Instaling a aftermarket stereo. Is this a 2 DIN size? [Archive] - Honda Element Owners Club Forum

: Instaling a aftermarket stereo. Is this a 2 DIN size?


BB & Freaky-E
04-09-2003, 04:38 AM
I am getting ready to instal my aftermarket stereo gear. I am wondering.. when I remove the plate ring around my factory stereo ( what is the best way to do that ) and then remove the stereo is this a double DIN size? I am thinking of adding a head unit sized EQ but only if it fits below my CD player.
Also .. Has anyone found a good place to order the dash instal kit and wire harness on the web? Any help would be great!

Thanks

eMass
04-09-2003, 08:43 AM
Yes, it is a double DIN opening and most aftermarket radios are single DIN.

First, here's some Honda instructions regarding installation of a single DIN OEM (Honda) radio into the dash - it's useful because it covers disassembly of the trim, etc. It's a PDF file so just wait for it to load...
http://www.handaccessories.com/element/elementdxtuner.pdf

Here's a dash kit...
http://www.installer.com/kits/99-7863.jpg

Here's a wiring harness...
http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S-n8CMfAA9e3P/ProdView.asp?s=0&c=11&g=103000&I=120701721&o=m&a=0&cc=01&avf=N

The subwoofer leads are connected with RCA outputs so you should be able to connect your head to that if you get a radio with separate subwoofer RCA's. By the way, you'll want to look for a head unit with independant subwoofer level control so you can control the output of the sub separately.

The door speaker leads going to the AMP are all line level so if your head unit has RCA jacks for the speakers you'll need to convert those to line level with a product like this...
http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S-fx92M6zYR7O/ProdView.asp?s=0&c=11&g=751&I=127OEM2&o=m&a=0&cc=01&avf=N

And then there's the AUX jack. Look for a head unit that offers a separate AUX source so you'll be able to connect the AUX jack on the Elemment dash to your radio. This way you can still plug devices into that jack, put your radio on AUX and hear what's playing on that source. There's no wiring adapter for this yet AFAIK - and the AUX jack itself has 5 wires going to it! You'll need a meter to determine which ones are which and connect them up to the AUX wires on your head unit manually.

If you decide to swap speakers out (hurry! they suck!) here's the adapters you'll need so you can install them without cutting any wires...
http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S-fx92M6zYR7O/ProdView.asp?s=0&c=11&g=103100&I=12071012&o=m&a=1&cc=01&avf=Y

Last, take a look at my other posts regarding head units on this forum...
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1103
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=944

I can personally recommend the Eclipse 5423 ($280) as an excellent replacement for the stock radio since it has AUX, 4 x 50 watts, independant sub control, and it looks like it belongs in the E with the silver trim and greenish display...
http://home.attbi.com/~derek-kelly/element/audio/cd5423_stock.jpg

BB & Freaky-E
04-09-2003, 01:17 PM
Thanks a ton!! This will be a very helpful reply. Just one question.. The dash instal kit is the pocket removable or do I cut?
Anyway, Thanks!! :)

eMass
04-09-2003, 08:21 PM
I'm not quite sure why you would'nt want the pocket since the kit is meant for a single DIN radio - but I suppose you could remove it by cutting.