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1998-2002 Honda Accord sedan

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Ken Nail has written about car audio for Crutchfield since 2003, after four years as Crutchfield Sales Advisor, and 10 years as a music teacher. He's an avid music listener, whose favorites are classical and film music. When not chained to a desk, Ken spends most of his time training for triathlons and marathons, and likes getting outside for backpacking, downhill skiing, and bicycle touring. He attended West Virginia University, where he received a Master's Degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor's Degree in History.

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Honda Accord sedan

Overview of the Honda Accord

The late '90s and early 2000s cemented the reputation of the Accord as a well-built, reliable, and popular car. It was the top seller nationwide in its class in 2001, and you’ll still see plenty of 1998-2002 Accord sedans on the road. If you’re interested in updating and upgrading the sound system in your Accord, you’re in luck. There are plenty of good options available, ranging from simple speaker swaps to replacing the existing car radio with a new receiver.

This article is an overview of your vehicle's audio system and its upgrade options. If you're looking for step-by-step instructions on how to install a car stereo or speakers in your Accord, there's nothing better than our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™. This detailed, well-illustrated document is free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for $9.99.
Honda Accord radio

The Accord's double-DIN CD/Cassette receiver (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Replacing your factory radio

If your goal is to do a complete system makeover for your Accord, the best place to start is the in-dash receiver. Not only do aftermarket models have more power and sound-shaping options than the factory radio, but technology has come a long way since the car was built. New receivers have a lot of features to offer, like iPod® controls and Bluetooth® connectivity, to name a couple, that weren’t available when theses Accords rolled off of the dealer’s lot.

Although the radio cavity opening is the same in both cars, both single- and double-DIN radios were installed in the Accord at the factory. It’s necessary to remove the vents and surrounding panel to access the radio’s mounting bolts.

The Accord sedan came with a variety of different radio packages, including cassette and CD options. Depending on the model, the factory radio was either a double-DIN model (above, left), or a single-DIN model with a storage compartment below (above, right). In either case the replacement options are the same – you can install an aftermarket double-DIN receiver into the existing opening or add a single-DIN model with the use of a mounting kit. You'll also need a wiring harness to properly connect a new stereo. Both the dash kit and the harness needed for this installation are available at a nice discount with your Crutchfield purchase, along with our free step-by-step instructions for your Accord.

Tools needed: Small flat-blade screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, panel tool, and a shop rag (to help prevent scratching the trim panels) .

honda accord dash disassembled

The Accord's dash disassembled (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Steering wheel audio controls

It's relatively easy to retain your Accord's steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo. When you enter your vehicle information, our database will choose the adapter you need to make your factory steering wheel controls work with your new receiver.

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honda accord front door

The Accord's front door (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Replacing your factory speakers

Depending on options chosen, the Accord will have speakers in the doors, rear deck, and dash.

honda accord speaker mounting bracket

You may need to cut out the back of the speaker mounting bracket to make room for a new speaker. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front door speakers

The front doors of the Accord will accept 6-1/2" size speakers. These fit the existing openings, but you may run into issues with mounting depth, as most aftermarket speakers are deeper than the factory-installed models. You can work around this issue by using a hacksaw blade to cut out the back of the plastic mounting bracket to give the speaker magnet and basket some extra depth.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, flat-blade screwdriver, hacksaw (to increase the depth allowance)

honda accord rear deck speakers

There's no shortage of great speakers that fit in this space. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear deck speakers

The Accord’s rear deck speakers are 6" x 9" models. This is an easy installation – the rear speaker grilles are secured to the deck by screws on the underside, and the new speakers fit the existing openings with no modifications. There are plenty of excellent speakers that will fit into the openings.  

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, small flat-blade screwdriver

honda accord dash tweeters

Some Accord models are equipped with tweeters in the top corners of the dashboard. (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Tweeters

The top-end speaker system in the Accord was a 6-speaker system that added a pair of tweeters in the dash. The tweeters are easily accessed by prying out the grille with a small flat-blade screwdriver. If you want to replace the speakers, there’s no aftermarket mount available, so you need to use a set of our universal backstraps.

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sound ordnance sub box

Sound Ordnance Bass Bunker

Bass in your Accord

There’s ample room in the trunk of the Accord for a sub box. In fact, most sealed dual 12" subwoofer enclosures, like this model from Sound Ordnance, will fit. Be sure to measure the space you have available and compare that with the specs of the box you’re looking to install.

Other options for your Accord

There are plenty of ways to make the Accord's sound system as enjoyable as the rest of the car.

iPod control and auxiliary inputs

If you’d like to add an iPod interface or auxiliary input to your Accord’s factory radio, you may be in luck. If the radio has a button labeled "CD," and the radio does not have a built-in CD changer, you can add one of several different interfaces that will add an auxiliary input or let you connect your iPod. In each case you’ll need to plug the adapter’s harness into the rear of the factory radio, so you’ll have to remove and reinstall the radio. The adapter uses the port that the external factory CD changer is plugged into, so you’ll have to disconnect it if the Accord is equipped with one.

Dynamat

The Dynamat 10435 Xtreme Door Kit is the perfect way to seal in sound. This heavy-duty insulating material is easy to install, and it really makes a difference. One kit will take care of the front doors. If you install a big sub, you might want to line the trunk lid as well.

Security

Installing a security system in your Honda Accord isn't easy (security systems rarely are), but it's definitely a good idea when you own a car that's popular with car thieves. Our Crutchfield Advisors can help figure out what you need to get the job done, but we usually recommend taking your car and new gear to a professional installer.

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Find the audio gear that fits your car or truck

Visit our Outfit My Car page and enter your vehicle information to see stereos, speakers, subs, and other audio accessories that will work in your vehicle.

Last updated August 17, 2016
  • Michael Jedd from Fairfield

    Posted on 9/24/2015 7:12:34 PM

    There is no detailed step by step approach as to how to remove the old speakers & replace them with new ones.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/25/2015 9:22:19 AM

    Michael, You're right, this is a pretty high-level view! But it's supposed to be. Our Vehicle Profiles are designed to show you what you'll need to do, which should make it easier to decide whether or not you want to do it yourself. The Accord is pretty easy to work on, but some cars are not, so we like to give people an idea of what they're getting into. When you purchase a new receiver or speakers from Crutchfield, we'll include our vehicle-specific instructions free with the order. You can also purchase them separately for just $10.

  • Andy from Berkeley

    Posted on 12/2/2015 1:24:41 PM

    I need to know what adapter to get from you guys for setting up an aux input as mentioned above. My '99 Accord has a double DIN stereo with single CD slot in the player itself, no CD changer. However, the CD button says "CD/Tape Chgr". I'm interested in using and existing aux input for the tape changer (who ever had a tape changer, anyway??) for a 1/8 stereo miniplug for my phone or MP3 player. But there's no link on this page to which adapter to get. I'm hoping I don't need to replace the entire harness, but I don't really know. Please help.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/3/2015 10:15:46 AM

    Andy, I'll send your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat. Good luck with the project!

  • jarrod from san diego

    Posted on 12/16/2015 2:22:33 AM

    Any answer to the above auxiliary adapter needed? Looking for this as well

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/16/2015 8:55:55 AM

    Jarrod, With something like this, it's best to have a conversation with one of our advisors and get exactly what you need. I'll forward this along, and they'll be in touch soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.

  • Nico from Totowa

    Posted on 5/6/2016 3:56:08 AM

    Does the 2002 Honda Accord ex v6 coupe have a stock amplifier

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 5/6/2016 8:55:15 AM

    Nico, Your Accord does not have a factory amp.

  • Cody from Huntsville

    Posted on 10/24/2016 12:50:09 PM

    I need some 6x9 speakers for my rear deck but when I look the ones I want it says " doesn't fit your car " . I have a 2002 Accord EX V6. I've looked at just about every one one the website and it says the same thing . Any help would be appreciated.

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/26/2016 10:35:30 AM

    Cody, Not sure why that's happening, but we can definitely help you find speakers for your Accord. I'll forward this to our customer service team and someone will be in touch via email shortly.

  • Ida from Honolulu

    Posted on 11/21/2016 2:41:50 AM

    Is it possible to add a usb input? or if I replace the radio will i need to replace the ignition as well because of the theft-protection?

  • Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/21/2016 8:27:43 AM

    Ida, Replacing the radio is a great way to add USB functionality to your Accord. And no, you won't have to replace the ignition. I'll forward this to our sales team, and someone will be contacting you via email soon. Good luck!

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