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Old Feb 15th, 2014, 03:57 AM
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How to secure an aftermarket head unit

Hi guys.

As some of you know, I have received replaced the factory head unit with a Pioneer head unit. I should have asked this question before I install everything and put everything back together.

Basically, the HU has been installed for nearly a month now. I normally take the head unit face out (it just pops out with a button) so I'm not too concerned about thief.

Today, I realised I can just pull the head unit out even without the head unit face because it's not secured to the facia plate.

Do I need to secure it to the facia?
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When you inserted the HU cage into dash did you bend some of the 'tongues' so the cage itself is secured and can't come out? the HU will then click into the cage.

the little trianges in the middle and side of the cage in this picture are meant to be bent to secure the cage, you only need to bend enough of them to secure the cage.Cage Pic
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Quote: Originally Posted by burnstar (original)
When you inserted the HU cage into dash did you bend some of the 'tongues' so the cage itself is secured and can't come out? the HU will then click into the cage.

the little trianges in the middle and side of the cage in this picture are meant to be bent to secure the cage, you only need to bend enough of them to secure the cage.Cage Pic

There's no cage. Did I miss a part? All I have is the facia and the HU just slide into where the factory HU used to be.

Did I have to insert a cage in there? I don't think there's any space for the harness/adapters if I put a cage.

By the way, there's some tiny screws came with the Pioneer HU. I wonder if I we're suppose to do something with those screws.
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By the way, I think the Pioneer HU comes with a cage. See this photo I took -


Do I need to bend those triangle tabs in the picture?
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The part with the triangles in it is the cage which will slide off the head unit using the keys that came with it (if you cant find them the cage still seperates from the head unit easily) the black plate you have in your pic screws to the dash where the oem unit went, the cage inserts into that then bend some of the tabs over to secure it then the head unit slides in & will click into place and will be secure
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Quote: Originally Posted by heathwebbo (original)
The part with the triangles in it is the cage which will slide off the head unit using the keys that came with it (if you cant find them the cage still seperates from the head unit easily) the black plate you have in your pic screws to the dash where the oem unit went, the cage inserts into that then bend some of the tabs over to secure it then the head unit slides in & will click into place and will be secure

Cool, thanks. I'll have to fix it this weekend. Thanks for clarifying this.
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What heathwebbo said

Just make sure you have those 2 keys to be able to remove the HU from the cage, otherwise make sure all your wires are plugged in before sliding the HU into the cage after it has been secured.

You can still remove the HU without the keys but what is a 30sec job turns into a frustrating 20 mins....
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Quote: Originally Posted by burnstar (original)
What heathwebbo said

Just make sure you have those 2 keys to be able to remove the HU from the cage, otherwise make sure all your wires are plugged in before sliding the HU into the cage after it has been secured.

You can still remove the HU without the keys but what is a 30sec job turns into a frustrating 20 mins....

Yes, I still have those keys. There are also four screws in the same bag as the 2 keys. Do I need to use the screws?
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Yes, I still have those keys. There are also four screws in the same bag as the 2 keys. Do I need to use the screws?

Na, the screws will be for alternative fixing for non standard DIN hole, just use the cage and set it in position, secure it by pushing some triangles out.
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Na, the screws will be for alternative fixing for non standard DIN hole, just use the cage and set it in position, secure it by pushing some triangles out.

Thanks for the info. I managed to bend a few triangles out at the top, not the bottom ones because they're against a flag surface inside the hollow space.
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Sounds like you've got it. Any pics of it in and on?
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Sounds like you've got it. Any pics of it in and on?

Certainly.
I've posted the pictures in another section of the forum. Here is the thread.
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