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    Civic Radio Install

    I have a 96-98 honda civic with the single DIN in the Dash. Is there anyone out there who makes a kit to mount an aftermarket radio in the center console in front of the cupholders?
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    in front of the cup holder?? do you mean in the pocket thats there where the optional casette player goes? if so a single din aftermarket deck will fit right in there, i had my radio on the bottom.

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    Did the same thing myself in my 99EX...wasn't really that hard and actually doesn't look that bad. No bondo or anything. If you want pic's/tips let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nero2007
    Did the same thing myself in my 99EX...wasn't really that hard and actually doesn't look that bad. No bondo or anything. If you want pic's/tips let me know.
    Please do. I have a 96 civic as well.
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    http://www.handa-accessories.com/ has a lot of things for this. I looked and it doesn't appear there is one for the civic, but there is one for the 98-00 accords, and you may be able to modify that slightly to get the desired effect.

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    bear with me here...I am doing this from memory...I will get some pictures up when I get the time if you need them...anyways, first step is to get the cupholder assembly out. This is a pretty easy process, take remove the 4 or so screws (don't have to remove the two in the upper center portion of the armrest) from the armrest assembly and pull it back first and then over the e-brake. Then remove the screws that hold on the front portion (the part that is around the shifter). Getting around the shifter might be tricky...it was easy in mine because my shifter assembly is aftermarket, but I'm not sure how a stock 5sp or auto would work. There is probably enough room to not take off the knob, but it will be hard to work with. No idea how an auto would work. Anyways, once that piece is taken off, there are 4 screws holding on the cupholder, remove them and it will come off. Next comes the interesting part. Take off the upper portion of the cupholder, it just snaps on and off. What I did was place a radio on the top to see where it should fit. Optimally, you want to give it a good angle towards the back. This not only allows you to see it easier when looking down, but also you won't have to use the top portion of the cupholder because the top of the radio will sit flush with the other trim piece. Mark where you want to cut...be careful, you don't need to cut up the front it, only the back needs to be removed. I actually screwed up and cut the front...not that noticable though. Basically, keep removing plastic and fitting it back in until the radio trim ring sits right up against the shifter trim panel. As for holding the radio in there, I didn't actually do anything for it, it's fairly sturdy the way it is...I suppose you could fashion some sort of bracket, but it wasn't neccessary in my case. The wiring is really easy, just push the harness down and plug it in...you can actually see the top of the radio from the where the harness originally was. Put everything back together and you're good to go.

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    I know this is an old thread, but if you haven't figured it out yet, do you mean like this?

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    Yah I'm sure thats what they mean but you're in a newer 01+ Dash there. The one for the 96-00 looks a little different. My unit, an 00, is even worse for install cause the cup holder and poket are one unit. Yuo have to get an si or 96-98 unit with separate cup holder and pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66miles99
    Yah I'm sure thats what they mean but you're in a newer 01+ Dash there. The one for the 96-00 looks a little different. My unit, an 00, is even worse for install cause the cup holder and poket are one unit. Yuo have to get an si or 96-98 unit with separate cup holder and pocket.
    The 04 is the hardest civic to do the relocation in, because the lighter bezel piece is all one unit all the way down the console. It all had to be fiberglassed. Other Civic models with the seperate LIghter bezel that are on the bottom of the console are the absolute easiest. I'm not sure I know what you mean by cupholder/pocket one unit in yours.


    BTW, I didn't realize this thread was from 04. I thought it was only a month old - someone bumped it.
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