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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob1211 View Post
    I had one previously before it was stolen.
    Well it sounds to me like the detachable face didn't help much.

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    I made a rookie mistake by not taking it off cause I was in a rush at work lol

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    Did you have to trim the dash to get it to fit? I just purchased a double din radio and it doesnt fit.

    I have been searching and it seems that you have to cut up the dash which im not a huge fan of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoolx View Post
    Did you have to trim the dash to get it to fit? I just purchased a double din radio and it doesnt fit.

    I have been searching and it seems that you have to cut up the dash which im not a huge fan of.
    Hey Rich, Mine's a double-DIN (4" tall dash opening) with a 7" screen and no cutting req'd. Don't think Merlin would've cut his dash either. Definitely not a fan of cutting either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5.4 F150 View Post
    Hey Rich, Mine's a double-DIN (4" tall dash opening) with a 7" screen and no cutting req'd. Don't think Merlin would've cut his dash either. Definitely not a fan of cutting either.

    what radio did you get? Everything I read says you have to trim the dash to get the radio to fit.. even the install kit says to trim the dash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoolx View Post
    Had mine installed but was very specific with the installer that I did not want to trim the dash. It's quite possible that they trimmed some behind the dash which I'm OK with. Not a close up but there are spacers on the sides to take up the gap.
    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-AVkAdBa...-NT810HDT.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5.4 F150 View Post
    Had mine installed but was very specific with the installer that I did not want to trim the dash. It's quite possible that they trimmed some behind the dash which I'm OK with. Not a close up but there are spacers on the sides to take up the gap.
    http://www.crutchfield.com/S-AVkAdBa...-NT810HDT.html
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    you only need to cut behind the dash for a double din. nothing visible or to the actual dash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlairTruck View Post
    you only need to cut behind the dash for a double din. nothing visible or to the actual dash.
    Agreed. They only trimmed inside the hole where the stock unit comes out.
    This is due to the fact there are "tabs" inside the hole to accommodate the stock radio.
    Once these are trimmed away the double din HU slides right into place.

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    well i sent the radio back, aint nobody got time to cut up the stock dash

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    Why dont you do it? Its easy. Takes a couple 10 mins and your done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoolx View Post
    well i sent the radio back, ain't nobody got time to cut up the stock dash
    There is a dash ring that goes around the radio. This pops off in 10 seconds. Put you fingers in the seam and gently pull it off.
    I personally have done this (sadly/sigh) hundreds of times with never an issue of breaking the tabs. It is fast, quick and easy.

    In 99.9% of the cases, this dash radio ring pops right back on after the double din head unit installation with NO modifications.
    This dash ring is the only part that "would" need to be modified. As a rule, the dash ring doesn't need to be trimmed/modified.

    In some very rare cases (in the event the double din unit face opens/tilts etc.) a few can catch on the bottom of this dash ring.
    In the unlikely event you needed to "trim the dash" it would be this dash ring. It is easily replaced from any Ford parts counter.
    This exact dash trim ring is available for many model years. This dash ring is available (it is inexpensive) as a replacement part.

    There is a small metal tongue inside the hole that the OEM radio slides into for a solid fit.
    This metal tongue needs to be removed so a normal double din unit can slide in the hole.

    This tongue can be bent out of the way/cut off etc. That is all the trimming that is needed.
    It is the only modification I needed to do when I pulled the stock OEM radio out of the hole.

    The only challenge (well not really) was obtaining a trim ring to go in the front after install.
    The front trim ring (I don't remember the make/brand at this moment) completed the look.
    This trim ring is an aftermarket part that fills the gap between the radio and the dash ring.

    Short Version:
    Pop off the OEM plastic dash ring that surrounds the radio
    Remove the stock radio. This leaves a perfect fit 2 DIN metal frame.
    Get the metal tab(s) (inside the OEM radio frame hole) out of the way.
    * Test that the new HU slides into the OEM metal radio frame hole
    Install the new 2 DIN HU (wiring, gps, XM radio, backup camera etc.)
    * If you are only doing a "Radio" replacement hook up is a lot easier.
    Slide new HU into the existing radio frame hole (and secure)
    Snap the dash ring back on
    install the aftermarket trim ring
    ENJOY!

    It will look like a OEM factory install when done.
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    Here is a old pic from NHTOC to define the OEM dash ring and the aftermarket trim ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin View Post
    Here is a old pic from NHTOC to define the OEM dash ring and the aftermarket trim ring.
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    The dash ring is what I was referring to as the "spacers" above. Just lacked the terminology. This is exactly what mine looks like.

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    I had to cut some plastic braces in the back of the unit, i was unable to push my radio in fully until i did so. (Then found out the radio didnt function properly. So i threw it away and grabbed my old single din from my old car and used that. Both of which were free so i had no problem trashing the other. ) and yes i am to cheap to buy a new radio. 😎

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