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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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car audio?

2 questions:

(1) I have a 1998 Camry, it only came with the radio/cassette and a storage area below where the cd player would have been placed (I'm guessing). I shopped for a replacement, but one problem- the plastic trim around the radio/storage has a 3/8" +/- perimeter quarter radius edge so the new unit trim will not fit. The radio itself has sharp 90 degree at the 4 corners compared to a radius on all aftermarket units I saw.
Looking for something that will fit with CD player or should I go the old route with one in the trunk ;b

(2) 2001 Superduty- CD player skips (at inconsistent times). Don't know why.
Repair (can and should this be done- $) or buy new aftermarket?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 12:33 PM
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2 questions:

(1) I have a 1998 Camry, it only came with the radio/cassette and a storage area below where the cd player would have been placed (I'm guessing). I shopped for a replacement, but one problem- the plastic trim around the radio/storage has a 3/8" +/- perimeter quarter radius edge so the new unit trim will not fit. The radio itself has sharp 90 degree at the 4 corners compared to a radius on all aftermarket units I saw.
Looking for something that will fit with CD player or should I go the old route with one in the trunk ;b

(2) 2001 Superduty- CD player skips (at inconsistent times). Don't know why.
Repair (can and should this be done- $) or buy new aftermarket?
Replace both with aftermarket units. They make kits for virtually every vehicle. You could even fab up your own.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Replace both with aftermarket units. They make kits for virtually every vehicle. You could even fab up your own.
I think it was called Cartoys that said they didn't have a unit to fit the Camry without it looking half arse because of the radii.
This is what I'm talking about:
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 01:36 PM
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I think it was called Cartoys that said they didn't have a unit to fit the Camry without it looking half arse because of the radii.
This is what I'm talking about:
Looks like a pretty standard dash to me.

Should be really simple. I don't get what you're talking about that would pose a problem.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 02:14 PM
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Looks like a standard double din to me. Yes if you do not buy a double din unit you will have a pocket below the radio but that is normal. Thats how all vehicles are.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like a pretty standard dash to me.

Should be really simple. I don't get what you're talking about that would pose a problem.
You can see back shell of unit and gap between stock dash and radio.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 02:25 PM
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You can see back shell of unit and gap between stock dash and radio.

Sorry dude. I'm not following you. Got any pictures of the problem, because the one you posted looks normal. There should be a trim piece for that stereo or a trim piece that came with the dash kit. Either would clean it up. If not, go with a different dash kit or make one out of ABS. Or better yet, get a double din. You'll still need a dash kit/trim piece.

Again, that dash looks very simple and normal from the pic you posted. There are a lot of vehicles out there that are a nightmare, but that doesn't look like one of them. A dash kit should be dirt cheap.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry dude. I'm not following you. Got any pictures of the problem, because the one you posted looks normal. There should be a trim piece for that stereo or a trim piece that came with the dash kit. Either would clean it up. If not, go with a different dash kit or make one out of ABS. Or better yet, get a double din. You'll still need a dash kit/trim piece.

Again, that dash looks very simple and normal from the pic you posted. There are a lot of vehicles out there that are a nightmare, but that doesn't look like one of them. A dash kit should be dirt cheap.
The trim piece won't cover the radiused portion of the dash that remains.
4 corners of aftermarket units have a radius but the dash opening has 90 degree corners.
Without the aftermarket trim piece, you can see back of unit because of gap between unit and radiused portion of dash. It looks unfinished like my 10 year old neice might have installed it.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 03:36 PM
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 03:46 PM
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The trim piece won't cover the radiused portion of the dash that remains.
4 corners of aftermarket units have a radius but the dash opening has 90 degree corners.
Without the aftermarket trim piece, you can see back of unit because of gap between unit and radiused portion of dash. It looks unfinished like my 10 year old neice might have installed it.

I don't know what you mean by "radiused". Do you mean that the edges are somewhat rounded? That's normal. It's also normal for the dash opening to have square corners.

A decent dash kit will merge the vehicle to the head unit. The dash kit will fit perfectly inside the opening of the vehicle, whether that be rounded, straight corners, whatever. Then the dash kit will have its own opening that the head unit will match up with. You'll still use either the trim piece from the head unit or the trim piece that comes with the dash kit.

Is that your car? Is that your Kenwood head unit? Is there an aftermarket dash kit in there now? Did you use the aftermarket head unit cage? What about the trim piece that came with the Kenwood? What about a trim piece that came with the dash kit? If that is your dash kit and it came with a trim piece that doesn't fit, it's the wrong dash kit, and you should get a new one. You could also consider putting the stereo in the bottom half and having the pocket up top (although it should work either way). The head unit should slide all the way back into the opening so that you don't see the "shell". The gap will be covered/filled by the proper trim piece that comes with the dash kit.

Based on the picture, there is nothing out of the ordinary about that dash. I can't imagine it being that difficult to find a proper dash kit. The corners shouldn't have anything to do with it, and it should be very straightforward.
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im guessing that is not your camry dash pictured since you said you dont have a cd player.

that picture looks like an aftermarket kit is already installed with aftermarket radio. that is exactly what you need to copy. i dont see the problem here.

it kinda sounds like you are trying to jam a cd player into where the storage is located... no no. you replace your old radio and you keep that storage where it is.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 04:13 PM
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1. Yes, it looks bad. Yes, the CD player is flush with the face removed but the face sticks out when attached. Yes, the side of the deck is ugly and the trim ring will not fit. All normal.
We sometimes redrill the factory metal radio brackets to sink the deck further into the dash and sometimes attach the trim ring to the deck before installing the factory bezel. Looks better but more work.

2. Buy new radio for the truck.
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-19-2008, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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The pic is not my car. Mine looks almost new compared to that posted pic. I would like the unit to look alot more stock if possible, if not, I'll get by with the radio.
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My comments were not on the condition, brand, etc of the deck. My comments are on how an aftermarket deck fits into the dash on a 1998 camry. The only kits listed for the car by metra or bestkits is a pocket which is how they installed the deck shown. One thing you may not notice from the picture angle is that the face of the radio is not flush with the edge of the pocket. It is sticking out about 3/4" beyond the level of the pocket because the chassis of the deck is flush with the pocket. That is why we redrill the brackets to move the deck further into the dash and put the trim ring on behind the bezel.

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My comments were not on the condition, brand, etc of the deck. My comments are on how an aftermarket deck fits into the dash on a 1998 camry. The only kits listed for the car by metra or bestkits is a pocket which is how they installed the deck shown. One thing you may not notice from the picture angle is that the face of the radio is not flush with the edge of the pocket. It is sticking out about 3/4" beyond the level of the pocket because the chassis of the deck is flush with the pocket. That is why we redrill the brackets to move the deck further into the dash and put the trim ring on behind the bezel.
That's how the single din unit fit in my sister's Nissan Quest also. But the trim ring still went on fine. Seen it some other vehicles too. I just figured that was normal in a lot of cars (for the unit itself to sit flush without the face on, and then to have the face protrude out).
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