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American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

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American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Overview

American International FMK-542 kit

The American International FMK-542 kit allows you to install a double-DIN (4" tall) car stereo in your vehicle's dash opening. Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this kit is compatible with your vehicle. Warranty: 60 days.

Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts — please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.

Ez to install

David, Converse , TX

What's in the Box:

  • Radio housing
  • 2 Brackets
  • Installation Instructions
Reviews

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit Reviews

Average Customer Review:

88 Reviews

Dash Kit

Written by: David from Converse , TX on June 23, 2016

2007 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ez to install

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Stereo mount

Written by: Clay VF from Fort Polk,LA on May 31, 2016

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The tab breaking and making sure you take the right ones off, in the pictures in the instructions all the tabs look shaded, but once you figure out what tabs need to go it goes in pretty easily

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It's ok

Written by: Kevin from Florence, KY on May 20, 2016

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Looks ok, but it take some playing with to get it to work

Pros: securely mounts the radio

Cons: instructions could be better

Kids truck stereo

Written by: James from Oneida, IL on May 1, 2016

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to use and install

Pros: Universal

Cons: None

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit Reviews

Written by: Jeff S. from New Iberia,LA on April 21, 2016

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I havent installed a sound system in 27 years, this made it Very easy to install, looks professional like in belongs there. Tnx Crutchfield!

Pros: Multi vehicle install, nice finish, look factory.

Cons: Have to look at instructions closely so not to remove wrong unused tabs but not bad.

It works

Written by: Steve from Fairfield, CA on April 13, 2016

2006 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It works. Overall its pretty nice, Trying to understand what to snap off and what to leave on was sorta tough.. I just looked at my stock mount and went from there. Other than the tabs that have to be removed for a specific application the mount is pretty nice. Its solid in the mounting location.

Pros: something simple that works.

Cons: Plastic tabs removal directions could be a bit better.

Rbc

Written by: Rbc from Niagara Falls, NY on April 3, 2016

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product

Pros: Great

Cons: N/A

Adapter kit

Written by: BobA from northumberland, PA on March 28, 2016

2007 Ford Focus ZXW
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Looks like original equipment.

Pros: Perfect fit, easy to install.

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Piece of garbage

Written by: Aaron from grand rapids, MI on March 20, 2016

Directions impossible to understand. Cheap plastic crap. This should be the simplest thing, but it wasn't.

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Great Product

Written by: Scott from pickett, WI on February 21, 2016

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very clean finish and makes the double din look simple!!

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Does the job

Written by: JT from Ohio on January 11, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When I first opened this I thought it was kind of cheap. It does the job though and keeps the radio in place. No vibrations or anything, and doesn't look bad after you put the covers back on your car.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: Didn't like that it came with all the mounting options and you have to remove tabs that were not for your specific car. It was easy to do just a hassle.

Perfect fit!

Written by: Mike from Salt Lake City utah on January 4, 2016

2004 Ford Freestar
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit, looks great, fast shipping

Pros: Fits perfectly, very good instructions.

Cons: None

Easy

Written by: Rob from Ohio on December 29, 2015

2005 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This made the install super easy. Four bolts and I was done.

Pros: Mounts super easy!

Cons: None

Universal, needs Modification to fit each vehicle

Written by: CeeJay from Utah on December 10, 2015

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This bracket does what it is supposed to do. Once properly installed it's actually quite sturdy. I'm not a fan of plastic everywhere, but it does the job. I had to use a Dremel with a cut-off wheel to remove the superfluous bracket parts that make this more universal, As Per Instructions, so people without certain tools will have to use what they have handy to modify.

Pros: Sturdy enough, does what it needs to do, easy install

Cons: Need cutoff tools to remove superfluous brackets, as per instructions.

Gets the job done in the cheapest way possible

Written by: Peter from Utah on October 27, 2015

2005 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It get's the job done if you manage to not break it. That's about the only plus. It's a cheap plastic that doesn't look the best and you have to break off all sorts of pieces to make it compatible with your specific car model.

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American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on October 18, 2015

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

perfect fit!!!!

Pros:

Cons: none

Like a pro!

Written by: WillyB from Colorado on October 17, 2015

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The instructions took a minute to clearly make sense. But after that it was a breeze and makes for a completely professional install.

Pros: Looks like OEM install when done.

Cons: The directions for trimming the tabs was a little vague, but not horrible.

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Anonymous from Utah on October 16, 2015

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked, but required some modification which were addressed in the instructions. Also seems a bit flimsy. Screw holes and locating pins didn't line up very well with vehicle.

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I wish it was sturdier

Written by: WVFocus from West Virginia on September 1, 2015

2007 Ford Focus ZX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked as described, but kind of pain to remove unwanted tabs. I first scored them with a utility knife at their base, and then bent them over to break them off. Seemed kind of flimsy, but appears to have done the job.

Pros: Worked as it should, fit the space and attachment points on target

Cons: It is somewhat generic, you will need to break off unwanted tabs (in my case many) Seems a bit flimsy, but maybe it is as strong as it needs to be?

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: ArthurUSCG from the Washington, DC Area on August 27, 2015

2004 Mercury Monterey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works

Pros: Fits like factory

Cons: Texture does not match my 04 Mercury Monterey

Dash kit for Ford Focus

Written by: Steve S from Ohio on July 9, 2015

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

You'll need to break off most of the plastic side tabs for a 2005 focus install. Six out of the eight mounting holes lined up with my JVC receiver, but that was adequate to get the job done.

Pros: Looks great

Cons:

Dash kit

Written by: Anonymous from Abbeville,LA on June 20, 2015

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product perfect fit easy to install on radio and in dash

Pros: Perfect product

Cons: None

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: mcbracing1 from New York on June 16, 2015

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

perfect fit in my Ford F350. looks factory

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FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: MikeC from Colorado on May 31, 2015

2005 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product got here quickly and was very easy to install.

Pros: Easy to follow instructions. Installed flawlessly

Cons:

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: D. Kong from Rutherford, TN on May 13, 2015

2007 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

At first glance after opening the package, I was skeptical of the overall quality since the unit is somewhat universal and all plastic. The kit requires you to break off plastic tabs that aren't used for your particular application (so triple check the diagram before you commit to breaking). My skepticism was unfounded, the unit is quite sturdy and came with set screws to secure it to the receiver. All in all, this was both easier and sturdier than many of the dash kits I've used in the past.

Pros: Product very sturdy and light weight.

Cons: Not really a con, but you need to make sure you check the correct diagram for your vehicle (provided) before breaking off the unused tabs. There is no going back. Patience is key.

perfect fit

Written by: Dollarbill F-350 from starke,Fl on April 28, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A fit that looks like a factory fit ,thanks team

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EXCELLENT

Written by: FordF250 from Salem, Ohio on April 23, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent product

Pros: Easy install

Cons: none

Dash Kit

Written by: Rod from Winters, Ca on April 14, 2015

2005 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

EXCELLENT

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Ford dash kit

Written by: Cody B from Paris, TX on April 6, 2015

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works like it's supposed to but directions weren't clear for my 05 F250

Pros: Great fitment.

Cons: Poor instructions for a f250.

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Anonymous from Jefferson City missouri on March 25, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Multi fit products worry me but it looks great and fit great

Pros: Great product

Cons: None

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Billy from Crestview, Florida on March 22, 2015

2006 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This made the installation super easy, it was a perfect fit. I would recommend this to anyone installing a car stereo.

Pros: Perfect fit for my Ford Focus, very easy to work with.

Cons: None

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Paul from Fairfield CA on March 2, 2015

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Perfect fit makes for a clean look after my dash panel was reinstalled would highly recommend this for any 03 to 07 f250 owners

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Dash kit

Written by: Josh from Moberly mo on February 28, 2015

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great look and fit

Pros: No problems to install

Cons: None

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Bill from California on January 4, 2015

2007 Ford Focus ZX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had to break off two times the amount of tabs (per instruction sent) to make it fit and then the screw mount location lined up with the metal frame of the car which I was no about to trim, I used less screws. Fit is tight on the Focus, but Son is happy with overall set up.

Pros: Worked with some modifications. Overall worked.

Cons: Instructions were off for car.

Had the wrong diagram

Written by: Daniel from Bloomington, IN on November 24, 2014

2006 Ford Focus ZXW
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield sent the wrong diagram so I had trouble fitting into car until customer service sent me the correct diagram. We got in a mini argument which was not a big deal. Just frustrating due to wrong bracket instructions.

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Intallation made Easy!

Written by: EB Crazy from Missouri on November 19, 2014

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This dash kit made the installation easy and secure. The stereo kit combines the simplicity of installation with that of a professional finish. No modification was required.

Pros: Excellent install product.

Cons: None

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Anonymous from Southaven,MS on October 14, 2014

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fit like a glove . Made install very easy .

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Good Fit

Written by: CMal from Ohio on September 12, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice fit, easy to use

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American International FMK542 in-dash receiver Kit

Written by: Harold from Lorain, Ohio on June 30, 2014

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product for the money

Pros: Easy installation

Cons: Did not fine any

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Anonymous from champaign, il on May 21, 2014

2005 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

worked perfectly for my double din

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Universal

Written by: Jam from WA on April 27, 2014

2006 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Took a me awhile to figure out this universal wonder.

Pros: Made my new stereo fit like a glove.

Cons: Instruction to take off certain tabs for my particular stereo so it would fit were sketchy and a little hard to read. Tabs needed to be cut off with some hefty cutters so be prepared.

Not impressed

Written by: WillS from S.E. Idaho on April 21, 2014

2005 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got what I paid for with this install kit, free. I installed a double din head unit into a ford F350. The kit didn't fit in the dash opening correctly and it was so tight that there was no adjustment allowed to center it in the opening. I had to drill out two of the tab openings on the kit to have enough adjustment to actually get it centered. It would have looked like crap otherwise. This may be an issue with only this application, I don't know.

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Easy, peasy!

Written by: Todd C from Woodbridge, VA on April 15, 2014

2007 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Mated up beautifully with the wiring harness on my 2007 Ford Focus ST. I elected to solder instead of crimp, since I am more comfortable with soldering. No hassles whatsoever!

Pros: Did the job, no problem

Cons: None

The Cat's A--!

Written by: Marine223 from Florida on April 15, 2014

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This adapter made my day! Without it, you simply can't install a new Stereo unit in the Ford Focus! I'll assume that goes for all vehicles. I bought a stereo at a big box store, their site said it would fit my vehicle. BALONEY! I took the unit back for refund because the foot print was WAY OFF! I ordered the SAME stereo with this adapter and it fit right in the dash! Don't bother going anywhere else, Crutchfield's price was actually lower INCLUDING the Dash adapter and wire harness! Don't hesitate to buy from Crutchfield, they've got their act together!

Pros: Did the job as advertised, made the Installation work!

Cons: NONE / NADA!

American International FMK-542 In-dash Receiver Kit

Written by: johnl2 from Tobyhanna, PA on March 1, 2014

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfect, no problems at all. Fit perfectly into my Ford F350 PSD

Pros: Fit perfect.

Cons: None

Works great!

Written by: Kevin K from Stanfield NC on February 15, 2014

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install,fits like it should,looks factory

Pros: Fits my truck dash great,looks like a factory part.

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PERFECT

Written by: Tracy from United States on February 10, 2014

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works like its suppose to. No problem!

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Didn't really use.

Written by: Natalie from United States on February 6, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Didn't need it but was glad it came with the radio for free in case i did.

Pros: Great item for free if needed.

Cons: Didn't need for radio installation.

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Anonymous from Kentucky on January 25, 2014

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The in-dash receiver kit worked great, but the install instructions were a bit off. We had to remove extra tabs that weren't listed to be removed on the side panels to get it to fit properly in her dash. This was easy enough, but left questions as to if we were doing the install properly until everything was complete.

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DASH INSTALLATION KIT

Written by: Steven from Wellington, Fl. on January 15, 2014

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The installation kit worked great! No problems with the directions they were very clear and descriptive on what material needed to be removed to be installed on your specific vehicle! I would recommend this kit to make it an east install on your vehicle.

Pros: Worked awesome! Looks great with the head unit and seamless with the dash!

Cons: Would be nice if the side brackets were metal for strength.

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: JacobChBE from Atlanta, GA on January 13, 2014

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The manual was actually inaccurate for which tabs to remove on my 2005 ford focus. However, I was able to get it to work by just leaving in the back 4 tabs. Otherwise, it works as intended. I am giving it four stars due the poor user manual clarity.

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American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Anonymous from rockmart gas 30153 on January 2, 2014

2005 Ford Focus ZX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to follow directions an looks better than factory

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Anonymous from Griffin, GA on December 31, 2013

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A little confusing about which tabs to remove but worked great!

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Great fit

Written by: Anonymous from North Dakota on December 16, 2013

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used this install kit in my 2006 Ford SuperDuty. It fit great, the instructions were very clear on what parts had to be removed to get it to fit in my vehicle.

Pros: Great installation instructions

Cons: none

Inadequate Instructions

Written by: oliver3 from Canton, MI on November 24, 2013

2007 Ford Focus ZX5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

More of the generic mounting tabs must be snapped off than what the instructions indicate. Additionally, the instructions don't give any information at all on fastening to the head unit. We had to remove a trim ring and a metal sleeve from the head unit in order to get the bracket to fit. Crutchfield's 800-number support line was great in helping us figure it out, but pretty much agreed that the instructions for the bracket are inadequate.

Pros: Fits, once you figure out which additional tabs to remove and how to get it onto the head unit. Free with purchase of head unit.

Cons: Grossly inadequate instructions.

Did The Job

Written by: Bryan from Washington, IL on November 6, 2013

2007 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fairly easy install with head unit. Followed directions and ended up having to snap off more tabs than indicated, but really not a big deal. Sits flush with dash and looks good. Fits 07 Focus.

Pros: Holds head unit in the dash where it belongs.

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Worked perfectly

Written by: MitchH from Livingston, MT on August 15, 2013

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fit Ford F250 just fine

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GREAT FIT

Written by: Kyle W. from Portland, TN on August 2, 2013

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fits and looks great!

Pros: Great fit and looks

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Great for 2006 F250

Written by: Eric from Jefferson, GA on July 8, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was concerned that it would scream "I'm not original," but this kit made my Kenwood install look like it really belonged in my F250. Impressed with the fit and finish. My goal was to not notice it after I installed the radio--mission accomplished!

Pros: Texture matches the OEM dash perfectly

Cons: None that I can think of, maybe the instructions are a bit vague?

Perfect fit

Written by: Anonymous from Reno, NV on June 20, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

not much to say but everything fit perfectly

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perfect fit

Written by: ms from monroe la on June 10, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

perfect fit on f250

Pros: fits and supplied at no extra charge

Cons: none

dash kit 2006 ford f250

Written by: randy from dfw, teXAS on May 27, 2013

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

the intall kit is kind of a puzzle to put together. the instructions are ok at best. bottom line is it fit. it did not allow the surround that came with my deck to snap into place but it really isnt super noticable. it looks flimsy and you will think it isnt going to look or work very well untill you get it in the truck then it looks and works fine. as for the multitude of tabs on the universal bracket i found using a good set of electricians side cutters (klien wire cutting piliers) was all i needed. the edges left from the tabs are conceled behind the dash piece so cutting them smooth on my application was not nessisary.

Pros: for the price paid it works and looks good once the dash is back in place

Cons: the instructions could be a little more helpful. it is made to cover a dozen different vehicles and decks though so possibly a set of online directions with decent pictures would be helpful

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: pelkey from New Gloucester, Maine on May 11, 2013

2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to use, looks good in the dash.

Pros:

Cons: Cutting off the unused tabs was kind of a pain, but that's what Dremel tools are for.

Nice fit

Written by: Bobby from Mass on April 25, 2013

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Tabs that are not needed are a bit tough to cut and they have to be cut flush for proper fit. I found scoring them with a utility knif first made them much easier to keep flush. Seeme a bit flimsy but worked out great and once all assembled wa svery sturdy.

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Be careful and you'll be fine.

Written by: Chris from Appleton, WI on April 13, 2013

2007 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This receiver kit fit my receiver and the dash of my 2007 Focus perfectly. You do have to read the instructions carefully and look at your dash where the kit will go before you go cutting off the unneeded mounting tabs. The tabs are a bit tough to cut. I used a wire cutter but a roto-tool might be in order as my wife says I have freakishly strong hands. Be a bit careful as it's just made of "regular" plastic, not Glock plastic.

Pros: Holds receiver solidly. Very clean and flush in final install.

Cons: I hesitate to put any cons here as the product does its job and "improvements" might just increase the price.

Good product

Written by: Jeff from Memphis TN on March 28, 2013

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As always great product from Crutchfield.

Pros: Perfect fit

Cons: Always have to many tabs to cut off.

car dash receiver kit

Written by: kevinj from Dundalk,Md. on March 25, 2013

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

EASY INSTALL GREAT INSTRUCTIONS

Pros: EASY INSTALL.FITS PERFECT

Cons: NONE

Cheap and flimsy

Written by: Anonymous from Palatka, Fl on March 2, 2013

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I don't know why I was expecting more out of "univerisal kit". The instructions are very vague at best. It tells you what tabs to cut off, which leaves nice sharp objects. After it tells you what tabs it doesn't tell you anything on how it will work on your head unit. I was installing the JVC KW-HDR81BT unit and after about 15 min I finally figured it out. I just wish the finish you do see was better than the flat black.

Pros: It was free from Crutchfield

Cons: Quality, instructions, fit...etc

Cheap, basic, universal bracket

Written by: Dan from Santa Clarita, CA on January 2, 2013

2006 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It's ok. It's a cheap, plastic, universal bracket. I had to remove 8 plastic clips and the long piece across the opening to make it compatible for double-din installation in my car. To make it look decent, I then used a dremel to round the sharp edges left from the long piece. Not hard, but not super quick or convenient.

Pros: Cheap, which lets Crutchfield supply it for "free." It did work.

Cons: Looks pretty cheap. Is compatible with a multitude of different cars, so it requires a lot of modification to make it work with your specific model.

It Fit Both the JVC Receiver and the Ford Focus

Written by: Biker Jeff from Benton City, WA on December 9, 2012

2007 Ford Focus ZX4
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Crutchfield included this mounting kit free with the purchase of the JVC KW-HDR720 receiver. Yes there were lots of not quite conspicuously marked in the instructions ears to break off of it to make it work. I used plastic model cement to glue the sides onto the face plate. That made installing on the receiver a lot easer because I had to try three different combinations of fitment to get it right. Because of its width, a rotary file on the cordless drill was also required to relieve some plastic from inside of the Ford Focus dash hole.

Pros: It works and looks as good as the factory install.

Cons: None really. Gluing the sides onto the faceplate made fitting to the receiver a lot easier, but they don't tell you that.

Mounting kit FMK542 does not fit the JVC-KWR900BT

Written by: Terry from Lenoir City, TN on October 28, 2012

2006 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The FMK542 mounting kit fits the Ford Truck but it DOES NOT fit the JVC- KWR900BT Radio/CD unit. The Spacer/faceplate of the mounting kit will not fit over JVC-KWR900BT as the hole the radio goes in isn't wide enough and there is no way to modify it to fit. So make sure you get a different mounting kit if you buy the JVC unit which works great.

Pros: None. It will not fit the JVC-KWR900BT and cannot be modified to do so

Cons: It will not fit the JVC-KWR900BT and cannot be modified to do so

"universal" Ford install kit

Written by: TRhone from Bellingha, WA on October 22, 2012

2006 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

"Universal" almost always means "modification needed" for a perfect fit. I expected this however, this kit didn't require much for installing a 2-din JVC media player in my friend's Focus ZX3. Yes we had to cut out the middle bar out since our unit was a 2-Din unit and yes we also had to remove a few of the MANY mounting tabs on the sides and we also only use 4 of the 8 screws for mounting the unit to the dash kit (use of the other screws would make it bind up on the factory mounting tabs) but it was otherwise smooth sailing and the end results look nearly OEM.

Pros: Fit well (once modified), good fit-'n-finish once installed, easy to follow instructions

Cons: will need to be modified - not ready-to-go right out of the package, may require the use of cutting tools

Ford install kit

Written by: BryanG from Kenosha on August 6, 2012

2004 Mercury Monterey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Kit was supposedly correct for my application, but was warped and just absolutely would not work. Ended up having to buy another kit at a local car audio shop.

Pros: None

Cons:

Does the trick, but flimsy

Written by: JeffH from Mahomet, IL on July 15, 2012

2004 Ford Freestar
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

First off let me say that the fact Crutchfield gives this away instead of charging for it is awesome! You'll need this to install your stereo and the fact that it's free is fantastic. That's why I feel bad giving it a mediocre review - after all, it is FREE! The unit is designed to work with dozens (hundreds?) of different vehicles, so you have to modify it to work with yours. As you can see in the photo, there are lots of "ears" on the sides of the housing for mounting screws in different vehicles. Well, in my van, I only needed 4 of these and had to break off all the others. Wasn't difficult to do with pliers and cutters, but you had to keep fitting it in the vehicle to make sure you weren't accidently cutting off the ones you needed to keep. Also, the unit comes in 3 pieces (front, left, right) and they all fit together with hinges in the corner. But you have to hold the unit together or else it falls into 3 pieces again.

Pros: Free unit that you'll need to do your install. It does the job and looks great once in place.

Cons: Flimsy and the user has to do lots of customization to fit in your particular vehicle

Low Quality, Generic, Poor finish

Written by: BC from St. Pete Beach, FL on June 28, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a one-kit-fits-many Ford vehicles. The fact that it is so generic makes it junk. It has like 10 tabs and most vehicles need 2 tabs so you have to cut off the other 6-8 tabs you don't need leaving jagged, broken remnants--granted this is not seen once the install is done. The sides don't securely mount to the front trim plate--they just hang there with a tab in a slot (without even snapping in) and count on screwing to your receiver to support the whole thing. The screws supplied aren't long enough, are the wrong threads and the screw holes didn't line up with my receiver (Kenwood DNX6990HD). The outside trim ring plastic is a rough sandpaper texture like from a 1982 stereo. Most newer vehicles have smooth-finish electronics and dash panels. I understand it's cheaper to manufacture and inventory a one-kit-fits-many item, but I would gladly have paid more for a quality kit, made for my exact vehicle that did not require me to customize it to make it work and matched the texture and finish of my factory dash. I'm using it now but will be searching for a better kit to replace it with soon. I've been a Crutchfield customer for over 22 years and they are AWESOME, but sorry guys, this particular item is a very bad pick...

Pros: None.

Cons: Generic-must customize it to fit your vehicle, rough-textured finish doesn't match vehicle interior, Low quality--sides don't securely attach to front, screws not long enough, screws have wrong threads

Ford in dash receiver kit

Written by: Anonymous from Pa on June 27, 2012

2004 Ford Freestar
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It was advertised for the 2004 free star van but left a gap a the bottom of the radio. Very disappointed

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First view thought was CHEAP.

Written by: Lostie from Missouri on May 20, 2012

2006 Ford F-350
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Dash install kit seemed borderline inadequate in quality but was functional.

Pros: it allowed the install but thats all I can say for it.

Cons: borderline inadequate in quality

Looks Professional!

Written by: SK from Philadelphia, PA on May 6, 2012

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
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This kit provided by crutchfield for free with my order made the radio look professionally installed. The instructions tell you have to trip the plastic to fit your specific radio/model car. After installation, you can't tell that the car was made for any other radio. I installed this trim around my Clarion CX501 double din radio into my ford focus 2005.

Pros: Very please with the look. Fits great.

Cons: the screws on the side strip easily and require some care to not overtighten!

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Hari from Fairfax, VA on April 30, 2012

2004 Ford Freestar
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It fit my Ford 2004 Freestar well. Instructions were good.

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Perfect Fit

Written by: Frankie from Tennessee on February 2, 2012

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Fit as advertized. Made the installation simple and seamless

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Greg from Tampa, FL on September 27, 2011

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PROS: Looks great when complete. Fits my truck correctly. Breaking off the tabs with pliers was easy. CONS: At first its hard to make sense of the correct orientation but when comparing to the original mount ist a piece of cake. i had to use a grinding bit on my dremmel tool to grind down the lip on the outer edge of the metal sleeve that surrounds the stereo. With a good push it fit right into place.

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It's ok.....

Written by: TT from Seattle, WA on June 13, 2011

2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty
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As the title says it's ok. It got the job done but it was more work than I wanted to do. First off there are several tabs that had to be cut off to be usable for my application. Not a big deal but something to consider when purchasing this. I just used a hacksaw blade and that made quick work of the tabs. My big issue with this kit is... wait for it... It would not fit a double din stereo!! I had to trim about an 1/8th of an inch for my stereo to fit inside of it. I know this comes free with the purchase of a stereo but I would have paid for something that fit without hacking off tabs and trimming the opening. Maybe there is not a better option, I really didn't spend any time looking into it. So all in all it's ok! If you get this kit be prepaired to spend a few minutes cutting and trimming to make it work.

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Be prepared for some work!

Written by: Tim from Phillips, ME on April 8, 2011

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If you order a double din head unit and get this install kit, be prepared to do some very delicate work. The trim plate that goes around the face of the radio does not fit correctly! You will have to very carefully file or cut some material from the top and bottom to get the unit to fit.

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A little confusing

Written by: Herb S. from longmont, CO on February 11, 2011

2007 Ford F-350
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It was a little confusing at first a lot of tabs to break off and if you get the wrong one your hosed. But with a little effort and reread the instructions it is easy enough.

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American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: jason from stokesdale, nc on January 19, 2011

2004 Mercury Monterey
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Easy to use, instructions were clear. just one thing, in the Mercury Monterey minivan we had to adjust the positioning of the kit before tighten to allow the stock trim plate to snap into proper position.

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American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written by: Chad from Dallas Tx. on March 21, 2009

2005 Ford F-350
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Great product. Made for a very easy install.

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Focus Dash Kit

Written by: Dean from North Syracuse, NY on January 19, 2009

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
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This Kit allowed the Pioneer AVHP4000DVD to fit perfectly in the dash. Installation looks just like a factory system. Only issue was that I couldn't use BOTH of the mounting screws on each side between player and bracket as they interfered with sliding the system into the dash. However player is held snug between screw on each side and tang on kit. All 4 screws between kit and dash were sustituted with ones with larger heads to spread the pressure over the plastic (personal choice).

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Cannot Flush Mount Receiver

Written by: Damion from Wichita, KS on September 13, 2008

2005 Ford Focus ZX4
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I installed My Clarion MAX685BT flush with my dash with this kit and realized that i could not get the face to rotate down for disc access. The kit prevented the face plate from rotating. The flush with the dash look was factory perfect but I had to reconfigure. Now, the receiver sticks out from my dash and it looks like an amature install. The more and more I look at it, more I'm leaning on sending the entire package back. I spoke with the support folks and sent in pics of the install and they informed me that there was nothing more I could do, unless I wanted to forfeit my disc access. So I would recommend that you purchase a receiver that has a front disc access with no rotation if you are going to use this kit.

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Download the American International FMK-542 Dash Kit manual

  • Radio housing
  • 2 Brackets
  • Installation Instructions

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Why did you buy this?

Recommended install kit. [ Jeff  Jul 08, 2016 ]
For a perfect fit in my dash. [ JOHN  Jul 04, 2016 ]
This will fit the aftermarket head unit to the factory hole size in the dash. [ JAMES  Jun 04, 2016 ]
fit my vehicle [ Laura  May 12, 2016 ]
Required for a proper installation [ Steve  Apr 22, 2016 ]
Compatible with my existing Kenwood deck, to install into my new (to me) F350 [ TIM  Mar 12, 2016 ]
One of the main reasons I shop Crutchfield. Free gear and easy install. Whoever thinks they can't install a car stereo, they are wrong. The simplified instructions Crutchfield provides is an absolute must have. Been shopping with them since 1991 (out of the catalog and mail back then). [ DWAYNE  Mar 02, 2016 ]
Required for the install. [ Ikon Landscape,  Feb 26, 2016 ]
It was recommended [ Brian  Feb 09, 2016 ]
Makes installation easy. [ MICHAEL J  Feb 06, 2016 ]
Clean [ william gerstenmeier  Dec 23, 2015 ]

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I really don't know...I was using it only on a double size radio, and I no longer have that car, so I can't even look for you. Best of luck! [ Todd  Mar 08, 2016 ]
or just break with fingers [ Jordan  Jan 09, 2016 ]
Hack saw blade. [ KEVIN  Mar 28, 2014 ]
I clipped them off at the base of the tab with a pair of wire cutters. You could also probably bend them back and forth with a pair of pliers until they yield. [ CHRIS  Mar 28, 2014 ]
I took a pair of wire cutters (dikes) to cut off the tabs. [ ADAM  Mar 28, 2014 ]
I just bent them over and they snapped off [ STEVE  Mar 28, 2014 ]
With a electric hot knife, a dremal, or a pair of pliers. If you use pliers just be careful. Rock the tabs back and forth till the break off. You can also use a pair of wire cutters if the allow for flush cut. [ MATTHEW  Mar 28, 2014 ]
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