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Double din'ing it!

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:44 pm
by ndianabones
This was a very recent project i undertook recently and thought i would share it considering it has been asked more than a few times, i thought i would document it for a post.

Recently got my hands on a wx-gt90bt for my 95. yep a double din radio.
http://store.sony.com/bluetooth-app-remote-radio-w-pandora-zid27-WXGT90BT/cat-27-catid-All-Car-Stereo-Receivers-Speakers

The tools i am using for this project.
a craftsman (dremel) cordless rotary tool
a rotary file and diamond cutting disk w/ attaching hardware
a sharpie and some 320 and 500 paper for smoothing the rough edges and making it look clean
also used my snap-on cordless screwdriver with drill attachment


face plate.jpg
though as most of us know the radio opening in the dash is big enough to accommodate a double din radio, but the trim plate is only a din and 1/2 opening. so whats a guy or gal to do. here is what i did. after removing the face/trim plate. i had to figure out the centering of the radio to the face plate. best way i saw was to have the new radio in and see were i would need to trim. which i marked in this pic.
i trimmed the excess at the upper and lower ribs of the trim plate. now granted this wont be the same for all radios. this is just my experience.


drill rivit.jpg
next thing i had to tackle was the depth of the opening. yes i had not done this next step all the years i have had this beretta.
first was to drill the rivet head off at the back of the opening (see red arrow)


cut.jpg
once that was accomplished i used my rotary tool with cutting disk to zip along as close to the back edge of the opening as possible and then do the same across the side wall. i was able to get far enough back i did'nt need to worry about the rivets on the bottom of the opening at the back.


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yours should look similar to this once complete


i just bent the metal tab down in the back. did'nt see a reason to remove it.
with that being accomplished and my trim plate also finished i was ready to install.

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it looks a little cleaner than the last pic. i did go back and clean up the top more. but it fit very nicely and so far works like a charm.

Re: Double din'ing it!

Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:59 pm
by 1988GTU
images arent showing up...

Re: Double din'ing it!

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:31 am
by Rodville
I can see all but the last two pics.

Re: Double din'ing it!

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:32 am
by 1988GTU
Thanks for the two edits to your initial posting kprofthestrs. Now all the pics are working.

Re: Double din'ing it!

Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:57 am
by ndianabones
1988GTU wrote:Thanks for the two edits to your initial posting kprofthestrs. Now all the pics are working.

yw. it was giving me fits. the links didnt work and could only do 5 attachments so i had to sacrifice a few pics to get the more important stuff up.