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3rd Gen aftermarket radio install..

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by rascal, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. rascal

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    Yeah, the dash in the 3rd Gens are really tight when it comes to installing aftermarket HU. I know when I added my four channel and two channel amp the RCA cables were hard to maneuver around so the HU would slide in completely.
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    Does anyone know how to make them stay in if they want to fall forward. i bought a kit and it likes to come out, i heard people cut the dash but i dont want to mess with it if i dont have to.
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    Sounds like the upper clips are not latching on. I would check the clips on the adapter and make sure they are setup correctly. I didn't have to cut my dash at all when I installed my adapater face.
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    amazon?

    im putting in a new head and im wondering if i should just order the kit off amazon
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I would. That, or crutchfield. Just make sure you get the correct one - premium sound (with CD button on radio) or without premium sound
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    I just bought the Scosche brand panel, IMHO it's much nicer than the metra one and actually attempts to match the curvature of our dash and original unit!
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Old thread but if you have the patience, 2003 only Escorts came with a CD player. The radio plate has the correct curvature and rear defroster button placement since it's stock with the CD cutout.

    [​IMG]

    John
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    The 03 faceplate needs some "massaging" to get an aftermarket stereo into.
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    I have three 03 plates for sale if anyone is looking for one
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    True but it was pretty minimal in my opinion. Nothing to prevent you from getting one.

    John
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    I got an aftermarket dash replacement from autozone for like $55, it works great, moves rear defroster to drivers side & illuminates climate controls when lights turned on. Just need a couple new screws to mount them, and to get the old dash out, the center control is a cable that runs to the driver's side center dash, so you have to disconnect ext it down there, it's just a small clip that you push to disconnect the cables (see pics). But well with the investment 20180627_233609.jpg 20180613_010606.jpg
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    Thanks for this information!

    I bought an aftermarket radio plate on eBay a while back. Sadly, the far right control mounts poorly from the back. I've had it unclip itself, fall off and into the "hole' in the middle of the dash on a long trip. Very poorly designed. Currently, one side is hanging loose from the backside. I believe the knob is the only thing holding the control assembly in place at this time. Once again....very poorly designed. I'll just deal with it in the meanwhile. But I will be looking for 1993 Escorts in the salvage yard in the future. Thanks again.
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    https://www.feoa.net/threads/radio-bezel-from-03-zx2.102241/
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    steven777 FEOA Member

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    do you still have one of these i have 3 but one does not light up and would like an extra
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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    Click the link above and contact Gamer92.

    I believe he still had one last time I talked to him.
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    steven777 FEOA Member

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    LOL that is who i tried to ask my bad
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    I got an extra one for sale.

    John
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    I finished my dash wiring and one of mine does not lite up these are bad for that issue does all the lights work on yours
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Yup. I replaced all the bulbs with LED's.

    John
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    do you have pics

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