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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-04-2006, 08:51 AM
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I need to know if anybody has ever successfully installed one of these in a 94 Roadmaster:



I have one shimmed and installed in one of my 1992 Caprices and was wondering if I could do the same do the 94 RM I just bought to replace the cassette deck. I know 95+ RM Cd players will not fit, also would the power antenna be an issue?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-10-2006, 12:24 AM
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Nobody?
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-10-2006, 06:21 AM
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I am going to do the same thing to my wifes Roadie wagon. I took the dash apart once to do it but realised that I need to make a bracket for it to work. I figured if I took the attatchments from the original radio and mounted it to the case of the new one it should work. I also put one in my 92 Caprice with a modified bracket and it works great.
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-18-2007, 03:13 PM
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Anybody else? Still looking for a good stock CD player option for my 1994 RMSL, so if anyone knows something that will work, any help appreciated.
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-18-2007, 07:46 PM
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I took an identical cd player out of an Astro van and it was a direct bolt-in, plug & play in my 96 9c1, now it's in my 95 SS. I would have tought RM's would be the same.
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 12:24 PM
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'94 Roadmasters (and Caprice/Impalas too I think) have different radios and different wiring. I tried finding a '92-'94 Buick CD Player out of a Park Ave or LeSabre and all the units I could find were expensive and of questionable quality.

I was thinking about swapping in a '95-99 CD player, but I ended up picking up a used Pioneer so cheap that there was no point.

To make this work, you would have to build your own adapter harness, and you'd have to open up the dash cover a bit too, but that's more time consuming than anything else. Make sure the radio you use is a Buick unit so it has the proper dimming signal interface.
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 02:49 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by sherlock9c1:
'94 Roadmasters (and Caprice/Impalas too I think) have different radios and different wiring. I tried finding a '92-'94 Buick CD Player out of a Park Ave or LeSabre and all the units I could find were expensive and of questionable quality.

I was thinking about swapping in a '95-99 CD player, but I ended up picking up a used Pioneer so cheap that there was no point.

To make this work, you would have to build your own adapter harness, and you'd have to open up the dash cover a bit too, but that's more time consuming than anything else. Make sure the radio you use is a Buick unit so it has the proper dimming signal interface.
That's what I was afraid of, I've hitting ebay hard and coming up with nothing but some ancient looking ones with questionable quality. They have one that looks like it would work from a Grand National but they are top $$$. I was hoping there was a post 1995 alternative but have had no luck so far.

One thing I dislike about aftermarkets is you can't dim the lights. If I have to start rigging the wiring, I'll probably just go aftermarket.
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-19-2007, 09:55 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Armada Master:
That's what I was afraid of, I've hitting ebay hard and coming up with nothing but some ancient looking ones with questionable quality. They have one that looks like it would work from a Grand National but they are top $$$. I was hoping there was a post 1995 alternative but have had no luck so far.

One thing I dislike about aftermarkets is you can't dim the lights. If I have to start rigging the wiring, I'll probably just go aftermarket.
On the GM units - I even priced a refurb from a nationally known (but also local) repairer United Radio but it was still like $200 or something insane for a GM CD player that has known problems overheating when playing for extended periods.

The aftermarket dimming thing; are you talking industry-wide or in the context of the Buick wiring system? Just wondering, because I know that both Kenwood and Pioneer make units that will dim their displays. Although.. my Pioneer that I installed in the RMW doesn't dim - maybe I need to rewire the harness so the dimming signal comes from the vehicle and not the climate control unit (which generates some sort of PWM to control the dimming of the LEDs in the Buick radio).
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-20-2007, 02:38 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by sherlock9c1:
'94 Roadmasters (and Caprice/Impalas too I think) have different radios and different wiring. I tried finding a '92-'94 Buick CD Player out of a Park Ave or LeSabre and all the units I could find were expensive and of questionable quality.

I was thinking about swapping in a '95-99 CD player, but I ended up picking up a used Pioneer so cheap that there was no point.

To make this work, you would have to build your own adapter harness, and you'd have to open up the dash cover a bit too, but that's more time consuming than anything else. Make sure the radio you use is a Buick unit so it has the proper dimming signal interface.
Just for information's sake. The 94 Caprice/Impala have the same harness as the 95/6 cars. The only exception is the lack of a VSS input wire (the harness has a socket for it, just no pin and wire). The later model Delco unit will bolt right in and hook up with no need to do anything special. Did this with my 94 (but I added the VSS input as well). Oh, so will Pontiac radios (I have a Pontiac unit in my 95 Caprice), and probably most any other GM radio. I'm not familiar with the Buick's, so can't help there.
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-21-2007, 06:27 AM
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I know the radio I pictured above will work in a 1992 Caprice because I have one in one of mine and it works great. Just don;t know about the Buick.
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