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    Maximum Bitrate jpinkerton's Avatar
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    Looking forward to seeing the final updates...when you get 'em

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    I own a 08' Rabbit and I'm planning to install it in the radio's place( a DD install) and I'm wondering if you don't have by any chance a measurement of the available depth. there it would be another 3/4" extra(longer then the oem radio). it's ok even if the space available at the top(MB could be installed at the top of the case).
    I should do it myself, but I already opened so many times the A/C front panel that barely has some clips left.

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    I don't have measurements, but if it is anything like my Jetta there is more than enough room for most things you would want to put in there. It's pretty spacious.

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    Ok, finally some pics and some closure. This first picture here is what the monitor area looked like after I put the monitor in the "double din" enclosure. You can see that the trim kit I got for the car leave a good sized gap (see top and sides). Before I had the DD enclosure I actually had the original monitor rubber-banded from behind right over the hole. It actually didn't look half bad for what it was, but I wanted something a little more stock looking.



    To put the monitor in the enclosure, I had to solder (yikes!) the IR receiver to the extension wire and put it over the hole designed for it. This is my AWSOME! (i.e. ghetto) first attempt at soldering. It may be ugly but it actually works.



    I finally got around to installing the switch on the 12v turn on wire so that I no longer have an ugly blue wire sticking out of my ashtray and wrapped around my shifter. I also worked my magic and turned another one of the blank button spots into a USB port (again, ghetto ).



    I got what I thought was the CORRECT kit for the Jetta. It was the Metra-Double DIN Installation Kit 99-9011. I installed everything and it looked.....well...better. It fits very snug top to bottom, but there's still space on the sides. All in all it looks good enough for me. If I get ambitious one day I might take some bondo to it...but I have other projects that take priority over that.



    Here's a final overview pic. I still have stuff to do, like get around to installing the radio tuner and buy a GPS antenna. But I can officially say I am done. I tether my phone to the pc and listen to internet radio so installing the radio has taken a back seat and I always have google maps so ditto with GPS. I still want to take care of them but they'll wait. Oh! One more thing, I still have to connect the power wire to the power supply in the PC and hook it up to the monitor so I can get rid of the cigarette lighter adapter plugged into the ashtray (and get rid of the occasional lines that run across the monitor.)



    It's been harder work than I thought and a LOT more money, but I would definitely do it again. I'm already researching ultra low powered mobos I can just leave on instead of hibernating every time I turn off the car. We'll see =). Thanks for following along!

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    nice install. You can add an intermediare 2din frame for lower screens so you can fill the holes arround the screen bezel. Look below:

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    Cool, where would I get something like this? There is really only space on either side. There is NO room top and bottom to fit any more of anything so I don't see how it would fit.

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    Wow man it looks great, I hope everything treats you well. I'm planning on doing an install on a car I just purchased. A 1986 Jetta GLI 16 Valve.

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    that second ring should come with the Metra kit and that frame with the IR hole goes behind that second ring. that frame won't be flush with the Metra kit. by the way the Metra kit it's the worst, buy the American International kit.
    the middle ring is the one I'm talking about:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...WK1017&tp=3121

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