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Replacing factory radio [message #90759] Fri, 09 August 2019 15:28 Go to next message
Porter is currently offline  Porter
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Baron
To be honest, the audio system isn't bad in my Explorer, but I scrapped up the head unit pretty drastically while helping a friend move. I've tried to smooth things out and even tried to ignore it, but it's time for it go. So, since I'm taking things apart anyway, I might as well make some audio upgrades. I'm big on DIY in general, but I've never worked on a car audio system before. Just how hard is it? I like the JL Audio Stealthbox subwoofer and I know it fits, but it doesn't work with the SUV's cargo security shade accessory. Do I have other options? I'm not finding much.
Re: Replacing factory radio [message #90778 is a reply to message #90759] Tue, 13 August 2019 17:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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Maybe the people over at Crutchfield could help. Thought they specialized in car audio solutions.
Re: Replacing factory radio [message #90800 is a reply to message #90778] Sun, 25 August 2019 22:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Porter is currently offline  Porter
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Baron
I had checked them out, but my options look pretty bleak. I hoped someone here might know of another workaround. It's probably just how my car is made though. I might just have to live with the cosmetic defect.
Re: Replacing factory radio [message #90802 is a reply to message #90800] Mon, 26 August 2019 09:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rusty is currently offline  Rusty
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Just curious, what was it that was scrapped up, the radio unit or the surrounding console too. It's hard to imagine there isn't a new head unit that wouldn't fit into your vehicle.
Re: Replacing factory radio [message #90813 is a reply to message #90802] Tue, 03 September 2019 10:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Madison is currently offline  Madison
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If the issue is purely cosmetic can't you just skin it? I'd find a vinyl decal that will cover the imperfections or I'd go to the shop. From what I've read that car isn't easy to take apart and the audio system is pretty good as it is.
Re: Replacing factory radio [message #90848 is a reply to message #90802] Sun, 08 September 2019 15:11 Go to previous message
Porter is currently offline  Porter
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Baron
Rusty wrote on Mon, 26 August 2019 09:02
Just curious, what was it that was scrapped up, the radio unit or the surrounding console too. It's hard to imagine there isn't a new head unit that wouldn't fit into your vehicle.
Yep, the head unit is easily replaceable and I figured I could upgrade my subwoofers and tweeters while I was at it. In the end I took it to the shop. According to Crutchfield it was going to be an onerous DIY project and I was afraid I'd mess up my backup cam and nav system.
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