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#1 carl s

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 08:53 AM

Is it just me or does everyone's radio stick out of the dash? I have quite big hands and occasionally I find myself punching the radio when changing gear and turning it on/off

I don't know if there's a way of fitting my current radio more flush with the dash, or if there is a different radio that fits flush rather than sticking out?

 

I know that some JDM tombstones had a recessed area for the radio, and that some OEM radios seem to fit a lot flusher than mine!

 

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 09:35 AM

I've just had a new double din fitted, Pioneer, and it looks almost OEM. I can't do pictures these days, but I'll try later on.
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Posted 21 May 2020 - 09:54 AM

https://imgur.com/a/sIeuRmN
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Posted 21 May 2020 - 11:32 AM

https://imgur.com/a/XDYQD44   

 

Sorry I can't seem to embed the images.


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Posted 21 May 2020 - 01:31 PM

thanks, that looks good like you say almost factory  :thumb-up:  Ironically I have just found out that I have been driving around for the last year with my gearstick fitted 180 degrees round the wrong way so I'm just about to change that and see if I still bash the radio (turns out it was leaning forward not back!) I will keep looking though as my radio still looks like it sticks out too much!


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mk1 1991 Eunos with RS NB drivetrain: https://www.mx5nutz....howtopic=322586

ex - mk3 2006 2.0 sport

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 09:24 PM

thanks, that looks good like you say almost factory  :thumb-up:  Ironically I have just found out that I have been driving around for the last year with my gearstick fitted 180 degrees round the wrong way so I'm just about to change that and see if I still bash the radio (turns out it was leaning forward not back!) I will keep looking though as my radio still looks like it sticks out too much!



Just read your thread, ha ha, we all live and learn Carl.
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Posted 21 May 2020 - 11:06 PM

I always fit radios flush and shave down the clip-on plastic trim surround so it fills the gap. Bit of a hassle but looks good.
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Posted 21 May 2020 - 11:33 PM

I always fit radios flush and shave down the clip-on plastic trim surround so it fills the gap. Bit of a hassle but looks good.

 

How do you do that? by fitting the cage further into the toombstone?


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mk1 1991 Eunos with RS NB drivetrain: https://www.mx5nutz....howtopic=322586

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 11:55 PM

I don't use the cage and don't fix the radio to the tombstone.  I just copied the way my first Roadster's stock double-DIN radio/CD was mounted, with side brackets holding it to the structure behind the tombstone. 

 

Actually, I cut and folded a new bracket from thin aluminium sheet.  Two sides, joined by a piece across the middle which goes under and supports the back of the radio, and folded over ears at the front which screw to either side.  Radios seem to have standard M4 holes in the side so I've been able to use the same bracket for multiple radios over the years and brought the bracket from that first car to its replacement.


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Posted 23 May 2020 - 05:38 AM

I’d swap your tombstone for a late JDM one. That’s what I have. Didn’t realise until my friend moaned that my stereo looked neater than his.
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Posted 24 May 2020 - 08:52 AM

I’d swap your tombstone for a late JDM one. That’s what I have. Didn’t realise until my friend moaned that my stereo looked neater than his.

 

They're a bit hens teeth though!


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 10:43 AM

Is it just me or does everyone's radio stick out of the dash? I have quite big hands and occasionally I find myself punching the radio when changing gear and turning it on/off

I don't know if there's a way of fitting my current radio more flush with the dash, or if there is a different radio that fits flush rather than sticking out?

 

I know that some JDM tombstones had a recessed area for the radio, and that some OEM radios seem to fit a lot flusher than mine!

 

49918349913_b10de512f3_c.jpg

 

I've got practically the same head unit and an early NA car and I got rid of the trim, painted the metal cage black and got a more flush look. There's still some gap around the side of the stereo but it's alot less naff than the 'surround' it came with.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 08:47 AM

its because of the detachable fascia no? there are some nice flush fit car radios,

 

i like these continental radios for an oem look, i got one for my 80s merecedes and it was cheap also

 

https://www.vdoshop....ion-detail.html

 

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or if you are feeling a little fancier, these new blaupunkt ones are awesome

 

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https://www.blaupunk...s/single/19059/


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 09:52 AM

that blaupunkt one is close to perfect. wow. and perfectly square :D


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 11:11 AM

Too many buttons, IMO. 

 

It's subjective of course but, like remote controls and microwave ovens, I don't like stuff with lots of buttons I never use and have forgotten what they do.  Especially in a car, controls should be simple, tactile and not fiddly.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 11:55 AM

its because of the detachable fascia no? there are some nice flush fit car radios,

 

i like these continental radios for an oem look, i got one for my 80s merecedes and it was cheap also

 

https://www.vdoshop....ion-detail.html

 

TR7412UB-OR.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As luck would have it, one of these just arrived from eBay Germany this week along with a left hand drive version of the BMW cubby clock to go underneath it.  Not fitted them yet but the radio looks really nicely made and very OEM. Going to try and find some time this weekend to install them :-)

 

That Blaupunkt looks nice and retro but £450 !


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 02:14 PM

yeah, 450. lol. idk. I'd expected it to be less than half that price.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 05:37 PM

Link showing my head unit's recessed look. - that's a 1989 na6 dash.

 

https://www.instagra.../p/CBD9xVJiG9m/


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