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Anyone install a single din head unit with the retractable screen - automaitc Fiero? by Edmonchuck
Started on: 05-22-2014 11:47 PM
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Good evening,

I'm looking to install a pioneer head unit model AVH – X7500 BT into my 1988 GT auto. I'm wondering if the retractable screen is going to clear the gearshift. It looks like it's going to be close.

Not to be trite, but before anybody makes a comments about me wanting to watch videos or DVDs in my car on driving, that is not the case in any way shape or form. I have their last years model (AVH – P6300 BT) installed in another vehicle and absolutely love the machine. I have yet to watch one video on it, I haven't even tried functionality. What I like about the Pioneer unit is that it has a very capable amp included so I don't have to go crazy with a bunch of additional amplifiers. Plus, the screen gives me a ton more functionality at my fingertips than many other single din units on the market, and the kicker, is at the AUX input is on the rear of the machine. This comes because the screen is on the front so there's no place to put the AUX jack. I hate having the 3.5 mm (1/8 ") jack in the front of the machine. It makes it very unsightly when I connect my portable satellite radio unit. I have mounted very cleanly in my 95 Firebird and also in my 1988 GTA. What I like about this year's model is the active equalizer that comes with it. I used to always install the Pioneer EQ – 6500 in all of my single din installs (especially since it filled the din and a half opening). I just happen to like the ability to control the sound. Plus there's a bunch of other features that make this head unit desirable. But to be clear, I love to drive, I really don't like movies that much. There is much better scenery outside the windshield.

So simply put, am I going to run into clearance issues between the screen extending and the gearshift? Have you seen anybody else with a similar set up?

Thanks very much for your time.

(Edited to fix spelling mistakes. I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking and sometimes it doesn't like my accent)
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Have seen this kind but not in auto Fiero.

Depend on mounting of unit, etc, likely yes when trans in park. Maybe in other "gears."
Figure is hard do to most things on OE and "upgrades" GM 1.5 DIN units when trans is in park. Changing Tape/CD can be tricky when parked. Just setting clock isn't fun.

I tried finding front clearance but book etc only list screen size "(effective display area: 154.1mm × 85.9mm)"
Add more for bezel, hinge, etc and can grow allot when trying move out/in.

Shifter isn't only issue... Have to clear AC/Heat controls when screen is up and tilted back. (Back for display is front of car. the Angle Setting = 110° in spec's) So if your thinking more flush mount... likely more problems.

Warning: Don't play movies etc while driving. Not even for passengers in Fiero.
Many states is illegal to have video in Driver's view while driving.

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Report this Post05-23-2014 09:44 AM Click Here to See the Profile for EdmonchuckClick Here to visit Edmonchuck's HomePageSend a Private Message to EdmonchuckEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks. I figured this would be the case. It worked in the T/A well, but I grabbed this unit on sale here in town...looks like I'm on the hunt for another single din unit and hopefully finding one with the AUX in the back.

The height of the screen is about 4" on this model. Bezels would readily make this 5" The measurements inside are really tight.

PS - and no, again, this is NOT to watch videos. Like I said before, I haven't used that function in the other car. If someone wants to watch something, or read, that is what the tablet is for. They can throw on the headphones and enjoy.

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Watching a movie while driving is no problem as long as you are taking a selfee, eating and talking on the phone at the same time
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I have a single DIN pop up with a seven inch screen operating in a Fiero variant (Mera) with zero problems. This specific unit can be adjusted (within limits) as to how far it goes out and wrt the screen angle also. This was a good investment and since I added GPS it is easy on an old man to read the screen.

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Report this Post05-25-2014 06:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for EdmonchuckClick Here to visit Edmonchuck's HomePageSend a Private Message to EdmonchuckEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Can you pm me with a picture or two? I can't remember the clearance on the Mera from the deck to the shifter.

Thanks
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Originally posted by Edmonchuck:

Can you pm me with a picture or two? I can't remember the clearance on the Mera from the deck to the shifter.

Thanks


Pictures sent via PM as requested. The original Mera interior is a stock Fiero interior if that helps any. As stated I do not have any interference when my screen is deployed but have a Kenwood unit with adjustable angle and in/out distance (installed in Amida F355 interior with manual shifter in stock location).

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