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post #1 of 23 Old 10-07-2011, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Getting Radio Out?

The other day my radio **** the bit on me. It's an aftermarket one so i didnt put it in. I have one to replace it but I just cant figure out how to get the dash piece off around it so I can get to the screws holding in. any help would be appreciated. I'm sure its simple and Im just over looking it. Thanks guys.

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I would take it buy a stereo shop and ask them or Best Buy where they install radios.

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What year is your truck? OBS or NBS?

I can only speak for OBS trucks, but IIRC there are no screws holding my dash together, only clips. I very carefully started prying the dash trim up around the glovebox and vents, popping out each clip, until I was able to expose the stereo.

Sorry as I don't have a Haynes manual on hand, I only recall from memory...
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What type of radio is it?

Screws don't hold aftermarket radios in. Or factory ones for that matter. They latch into a cage which is just latched into the dash. Only tools you'll need is a screwdriver and depending on what radio it is, their removal keys to take the radio head out of the cage/sleeve.

Get me a make and model of the radio and ill do my best to explain.

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Uhh, I can get a make and model on the radio for you tomorrow. But theres no screws or anything in this dash? It just prys off? So just go in with a screw driver and be gentle?

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You need to get the radio head unit out BEFORE you try to get the dash trim off (see the others' posts above). You can always remove the glovebox and go from the side to get a glimpse of how it's in there. Cheers!

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If your removing the aftermarket head unit only you DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE THE DASH, there is a trim ring around your aftermarket radio use a fingernail or a flat head screw driver stick it on top just pry it out, very simple, if you do not have the factory pins for the head unit don't worry, get 2, that is 2 flat head screw drivers and place the head of each on opposite sides of unit pry it out, it will come, if it's broken don't worry, you said it crapped out anyway, make sure your drivers are between the unit and the cage in there, if not it will just bend the cage up on it's way out, I've installed and removed a million units, very simple stuff, another very simple way, pull the glove box reach your arm in and try and bend down as many tabs that are sticking up and just push the whole thing out from behind, head units in these trucks are very easy, only ones that I have ever seen that screwed into the mounting plate were flip out tv's, just average cd players don't do that or need it

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If your removing the aftermarket head unit only you DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE THE DASH, there is a trim ring around your aftermarket radio use a fingernail or a flat head screw driver stick it on top just pry it out, very simple, if you do not have the factory pins for the head unit don't worry, get 2, that is 2 flat head screw drivers and place the head of each on opposite sides of unit pry it out, it will come, if it's broken don't worry, you said it crapped out anyway, make sure your drivers are between the unit and the cage in there, if not it will just bend the cage up on it's way out, I've installed and removed a million units, very simple stuff, another very simple way, pull the glove box reach your arm in and try and bend down as many tabs that are sticking up and just push the whole thing out from behind, head units in these trucks are very easy, only ones that I have ever seen that screwed into the mounting plate were flip out tv's, just average cd players don't do that or need it
DONT DO THAT. Some head units have actual LATCHES and prying on it will only break your dash.

Get me a make and model and I will tell you how it comes out. Pioneers are simple if you dont have the keys, but worse comes to worst, you can goto a local stereo shop and they will have the keys there, just ask them if you can borrow them for a second, or give them 5 bucks to take it out for you.

But, you can remove the glove box, and peer in and sometimes you can see the latching system on the cage. You can also remove the dash bezel and get to the other side of the radio pretty easily as well.

Your dash is only plastic, the radio and cage are light gauge tin, but still stronger than plastic.

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I've done this a million times, never had a problem, and have installed and removed over 50 head units factory and aftermarket in obs trucks alone, my brother runs a stereo business of his own, and I have done several installs myself on many other types of vehicles, yes you can do it garretts way, but I prefer mine when keys aren't available, works like a charm, and never cracked, broke, scratched a single dash I have installed or removed from, good luck with your unit bro

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Ill be tackjling it this weekend. So ill let you guys know how it goes.

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