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So, my CD player had been acting up and then the FM tuner went out. I'm interested in getting a more modern unit in place with Bluetooth and possibly a rear camera set up (not necessary, but if available I'll hook it up). Not surprisingly, Crutchfield shows some pretty unattractive models for the 94 Fleetwood, and doesn't show any double din units that will fit. I thought any double din unit would fit in here, can anybody shed some light on this? What head units are most people switching out to?

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... I thought any double din unit would fit in here, can anybody shed some light on this? ...
Thanks in advance.

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You owe yourself one helluva lot of Search on this very topic - been covered billions of times. Something about "din and a half" something, but go back a few years and there's good intel.

EDIT: I see you been on since '06. lol
Then again the old threads won't provide the latest head units, but there's good archive on faceplates and mounting.
 

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You owe yourself one helluva lot of Search on this very topic - been covered billions of times. Something about "din and a half" something, but go back a few years and there's good intel.

EDIT: I see you been on since '06. lol
Then again the old threads won't provide the latest head units, but there's good archive on faceplates and mounting.
OK, thanks for the reply. I'll look around and see. Worse comes to worse, I'll pull the radio out and do some measuring. I'll do a search too, yeah, I've been on since 06, and I know that some of my searches from back when would come up blank. Thanks.
 

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I'm sure those of us who lived through the forum crash are pleasantly surprised with how much has been (and keeps being) restored. There's still some holes, but I can see stuff to '02. BTW, I'll have a search show "No results", but then still back into a particular thread I KNOW exists by using other tricks (approx. time, thread starter....)
 

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I know from my own install that most double DIN units don't "technically" fit, which is probably why Crutchfield didn't list anything. Many can easily be made to fit though, by cutting out a section of the plastic support behind the factory stereo. I didn't take pics when I did mine, but I still have the cutout chunk of plastic laying around that I could take a pic of so you know what you're looking at. The exact stereo I put in was the Pioneer avh-x5500bhs, there's a pic of it installed in my garage on my profile if you want to see it installed. You can lookup that models dimensions and use it as a reference for whatever you're looking at.

Main thing to consider is depth, and whatever my Pioneer is, that's going to be about the limit of what you can fit in there. To run my USB cable I bought a right angle adapter because the straight plug was preventing me from getting the unit all the way in. I've noticed some newer models have the jacks in the back further recessed though so that may help a lot. Also take note, the double DIN install kit doesn't play well with double DIN units that have motorized flip out faces. It can be made to work though if you hog out a bunch of material with a dremel. I can take a closeup pic of mine with the face down to give you an idea if that would help.

Besides that, there's also a special adapter that has to be run all the way back to the trunk to install an aftermarket deck, not difficult, just annoying and time consuming. All of the specific info should be readily available in other threads on here, that's where I found most of what I know about putting them in. If someone really wants detailed pics of how to put one in or how I did my Roadmaster HVAC install (which I approached a little differently than anyone else as far as I know) you'll have to beg and plead and likely bribe me to get me to rip it all back out and create a detailed write up. :wink2:
 

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I know from my own install that most double DIN units don't "technically" fit, which is probably why Crutchfield didn't list anything. Many can easily be made to fit though, by cutting out a section of the plastic support behind the factory stereo. I didn't take pics when I did mine, but I still have the cutout chunk of plastic laying around that I could take a pic of so you know what you're looking at. The exact stereo I put in was the Pioneer avh-x5500bhs, there's a pic of it installed in my garage on my profile if you want to see it installed. You can lookup that models dimensions and use it as a reference for whatever you're looking at.

Main thing to consider is depth, and whatever my Pioneer is, that's going to be about the limit of what you can fit in there. To run my USB cable I bought a right angle adapter because the straight plug was preventing me from getting the unit all the way in. I've noticed some newer models have the jacks in the back further recessed though so that may help a lot. Also take note, the double DIN install kit doesn't play well with double DIN units that have motorized flip out faces. It can be made to work though if you hog out a bunch of material with a dremel. I can take a closeup pic of mine with the face down to give you an idea if that would help.

Besides that, there's also a special adapter that has to be run all the way back to the trunk to install an aftermarket deck, not difficult, just annoying and time consuming. All of the specific info should be readily available in other threads on here, that's where I found most of what I know about putting them in. If someone really wants detailed pics of how to put one in or how I did my Roadmaster HVAC install (which I approached a little differently than anyone else as far as I know) you'll have to beg and plead and likely bribe me to get me to rip it all back out and create a detailed write up. :wink2:
I haven't been on here in a while. Thanks for the reply. I'll check out your garage and see the install you did. I'm thinking that my head unit is fine, now. I think what really went out on me is the amplifier in the trunk. So, with that going out, what's the get around in getting a new system to work in there? Do I still have to do something in the trunk, is that where all the hookups are for the speakers? I can bypass the amp then all together, right?

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On my Lincoln Mark VII's OE JBL sound system and one of my 1996 Impala's OE AM/FM/CD, I had a local guy refurb the units and add a 1'8" input for Ipod, etc. Sounds great!
 

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I haven't been on here in a while. Thanks for the reply. I'll check out your garage and see the install you did. I'm thinking that my head unit is fine, now. I think what really went out on me is the amplifier in the trunk. So, with that going out, what's the get around in getting a new system to work in there? Do I still have to do something in the trunk, is that where all the hookups are for the speakers? I can bypass the amp then all together, right?

Thanks.
Sorry I didn't reply sooner, haven't been on here since before the whole hacking fiasco and have been a little gun shy. There's a bypass harness you have to install to "delete" the factory tuner and amp(s) that are in the trunk. As far as I know, once that harness is installed, it shouldn't matter if the factory amp has failed, and you shouldn't have been able to get an aftermarket deck to work without installing that harness. Unless you had a Bose system which usually has a small amp at every speaker, and those are usually incompatible with normal head units, Bose just has very strange ideas about how sounds systems should work and don't use industry standard voltages, impedances, and I've seen some that use the positive side as the ground. In that case, you just pull the factory speaker/amp assemblies and put in your aftermarket speakers of choice.
 
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