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Easy to remove factory CD stereo - 2002?

How hard is it to get the factory unit out? Will probably end up putting a new unit in, to gain aux/USB inputs and ability to add rear speakers.
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It's really simple -

If you have a 4x4 the shifter knob is hard to spin off first. Then the plastic bezel around gear shifter is easy to do but be careful with the plastic. You need to carefully unsnap the four snaps around the bottom of the bezel by placing a wide flat metal piece (screw driver) and prying the snaps apart. Then there are two screws under the radio and then careful by pulling on the top bezel. This top bezel will unsnap come off around the AC controls and upper vents.

After that it's four screws to get the radio out.

Note bottom bezel needs be removed out first.

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Actually the truck is for my son, he will home soon from AIT. I've been working my butt off making this truck as good-as-new as possible. I think he will be pleased; it's a great truck. But I am sure he will want nicer tunes. I am going to recommend he goes to Crutchfield, they will set him up with a new head unit that plugs into the factory harness and will also let him add rear speakers as well as aux and USB inputs.
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not hard. i highly recommend alpine speakers for everything. normally 100 a set of 2. so for replacing the front speakers, and adding rear it would be 200.... trust me ive done alot of different cars. and ive had problems with kenwood speakers, and kicker definitely stay away from sony speakers. their sub woofers are great but there other spears suffer in clarity.. a kenwood HU is affordable i would recommend the one i have it was $150 and does as much as the more expensive alpines HU i normally put in trucks. that cost $550-650....

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not hard. i highly recommend alpine speakers for everything. normally 100 a set of 2. so for replacing the front speakers, and adding rear it would be 200.... trust me ive done alot of different cars. and ive had problems with kenwood speakers, and kicker definitely stay away from sony speakers. their sub woofers are great but there other spears suffer in clarity.. a kenwood HU is affordable i would recommend the one i have it was $150 and does as much as the more expensive alpines HU i normally put in trucks. that cost $550-650....

my HU is a kenwood excelon 395
What you may think sounds good others may think sounds like crap. Personally I am a huge fan of Kenwood speakers, they are in a reasonable budget and they sound good.
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What you may think sounds good others may think sounds like crap. Personally I am a huge fan of Kenwood speakers, they are in a reasonable budget and they sound good.
im going from sound, but also the fact that ive had them break on other peoples stuff. look at the readings and the specs the alpines are better in the same money class... not comparing cheap kenwoods, and expensive alpines but same price alpines and the same price kenwoods, the alpines are a little better


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We're gonna leave the stock speakers intact... too much history of people butchering door panels that are never right again.
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We're gonna leave the stock speakers intact... too much history of people butchering door panels that are never right again.
I wouldn't worry about that. Think of how many times a door panel is taken off on a vehicle everyday. Of course there will be horror stories on such a common process. The key is to not just blindly stick a flat blade screw driver in there and pry away. Find each snap point and gently pry from as close to the snap point as possible. If they don't un-snap easily, dont go straight to prying harder. Maybe try to pry from the other side of the snap, work angles, be gentle and patient. I've installed systems in numerous different models. They all have their quirks to get everything to come off smoothly, but the biggest difference is the condition of the plastic. If you get in there and the first clip you try to pry off breaks, maybe everything is a bit too brittle to be messing with. I'd see how far you can get without breaking anything, you might just get through an entire audio swap flawlessly.

A tip: If you don't have a specific tool to pry trim pieces off (the forked type that fits around the snaps) and use a big flat blade screw driver like myself, wrap a paper towel around the end to keep from marring any surfaces.


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I agree with RedV6. I'm currently running a pair of Alpine door Speakers and the sound quality is great. If your looking for a sub I'd suggest a Kicker Comp I've got a 12" in the back and man does it kick (No pun intend) Often the review mirror is shaking so much I can't see out of it.

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i put in a new $99 jvc unit from crutchfield and left factory speakers alone. i was really surprised how much better it sounds

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