Plankton
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How to install after market stereo in ES

Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:43 am

I finally got my double din stereo installed and thought I'd share how I did it for those who are interested.

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Remove the bezel that's above the factory radio

There are 2 clips holding it in place, just get your fingers under the edge and pop it off.
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There are 2 screws securing the factory radio.

The picture below is from above the radio, through the windshield. Remove the 2 screws that are circled.

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There are 4 clips holding the radio in place. Two at the top and two at the bottom. Start at the top and get your fingers behind the radio on each side like below (i only show one hand) and pop it off the clips.
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Then do the same to the bottom:
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The radio should come free from the dash now. On the back of the stereo unclip the wire harness and pull the antenna wire out.

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Remove the mounting bracket on each side of the stereo. You'll need these to mount your new stereo
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For my installation I had to flatten the tabs on the mounting brackets (with a hammer) so they would fit flush with my new stereo.
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This is the new stereo with the mounting bracket installed
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I purchased a Metra 70-7001 Radio Wiring Harness from amazon to connect the new stereo without cutting any wires.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002BG6DM/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
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The Wiring Harness did not have a ground wire so you can use one of two screws in the dash to ground to. See below:
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Connect your wires using the wiring harness and mount your new stereo the same way the original was mounted.
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I purchased the double din panel for the SE from Mitsubishi. Part number: 8002A116HC. This is for the silver one, they have a black one as well but I dont have the part number. It was $120 from the dealer, I purchased from http://www.RicartParts.com for $87.50 plus shipping. Was a perfect fit, no modifications needed. Pics below:

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Finished product:

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Last edited by Plankton on Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:38 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:14 am

Excellent writeup and photos- thanks! 8-)
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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:39 am

Plankton, thank you for the excellent photos and writeup and links for the hardware. Well done! :D
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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:31 pm

Awesome instructions, thanks!

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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:01 am

I agree. Thank you so much!

You've provided many people here with everything they'll need to do a complete. professional upgrade. Sharing well documented articles like the one you've written are one reason why forums like this one are so valuable

All together, what did the upgrade cost you?

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Plankton
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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:32 am

Thanks for all the feedback!

The Panel was $87.50 + $9.95 shipping, the wiring harness was $5.07 + free shipping from amazon.

So $102.52 not including the stereo which I pulled out of the car we replaced with the iMiev.

If anyone is interested the stereo is a Clarion CX501.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004KVLB9E/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i02

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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:07 pm

Great information - thank you!

Did you do anything about speakers in the back - or do you just have the front speakers as delivered on the ES?

Dan

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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:16 pm

Dan asks the same question I have -- has anyone put in rear speakers? The $64 question is -- is there speaker wiring in place? And what size/shape are they?
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Plankton
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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:17 am

NeilBlanchard wrote:Dan asks the same question I have -- has anyone put in rear speakers? The $64 question is -- is there speaker wiring in place? And what size/shape are they?

I confirmed the rear speaker wires are there. See picture below, I did a continuity test from the stereo harness to the clip below and confirmed it.

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Re: How to install after market stereo in ES

Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:58 pm

OK then, does that mean that folks without rear speakers should put their faders on full front so that no juice is directed to the rear wiring?

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