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Avant Stereo Upgrade (continued)
The color match
is perfect with the rest of the system. During the day the stereo display
is a bit washed out when compared to the rest of the lights, but at night
it looks awesome!
After making the bracket I knew
that I would not be capable of making a decent trim plate so I paid a
stereo shop to make one. It cost $125 and they matched it to the rest of
the fiberglass trim in my car. I think it came out pretty good. I
know that no aftermarket piece will look as good as a factory radio, but
this is as good as it gets when you just have to have an aftermarket HU.
The piece is velcroed to the bracket and the HU can't be removed without
removing the trim plate first.
just mounted the control module for the hands free phone in the center
console on the right side. It uses the center speaker as the speaker, and
I have routed the mic into the sunroof control where the OEM hands free
adapter microphone would go. Since I had the A pillar trim already removed
it was pretty straight forward and easy.
All together and
This install took me several days
and nights to complete, but I will surely get a lot of enjoyment out of
it. Would I do it again? You bet! Would I pay a shop to do it? NO WAY!
There are just way too many things that can be broken, scratched and not
put together right. Call me a worrier, but I rather do the install myself
than pay someone to break stuff.