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Old 12-21-2013, 08:50 AM
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Stock to Double DIN Radio

Hello all! I searched the threads for an answer to this, but couldn't find what I was looking for.

I have an 02 F350 with the stock CD/Cassette radio unit. I've read that if you install a double DIN unit you will need to do "some modding". How much modding?

I HATE dash work, I'm more of a nuts and bolts person. Some folks who like dash work might think something is simple, where I would consider it an exercise in frustration.

Does anyone have good intel on how difficult the mods would be to put in a double DIN unit in the stock opening?

I'm not doing any other work on amps, speakers, etc. I never turn it up beyond a volume that would inhibit conversation in the cab anyway, so stock speakers is just fine with me. But that cassette slot staring at me says old. Really, all I want is a unit with Bluetooth to connect my phone to.

Thanks all for any info on the mods needed to install a double DIN unit!
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Old 12-21-2013, 08:54 AM
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You have to trim the dash bezel around the radio. The new unit will snap onto the bezel around the radio.
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I havent done it yet but I did research on it... it seems fairly painless ( I too hate interior work even though I've rewired my entire interior).

You buy a mount kit made for these trucks ( $20 or so) and get the dremel out then you're done
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option 1
right now you have a din and a 1.5 so you just need to open the bottom of the hole and the top of the hole a little bit, a dremal with a sanding wheel will work. you basically just grind untell the new cage fits.

option 2
swap in a 05-07 upper dash/entire dash. a little harder but the factory din is a double din and the modification are behind the panal(if you just swap the upper part.
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Thanks all, sounds easy enough. If I had a garage long enough to park all 21.3 feet in, I'd do it next weekend. Otherwise it'll have to wait until I go to the Auto Hobby Shop for oil change, or spring in the driveway.
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I did it to my 99 a while back. From what I remember, it was some minor bezel sanding, and a good whack with a mallet tot he metal support around the dash and it slid right in.. Pretty easy mod if my memory serves...

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