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xpl0sive
05-27-2007, 03:56 PM
Hey... so i finally gave up on tried to find parts do do a double din conversion and just decided to stick my AVIC-D3 into my single din panel on my pre-facelift a4. So i took a couple of pictures and decided to make a little write-up for those who are interested...

so anyways, this is what it looked like at the start
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pbd3269150cfa9b5f7ec91a63d5cbc161/e952e709.jpg

I already had a flip-screen deck in there, but i wanted navigation and other stuff, and didnt wanna pay $2000 for just the nav. unit.

So i proceeded to pull apart the center console
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pfabe1af75ffac9e0f5464ae23ffac93a/e952e70b.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p26d507d5ec4969eece03422e6581199c/e952e705.jpg

I used "Removing the Center Console" and "Pioneer AVIC-D3 Navigation Install" articles on www.audiworld.com to guide me along the process of pulling everything apart

Here everything is out
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p3ba8bf5cb53c7a3b07ad1d300fbe2c48/e952e704.jpg

And a shot of the single-din frame
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p294a0afbc06d5a172038200d1dafe135/e952e703.jpg

I decided to remove the ashtray and stick the climate-control unit in there, here's the test fit

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p8cd0a2131a0a460bbd99f6c65faa7792/e952e6fe.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pfeb18fe93f56de28add534c805b9bd9c/e952e6ed.jpg

Clearly theres some trimming needed.

From there, i went to cutting out the single-din frame to make room for the double din. All i did was cut the center bar along the edges.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/pa80f9835c46b6b2249c02d5b8258c65e/e952e6ee.jpg
And here's a test fit of the D3
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p8ef7d35742ede9f5fc7cdeb0c6443dbb/e952e6e6.jpg

Then i decided to simply cut some brackets out from some aluminum i had left over. here's the process pics...
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p7352510db9c30a73f0f9b0c1b21832c6/e952e6db.jpg
the top hole clearly didnt work out too good, but i got it to fit properly on the second try.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p3bc909c73a9938a0163652f3435e9db8/e952e6e0.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p7f8c36cee39a8abca2b7697a10f84771/e952e6de.jpg

Here's a pic of the unit bolted into place with my homemade brackets
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p9a6080882217f658d73e5c38e4468025/e952e6da.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p58e5c51d9141eec6eed8428d0a83f26e/e952e6d8.jpg

Now, time to move on to the climate control unit. The brakets on the side of it had to be removed for it to fit into the ashtray hole. here's a crappy pic of the brackets cut off
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p55c85aa8fd98e658f815a8ed7e1644cb/e952e6d4.jpg

From there i moved onto the center console, cutting the ashtray hole bigger
I drilled a bunch of holes all along the line i wanted to cut, and then simply snipped the remaining pieces.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p29e86cef21b5910b8668e0a7c49fb6bb/e952e6d1.jpg

By that time it was getting dark outside, and i just had enough time to screw the frame back inside
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p9c73e7194039a3bff91e6832a313829f/e952e70a.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid225/p53eb3d85fb01bb718eb85746dbaa7557/e952e708.jpg

So now all i gotta do is make the time piece to go around the double din deck. Im planning on using the old one and filling in the spare holes with ABS plastic and making it look nice with bondo and a nice coat of paint... if you guys have any questions or feedback feel free to post... once again sorry about my crappy cell phone pics.

BzeB5A4
05-27-2007, 04:11 PM
That looks awesome.

Can't wait to see it all nice and finished.
I'm thinking of putting my climate control where the ashtray is too. Then using the space for some gauges.

xpl0sive
05-27-2007, 04:32 PM
ya i was thinkin of putting a little tray and the cigarette lighter in the leftover space under the deck because if i dont, its just gonna look way too plain

audiness
05-28-2007, 09:00 AM
good work, making that trim peice is gonna be hard though.
I think i saw on here once someone make a trim peice out of aluminum that looked pretty good.

xpl0sive
05-28-2007, 01:24 PM
first im gonna try reusing my old one, if that doesnt work ill make a new one out of aluminum