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Old 10-09-2013
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I want to replace the Kenwood stereo head unit in my coach. Took out the four screws holding the head unit and ignition switch in the dash. I will be darned if I see what has to be done to remove the head unit from the dash . Can someone point me in the right direction...I swear that I will not share this information with any but WOG members .
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Neal, if you Google the model of Kenwood you can look at an owners manual. Many late model stereos have small holes on either side of the faceplate that a "key" is inserted in to unlock the head from the chassis. A key can be fashioned from small diameter welding rod or some kind of stiff metal rod. Did you try calling a local stereo installation business? Hope this helps.

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Uh, when I replaced my Kenwood radio, the radio and ignition key "board" pulled right out once the 4 screws were removed.

It's now been several years, but I recall, however, that I might have had to reach up from the underside (through the knee space above the accelerator pedal) to fiddle with some wires that 'hung up' the Kenwood and/or the ignition key.

Once the assembly was pulled forward, the radio was held in a metal bracket that had some press-in clamps that held the radio, and to release it, I had to use a screwdriver to lift the clamp to allow the radio to slide out of the bracket -- this was done once the radio and bracket had been freed from the dashboard.

My coach apparently had some sort of equalizer mounted above the radio (at one time). This left a 1" hole above the radio. (I looked for a replacement radio that was three inches tall... but they were either 2 inches or 4 inches -- so that didn't work out.)

I replaced my radio with one that had a CD player (that also read mp3 files) and an iPod connector -- that I threaded down to the compartment with the door. I wrapped my iPod with some double-sided Velcro -- and it conveniently mounted on the inside of the door with a patch of stick-on Velcro there.

I selected a more current Kenwood model -- and it worked perfectly with the existing wires (with plugs*) and was compatible with the Kenwood amplifier that was buried deep behind all the stuff under the dashboard area.

* I did spend some time matching the actual wires to the schematic diagram to ensure that there were no changes made to the arrangement. YMMV.

To deal with the empty hole above the old (and new) radio unit, I found a scrap of one inch aluminum angle stock that I trimmed to fit the width of the hole. I painted it flat black and mounted it to the radio bracket. It perfectly filled the empty hole (that had bothered me from the first day I saw the coach).

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Neal,
When I replaced my equalizer and the original Kenwood I replaced it with another Kenwood. The new Kenwood came with two "release keys" which were to have been inserted on either side of my radio to release some paws which were suppose to hold the radio in place. Actually the hole BB cut for my radio was just slightly wider than it was suppose to be so I didn't need to use the key to remove my old one. Sorry, I didn't save the keys. One thought: The old Kenwood has a plug that connects almost everything electrical. Boy it sure made installing the new Kenwood radio easy.

The key that released the radio was a T shaped piece of sheet metal the bottom of the T was about 1/2" wide then had a step increasing the width to about 5/8" that when pushed in released the paws.

Happy trails,

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Neal,
When I replaced my equalizer and the original Kenwood I replaced it with another Kenwood. The new Kenwood came with two "release keys" which were to have been inserted on either side of my radio to release some paws which were suppose to hold the radio in place. Actually the hole BB cut for my radio was just slightly wider than it was suppose to be so I didn't need to use the key to remove my old one. Sorry, I didn't save the keys. One thought: The old Kenwood has a plug that connects almost everything electrical. Boy it sure made installing the new Kenwood radio easy.

The key that released the radio was a T shaped piece of sheet metal the bottom of the T was about 1/2" wide then had a step increasing the width to about 5/8" that when pushed in released the paws.

Happy trails,

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Wow, the Balloon Fiesta!! I have been there a couple of times and love it. My deceased wife has family out there and I have kept in contact. I have been to see Larry and Martha on a number of occasions and can't wait to go back. I love that part of the country.
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Uh, when I replaced my Kenwood radio, the radio and ignition key "board" pulled right out once the 4 screws were removed.

It's now been several years, but I recall, however, that I might have had to reach up from the underside (through the knee space above the accelerator pedal) to fiddle with some wires that 'hung up' the Kenwood and/or the ignition key.

Once the assembly was pulled forward, the radio was held in a metal bracket that had some press-in clamps that held the radio, and to release it, I had to use a screwdriver to lift the clamp to allow the radio to slide out of the bracket -- this was done once the radio and bracket had been freed from the dashboard.

My coach apparently had some sort of equalizer mounted above the radio (at one time). This left a 1" hole above the radio. (I looked for a replacement radio that was three inches tall... but they were either 2 inches or 4 inches -- so that didn't work out.)

I replaced my radio with one that had a CD player (that also read mp3 files) and an iPod connector -- that I threaded down to the compartment with the door. I wrapped my iPod with some double-sided Velcro -- and it conveniently mounted on the inside of the door with a patch of stick-on Velcro there.

I selected a more current Kenwood model -- and it worked perfectly with the existing wires (with plugs*) and was compatible with the Kenwood amplifier that was buried deep behind all the stuff under the dashboard area.

* I did spend some time matching the actual wires to the schematic diagram to ensure that there were no changes made to the arrangement. YMMV.

To deal with the empty hole above the old (and new) radio unit, I found a scrap of one inch aluminum angle stock that I trimmed to fit the width of the hole. I painted it flat black and mounted it to the radio bracket. It perfectly filled the empty hole (that had bothered me from the first day I saw the coach).

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Was it plug and play or did you have to redo/trace wiring... Soon to be replacing mine on a 98 42 ft WB..
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I put a newer Kenwood in last summer. No screws, I had the original key I put down both sides and removed old, unplugged the antennae and connector. Re-plugged into new and used the same mounting and it slid right in.

Only thing I do not like is it has the "effect" unit above the stereo but I try to put all its settings to zero.
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