: Greetings all! Question about adding aftermarket head units..



sparky33
12-19-06, 01:18 AM
First of all, I've just spent 2 hours searching and haven't found what I'm looking for..

Currently I have a Lexus GS 300 that I've replaced the factory head unit with a nice Kenwood DDX-8017 with NAV and Music Keg. I'm trying to decide if I get a 2005+ STS without NAV if I can make the head unit fit in the Caddy.

It's a full Double Din unit, and I understand I may need to fabricate a piece to make it fit flush in the center. By center I mean the CD player.

Has anyone removed this piece (circled below) and/or removed the factory non-Nav 05+ stereo from their car? I understand the top radio must remain for computer information and I'm in no way going to try to circumvent that BOSE or whatever system is in the car - I'd just like to put my own 6.5"'s in the doors with my JL amp (300/4) and throw some subs in the trunk.

So here's the piece in question - does anyone know:
1. How much depth is behind it, and
2. Will the car freak out if the CD player is unhooked?

sparky33
12-19-06, 01:20 AM
Oh, and here's the model I'm planning on buying by this Saturday:

http://i2.ebayimg.com/03/a/000/77/3c/51c5_4.JPG

sparky33
12-20-06, 11:17 PM
I can't believe no one knows here! C'mon, you all can't be in love with the factory radio! Can anyone help?

yourgmsolutions
12-20-06, 11:22 PM
become a supporting member, and You'll see what you looking for.
satisfaction guarranty

sparky33
12-21-06, 12:32 AM
No offense, but part of my decision on buying a 05+ STS is whether or not I can put my far superior Kenwood DDX-8017 / 100GB Music Keg / Kenwood NAV system in the car in the first place. I've been an active member in the ClubLexus boards since 2002 and I have always shared my findings re: audio projects. Surely you all can't be satisfied with the factory NAV - I like being able to watch DVD movies up front while my wife drives, and / or re-mapping a destination route without pulling over to the side of the road.

If you can tell me exactly how much I need to contribute and post me some relevant pictures and depth specifications on a non-Nav 05+ STS I don't have a problem with that.

Believe me, I've searched and searched, and not just on here. There's scarcely any info on the 05+ STS for aftermarket head units, and I'm not the type that finds PAC line level converters acceptable for quality audio.

yourgmsolutions
12-21-06, 01:06 AM
when bought 06 STS without Nav radio, a few weeks later i kicked my self an the ass for not geting it.
so i tried to modify factory radio so i could install Pioneer Avic N3.
when I was almost done, I desided to put factory one in. still lots of modifications requered, and still you'll loose a few functions in it
and remember. i'm installer, so I did not have to pay anybody for doing this

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y256/gm-geek/STS%20Radio/P1012894.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y256/gm-geek/STS%20Radio/P1012895.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y256/gm-geek/STS%20Radio/P1012897.jpg
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y256/gm-geek/STS%20Radio/P1012898.jpg

sparky33
12-21-06, 01:21 AM
Hmm. Thanks for the very useful post. I see the AVIC n3 is a pop-up unit; my DDX-8017 is a full double-din unit. I would love to spend 5 minutes with that piece you posted pictures of. Is it possible to remove the entire CD changer / player? I have no problem cutting the back out and / or fabricating my own piece to go around my head unit...

Thanks for your help!

yourgmsolutions
12-21-06, 01:29 AM
Hmm. Thanks for the very useful post. I see the AVIC n3 is a pop-up unit; my DDX-8017 is a full double-din unit. I would love to spend 5 minutes with that piece you posted pictures of. Is it possible to remove the entire CD changer / player? I have no problem cutting the back out and / or fabricating my own piece to go around my head unit...

Thanks for your help!

it's been done with double din
go to CTS forum, those guys did double dins doing samething pretty much

yourgmsolutions
12-21-06, 01:35 AM
here is the link

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-cts-forum/93019-pioneer-avic-z1-installed.html

sparky33
12-21-06, 01:38 AM
Here's a very quick snapshot of what I mean - the original CD player is gone, a new piece has been fabricated and the Kenwood installed. I'll bet I could pay a guy to make a color-matching plastic piece that even folds down to conceal the aftermarket head unit.

yourgmsolutions
12-21-06, 01:40 AM
you need to find good fabricator
here is another link to you
read twhole thread, and you'll see some pix

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-cts-forum/93491-need-help-w-mod-stock-radio.html

sparky33
12-21-06, 01:57 AM
Well, with the non-NAV STS I think it'll be easier, but the end result product should work just fine with the factory steering wheel controls. I found this tonight in my quest:

http://www.logjamelectronics.com/soundremote3.html

Here's other info I'd need about the 05+ Caddy:

VSS wire (Vehicle speed sensor) for aftermarket NAV
Ground
12V Constant
12V Accessory
Illumination lead
Secondary 12V constant for memory lead
Info on how to remove the front and real door panels
Best place to drill a hole for 1 ga. wire through the firewall

It's very doable, and most of the above speaker wires I've found on here, and I can figure out most of the others with a test light.

The Vehicle speed sensor wire is the one I'll really need. Any ideas?

I will take pictures of the entire process - first I have to get a STS!

yourgmsolutions
12-21-06, 02:09 AM
get the car first, and then fun will begin