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DIY Dash Removal/HU install w/pics

Here it is.... the thread that will allow you to do your own stereo install.

Tools Needed
1. Phillips P2 Screwdriver with min. 6" neck
2. Shorty Phillips head screwdriver or phillips angle driver
3. Panel tool, or flat head with taped head, or small spatula, again with a taped head to avoid scratches.
4. 2 Ford radio removal tools, or 2 straight picks, 4 is recommended, but can be done with 2.

Step 1.
Locate phillips screw under the ashtray, off center to the passenger side.
Loosen using long P2 Screwdriver. Also remove rubber liner under ashtray.




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Step 2
Lift center console lid and using panel tool (or substitute), gently loosen, but do not pull up center console from the compartment toward the radio.


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Step 3
Lift console approx 4-5 inches in rear, unplug window, lock and trac control plugs. You can now pull up the rear of the console, sliding the front legs down and then back. The ring in the front which contained the rubber liner/insert can be gently bent to clear the radio/ashtray, allowing removal of the whole console.




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Step 4
Using your panel tool, or substitute, lift cover panel on top of center console.



Using your long P2 Screwdriver, remove the two screws on each side of the bottom of the silver trim of the center stack.



Using your short P2 screwdriver, or angle driver, remove the four screws on top of the dash, holding in the center stack.




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Step 5
Using your ford radio removal/picks, slide them in the four holes around the radio.



Using your panel tool, gently pry on the radio from passenger side, then driver etc.... until radio slides out. It may help to gently pull/pry on the center stack trim as well.





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Step 6
Now gently pull out the center stack, you may need to pry it a little with your panel tool, and unplug the Hazard plug.


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Step 7
Using your P2 screwdriver (long), remove three screws from the metal trim which contained the radio. There are two at the bottom left and right corner, and one in the rear, low center of the trim.



Using your panel tool or flathead, slide it between on top of the metal trim and the plastic center stack . Move it gently from side to side, until you hear the release clips click. There are two such clips. Make sure to pull on the trim as you are releasing the clips, and it will slide right out.



You can now replace the antenna plug, have access to the harness and do all your own wiring from here on out.

Install your new ________________, and follow the instructions in reverse to re-assemble the dash. Now enjoy the fruits of your labor, , and make sure to bring me a tip/lunch/drink when you're in Porter Ranch, Los Angeles.

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I'm not planning to change my stereo, but thanks for the GREAT how-to with PICTURES!
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I'm not planning to change my stereo, but thanks for the GREAT how-to with PICTURES!
Thanks. I'm just hoping that it'll become a sticky. I'll be sure to post all other projects as they come along. HID's are next.
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That's a very good instruction! But all that just for replacing the radio? Hooverdam. Why do you have to take out the center console/center stack?
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