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Metra dash kit doesn't seem secure

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by TheBlarneyStone, May 22, 2010.

  1. May 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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    TheBlarneyStone

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    I'm installing a double DIN Kenwood stereo/GPS and I have the Metra dash kit. If I follow the directions, the only thing holding the stereo in place is the 4 10mm bolts and the actual dash kit does nothing to support the stereo. Am I reading the instructions right or did I miss something? Thanks.
     
  2. May 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    there should be screws that attach the dash kit to the side of the stereo, 2 per side
     
  3. May 22, 2010 at 1:19 PM
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    Use the factory metal brackets, they hold a lot better then the cheesy plastic ones
     
  4. May 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM
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    Oh and only 3 out of the 4 holes fit unless you drill another hole, but I only use 3 and its held fine for a year
     
  5. May 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM
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    toooooo many stereos, yes factory bracket, my kit didn't even come with one, and I can't remember what kit I got
     
  6. May 22, 2010 at 1:35 PM
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    Thanks. I installed the factory brackets to the HU and and bolted it in and it seems ok. I just thought there would be something would lock the Metra faceplate to the actual HU to keep it from vibrating.
     
  7. May 22, 2010 at 3:27 PM
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  8. May 23, 2010 at 5:52 AM
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    Here are some photos. The first one shows the HU itself. It has the factory metal brackets attached and then bolted back into the truck. These are the only things that hold the HU in place. The second photo shows the back of the dash kit. There are four clips that go into the slots in the dash and these hold the dash kit in place. The dash kit does not actually do anything to hold the HU in place, it just covers the hole. Sorry I couldn't get better angles, I didn't feel like taking everything apart again.

    small1.jpg
    small2.jpg
     
  9. May 23, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    You are correct. The faceplate does not connect to the HU. How does the faceplate on your Metra kit fit? Mine is horrible!
     
  10. May 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM
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    It fits mine pretty well. I didn't fully tighten the HU down until after I put the faceplate in. I was able to move the HU to where I was happy and then tighten it down fully. There is a small gap along the bottom but you really can't see it unless you're looking down at it with a flashlight. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the dash kit, I just think it could be better with minimal effort on Metra's side. I'll have to start thinking about a Metra mod...
     
  11. May 24, 2010 at 4:06 PM
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    Why is it so hard to get an OEM quality fit with something so common and simple as a dash kit? I mean really, We spend hours on the details of our trucks and have to settle for this....
     
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