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    Question aftermarket stereo installation in 2005 CTS

    I'm getting ready to install a new stereo system in my 05 CTS with stock Fisher stereo. Here is a list of everything I have purchased for the car stereo store to install:

    Clarion CX501 Double-DIN
    Scosche Double DIN installation kit
    Metra Axxess ASWC univerisal steering wheel control interface
    4 Kenwood KFC-P509PS 5.25" component speakers
    PAC OS-2C-CTS OnStar Radio replacement interface
    Alpine MRX-M100 1000 watt RMS mono amp
    1 Alpine SWR-12d4 Type-R 12" 4 dual 4 ohm sub
    Vented sub box
    Dynamat trunk insulation kit
    (store will supply wiring)

    Is there anything else I might need to run this system? Will my OnStar system still work with that PAC replacement interface? I don't want to lose OnStar capabilities, and I just want to make sure I have everything needed before I make an appointment for the installation. Any other information would be greatly appreciated, I've heard CTS install are a PITA.

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    Re: aftermarket stereo installation in 2005 CTS

    looks like you have everything you would need. that adapter is the one you need to keep the chimes and onstar function, its the one i have, although i have never used onstar. the install is not that hard, all the adapters make it actually pretty easy. the install only gets more difficult if you are retaining the DIC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josney
    looks like you have everything you would need. that adapter is the one you need to keep the chimes and onstar function, its the one i have, although i have never used onstar. the install is not that hard, all the adapters make it actually pretty easy. the install only gets more difficult if you are retaining the DIC.
    What's the DIC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaderWS6

    What's the DIC?
    Driver Information Center. It's what tells you your MPG average, instant mpg, outside temp, timer, oil life, etc etc etc. and it tells you alert messages like low fuel, low coolant, ice possible,
    Personally I like having all that data at my fingertips and wouldn't get rid of it, but it's up to personal preference.

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    Re: aftermarket stereo installation in 2005 CTS

    yeah, sorry.....i should have explained that. i have tried it both ways and found that i could not get it to sound good, so i ripped it back out and ditched it. does it take away the "cool factor"?? sure, but i dont miss it.

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    Is there a thread on how to retain the DIC? I would prefer to keep it if possible, is there an adaptor I can install to retain it?

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    Re: aftermarket stereo installation in 2005 CTS

    Here's a link. You may want to think about buying another radio so that you have some music in the while since the mod takes quite a while.
    http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/answe...dic/index.html

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    Insert sales pitch.

    I have a 6 disc Bose head unit with a bad CD mech, perfect for this mod, everything else works perfectly.

    The replacement I bought came with one of those stick on dash kits all over it so I reused my faceplate so you'd need to do the same.

    $75+shipping takes it.

    PM me if interested.
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    Got a quote from a trusted stereo shop, for everything installed plus wiring it will be around $350-$400. Does that sound about right for a cts? They can also Dynamat the entire trunk for an additional $100. What do you guys think? They said it will be an all day ordeal, 10am - 6pm

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    Quote Originally Posted by VaderWS6
    Got a quote from a trusted stereo shop, for everything installed plus wiring it will be around $350-$400. Does that sound about right for a cts? They can also Dynamat the entire trunk for an additional $100. What do you guys think? They said it will be an all day ordeal, 10am - 6pm
    Bump :P

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    Re: aftermarket stereo installation in 2005 CTS

    headunit, speakers and amp install, sounds like a good deal

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    Quote Originally Posted by josney
    headunit, speakers and amp install, sounds like a good deal
    Awesome I'm looking forward to this system

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