American International FMK-550 Dash Kit
Fits select 1995-up Ford, Lincoln, Mazda, and Mercury vehicles — single-DIN radios
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Item #: 003FMK550
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The American International FMK-550 kit allows you to install a single-DIN (2" 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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This adapter cut the install time I had allocated in half. Fit and finish look like a pro did itT
Pros: worth every cent.
This is a great kit that has almost everything you need with exception of experience using it. Part of the instructions are incomplete for some installations and the back support does not work well because it interferes with the stereo. The easy fix for the back support is using the existing one from the radio you are replacing if that is what you're doing.
Pros: Parts to allow almost any installation configuration
Cons: Inadequate instructions. Fitting parts and some installation details are missing.
Looks good and easy to use
Pros: Worked well and looks good
Easy to install and fits very well....kinda cheaply made plastic.
Cons: Cheap plastic feels like in cold weather the pocket will break with little force. I havnt had an issue but I can see this breaking if not careful.
Fits well, but the unit came assembled w/ a piece attached that should not have been. There were no instructions telling me to pull the unit apart first, yet this is what I had to do.
Pros: Excellent fit
Cons: Instructions should be clearer.
Overall it's an ok product. There was an obvious flaw in the plastic from the manufacturer. Called Crutchfield and they stood behind the product and sent me a replacement ASAP. Very happy with customer service.
Pros: Easy to install Product backed by Crutchfield
Cons: Problem out of the package. First time it's happened, don't think it's a pattern.
remove tabs? good thing i had a HACKSAW handy. do not use factory radio din. use the plastic mounts that screw to the radio. it a much sturdier way to mount your new radio. pictures would have made it much faster. i had to disassemble and really look at how it was going together.
Pros: it works
Cons: you need it
Fit great and was a snap to install.
Pros: Easy of use
Great mount. Fast and easy install instructions. It also gave a nice little shelf below it.
Pros: Fast and easy.
It did what it was supposed to do. Too much wasted though. I barely used any of it...
Everyone wants a perfect fit without having to do any hacking on their dash. I only had to file the sides a little bit on my 2005 Ford Escape.
Pros: Super Easy!
Cons: Slight filing but not a big deal - it took literally 30 seconds.
Easy to install. Perfect fit.
Pros: Nice shelf above receiver to put remote/glasses.
Perfect fit for my 1998 Ford van. Biggest challenge was putting together the parts of the dash kit. Fits tight & made for a perfect install of the Sony CDX-GT570UP stereo.
Pros: Quick way to make a standard stereo look like a professional install
Easy to follow instructions with a perfect fit. It looks like it is oem !
Perfect fit into a 1999 Ford Explorer. Assembly of the side brackets was tricky, and the instructions were no help at all, but when all was done, it was solid and fit.
Pros: Great fit & Finish
Cons: Tricky to assemble the side brackets - they are plastic, and will break if forced, yet pressure must be applied to get them to snap into place. The instructions gave no info how to do this - had to guess from the pictures (good thing I've assembled a bunch of model cars).
Uncanny how well this unit fit my radio hole. Made installation a breeze and looks professionally great.
Looks good. Fit well.
Does the job it needs to do but it is cheaply made and flimsy. Comes with multiple mounting options.
Made the installation a breeze.
Pros: Worked very well.
Pros: Worked Perfect
Fit the space from the original stereo nicely, mounted the stereo properly, looks good.
Pros: Fit the space from the factory stereo nicely, no adjusting needed. Looks good.. Seems quite solid.
I've had better universal radio mounts but this one was free with my purchase what more can you ask for
Pros: It works
Cons: Doesn't really hold in position in my ranger 100% correctly
Worked with modifications
Pros: It fit
Cons: Instructions needed to be studied thoroughly
Crutchfield Knows Car Stereos. The Dashboard Kit was Very Easy to install and looks Great. The Pocket comes in handy for storing the Remote Control.
Pros: Easy to Put together and Install. Great Fit for my Vehicle.
simple and easy to install....
Pros: looks like it came from factory.
This kit fit very well in my 98 Explorer, I could not be happier!
As always, these dash install kits are great! I've installed one on my dad's F250, one just recently on my F350 and will be installing one soon in my wife's F250. VERY easy to install comes with instructions if needed for your first time installing the kit. On a difficulty scale of 1-10 it's a 0.01. I will only buy from Crutchfield, have been a long time customer and still coming back.
Pros: VERY quick and easy to install, comes with all parts necessary to install.
Bought this for the installation of my new Pioneer head unit in my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport. Easy to follow instructions. Perfect fit
Pros: Factory fit No trimming necessary
Excellent Product. Prefect Fit. Looks like it came in the car.
Pros: Easy to assemble. Versatile for any style radio.
Cons: None that I encountered.
fits great, looks great
Pros: fits great, looks great
fits right looks good simple
Pros: good fit easy install
Simple and straight forward, fit perfectly, not much more I can say.
Pros: Fits perfect, looks good, easy to use
Fits like a glove and looks like an OEM install.
Pros: Easy fit
Cons: Had to use the trim bracket that came with the radio instead of the one thst came with the dash kit as it was very difficult to remove the trim piece and I could not snap it back in once the radio was in place.
As always Crutchfield comes thru with the right parts to make m u installation easy.
Pros: Clear instructions
I installed this in a 2004 Ford Excursion. The dashboard trim piece is held in place by 2 screws above the factory radio and a bunch of spring clips. This is held in by 6 spring clips That Can Only Be Released From The Back. So if you install this with the 2 screws in place, there is no way to remove either the trim panel or the radio without breaking something. After install, I realized the best install is probably to put the storage area above the aftermarket radio and drill access holes for the dash screws, which can then be accessed with an offset screwdriver.
Pros: Fits well.
Cons: Instructions/warnings/options incomplete.
Parts came as advertised and installation was no problem, Thanks
This unit worked in my 2008 Ford Ranger perfectly. I've read other reviews that claim it "didn't fit" their Ranger, and that it was "wobbly" after installation. It says on the FIRST PAGE of the instructions for this that you have to file down a couple plastic fit nubs that are required for other model cars in order to use this unit in a Ford Ranger. It took about 1 minute to file them off and it installed with no wobble. READ THE DIRECTIONS, PEOPLE!
It has everything you need to install your stereo. Simple for even the beginner.
Pros: Ease of use.
I've installed 6 Pioneer receivers in various of our family's cars, all bought from Crutchfield and all installed using the supplied installation kits. This is the first one I've had a problem with . The (heavy) Ford factory CD unit is supported at its lower edge by a nylon "slider" that rides on a "track" in the dash. This mounting kit includes a piece that should provide this function BUT it cannot be fitted to Pioneer head unit I bought (there is no place on the Pioneer to attach it). It took me a few hours of "chair and stare" to figure out how to re-purpose the factory support for use with the new Pioneer unit. Very unlike Crutchfield-supplied install kits to leave me in a bind like this. It all works fine now but the delay and fiddly work involved was annoying.
Pros: Very complete kit. Thorough, well-written instructions
Cons: Critical rear support as supplied could not be used with the Pioneer head unit I bought.
how crazy excited can you get about an install kit. It worked pretty good, we had a few problems getting it in right but eventually figured it out. not the best directions.
Pros: it fit
Cons: it took several tries to get it in correctly, and we had to "rig" it behind the dash
The instructions are missing a few of the finer details. You can figure it out by trial and error however. Installation was for an early 2000 Ford Ranger.
Pros: Pretty cheap considering most kits go for $15+. Matched my radio and dash pretty well.
Cons: Some of the plastic tabs that is supposed to hold the radio in the dash broke off before I could get it into the dash, making it useless for actually keeping the radio in the dash. Cheap plastic or maybe due to being made to fit multiple vehicles, who knows. Had to use the mounting sleeve on the radio to keep the radio in the dash.
Fit well, stronger than it appears, did not need any adapters for 2004 Ford F150 Heritage
Pros: good fit
Looks good. Easy to install.
Pros: Easy and attractive
After getting the wires all set up, My friend and I sat there for 30 more minutes trying to make the pieces fit, but in the end we simply used half of what was there. Literally half of the mounting side pieces.
Pros: It worked out well in the end. Tight fit.
Cons: Too universal.
Since the old kit somehow broke and I needed to replace the it, I was glad that there was still a few around. Did a reinstall with the new kit and it fit like a glove, with the helper bracket that I should have used to help the back of the radio be supported and slide on the factory rail.
Pros: fits in the same opening as the old one.
Cons: Doesn't fit the dash contour, but it does fit. instructions are a bit confusing as to break off one of the tabs. I think that it would make it weaker as to staying in the dash.
The instructions were like they were written in a foreign country and the product built and in USA
Pros: Good USA built and designed product
Cons: Incomplete instructions installing a second unit would be a snap now that i figured it out on my ownCrutchfield response on July 13, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our tech support teams right away. They can help you solve the problem and get the stereo installed and working! Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Everything was plug and play, self-explanatory and worked like a charm!
Cons: I wish the little tray was a little bit deeper to fully place my iPhone 5 in longways, but it's just a preference. Still works just fine.
This process was very simple. complete installation of new stereo took less than an hour and that includes setting it up. this kit really was easy enough for a first time installer to do with no problems.
Pros: easy install,
Cons: no problems
Great fit and finish for the Ford 2002 Expedition. Comes with everything you need.
Pros: Great fit and finish Everything needed is included
Very nice fit. Almost doesn't look like a bracket was used.
Pros: Very nice looking Convenient pocket for storage
Cons: Vehicle instructions could use some improvements
Very easy install and looks good in the dash
Pros: Very easy install and looks good in the dash
Cons: You have to bend the tabs in pretty hard to make sure the radio is secure. It works well, but is loose if you don't do it right.
All the parts worked and there were no problems installing this item with the radio
Pros: Worked perfectly
I gave it 4 stars because in the end it generally worked, looks fine in place in the dash and was FREE with my order.
I didn't give it 5 stars because in my application (2002 Ford Ranger) the built in cubby slot is useless as anything you put in it will fly right back out the moment you accelerate forward. Also, I never was able to get it to fully latch into place in the dash even after removing the "nubs". That said, it solidly stays in place even while driving faster than normal over extremely rough terrain (plowed field, washboard surface gravel roads with potholes,...). So all in all I'm not really complaining even with its shortcomings.
Pros: As already mentioned.
Cons: As already mentioned.
Dash kit worked well with my install for the Apline unit I purchased.
Pros: Easy to follow instructions, multiple uses
Cons: Felt a little flimsy and cheap
worked good 2007 Crown Vic.
Pros: worked good
Cons: you need a saw for cutting off the 2 tabs not needed .
The trim kit worked as described and created a very snug fit for my head unit. Thanks again Crutchfield for the precise products and outstanding customer service. I would recommend this product or any other product like this one to anyone who needs it.
Overall good quality. I would have given 5 stars except I was a little annoyed that it was not a complete kit. For my vehicle the instructions say to use a piece of backstrap to secure the head unit. Like I should just have a piece lying around... Maybe a professional install shop would, not the average DIY consumer.
Pros: Fit nicely and looks good.
Cons: Missing back-strap, so the unit is loose until you can get some.
Made the install of the JVC unit easy and fast. Plain and simple it works great and as designed.
Pros: Works great, can be adapted to several units, easy to follow the instructions.
fit well.minor mods required
Pros: looks good,fit well
Instructions included and they were easy to understand. Didn't need anything extra and simply had to cut off two plastic ears for my F350 Ford.
Pros: Fit Very well - liked it a lot. Included for free with the stereo purchase. Better than amazoo for the price!
Cons: Tight fit, but not impossible!
Fit perfectly into my 2004 F350 XLT. Don't even have to remove any dash pieces. I would recommend using the metal cage with your headunit so you can remove the unit if you need to. The included mounts snap into place making it difficult to remove later on if needed.
Pros: Easy install. Looks good.
Really great item. Works really well and looks super clean. Instructions were easy to ready and part was easy to install. Would recomend to all my friends
It fits 02 mounty
Easy to install and made the dash look nice with the new Kenwood deck installed.
Pros: Easy install.
Cons: Not a huge fan of the marbled plastic look, but it isn't bad.
Mostly fine but did not have correct part for rear support. Looks great in dash.
Pros: Good looks. Face plate looks stock. Snapped right in, tight fit.
Cons: Incorrect rear support part.
This worked fine for me but it is plastic and while I can't complain I can't praise it either. Although I do like the pocket.
Cons: Black plastic is the only option.
It was a close fit for a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis. Looks good.
Pros: Looks good.
Cons: Not a perfect fit. Needed adjusting.
Perfect fit in my '09 Ranger. Just had to use the factory support clip on the back, and it took a little finesse to get it maneuvered into the hole.
Pros: Perfect fit.
Cons: Didn't know what to do with the extra parts so I mailed them to my senile Aunt Beatrice in Saskatchewan. She did not have any success in using them as cat toys.
Perfect fit for my 2003 F350. Made installing a single din radio a snap. Small storage box could be on top or bottom in this application.
Pros: Fit well, reversible
This adaptor plate works... I am simply glad they still had this for such an old car as mine. It not perfect and you need to fiddle with it a bit but it simply does the job of adapting the newer radios to these old ford style 2 din openings.
Pros: I was able to put in the radio I wanted. Very cheap in cost.
Cons: Its not a perfect fit as it uses simple plastic molded clips along the edge to hold it into the original opening. Some clips would not grab leaving the adaptor plate moveable. I found that I was able to push down more of the din sleeve tabs for the radio itself and they grabbed onto the original opening in the spots that needed to be secured.
Fit perfectly in my 2002 Town Car even better than a previous version of the product I had from four years ago.
Pros: Looks great and had no problem installing.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Pros: Easy install
Great kit, easy to use but, follow the master sheet because the kit comes with extra pieces that might not be necessary for the vehicle it's being installed in.
Pros: Easy to install fits great.
Cons: Instructions with the kit were a little confusing but, the master sheet was helpful.
The kit is not really compatible with a 2010 ford ranger truck dash. The instructions were completely wrong and the soft plastic prongs broke as I followed the directions to install. The plastic side pieces wouldn't fit, and the metal sleeve did not have bendable prongs in the right places to secure it to the plastic frame. The cheap plastic prongs broke on the main frame. .A call to tech support informed me to install it completely backwards from the printed instructions. I did, but the install is not secure. This is a truck, and it needs a positive attachment, not ill fitting plastic prongs.
Pros: It's black.
Cons: Does not hold radio in dash. Install instructions completely wrong for the ranger.
It worked great. The documentation didn't indicate that you needed to remove the trim cover before inserting the radio in its frame. That made me scratch my head for five minutes or so... but it worked fine.
used kit on 2000 ford F 250. this kid is a generic single din kit that replaces a dual din. although the kit fit inside the space needed for the stereo I was not pleased and would not order again after hafting to modify the mounting for the stereo. I would still recommend purchasing connectors and stereos from Crutchfield, however in this situation the mounting kit was too generic and did not fulfill my needs correctly.
Cons: Too generic for proper mounting in all vehicles it covers.
Fit right in the factory opening
Pros: Good fit and easy to use
Cons: can't seem to think of any
It worked fine so far.
Pros: It does the job.
Easy to use.
Pros: Slide in easy install. Even has a storagecshelf for iPod.
Cons: Instructions a little vague.
Cheap plastic. Had to make a small cut to get it to fit. Snaps into place, but the side clips are small and don't really hold all that great. The rear support sticks up into where the radio goes, so its either cut it off or leave it off. The small little cubby space just looks like a dust collector.
Pros: It works, sort of.
Cons: If there was an alternative I'd buy it.
The kit got here super fast !!! then it made the installation easy & looks great!!!!
Pros: FIT GREAT & EASY !!!
Everything fit perfectly without "tweaking" or modification. There are no gaps or any misalignment. As with any kit that fits multiple applications, the instructions need to be read carefully.
Pros: Perfect fit and good instructions
Fit perfectly and instruction were very helpful.
Pros: Fits and easy
The package of installment parts was complete, fit perfectly, would do it again.
Pros: all the parts fit very well
Cons: instructions were a little difficult to understand.
MAKE THE INSTALL EASY AND FAST
Great accessory. Exact size and was very easy to use
Pros: made the replacing of stereos a breeze
Great, except no screw for the rear of the receiver to mount the slide deal.
Cons: Need metric thread screw for rear of receiver.
The main bracket was snapped in half when I took the parts out of bag. Would send it back, but 10.00 bucks to ship back a cheap part, I don't think so.
Cons: Not able to use, received bracket brokenCrutchfield response on March 23, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our customer service or tech support teams right away. In this case we would've sent out a replacement free of charge.
This was my easiest installation yet. It basically just snapped into my son's Grand Marquis.
Pros: Quick and easy
Cons: The instruction could be better
Good Fit, Good price, Quick shipping,
Pros: Just what I needed for my F-250 aftermarket stereo.
Cons: The Instructions Are Terrible......Also removal tool should be included.
Install kit made it very easy to install with the supplied instructions. Delivery was way quicker than expected too thanks Crutchfield
Pros: Affordable, made of sturdy plastic, has everything you need for easy install.
Cons: None to speak of
Installed into a 1999 F350. Simple, fit perfectly, good build quality. No complaints!
Makes installation a breeze.
Pros: Everything you need to do the job
Worked just like advertised. Again very easy install.
Pros: Worked correctly.
This install kit is a must have! installation of my new stereo was quick and easy. subwoofer adaper made installatio a snap. Directions could be a bit better.
Pros: Made installation of stereo easy.
Cons: instructions could be better
This installation bezel does fit (Ranger pickup) very nicely, looks great. The actual final push in of the unit to clip it in took much more force that I thought. It just wouldn't clip in the opening with a normal push. I finally pushed really hard, thinking I would break it, and it finally clipped in place. Once that was done it looked great. I wasn't sure how many of the nubs to grind off for the Ranger pickup, there were a few more nubs than shown on the diagram. The bezel had a removable faceplate that wasn't addressed in the instructions. My Sony radio bezel was used instead, but either would have worked.
Pros: Converts double din to single din. Fits well.
Cons: Instructions a bit lacking, but good enough to get through it.
Better than some I've used
Pros: fits snug
Fit like it came directly from Ford.
Pros: OEM fit.
Was great after a call to Crutchfield to find out about an extra Ring a plastic that had to be removed
Pros: good fit
Cons: Extra ring of plastic not in instructions that had to be removed
Fits like a glove. Easy installation
Directions were OK - could have been clearer. Fit nicely after I removed my old radio. Would have liked for it to have been constructed of a bit heavier thickness plastic as I was afraid I might break it during installation.
Pros: Good price Fit well
Cons: Bit on the flimsy side Instructions could have been better
Perfect fit on the install kit an Crutchfield Customer Service is second to none!!
Pros: Easy installion and instructions
This fit Perfectly in my 2003 F 150 installed in under 2 minutes and looks like it came stock
Pros: Perfect Fit and easy installation
Very simple to install. little pocket covers the remaining gap nicely.
Easy kit to install. was able to snap it right in. had to tweek it a little to make the din radio to be stable but was simple.
This worked perfect for my 2001 Ford Expedition, Eddie Bauer. The Kit fit my vehicle perfectly and the radio fit the kit perfectly. No problems. I did have to cut off the tabs, as per the instructions, but the kit fit as advertised
Pros: Perfect fit, and free with my radio purchase
Cons: No Cons
Super easy install with this kit. Fit perfect and looks great!
Pros: Great fit
Fit my 2002 Ford F-150 as advertised, looks good and like the pocket for my phone
Pros: Looks good, nice fit
the adaptor did not fit radio oening too small it took a lot of work to make opening larger so radio would fit when finished it looked good in dash
Cons: wrong adaptor for radio
Pros: Easy installation
Cons: Instructions could be a little better
Made the installation go smoothly.
Pros: Great fit
Fits perfect. Very clean, factory looking install.
In my F-150, it fits perfectly, better than factory!
Pros: perfect fit!
Pros: Nothing too complicated
Cons: Didn't notice any cons
It gets the job done.
Cons: Can be a little difficult to install folowing the instructions and depending on vehicle type.
This particular kit didn't fit the Pioneer Radio I bought. Unless there is another version, I will be returning the radio. This would have been the 7th radio I have installed using this kit and all the others have been super easy.
Pros: Super easy to use when the radio fits.
Cons: Not so easy to use when the radio doesn't fit!
Easy to install once you fully understand the instructions. Instructions need more detail for each specific application. Needs a easy way to remove it. Good quality.
Pros: Does what it is designed to do.
Cons: Instructions need more detail.
It worked well and is holding my new radio solidly in the dash. The instructions were a little confusing, but with the help of Crutchfield's instructions, I was able to figure out how to us it. The two mouse ears at the top were problem to remove.
Pros: It works and looks great.
Cons: Confusing directions, and some minor difficulty modifying the main piece.
worked like it was suppose to
Pros: looks good in the dash.
Cons: instructions were confusing ,cheep plastic but it was a perfect fit.
All the bases were covered. Great kit
Pros: Everything was included. "Good job". Very easy to install.
The product was OK in and of itself and I'm sure it works on some cars/radios, but I got it as part of a package deal with my radio. While it fit the car just fine, the radio that it was shipped with didn't fit. So I had to buy another mounting bracket for my Ford Explorer. More Crutchfield's fault than the bracket's.
Pros: fit the car just fine.
Cons: bracket didn't really match the finish of the dashboard on my Ford Explorer. Didn't fit the radio it was shipped with.
Third install with this brand and have satisfied each time.
Pros: Best installation kit Money can buy. Great price, good quality (when compared to other brands).
Fits the slot just perfect. Had to call only twice for instructions.
Pros: Great fit. Looks like it's always been there.
Cons: The printed instructions where not complete for my vehicle. I only had to call tech support twice to ask a question.
Fit was perfect, very simple strait forward, looks great!
Cons: Not sure about measurement for rear slide mount so matched it up with old radio for the correct height.
It's alway great to deal with Crutchfield. These products are easy to use and look great
easy to install
Pros: looks great
This was the install kit for a Kenwood Excelon KDC-X598 in a 97 Crown Victoria. It eventually worked very well. The instructions with this were fairly basic and minimal which made it more difficult to install for a beginner. It was only due to past tinkering abilities that I was able to install using this unit.
Cons: Instructions are not that clear. Crutchfield didn't seem to provide extra instructions to make this easier for my car, unless i missed them. I would suggest Crutchfield create a PDF instruction set for this that matches the receiver and automobile, if they have time.
Perfect fit into dash. Looks like factory install.
Everything included to make for a easy install.
Pros: Great Fit.
Easy fit, looks clean after install
Pros: Easy install
This is a great mounting system to upgrade the interior of your vehicle.
Pros: The instructions for how it fits different cars was clearly labeled
Cons: There is nothing bad about this kit
So easy to prepare and install
Pros: Good directions!
Ultimately everything worked out fine and it was an easy install, after I got more information. Crutchfield Tech Support is pretty awesome, too. But this adapter--it's like the instruction think they flow easily from one task to the next, but they really don't. For instance, it does not say to put it all together and put the radio in it before putting it in the dash. I thought, logically, you put the adapter kit in, and then hook the wires up, and then push the radio in. If you try to do it like that, the adapter is loose, and I thought there was something wrong. I think it's because the instructions cover all possible vehicles that can use it, but still, some clarity would have saved me a lot of frusttration
Pros: Awesome, clean fit. looks good.
Cons: Needs to have more clearly written instructions.
this thing is cool. Makes it very easy to install an aftermarket radio. And it gave me a little bit more storage underneath the radio. Perfect to hold my remote control.
Pros: fits perfectly into an econo line 150
Pros: Fit perfectly
Very, very easy! Looks factory.
Pros: Easy to install.
Pros: Fit first time
Made my install extremely easy!
Pros: Easy to install. Durable. Great quality. Looks good.
Incredible product, the easiest radio I have ever put into a car! Simple and just as the rep from Crutchfield explained it!
Pros: Ease of installation
Because the instructions were not clear, regarding trimming kit to fit, I ended up trimming off the wrong pieces. Not only does the kit not fit right (screen is pivoted up and gets major glare) even if I got it t to fit, will now not 'lock' into dash. Not my first time installing a head unit.
Pros: Pre assembly was easy
Cons: Instruction regarding trimming to fitCrutchfield response on August 27, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
Kit snapped in to my 2003 F150 with a great, snug fit. Positional wise it is a little low in the stock opening (a small gap at the top, slightly under the bezel beneath). Perhaps if it were mounted with the shelf above the unit it would be positioned better, but I put the shelf below the unit.
Pros: Snug, snap in fit
Cons: A little low
kit worked great in 99 Expedition
Pros: easy to install, good solid plastic. No cutting required.
Made the install super easy and with it free with the stereo makes it even nicer.
Installed it with no issues, the cubby is great idea, just a little bit of a non slip rubber mat in it and done
Pros: Easy Cubby hole
I purchased the kit to install a used radio for my 99 Ford F-150. Even though my radio was older and discontinued, Crutchfield had the specs on the radio and were able to match the radio, kit and truck. The kit and the included directions were very easy to use. The radio fits perfectly with this kit.
Pros: The directions and kit were very easy to use. My 14 year old daughter and I had the old radio out and the new one installed in under an hour.
This product made the radio installation a breeze. I would highly recommend this product. I have used other brands from other stores, but this one was easy to use and there was no confusion on what parts and pieces to use.
Main appearance bezel fit properly and looks good. All the little pieces associated with fitting the new radio into bezel did not fit well/ tight. I ultimately gave up and until I have more time to make this install correct.
Pros: Nice fit of the appearance bezel. Looks factory.
Cons: Not actual pictures to assist installation, only drawings.
Wow, worked very well, instructions were Very clear, had one issue, and called Tech support 5 sec's I was done, just miss read the instructions! again, very simple!
Pros: Worked, and fit like a glove! awesome.
Very easy to install. Took less than 10 min. Fits a little snug. Could not get one side to pop in all the way.
Pros: Ease of installation
Cons: Could be removed with a pocket knife and your stereo could be stolen.
This was a cinch to install,...and to think I was going to pay a big box retailer to do it! ...Haha,... the only thing is the directions,... kinda cryptic if ya ask me,... didn't say anywhere in there that you need to discard the metal dash kit thing that came with the Sony radio,...took me awhile to figure that one out!!
I drilled a 5/8" hole in the rear of the "pocket" so as to feed the female USB from the rear of my unit,..now the iPod stays there and I can plug a thumb drive in on the face of the unit if I want..
Pros: Great for the price...free from Crutchfield with my purchase...
Cons: Revamp the install instructions please...
so universal its a tight squeeze into the spot for a crown vic.
I bought my 2002 Ford Expedition at an Insurance auction recently. The story behind my SUV is that it had been stolen from the previous owner and a "sound system" had been pulled out of the dash and back area by the thieves. The perpetrators destroyed the part of the dash board structure where the radio goes. I went to my local "Pick-Your-Part" and was able to find replacement parts. Now to match up the Ford dash parts to the American International FMK-550 In-dash Receiver Kit for a perfect fit. I sanded an eighth of an inch from the front square face of the dash bracket and then just needed to trim with a Dremel type tool, two small areas from the receiver kit. It all fit snug. to finish I epoxied the receiver kit to the dash bracket then install the radio sleeve. This has made for an extremely solid fit.
Pros: Overall the American International FMK-550 In-dash Receiver Kit was a good fit even without my adjustments. I was able to get "factory installed" results. Crutchfield's easy to follow installation guild was a real asset.
Cons: No negative aspects
Directions for installing this kit were vague, but a call to Crutchfield's expert tech line got me going in the right direction. Turns out that I didn't need several pieces for my install. (2003 Ford Explorer) Once everything was in, the install looked pretty clean. Thanks to Crutchfield's expert tech support !
Pros: Nice fit
Cons: Vague directions
The first one I received with my head unit was broken in shipment. It was promptly replaced by the folks at Crutchfield. The install was pretty straightforward, but the fit was less than great. The clips, or "barbs," that secure the mount do not latch at the bottom of the dash opening. The mount tends to move quite a bit; a little less once the head unit is in place. It was free, after all, and it seems to work OK and is not all that noticeable unless I really press a button harder than I should. I will probably be looking to replace this mount with something by Metra, but until then I'll make good use of the JVC remote. :o)
Pros: Low cost; easy installation
Cons: Poor fit, not secure; easily damaged
As usual with universal parts for multiple applications, the instructions are adequate, but just barely.
Pros: Installed okay with little drama.
Cons: The instructions for turning out the tabs on the receiver tray are inadequate.
Pros: Fit perfect
The kit was very simple to install in my 2003 crown Victoria. It comes with step by step model specific instructions. It accommodates the Sony explode receiver that I put in perfectly. My dash is whole once again thanks to the crutch field team.
Pros: It has a cubby whole that is big enough to store my iPhone in while I have it plugged in for radio apps or speaker phone.
Cons: The cubby whole is only able to fit on top of my radio when applied in my make and model.
find the page with your particular vehicles directions. installation is very simple. it just snaps in place in ford trucks. however thats its downfall as well, other than four little plastic tabs snapping it into place, nothing "secures" your radio in place.
Pros: fits well, looks good in dash
Cons: does't give you a "warm fuzzy" feeling that the radio is secured in the dash
I have used a few mounting kits from Crutchfield over the years and I think this one was probably the easiest of all of them to install.
Pros: Easy installation, several ways to vary depending on your vehicle.
Cons: None that I found
no pictures with instructions about assembly, when installing into car the slot on ar had to be modified to fit the kit.
Cons: instructions could include pictures
Not much to say here, once I got it figured out about 90% there was still something that didn't want to cooperate. Well, when all else fails, just beast mode. I did, whatever needed to snap off did and the unit was in nice and snug.
Pros: Perfect fit, no screws needed
Cons: the instructions did virtually nothing for me, not easy to understand but it works....and that's what matters.
easy to install, great fit, looks good,
Got this frame as part of a kit to install a new Sony head unit in my '03 Mustang. Very happy with the Sony and all the other install components except this bit. The instructions were not very clear (they were aimed at covering multiple models of vehicle without going into a lot of detail on any AND the printing was very faint and hard to read) and the individual parts just did not fit together as described. this is not my first time round the block at this sort of thing so i am quite prepared to consider i was doing something wrong but am pretty sure i wasn't. in any case, after a few modifications and tweaks (which the instruction suggest you might need to do without being specific) i was installed and does the job. Just ended up being a lot my difficult than expected,
Pros: Does the job of housing the stereo and provides a pocket/shelf for the iPod.
Cons: Poor instructions, needed modification, harder to install than expected.
Made installing my new radio in a Windstar easy. The kit that Crutchfield supplied worked great. Installed new radio completely in about 45 minutes.