What are Radio and Dash Installation Kits Used for?
Install kits, In-dash stereo installation kits: Allow a new Aftermarket replacement radio to be mounted into the opening where the auto makers OEM radio was. Install kits Convert size differences between OEM stock radios & Aftermarket Replacement radios: In the simplest explanation, the auto makers factory radio is different in size and/or shape than a new aftermarket replacement radio.
newest body style called a
DIN sized radio, is rectangular 2” high by 7” wide for single DIN,
body style is found with indash CD players, detachable
faces, pullout radios, and certain auto makers factory radios.
DIN radios or 1.5 DIN radios are Larger radios Usually with Cassette and
DIN / 1.5 DIN are found in Chrysler, Fords, GM, and others
second body style is called “Shafted Style"
used with analog manual tuning radio many years ago.
body style is still available and has seen the introduction of digital
electronics and tuning.
auto makers factory radios are bigger than aftermarket radios. This is
the sole purpose to add an install dash kit. Professional
Installers use when installing the new replacement radio. The
difference between the OEM auto makers factory radio and the aftermarket
replacement must be accounted for.
indash installation kits are designed, specifically for particular
vehicles, to allow the smaller
replacement radio to fit into the larger hole where the auto makers
factory radio was originally installed.
A Kit For Every Car
Designed For One Vehicle:
style of kit is the most popular for professional installers. Although
install shops must
many styles of dash-kits, a custom designed dash stero kit to fit one
particular vehicle is unique. In many
instances, a particular vehicle
style is so different from any other vehicle that a custom kit must
be designed. Manufacturers who custom design kits for one
particular vehicle assure that the replacement radio properly fits the
vehicle and looks the best
many automobiles (General Motors and Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth vehicles
vehicle radio installation kits are an excellent choice. Many GM
vehicles use the exact same radio body
style in their vehicles
designs. Because of this, General Motors makes installation of radios at
the factory modular simply by changing the brackets that mount the radio
to the dash. Many times these brackets are simply bolted to the radio.
For these radios, the brackets can
be unbolted and bolted directly to the “multi” vehicle radio
installation kit designed for the GM vehicles.
So for these vehicles, kits specifically designed for their vehicle are
not necessary. Using the brackets
attached to the original General Motors radio allows the kit to be
mounted directly to the dash exactly as the original General
Motors radio was. Other auto makers such as Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth also
use the same radio body style in most of
their vehicles. For these vehicles, one kit usually fits all vehicles
without changing the brackets. When purchasing a kit for
these vehicles, there is a good chance that the kit you purchase will
fit your car.