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    Stupid question about stereo install

    Well, Chris Berman on ESPN once said "There are no stupid questions, only stupid people who ask questions" so I guess maybe you can put me into that category. Anyway, I want to upgrade the audio system, but before I go out and buy anything I just wanted to find out what is involved in replacement of the stock head unit? I can deal with the wiring and such, but the actual removal of the stock cd changer has my shaking my head a tiny bit. Am I going to have to take the dash apart? If so, how do I go about it without destroying anything? I guess those are my only questions for now, but any info would be great.

    Thanks!
    -Ari

    P.S. Just to check.....I will need to buy a wiring harness and the compartment thing to fill the other half of the opening correct?

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    Since I don't own one....

    here's my educated guess.

    YOu'll have to pry the trim panel off the dash.

    Use a screwdriver or socket to remove the radio.

    Use a screwdriver to remove the brackets which will be re-used.

    You'll need a single-din cuppyhole

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    The center dash must get removed.
    There are pics available on where the snaps are located. First remove the cupholder...that open a lot it up. Then stick something REALLY thin and wedge and pull. I got a couple of minor scratches/nicks...I really don't see how this can be avoided.

    After the panel is out, it's just screws. The whole just slides right out after that.
    '02 Plat. Wagon, Manual

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    Thanks for the info guys. That's all I really needed to know. Oh, should I get a wiring harness from somewhere before I get started on this?

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    A wiring harness is nice because you can attach all the wires inside before hand and then just plug it in once you get the car apart. It's a pain to go back to stock without one too.

    The trim puls right off and the screws after that are obvious. You'll probably want this wiring chart

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    Thanks for the link to the wiring chart, it will definitely be useful. I think that's pretty much all the info I'm going to need for now. As far as I know anyway. Thanks for the quick replies!

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    You might want to buy a harness from a local stereo shop instead of splicing the hell out of your existing stereo harness. I had to learn the hard way and it looked pretty messy, now my system is pretty clean & professional looking. My harness was bout $20, but got it free from the stereo shop with a bit of bargining when I bought my new CD player. I miss the changer so much though...

    -alex

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