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    Is installing a head unit easy?

    1999 Opel Astra Club

    After my head unit got stolen a couple of weeks ago, am replacing it with a sony head unit.

    http://www.incarexpress.co.uk/view_p...artno=CDXGT210

    There is a big hole where the head unit use to be.

    Is there much work involved in installing a new one?

    The thefts are kind enough to do a clean job.

    I have three main wires at the back.

    Aerial
    ISO Connection (Big black plug with loads of pins)
    Another black plug (half the size of the one above)

    Can someone give me step by step guide please. Many thanks.
    1.4 1999 Opel Astra 140,000 miles.
    Roll on 200,000 miles!

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    If you have no stereo there at the moment.....

    buy your new stereo -

    Put the metal cage into thoe hole in dash (bending metal bits to secure it)
    then get your new stereo, plug the connections into it - aerial to aerial
    blocks to blocks...like for like.

    Test the stereo before putting it in the dash completely..make sure it remembers settings like radio stations...

    If all okay, then push stereo back until it clicks into place.

    Job's a good'un

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    Am happy with that, reading up on it and was worried that I would have to solder wires together or something like that.

    I was wondering about the mental cage, just bend the tabs out to keep it in place then.

    Thanks again.

    I was sure I was able to do it.

    Ill tackling that to night.

    Do i need to disconnect the batterys neative lead.
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    I would'nt bother disconnecting the battery, no

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    Do not forget that you may require an adapter to get your steering wheel controls to work with the head unit. (I did). Also theres an option in the Sony's menu to change the controls i had to do this to get the steering wheel controls to work correctly.
    Its a jam thing

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    Am not going to go for the the adapter at the moment, but its something that will defo keep up if i can, not sure if the HU has room for it thou,

    I didnt have an adapter with my last Sony HU and didnt miss it that much to be honest. I suppose good to have for re-sale.
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    Just saves you having to remove the HU later to do it. As I find it a pain in the arse as the aerial connection keeps falling out as I was pushing it back. In the end I black taped it in position. That sorted the little bugger.

    I agree theres not a hell of alot of room to play with behind there but it will fit in fine. If you need better access to the rear whilst trying to seat the new HU in place then remove the glove box this is easy to do and you can see the rear of the headunit whilst you push it in. Helped me loads when I installed my phone kit.
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    Thanks Jam

    Good advice once again.

    I might see if the local sound tech shop is open and fit the adapter.

    If there a plug already there in dash to plug it into the back of the HU.

    I just ready, the HU is not fitted for the adapter.
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    The adapter is easy mate. It plugs directly onto the ISO socket of the car and then plugs into the iso socket on the back of the head unit. Mate providing you can put a plug into a wall socket you can fit the adapter.

    Its not big or scary. Go for it. You get a warm fuzzy feeling afterwards knowing you've done it yourself. I tried to show the missus but she wasn't interested. I nearly ran the battery down playing with my head unit after I installed it.
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