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I just bought my brothers friend's Alpine head unit. I looked through these forums and the owners manual and I couldnt find any information on taking the stock head unit out. If you could link me to somewhere that talks about this or If you have an easy explanation you could give me it would be a big help. Thanks
 

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You need to buy the removal tool. Depending on what stock head unit you have, you either need 2 or 4 keys. 2 for single din. 4 for double din.



You can probably buy them from a local dealer. Or you can PM Airwalk and I'm sure he can get you a pair or 2.
 

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You really dont NEED to get the tools from the dealer you can make your own like in this thread. Whether or not you have a single DIN or double DIN you can cut a file folder to use as a tool like here:

http://www.b5one.com/howto/monsoonremove.html

Otherwise you can take the car to the dealer they should remove it for you for free it take like 10 sec. for them to do so. You can drive home for the install with the old head unit not fully in place.

Or if the tools are cheap you can buy them. If you do let me know how much they were. I am just curious
 

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4MyPassat,

Do those keys work in the Navi too? When I installed the Navi, I had a shop pull my single din unit for me. I will be removing my Navi soon to install the Gala wiring and need to buy keys?

Thanks,
Mike
 

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I went to the dealership. Took the guy one minute including finding the right set of "keys". Then I drove home with it loose in the bay.

Why pay for keys unless you need this often?
 

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thanks a lot for the help!

I think i will go to the dealership right near my house and get them to take it out as long as its free. I will not pay for them to do that though.
 

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Tried everything and still no luck...

I've tried most of the methods on this board for removing my Double DIN Monsoon, but to no avail.

I had one set of keys that I bought with my Blitzsafe (didn't realize I needed to order two sets at the time) and I tried making my own second set using the credit card method, the hanging folder method and I even cut down some PCI slot spacers from a PC and matched them exactly to the keys I had to see if those would work. But, nothing! The HU shows no sign of losening up.

I then went the dealer to see if they could pop it out. He tried for a while and even with 4 of the real keys couldn't get it out. The two bottom keys were clicking into place, but the top ones wouldn't snap in. He said that most likely the HU clips are bent.

So I'm thinking I'll have to take off a bunch of the trim pieces to get at them.

I've got all the buttons except the defrost out now... although I think a little more tugging and bloody fingertips will probably free that up. I can get to the bottom HU clips with the buttons out, but the top ones are blocked by a piece of plastic. It looks like the plastic is attached to the trim surrounding the HU. Anyone know if that trim can be removed with the HU still in?

I took off the climate control trim and removed the 4 screws under it and tried to pop the trim around the HU out. It moved a bit but it seems like something is still holding it in. If I knew it was just the trim clips around the outside, I'd just work it until it comes out, but I don't want to break if there's something more holding it in.

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. I have my iPod loaded with music and my blitzsafe adapter waiting, and it's killing me that I can't get this set up because of a stupid sticky HU!
 

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I had the same problem yesterday, cut up my TRUMP plaza comp card to get it out. Bottom 2 were great top wouldn't budge. I just uninstalled the the trim pieces and was able to work the radio out with no damage. just take your time. Mike
 

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JODZ said:
I had the same problem yesterday, cut up my TRUMP plaza comp card to get it out. Bottom 2 were great top wouldn't budge. I just uninstalled the the trim pieces and was able to work the radio out with no damage. just take your time. Mike
So you removed the trim around the HU too? I got the climate control trim off and took out the four screws under that and took out all the buttons and spacers to the right and left of the HU, but I haven't pulled the biggest piece of trim that runs around the whole center console and the HU yet. It seemed tight and I was worried about pulling it too hard for fear that there are some screws that I'm not seeing and not just the standard plastic tabs around the edge of the trim.

Did you just use a trim removal tool or were there some additional screws to take out?

Thanks...
 

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Well once you have the bottom out you should be able to work the radio out. Once the radio is out you'll see them in the top. They're about an inch or so in from each end. Just take your time, like I said I cut up a comp card from a casino(like credit card) and it took me about a good 15 minutes before I was able to just slide the radio out. Mike
 

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Where did you guys ground?

Finally!... I got the stupid HU out.

I ended up getting 4 of the real keys from Pro.Fit. And, I got 3 of the 4 to lock into place. Unfortunately the top right key kept pulling out every time I tried to pull the HU out. But, I finally figured out that if I left the 4 keys in place I could stick one of those plastic trim removal tools in the gaps on either side of the HU and slowly pry each side out a little bit at a time. Once it gets out like 1/4 of an inch the whole thing slides right out. It was a moment of sheer jubilation for me when it finally happened... I may have even done a little dance in my car :)

Anyhow, I got my blitzsafe plugged in and hooked the battery back up and it worked! However, I wasn't sure that I grounded it in a good place. Where did everyone else hookup the grounding loop from the blitzsafe. I found a threaded post on the back of the HU that has a long plastic cap that screws onto it. I unscrewed the cap, slipped the ground loop over the post and put the cap back on. Anyone have good luck with that, or is there a better place on the HU to ground to?

I haven't snapped the HU back into place yet so I can still adjust, but once I get this set up I don't ever want to take that thing out again.

Thanks,

-Z
 
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