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Old 01-11-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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Double Din install in a TJ

Figured I'd share this, as I'm new to this forum. I bought my first TJ a while back. I was not happy at all with the din and a half stock setup, so I decided to mod the dash to fit the double din Kenwood unit from my previous vehicle. I didn't do the best job documenting this, but here's what I have. You all know what the stock dash looks like, so no picture of that. I pulled the radio and dash bezel to test fit the head unit. I needed a small amount of space top to bottom, so I pulled out a sharp utility knife and trimmed out the piece above the radio that separates it from the vents. Note: The vents still fully function. This piece is in no way connected to the vents.


I started by dremelling out an opening for the trim ring from my double din install kit and dry fitting it in.


Once I had it lined up and straight, I used plastic epoxy to hold it in place. That stuff worked great. I then fiberglassed the sides and bottom. There wasn't enough room at the top to fiberglass under the vents, so more epoxy was added to fill in the tiny gabs and pin holes.


After some bondo and a bunch of sanding, I primed it.


Did some finish sanding and spot filler and finally hit it with a bunch of light coats of flat black.


Some simple brackets to hold the radio in place...


Exactly the look I was going for.


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Hope you guys like it. Overall, I'm really happy with how it turned out. By the way, it's the Kenwood DNX6960...so it's got built-in nav and bluetooth. I also have an HD tuner and an iPod cable for my iPhone. The best part about it is that it's all reversible in about 10 minutes. I modded a spare dash bezel that I picked up off of Craigslist for 20 bucks. Comments are welcome!

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That's a very clean look, I like it! Might consider picking up a spare bezel and doing that when my RB1 kicks the bucket.

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Thanks. I'm really happy with how it came out. I did this last summer. Unfortunately, it's been out of the Jeep for a few months because of a radio malfunction. I'll hopefully have it reinstalled very soon.

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Old 01-11-2012, 03:58 PM   #4
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That looks great! when i get the cash for a new headunit ill be doing this
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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I plan to repaint it before I reinstall it. The color was just a bit off and too much of a contrast compare to the gloss black of the head unit bezel.
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Just a quick question on how Secure it is. I have been considering doing something similar to this but I run with my doors and top off ALOT. Did you do anything to secure it to the Jeep or is it only secured to the dash bezel?

By the way it looks GREAT!
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:23 PM   #7
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It's only secured to the bezel, but with a little creativity, it could be set up to bolt to the stock radio location. That was my original plan actually.

Thanks for the kind words!
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WOW, that looks GREAT! You must be into autobody or somesort, because that looks like a pro did it. Too bad there wasnt more pictures and a little more description of how to do this because Ive never used fiberglass, but bondo can't be that hard. Also how to wire it would be awesome. How does that unit work when the sun is blasting on it? Can you see everything on the screen?
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WOW, that looks GREAT! You must be into autobody or somesort, because that looks like a pro did it. Too bad there wasnt more pictures and a little more description of how to do this because Ive never used fiberglass, but bondo can't be that hard. Also how to wire it would be awesome. How does that unit work when the sun is blasting on it? Can you see everything on the screen?
Thanks! Not in to autobody at all, just messed around with fiberglass and bondo before. It's not really that difficult, you just need to make sure you prep correctly and mix everything right.

A for the wiring, it's exactly the same as any other head unit. Get the wiring harness for your vehicle match up the wires and you're set!

The glare is not an issue. It's low enough on the dash and the screen doesn't throw off much of a glare at all. Even with the top off I don't have a problem.

Hope this helps!
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That's a very clean install! Good job!
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You need to buy a bunch of those bezels and make a bunch of them that will house dual din head units! That'd be a great way to make money, and it'd help a lot of us out!
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Awesome work looks like a factory option ...
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You need to buy a bunch of those bezels and make a bunch of them that will house dual din head units! That'd be a great way to make money, and it'd help a lot of us out!
I second this!!
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If you're seriously interested in this, PM me and we can work out some details!
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:41 AM   #15
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3rd!!

I have been searching all over for something like this and what you cam up with is definitely the best looking finished product.
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Thanks! I'm considering buying a few and selling them, or converting them if people send them to me. Let me know if you're interested!
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I'd Be in for sending mine in for modding!
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Very interested and PM'ed
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Replied to both!
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Looks clean man, good job on the install.
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Looks clean man, good job on the install.
Thanks! Finally got it reinstalled again last week after six months. Had to replace the LCD screen on my radio.

Still not 100% happy with it though, so it will be pulled back out this weekend (hopefully) and redone.
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It appears to be bowing below the vents. I would like to offer a suggestion, if you want to avoid encountering possible issues with other radios. Especially if you're going to be sending modified bezels across the country.

Reinforce or replace the remaining strip, located below the vents and above the radio with fiberglass or steel flat stock. Then clean up the look by using fiberglass cloth and/or a putty filler.

After installing a Kenwood DDX-812 in a Ford F250; I found that even the aftermarket install kit needed modified to allow the tilting screen from getting stuck. The flimsy header was allowed to bow and catch the top of the screen frame.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:02 AM   #23
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I did mine last weekend on an 04 TJ. I didnt do the bondo or fibergalass though. I used an 08 install kit and mounted the double din with that. With the double din mounts I just cut a square that just squared off right at the curves of the dash. I used a saw for that. Then I Used a power sander to smooth it out. I ended up a little crooked at the top but it works. I think I might do this to make it a little more stock looking.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:50 PM   #24
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Heres my version. I did what I could with the tools I had.



I cut out the plastic piece thats above the AC controls, that allowed me to drop the whole unit down and fit under the AC vents without getting bent up. BTW yes I covered the holes in the sides with velcro lol, when my ABS plastic comes in I will use that instead but this works for now and it really isnt as noticable as it is in the picture.
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Im in the process of doing the dash with fiberglass. Im using the bondo fiberglass resin kit I got from advanced auto. I cut out a dvd case and glued it in to take up the sides and then just filled it in with the resin mix. I think its going to turn out ok. Ill take pictures as i go and post when im done.
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Looks awesome man. Like something a high end shop would turn out and charge a sh@**#ad of money for.
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UPDATE!

I get bored pretty easily, so I felt it was time to change things up. The Kenwood headunit was pulled and sold to a friend. I decided a while back that I wanted to build a carputer or put a tablet in the dash. For a number of reasons, I settled on the carputer. I've been gathering all of the parts over the last few months and finally have just about everything I need. First order of business was getting the Lilliput EBY-701 touch screen monitor to fit. It comes in a double din trim ring, but still required a bit of trimming to get it to fit in my dash. Height was spot on, but width was a bit too narrow. Nothing a dremel, some fiberglass, bondo and lots of sanding couldn't handle! I'll keep this thread updated if there's any interest.
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thats going to look great!!
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Yeah that looks sweet! I just began researching this today and I think I'd like to do the same thing. Do you have any updates or an installed pic?
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:27 AM   #30
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Retro fit double din deck

Hi guys,
I have a TJ 1997 wrangler and have managed to get my hands on a late model double din deck (2011 I think) and I want to know if I can install it in my car? Do I need to get a lumen set and if so where can I get one. Just want to know if it is possible as it would be an awesome addition to an already awesome car! Any ideas?

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