Small update... with the use of a hot knife to cut off the bottom part of the front panel (everything under the CD controls and the volume knob), it looks like most of the stock look can be retained. Aftermarket decks fit perfectly into the existing cage, and the LCD (non working) can be kept in the stock location for theft dettering and no worry of having to fill the big hole.
If you need a hot knife, Michaels (a craft store) hasa 50% off coupon for one item for today (sunday) and tomorrow. I'm making a trip in a second to get mine
Bingo. I plan to rip the faceplate off the factory HU (if someone does my trade thingie), glass the rear and fill the front. As for the hole for the display, that will be glassed as well.
Definately going to paint the faceplate. But still debating what I want to do with the carbon fiber piece. I may just lay a strip of authentic carbon fiber with silver weave to kinda keep that satin silver finish found on the vents and door handle.
Glassing the rear of the unit might be a real pain. There are a lot of things poking out, then you'd have to build up about an extra half inch or so to have the same depth. I can send a pic of the stripped face plate if you want.
Just a little update: there is no easy way to integrate any of the factory CD player face plate with an aftermarket CD player. There simply isn't enough room. On the other hand, a little hackjob to the mounting hardware (the place where you take out the two screws to release the factory CD player) allows you to use the existing mounting brackets with very nice results. You can also leave the LCD panel to cover the hole behind the faux-carbon fiber panel.
Looks like I'll be fiberglassing a new panel around the CD player sometime soon
I havent look at it extensively, but if your going full glass front plate, tape the factory faceplate, wax the tape and glass over it. If you dont go over 1/8 thick it would stick out too far. Then again you can glass in a rear metal backing plate and sand the front till it matches with the dash.
About the only way you'd get me to change my whole dash is to put in something like the Audi guy did. I know it's been shown before, but here it is again--the man is obviously good at what he does. Oh, and for those who haven't seen it yet, be prepared to examine your finances for an extra couple thousand dollars to put one of these in your car. http://forums.audiworld.com/a4/msgs/1734601.phtml
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