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American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

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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.

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5 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, Southaven,MS on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Fit like a glove . Made install very easy .
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4 out of 5

Good Fit

Written By CMal, Ohio on Friday, September 12, 2014
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Nice fit, easy to use
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5 out of 5

American International FMK542 in-dash receiver Kit

Written By Harold, Lorain, Ohio on Monday, June 30, 2014
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Great product for the money
Pros:
Easy installation
Cons:
Did not fine any
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5 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, champaign, il on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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worked perfectly for my double din
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3 out of 5

Universal

Written By Jam, WA on Sunday, April 27, 2014
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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.
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1 out of 5

Not impressed

Written By WillS, S.E. Idaho on Monday, April 21, 2014
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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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4 out of 5

Easy, peasy!

Written By Todd C, Woodbridge, VA on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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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
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5 out of 5

The Cat's A--!

Written By Marine223, Florida on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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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!
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5 out of 5

American International FMK-542 In-dash Receiver Kit

Written By johnl2, Tobyhanna, PA on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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Worked perfect, no problems at all. Fit perfectly into my Ford F350 PSD
Pros:
Fit perfect.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Works great!

Written By Kevin K, Stanfield NC on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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Easy to install,fits like it should,looks factory
Pros:
Fits my truck dash great,looks like a factory part.
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5 out of 5

PERFECT

Written By Tracy, United States on Monday, February 10, 2014
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Works like its suppose to. No problem!
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5 out of 5

Didn't really use.

Written By Natalie, United States on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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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.
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3 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, Kentucky on Saturday, January 25, 2014
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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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5 out of 5

DASH INSTALLATION KIT

Written By Steven, Wellington, Fl. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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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.
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4 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By JacobChBE, Atlanta, GA on Monday, January 13, 2014
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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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5 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, rockmart gas 30153 on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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Easy to follow directions an looks better than factory
Pros:
Everything
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, Griffin, GA on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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A little confusing about which tabs to remove but worked great!
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5 out of 5

Great fit

Written By Anonymous, North Dakota on Monday, December 16, 2013
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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
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2 out of 5

Inadequate Instructions

Written By oliver3, Canton, MI on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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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.
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4 out of 5

Did The Job

Written By Bryan, Washington, IL on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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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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5 out of 5

Worked perfectly

Written By MitchH, Livingston, MT on Thursday, August 15, 2013
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Fit Ford F250 just fine
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5 out of 5

GREAT FIT

Written By Kyle W., Portland, TN on Friday, August 02, 2013
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Fits and looks great!
Pros:
Great fit and looks
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5 out of 5

Great for 2006 F250

Written By Eric, Jefferson, GA on Monday, July 08, 2013
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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?
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5 out of 5

Perfect fit

Written By Anonymous, Reno, NV on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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not much to say but everything fit perfectly
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5 out of 5

perfect fit

Written By ms, monroe la on Monday, June 10, 2013
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perfect fit on f250
Pros:
fits and supplied at no extra charge
Cons:
none
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3 out of 5

dash kit 2006 ford f250

Written By randy, dfw, teXAS on Monday, May 27, 2013
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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
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4 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By pelkey, New Gloucester, Maine on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Easy to use, looks good in the dash.
Cons:
Cutting off the unused tabs was kind of a pain, but that's what Dremel tools are for.
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5 out of 5

Nice fit

Written By Bobby, Mass on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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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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4 out of 5

Be careful and you'll be fine.

Written By Chris, Appleton, WI on Saturday, April 13, 2013
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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.
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5 out of 5

Good product

Written By Jeff, Memphis TN on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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As always great product from Crutchfield.
Pros:
Perfect fit
Cons:
Always have to many tabs to cut off.
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5 out of 5

car dash receiver kit

Written By kevinj, Dundalk,Md. on Monday, March 25, 2013
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EASY INSTALL GREAT INSTRUCTIONS
Pros:
EASY INSTALL.FITS PERFECT
Cons:
NONE
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2 out of 5

Cheap and flimsy

Written By Anonymous, Palatka, Fl on Saturday, March 02, 2013
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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
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3 out of 5

Cheap, basic, universal bracket

Written By Dan, Santa Clarita, CA on Wednesday, January 02, 2013
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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.
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4 out of 5

It Fit Both the JVC Receiver and the Ford Focus

Written By "Biker" Jeff, Benton City, WA on Sunday, December 09, 2012
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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.
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1 out of 5

Mounting kit FMK542 does not fit the JVC-KWR900BT

Written By Terry, Lenoir City, TN on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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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
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4 out of 5

"universal" Ford install kit

Written By TRhone, Bellingha, WA on Monday, October 22, 2012
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"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
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1 out of 5

Ford install kit

Written By BryanG, Kenosha on Monday, August 06, 2012
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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
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3 out of 5

Does the trick, but flimsy

Written By JeffH, Mahomet, IL on Sunday, July 15, 2012
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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
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1 out of 5

Low Quality, Generic, Poor finish

Written By BC, St. Pete Beach, FL on Thursday, June 28, 2012
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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
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1 out of 5

Ford in dash receiver kit

Written By Anonymous, Pa on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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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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2 out of 5

First view thought was CHEAP.

Written By Lostie, Missouri on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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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
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5 out of 5

Looks Professional!

Written By SK, Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, May 06, 2012
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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!
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4 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By Hari, Fairfax, VA on Monday, April 30, 2012
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It fit my Ford 2004 Freestar well. Instructions were good.
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5 out of 5

Perfect Fit

Written By Frankie, Tennessee on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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Fit as advertized. Made the installation simple and seamless
Pros:
Everything
Cons:
Nothing
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4 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By Greg, Tampa, FL on Tuesday, 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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2 out of 5

It's ok.....

Written By TT, Seattle, WA on Monday, June 13, 2011
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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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3 out of 5

Be prepared for some work!

Written By Tim, Phillips, ME on Friday, April 08, 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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4 out of 5

A little confusing

Written By Herb S., longmont, CO on Friday, February 11, 2011
 
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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4 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By jason, stokesdale, nc on Wednesday, January 19, 2011
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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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5 out of 5

American International FMK-542 Dash Kit

Written By Chad, Dallas Tx. on Saturday, March 21, 2009
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Great product. Made for a very easy install.
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4 out of 5

Focus Dash Kit

Written By Dean, North Syracuse, NY on Monday, January 19, 2009
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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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2 out of 5

Cannot Flush Mount Receiver

Written By Damion, Wichita, KS on Saturday, September 13, 2008
 
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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1 question already asked

How do you remove extra tabs? [ Roland  Mar 27, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • 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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