for hiding it, other than fabricating something, it's a risk you just have to take when getting into car audio.

    Tinting your windows will only do so much. You can still see in there.

    Not booming your system when pulling into parking lots is one thing you can do to protect your investment.

    Also, watching where you park as well.

    Just about everyone gets hit at least once in their life, it's just something you have to be willing to deal with if you go this route.


    yes, absolutely.
    Jan Bennett
    FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!