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Old 04-02-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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aftermarket stereo install?

I'm trying to put a different head unit in my 01 tj, but the stock radio is alot shorter than my pioneer and I keep bumping into this bracket. Should i take the bracket out and just ground the wire that goes on there to the body?


And also, what is a good mounting kit to use for an aftermarket stereo. I got the cheap walmart one and it has no mounting brackets to support the back of the radio, thanks!

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Old 04-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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The metal support can be removed - as you've seen though, the aftermarket kits don't have a rear support, so I've bent the factory support and reused it in my Jeep.

If you just want to remove it, the top defroster grid pops up with a flat headed screwdriver and you will see the two 10mm bolts that hold the bar in place.

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ahh, ok ill probably just go with bending it, that was a good idea
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I just took mine out when I installed my Pioneer head unit. I already had the top cover off anyways.
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Get an iVault from quadratec. It has a locking plate to put over the radio as well. Supports mine just fine and is very simple to install
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:37 AM   #6
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You can get away with just removing that rear support. Just move the ground.
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I removed the support bracket from mine, but I found that the head unit really needs some support. Right now I have a foam block under it for support, but I intend to put the support bracket back in, with neccesary modifications to attach it to the aftermarket unit.
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Just pushed mine out of the way. Used the pocketed install kit from Crutchfields and have had not issues with the support from this kit. I put a little felt between the pocket and the head unit and that seems to do the job.
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If you follow that ground strap over, it grounds out somewhere behind the instrument cluster. If the ground wire on your radio is long enough, attach it there and just remove the factory ground strap.
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The metal support can be removed - as you've seen though, the aftermarket kits don't have a rear support, so I've bent the factory support and reused it in my Jeep.

If you just want to remove it, the top defroster grid pops up with a flat headed screwdriver and you will see the two 10mm bolts that hold the bar in place.
When you bent the bracket did it screw up where it bolts to the dash?

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