: NEED HELP with replacement radio 94 FWB!!



bmwnick
07-25-09, 08:42 AM
I'm having a tough time replacing my factory stereo with an aftermarket unit. I am being told that the unique setup for the 93-96 FWB is the major components are locted in the rear of the car and there is not much room behind that HUGE dashboard for many aftermarket stereos. I had the proper wire harness adapter installed to bring power and other connections to the dashboard but my selection of stereos is very limited due to the shallow depth of the mounting area. I am trying to avoid cutting the dash or having a unit that sticks out of the dash.

Any guidance on a decent stereo that fits would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Stingroo
07-25-09, 08:55 AM
Well, I can tell you one thing: don't ask Crutchfield. They're trying to tell me my radio is din-and-1/2 when I know it's not. I'm lost when it comes to this too.

I'm almost to the point where I'll buy a single din and fill the space below it with a couple of gauges or something. Radio hunting is ridiculous.

csbuckn
07-25-09, 10:24 AM
If your looking for a CD player that looks good, get one from a mid 90s roadmaster(I think its the roadmaster, search some of the other radio thread for pics). It looks alot better and fits using the stock wires and mounts the same as the stock one. If you want aftermarket, you may have to go to the install bay of Circuit City or something. I would go straight to the install bay instead of in the store. The guy had to look for the right kit because it was listed as the kit for a full sized truck but it did have the brougham on the compatable list. I used the single din with a storage slot under. Its pretty decent

bmwnick
07-25-09, 10:51 AM
Well, I can tell you one thing: don't ask Crutchfield. They're trying to tell me my radio is din-and-1/2 when I know it's not. I'm lost when it comes to this too.

I'm almost to the point where I'll buy a single din and fill the space below it with a couple of gauges or something. Radio hunting is ridiculous.

Yeah, those meatheads at Crutchfields told me that I needed a din+1/2 also. They had the radio but no wire harnesses in stock so I found the radio at Sonic on line for $100 less and I bought it there with the harness and all the accessories. I go to get it installed and it DOESN"T FIT!!! Now I have to pay a restocking fee to return the stupid din+1/2 radio!!

csbuckn
07-25-09, 11:11 AM
you could call and see if they have a double din listed under an impala, caprice or roadmaster. It should be the same.

Stingroo
07-25-09, 03:08 PM
csbuckn:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/95-99-Buick-Roadmaster-Park-Ave-Radio-CD-Cassette-CP_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c66Q3a2Q7c 39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1205Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp 3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem1c08dbae52QQitemZ1204076 99026QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5fVideo

That?

Would this one work?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/94-95-CADILLAC-ELDORADO-SEVILLE-BOSE-GOLD-CD-CASSETTE_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZQ7c293Q3a4Q7c 294Q3a30QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em14Q2el1262QQhashZi tem2ea60802d1QQitemZ200354038481QQptZCarQ5fAudioQ5 fVideo

csbuckn
07-25-09, 05:54 PM
The first one looks like it would fit, do the metal brackets on the side look the same. Too bad he doesnt have a pic of the wiring connections on the back. I believe that is the one though. You should see if the guy/girl can send you more pics of the back and side brackets.

I dont think the second one would work.

Stingroo
07-25-09, 05:55 PM
I'll call him Monday. They're closed on weekends so says the answering machine. $40 for a radio isn't half bad really.

Will it work with the factory amp? I know some radio replacements don't. (I'm not a huge audio person, just know bits and pieces).

csbuckn
07-25-09, 06:15 PM
The ad for the first one said it was a parts one but that should be the type that your looking for. If you have your deck out already, you could drive to the junkyard and see if they have one you can try before you buy.

Stingroo
07-25-09, 06:27 PM
I don't have it out, but I could do it and what not.

Do I have to remove the trim piece around that cluster to take it off or no? I haven't really looked yet. Just been radio hunting first.

csbuckn
07-25-09, 07:26 PM
yea, the trim comes off and then a couple bolts and wiring harness. very easy

Barrister_07101
07-25-09, 11:59 PM
This shouldn't be a big headache. FIRST... search the forum right here as I and other have post after post regarding your radio situation. Second, as you have found out you have a double-din space and so far I've discovered most double-din radios fit fine. I have gone with the Kenwood in my 94 and am now looking at an Alpine for the 95.
Here are pictures

http://akamaipix.crutchfield.com/products/2006/113/h113DPX501-f_mt.jpeg

and here is the updated for 2009 model DPX 503 in green (it can change colors to match your interior scheme
http://akamaipix.crutchfield.com/products/2008/113/h113DPX503-o_dark.jpeg

and here is the Alpine I'm looking at the IXA W404 http://www.iphonetechzone.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/ixa-w404.jpg

I would suggest the Metra kit to make the installation a breeze as it keeps your accessory time out, chimes and other functions, just as with your OEM head-unit. If you have any questions after you check the posts, let me know.

P.S. You and 1" tweeters and 6-1/4 mid-ranges in your doors. In the rear deck they are 6x8 and are easily replaced with 6x9s (and don't left at a good pair of 6x9s as they have a surface area close to that of an 8" sub.

Stingroo
07-26-09, 12:05 AM
That Kenwood radio looks really nice with the green. The Alpine, not so much.

Got a link to that kit and radio?

bmwnick
07-27-09, 09:30 AM
This shouldn't be a big headache. FIRST... search the forum right here as I and other have post after post regarding your radio situation. Second, as you have found out you have a double-din space and so far I've discovered most double-din radios fit fine. I have gone with the Kenwood in my 94 and am now looking at an Alpine for the 95.
Here are pictures

http://akamaipix.crutchfield.com/products/2006/113/h113DPX501-f_mt.jpeg

and here is the updated for 2009 model DPX 503 in green (it can change colors to match your interior scheme
http://akamaipix.crutchfield.com/products/2008/113/h113DPX503-o_dark.jpeg



and here is the Alpine I'm looking at the IXA W404 http://www.iphonetechzone.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/ixa-w404.jpg

I would suggest the Metra kit to make the installation a breeze as it keeps your accessory time out, chimes and other functions, just as with your OEM head-unit. If you have any questions after you check the posts, let me know.

P.S. You and 1" tweeters and 6-1/4 mid-ranges in your doors. In the rear deck they are 6x8 and are easily replaced with 6x9s (and don't left at a good pair of 6x9s as they have a surface area close to that of an 8" sub.

Thanks for the pics. I like the Kenwwod.

Does the Kenwood stick out from the dash or does it sit flush like the stock unit and the climate controls???

Barrister_07101
07-28-09, 06:51 PM
That Kenwood radio looks really nice with the green. The Alpine, not so much.

Got a link to that kit and radio?

Here's the Kit link CLICK HERE (http://www.mydiscountwholesaler.com/metra-701857-8996-cadillaccorvette-bose-wire-harness-p-15102.html).

As for the radio, I don't which one you're interested in but they are all at Crutchfield. I personally go to NYC Uncle Dave's where somehow the prices are incredible (cash or credit).

Barrister_07101
07-28-09, 06:53 PM
Thanks for the pics. I like the Kenwwod.

Does the Kenwood stick out from the dash or does it sit flush like the stock unit and the climate controls???

It sit like OEM... are there's room BEHIND the head unit. So you DO NOT have to modify the face-plate in anyway.

robb257731
08-12-09, 03:32 PM
Would that Kenwood fit a 1991 Brougham?

ocmdiaz714
08-12-09, 05:25 PM
Here's what you need:

Wiring Harness: (Bose)
http://desc.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=Metra+70-1857+1994+FLEETWOOD&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=1&_trksid=p3286.m270.l1313&_odkw=Metra+70-1858+1994+FLEETWOOD&_osacat=0

If it's not Bose, go here:
Amazon.com: Metra 70-1856 Radio Wiring Harness for GM Tuner Bypass: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/Metra-70-1856-Wiring-Harness-Bypass/dp/B000A3URC8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1250113033&sr=8-1)

Installation Kit:
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=Metra+99-2003&_trkparms=65%253A12%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1%257C 72%253A1205&_dmpt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_sop=15&_sc=1