These panels scratch ridiculously
easily. Do not use prying tools to remove any panels. With the right pressure in the right places, every panel can be removed with just your fingers.
I am an amateur. These are not professional directions, nor do I claim to be a professional. Proceed at your own risk. While I doubt you will break a panel almost regardless of how hard you pull, I am not responsible for any damage you incur while attempting a radio install on your own.
1) No prying with tools until you've tried to dislodge the panel for at least 5 minutes, and only then with the understanding that you will most likely dent or otherwise damage the edge of the panel.
2) Take your time. Have all day to get your work done so that you have all the time in the world to figure out how a panel comes off.
3) Do not under any circumstances set a panel on top of another panel, or on any hard or abrasive surface. No garage floors, no metal surfaces, nothing. I cannot stress enough how easy it is to mar this plastic.
Very small flat head screwdriver
Regular Phillips head screwdriver
10mm socket with about 10" of extension
For the replacement faceplate, I also needed some diagonal snips and a sanding block and ~100grit sandpaper. A Dremel with a cutting wheel and sanding drum would also suffice.
Metra Wiring Harness
Metra Dash Kit
Metra Antenna Adapter
I opted to complete the indoor work first, then do the install. Indoors you will need to prep your faceplate and install your radio into it, and do your wiring harness. I didn't take pictures of the faceplate process. I installed a 2din radio. I had to trim out the center bar with snips, sand the excess bumps even with the edges, snap in the side panels, screw on my radio, and put on the white clips. It will be different for you if you do a single din radio. The rest that I will be detailing is universal.
First up is wiring the 70-7903 harness to your radio's harness. With the one from my Pioneer, it was as simple as matching up the colors on both ends. If you look closely at your metra harness, you will note that the wires are labeled. It is worthwhile to check the manual for your radio to be sure that the colors and functions match.
I am terrible at soldering. You could use
with a crimper, but I need the practice.
I didn't have any heatshrink tubing handy, so electrical tape sufficed. I wrapped the bunch on either side of the soldering afterward to help keep things tight.
Now for the dash pieces. A ton of pieces have to come out to remove the radio from your vehicle. The one piece that looks like it needs to be removed but doesn't (I learned the hard way) is the seatbelt/hazard light panel. Leave it in. It can be popped off after you remove the entire bezel.
Get in on the passenger side with the seat all the way back, and start with the Shift Knob simply unscrewing it like a bottle cap. Those of you with an automatic, I'm sorry. The manual just drives better
Now the surrounding frame. Get the edges of your fingers under the edges of the panel and pull straight up. Or just get some friction on either side, but it pulls straight up and off.
Note the clips are all straight down
The glove box, a hand on either side and pull straight toward the back of the car.
Just little U shaped clips
Which clip to the rod
Now to the little panels in the foot wells. Use your small flat head screwdriver to pop the tab on the little push pin clips in both footwells. Once you've popped the middle, just grab ahold of the it with your fingers and pull it straight out. If it doesn't pop out easily, push or pull on the panel toward the front or back or the car to try and take pressure off of it.
The little panels in the foot wells were hard to photograph. Stick your fingers into the top edge joint and work them toward the back of the car along the crevice. There are clips that need to pop out straight toward the car doors on both the driver and passenger panel, on the edge closest to the seat. The passenger one has a single bent piece that hooks in but does not clip.The driver one just has a straight piece that hooks in at the front of the foot well. Pull both panels straight toward the back of the car once you've popped the edge clips outward.
hook closeup on left
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