American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Fits select 1990-2012 Honda and Acura models — single-DIN or shaft-style radios

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American International HON-K828

This American International HON-K828 kit allows you to install a single-DIN (2" tall) or shaft-style 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.

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Fits Like A Glove

Written By jjensena, Utah on Saturday, November 07, 2015

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Went in easy.

Pros: Fits Like A Glove

Cons: Some Assembly

Fits ... but instructions are awful

Written By Curtis S., Edmond, OK on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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The instructions for this product are awful. You are essentially left on your own to figure out how to install. I spent an hour trying to decipher how this went into my dash. Finally figured it out, and the product fit as expected. Decent instructions would've made the job faster and easier. Hire a tech writer for $15 bucks an hour, for God's sake!

Pros: Fit

Cons: Instructions

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By Jim, Florida on Sunday, October 25, 2015

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Some of the plastic seemed flimsy but didn't break during the installation. The directions need some work.

Cons: Directions

Cheap, flimsy, foreign Crap

Written By jsoc, California on Monday, October 19, 2015

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Can I give this a negative review? cheap, flimsy, VERY complicated, universal mounting kit. never did get it to work.. Do yourself a favor and go pick up a mounting kit made for your car when your radio arrives.. Crutchfield really blew their reputation when they started sending out this price of crap. Installation took a full day and kit never did fir right, then it broke in half.

Pros: Not a one.....oh wait, it was black.

Cons: everything

Crutchfield response on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Once we saw this review, our Customer Support team reached out to this customer. We provided a refund for this installation kit due to the problems with the installation, and our vehicle research team will reevaluate this kit.

2006 Honda Crv

Written By Jamie, Kansas City, MO on Sunday, October 04, 2015

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This kit made the installation process easy

Pros: Everything is color coordinated

Cons: No wire connectors with kit

Dash Kit

Written By Hov, New Hampshire on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Took a bit of checking and rechecking as to what I had to cut off for tabs. The instruction for the kit were bad. Had to use a dermal to cut off the extra tabs and had to do it carefully. I just checked it a few times to the existing bracket in my 2006 Honda CRV to get it right before I cut it. Used side mount screws in the head unit to hole the bracket in place before mounting in the car.

Pros: Worked

Cons: Lousy instructions.

Dash kit for 2002 Honda CR-V

Written By Richard, California on Saturday, September 05, 2015

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The radio "eventually" fit perfectly. The instructions were confusing which therefore caused a lot of delay because I didn't want to damage the kit. If you take your time and read read the instructions 5 times over it will finally make sense and install easily (at least it did in my CR-V)

Pros: Worked as advertised

Cons: Poor instructions

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By iceman, Hawaii on Friday, August 28, 2015

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installed in a 02 honda crv

Cons: flimsy, had to cut off a bunch of plastic tabs, arrived broken but was replaced with no hassle.

Plastic Dash Kit

Written By Bobby B, Florida on Monday, August 03, 2015

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Took me a while before the directions made sense. The plastic holds the receiver, but it is rather flimsy and you have to cut off all of these tabs are not used in at least my installation.

Pros: It works to hold the receiver.

Cons: Flimsy, el cheapo solution to mounting the new receiver in the dash.

Poor quality, cheap flimsy plastic

Written By Anonymous, Orange County, CA on Friday, July 10, 2015

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Installed this in my girlfriends 2005 Honda CRV-

Product came broken, the plastic trim that fits around the headunit was snapped in half on one side. I ended up glueing it and made it work, but the entire kit is made of cheap flimsy packaging. Also, having to remove the other tabs is a pain.

Does what its supposed to, but I would not buy this kit if there is other options.

Pros: Works, but not very snug.

Cons: -Broken plastic trim -Flimsy -Broken tabs

Dash installation kit

Written By Walker, Massachusetts on Sunday, July 05, 2015

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Makes the whole installation come together almost as good as factory.

Pros: Fits the vehicle nicely.

Cons: Some assembly required, but if you a do it yourself type of person it is easy.

Have Patience....

Written By NoviceInstaller, Michigan on Saturday, July 04, 2015

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This component was my worst ever experience with a Crutchfield product. The instructions were awful (manufacturer instructions - not Crutchfield's). These instructions were not clear for a specific vehicle. The fit/tolerancing was poor, also. Would give a zero or negative star, if available.

Pros: Finally got it to work

Cons: Took me an hour and a half to figure out what I needed to do. Removing "extra" tabs was painful - finally used angle grinder to grind them off.

it works.

Written By Neil, Indiana on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The worst aspect is the almost useless instructions. Beyond useless, in fact - they are disjointed, confusing and misleading. Most instructions have a section which pertains to all applications, then breaks down in tiers (no pun intended) that which pertains to individual applications. These instructions are broken down into individual operations, and require searching other parts of the instructions for sub-assembly instructions. Ultimately, I set them aside and started to fit the kit parts around the radio on my table until I found the ones that fit the best. Then I went to the part-modification page and removed the indicated tabs (that is the only clear part of the instructions), then fitted the parts around the head unit. After that, I didn't need the accursed instructions at all. Before all of the screws and clips are firmly attached, it is very flimsy. However, once it's tightened up, it is every bit as solid as the original radio fitment (Honda Elefent). It seems apparent that it is designed so that the radio itself is a structural element, rather than merely contained. Also, the single DIN radio is a lot lighter, so needs less structure to support. At least the larger side pieces snap onto the frame as well as held by screws. I added washers to the screws that hold the radio itself, so that the screw head wouldn't mash the plastic, which seemed to help.

Pros: It was free with the radio. Aside from light molding flash, there were no defects, and the quality seemed good. Not if I had to pay for it good, but definitely free good. It fit, after a fashion. It is very sturdy once fully assembled. I have no doubt that it'll be durable as well (assuming proper installation). It makes installation easier than using the old-fashioned metal finger-slicing dash bracket.

Cons: The instructions are more confusing than no instructions at all. The cargo pocket is smaller than there is room for it to be *though, this may be due to its one-size-fits-most nature* The face trim piece doesn't fit around the radio chassis, which leaves a gap between the radio face and dash bezel.

Honk828 car stereo mounting kit

Written By Gerry, Irving,tx on Monday, June 08, 2015

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This is really a tight fit or totally doesn't fit at best with MEX-N5100BT. Ended up buying a metra 99-7898 mounting kit instead.

Pros: None

Cons: Totally useless and poor build quality.

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By Greg3R, New Jersey on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Worked well but the slots for the side 'posts' had to be filed a bit larger to fit. Otherwise, great!


Written By Steph K, South Carolina on Friday, May 08, 2015

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It is cheaply made and falls apart while trying to assemble it. Once you do get it assembled, it falls apart when you slide the head unit in.

Pros: None.

Cons: The whole thing

Good product!

Written By Mel, Boston on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Perfect fit for my 2004 Honda CRV. Instructions were confusing and wrong for my car and radio. A quick call to Crutchfield awsered my questions.


Cons: Instructions were wrong.

great kit

Written By lc, Massachusetts on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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wow, great fit and good instructions. No problem with cutting and filing tabs, for the one size fits many. Did have to look and check and re-look, but it all made sense and worked out great.

Pros: great fit and finish. Made in USA, love it.

Cons: had to do some filing....and check a few times, the instructions, before cutting tabs..

kit may work

Written By Anonymous, Illinois on Sunday, March 29, 2015

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did not follow instructions to the letter,and had to modify the dash kit,combining it with my orginal installed radio parts.worked fine.the kit would have worked itself.

Pros: pictures show the look of the finished dash carefully

Cons: none

not very custom

Written By zwey, Texas on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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my impression of the Crutchfield reputation is that all the products in my order should be customized to each other and to my car. This mounting was customizable, but I had to do the work. I wanted a kit that was preconfigured for the radio I bought and for my car.

Pros: none

Cons: The tray/bin underneath is smaller than my Odyssey's original one, which was small enough as it is. This one is too small. The mounting tabs for my old tray, which had catch tabs for my old radio, did not work for my new radio. Otherwise I would've used my old tray.

Directions could be better

Written By JohnD, Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Parts did not go together as easily as hoped and it seemed too narrow for the Pioneer receiver. When screwed into vehicle it looks OK.

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By Gifutiger, California on Sunday, March 15, 2015

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You must read the instructions. For my Automobile almost everything had to be removed. i.e. all of the tabs needed to be removed and filed smooth. The instructions need to be separated apart for each auto. Manufacturing should make separate instruction for each auto instead of trying to combine all together. How much could it cost, I'd pay a little extra. I spent at least 5 hours trying to install, the HIGHLIGHTED everything that pertained to my vehicle then goterdone in less than 30 minutes.

Pros: Works well once you highlight the items in the instructions that pertain to your Automobile

Cons: Confusing instructions. AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL needs to rethink the way they have put together the instruction. I'll be that I could get a 5th grader that could do a better job.

Didn't like this kit

Written By Shane, Louisiana on Sunday, February 15, 2015

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Cheaply made - reminded me of model car kits I assembled when I was a kid, but even more flimsy. I only used the main trim part (that shows at the dash itself) and used the old mounting (side) brackets from the factory radio - SO much sturdier.

Pros: None that I could see, other than it came with the main trim part for the front of the radio.

Cons: Instructions made no sense at all - NO sense to me -

Kit too generic

Written By Stereo427, CityIn, Alabama on Thursday, February 12, 2015

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This kit is very generic. You have to cut off tabs, trim plastic pieces, and do a lot of guesswork. The directions are not real clear but it does work if you figure out how to do it

Pros: If you can trim this kit right then it does work and the radio looks good

Cons: Too generic a kit. Saw reviews of people getting hurt using saws and knives to remove extra plastic (hint - just grab the pieces you have to remove with pliers and bend them back and forth quickly and they snap off). It would be easy to break the wrong thing and render it useless.

5 stars

Written By Trever, Franklin,Ohio on Sunday, February 08, 2015

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Great product and always good stuff from Crutchfield

Pros: Easy to install

Cons: None

Good "universal" product

Written By Anonymous, Kentucky on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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This item worked very well for my needs. It took a little time to figure it out, but the result is great! Instructions are a bit confusing and took some time to figure out, but with a product that has such versatile application, it's to be expected. This worked fine in my '05 CR-V to replace the factory radio which is a double DIN. With any "universal" item, it is best to carefully read the instructions and "study" your particular application. If you do that, this will work fine!

Pros: Wide range of applications. Sturdy construction. Great fit.

Cons: None. Everything I could expect from a "universal" product!

Fits but...

Written By Leroy1027, California on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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Fits but instructions were cryptic.

Pros: It works

Cons: Had to cut off too many tabs to make it fit (product should be better customized to vehicle. Also, I would have expected that the bracket would be more securely mounted to my vehicle.

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, Phoenixville, PA on Sunday, November 02, 2014

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Score the parts that need to come off with a utility knife and snap them with a utility knife. I didn't do any sanding and it fits great.

Pros: Fits really well.

Cons: Takes some time for installation.

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By Bob, Offutt AFB NE on Friday, August 29, 2014

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Very difficult to figure out how to put it together. Directions not clear.

Pros: Once together it worked.

Cons: Definitely a cheap item

Solid fit, poor instructions

Written By MikeD, Burlington, VT on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Good Crutchfield instructions for dash removal, but the universal mounting kit had very generic guidance (cut off all tabs!). I had to go slowly and test fit after each pair of tabs was cut off to insure I was not going to remove a critical bit. Also required a bit of dash opening trimming. It took several hours of careful progress but the result is a clean and tight fit with no mangled or warped parts.

Pros: Good fit, easy dash instructions, complete kit.

Cons: Vague mounting kit instructions, a before and after "trimming" photo rather than a diagram might be clearer.


Written By DoCro2.0, California on Saturday, August 02, 2014

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The unit was broken when I took it out of the box. One of the arms that would surround the receiver was just snapped off. Fortunately I did NOT need it to install stereo in a 2011 Honda Element.

Pros: None other than it was free.

Cons: It was broken.


Written By neid, Kennesaw, GA on Saturday, July 05, 2014

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The instructions were too generic and ambiguous. I was left trying to figure out what all tabs meant. Turned out to be all but a couple on the bottom. Otherwise the kit is solid and well engineered. This was for a 2003 Honda CRV.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Instructions.


Written By Zak, Mansfield Ohio on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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It fits after awhile of figuring out how to get it to fit..

Pros: Cheap

Cons: It's generic

Fit fine for '99 Honda Odyssey

Written By KharyF, FL on Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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This took a little while to get right. I really liked that the case actually had the name for each vehicle it could be used for. Made it real easy to remove the extra tabs and to not remove the ones needed for my car.

Pros: Perfect fit with final fitting cap. Also wrote out on the sleeve which tabs I need to keep for my car.

Cons: It took a while to finally get the cage and sleeve put in without bending the cage. That part probably took the longest in the install. Those that are better with arts & crafts would probably fare much better than myself.

great products and support!

Written By Dave, Rochester, NY on Monday, May 12, 2014

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Easy installation, superb fit and finish, product looks like an OEM item!

Pros: No guesswork, I was able to assemble the bracket and attach it to my receiver before I even removed the stock radio, after the wiring adapters were added, only 4 Philips head screws needed to be removed and re-installed! Great product!

Cons: The new receiver sounds great, no cons with this product or install whatsoever!


Written By Fonix, Texas on Monday, February 24, 2014

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Finally got this to work, but this unit was way too universal and required modification which was physically hard to do and required a dremel.

Pros: It eventually went together. Sort of.

Cons: Seems cheesy, very difficult to assemble and modify. Poor instructions. Unnecessarily complicated, the modification was really annoying.

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Written By David G, Morgan Hill. Ca on Sunday, February 23, 2014

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Great product ! Worked well and easy to install.

Good Fit but Takes Some Effort

Written By Joe, Hudson, NH on Friday, February 07, 2014

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Used this dash kit to install Alpine head unit in a 2003 Honda Odyssey. Had to read the instructions a few times to get it right. As other reviewers have said, I needed to remove certain tabs for my particular vehicle and the tabs were marked for the Odyssey. Once it was together and it was fairly strong and the radio fit well in the dash kit. Installing the completed unit in the Odyssey was a little difficult as the dash kit was slightly wider than the dash opening so I had to squeeze the sides of the kit to slide it into place. I used the ISO version of the instructions as I didn't have the DIN mounting sleeve for the radio. This installation worked well and the radio and dash kit mounted securely in the vehicle. Overall pleased with this kit but it does take some patience and effort to get to that point.

Pros: Sturdy construction, good fit for the vehicle

Cons: Instructions difficult to understand and many tabs to remove


Written By Abraham L., Mayagüez, PR on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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Fitted perfectly. eases receiver installation.

Cons: A little difficult to "break" non usable parts for fitting (hard plastic).

read the instructions !!!

Written By read it, niantic on Thursday, January 02, 2014

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at 1st inspection I was comparing it to metal brackets on old radio, boy was I wrong!!! after reading instruction and intalling I was impressed w/strength and fit!!!

The easy way to install!

Written By RayT, Aiken, SC on Thursday, November 28, 2013

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GMickey had the right idea. Throw away those complicated plastic side pieces and just use the metal mounting plates on the factory radio. (The holes did not line up perfectly when mated with my radio, so had to very slightly slot the holes.)

Pros: Looks good.

Cons: All those plastic tabs that have to be removed.

Good Dash Kit

Written By nygiantzz1, Albany, NY on Sunday, October 13, 2013

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Good kit, easy to assemble and install.

Pros: Easy to assemble and install

Cons: None

Receiver kit

Written By Marcmann, Auburn WA on Sunday, October 06, 2013

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Easy install.

Ok once you figure it out

Written By Anonymous, Belleville, il on Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Hard to figure out which application to use, directions for many different vehicles.

Pros: Fits good, easy to assemble once you figure out the diagrams.

Cons: Can't tell which application to use, instructions a little confusing.

Okay, but smaller than stock storage

Written By konz, D/FW Metroplex on Monday, September 30, 2013

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Worked good; used diagonals to cut off the unneeded tabs.

Pros: Worked after documented modifications.

Cons: Wasn't pre-fit for my vehicle; instructions were more complicated than they needed to be.

Receiver Kit Instillation

Written By MarkB, Little Rock, AR on Saturday, August 17, 2013

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I thought this installation kit was rather poor. I had to cut off 6 "tabs" with a Dremel and the frame is fairly flimsy. I didn't think the instructions were very clear and had to call to ask about what parts were needed and which ones were not. Crutchfield's phone support was very good though.

Pros: Crutchfield's phone support was very good.

Cons: Not very "custom" mounting kit, fair amount of effort require to adapt the adapter to your vehicle.

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, chapel Hil, NC on Friday, August 09, 2013

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fine no problem cheap plastic but it does the job.... slightly unclear about top trimming but I got it fugured out...

Some manual work, but you'll save quite a few bucks

Written By MD+RN, Miami, FL on Monday, July 01, 2013

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It looks flimsy, but fits in place. Plan ahead if you have a microphone or rear USB cable. You don't need to be an expert or a technician to install it, but it requires some work and the appropriate tools (see below).

Pros: It fits and looks nice when already in place. It was included in the price of my stereo.

Cons: You must have the appropriate tools to facilitate things (a rotary tool is enough, even a very small one, plus a flat and a Phillips screwdrivers). The instructions included are not very clear.

OK but could be better

Written By Tim F, Ballston Spa, NY on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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When you have an adapter that tries to fit everything you are going to have to customize it. This worked in my 2004 CRV but I had to cut, file, and sand to get it to work. I suspect I could have modified the stock radio mounts with almost the same amount of effort.

Pros: It works

Cons: Too much tab removal. Requires filing and sanding. Poor documentations

It fits!

Written By Phyl, St. Petersburg, FL on Thursday, May 09, 2013

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It looked flimsy, but went together beautifully!

Pros: Good value, good enough quality

Cons: No cons

Require for installation in my vehicle

Written By jsurfers, Chandler, AZ on Thursday, May 09, 2013

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I would not have been able to install my radio in my vehicle without this component as my 2 DIM existing was a different size and wouldn't have taken this radio.

Pros: Absolutely a must have for installing the radio in my vehicle

Cons: Instructions could have been better, needed to remove all the tabs for other vehicles as this is a multi-vehicle component.

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By Brian, Lancaster, OH on Monday, April 29, 2013

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Easy installation. I like the fact that it adds another pocket under the radio. Some installation kits just have a blank cover and no pocket.

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, Enon, Ohio on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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This kit had some parts in it that ultimately weren't needed for my car application, but it wasn't all that clear that was the case from the beginning. The worst part here was removing many plastic "tabs" that couldn't be used for my car and filing them smooth. The kit is designed to accommodate many vehicle configurations, but doing the modifications for my particular vehicle with a sharp utility knife, file and wire cutters was difficult and fraught with the danger of cutting myself. It was also not clear until after I talked to Crutchfield tech support that the original frame that came with the radio head unit was to be replaced by the one that came in this kit. Throughout this entire process, I got the distinct impression that the various engineers and technicians involved had never actually done one of these installations themselves.

Honda In-Dash Kit is Cheap

Written By GMickey, Eureka, CA on Sunday, March 17, 2013

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Even though you guys gave me this kit for free and even though it would have worked, I ended up throwing it away. I don't know what percentage of recently made cars (mine is a 2002 Honda) have a very universal mounting system from the factory... but the fact of the matter is that all I had to do was remove the two small mounting brackets that were attached to the original radio and screw them onto my new radio that I just purchased. Then I attached the factory supplied "thing" that provides a small storage space under my new single DIN radio. The combo fit perfectly.

With the kit you gave me, I had a bunch of cheap plastic and a gee-wiz gizmo supplied by the radio manufacturer to slide the radio into your cheap bracket. Seems like Rube Goldberg in action to me. And the results seemed so cheap.

Using the factory parts from the original factory radio resulted in a much cleaner installation. You guys should suggest that before the customer try to use the cheap receiver kit that they should simply try to reuse the factory parts. Furthermore, you guys should know for which car and radio combinations, reusing the factory parts will work.

Pros: I guess if its a necessity, this thing might work.

Cons: See above.

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Written By Anonymous, Orlando ,FL on Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Fit real good and easy to install

Excellent Product

Written By Shannon, Moultrie, GA on Friday, March 01, 2013

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The product worked great. Took only about 15 minutes to get this completely installed. The instructions were clear except for one aspect about removing all the tabs for certain vehicles, but was easily figured out. Would recommend this to anyone. The best part was it cam with the "ring" that goes around the faceplate of the cd player(this was excellent because i had broken mine)

Pros: Excellent product all the way around.

Cons: Needs to make clearer on the tab removal for certain models and be clear on the tabs must be removed completely.

Too general a kit

Written By jiminkirkland, Kirkland, WA on Friday, February 08, 2013

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This kit is kind of flimsy and it's made to fit way too many types of Hondas. The tabs are reluctant to snap off and it would be really possible to break the main body of plastic if not careful. It's also not clear from the instructions and the Master Sheet whether you should install as a DIN or ISO.

Thought it was a bit flimsy at first, but ended up fitting perfect.

Written By eps, New Haven, CT on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Installed a Sony radio into a double DIN Honda CR-V - everything went together very well... as others have said, you have to follow the instructions very carefully - it's meant for a LOT of models, so be careful when cutting the tabs.

HIGHLY recommend a dremel tool to smooth out the tabs after breaking them off with a pair of pliers. Not too high or you'll melt the plastic (like I did).

The only real complaint is that the bottom of the 'box' is VERY slippery, so things tend to slide out of it... recommend getting a silicone or other mat and glueing it inside to things stay put (like your mp3 player)

Pros: - Final installation was seamless - looks awesome

Cons: - Instructions are a bit confusing, but in the end made sense - required a Dremel tool to get things just right - storage box is very smooth - things fall out - there's also holes at the back, so don't anything smaller than a penny inside, or they'll get lost deep in the dash :)

Well Thought Through Product

Written By DavidH, Killeen, TX on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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This kit fits different vehicles. It went together in minutes and the tabs I didn't need were labeled for different vehicles, so when I kept only the tabs for mine (to secure it to the dash), it fit like a charm.

Pros: Well labeled Easy to assemble

Cons: None

Nightmare for an 2004 Odyssey

Written By BHTurnow, Center Moriches on Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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Wow, not happy. The instructions are horrible. Not clear at all. This thing is so generic. All plastic. I had to use a hacksaw to cut off the tabs. This is dangerous! I also had to use a utility knife as well to clean it up. The installation should not be this difficult. It was hard to tell what to put where and what parts to use. I have experience with putting in radios and this was the worst kit ever. The radio does not even fit flush with the dashboard. Not a clean fit. I am going to have to go back and rig this to look better on my own. I hope Crutchfield finds a better kit than this.

Pros: None

Cons: So Much Modification, Plastic, Horrible instructions, Poor Execution of Everything.

Works if you follow the instructions to the letter

Written By rehlew, Marietta, GA on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

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The kit works fine if you completely remove all the tabs specified. I did didn't initially remove all the specified tabs flush with the surface where they were attached. That was a mistake I had to fix before the kit would fit in my 2002 Honda Odyssey. I found a single hacksaw blade, in an open end grip, worked easier than a knife blade. It eliminated the need for a file to totally remove the tabs.

Pros: The kit fit.

Cons: Unfortunately a lot of tabs had to be removed

Decent kit for multiple cars, fitment not 100%

Written By RogerC, Cleveland, OH on Monday, October 08, 2012

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I've done a few installs before, and most of them had a factory 2DIN cage that came out, and I just replaced the factory units with aftermarkets. This was the first time using an installer cage, and having to build it from multiple parts was a bit confusing at first. The tabs that I had to grind/cut off using my rotary tool (dremel) were initially hard to identify. Fitment of the cage, once assembled wasn't the best but that is probably due to factory variations in the production of the car and the cage materials. Once I had trimmed enough, everything dropped in and screwed in well.

It would be nice for the instructions to be updated to say that the tabs have the name of the vehicle etched into them, and that you remove every tab that doesn't have your vehicle's name. Other than that, it made things pretty good, and looks decent in the dash. Doesn't look factory, but then factory audio is terrible so no worries!

Pros: Once assembled, makes the installation a breeze.

Cons: Lots of tabs that need trimming or complete removal. Instructions aren't as intuitive, I actually spent a lot of time reading and flipping back and forth through multiple pages. Contemplated just hacking up the factory mounts just to avoid the installer cage.

American International HON-K828 Dash Kit

Written By John, Nevada City, CA on Sunday, August 26, 2012

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There are several plastic tabs that must be removed for kit to fit in 2003 CR-V. Hard to get them cut flush to the body. A Dremmel would be ideal. Diagonal cutters and a file take a long time.

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Written By Littleharbor, Ma on Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Product was a bit flimsy and was partialy damaged in shipment... the very thin part of the frame does not stand up well in the shipping envolope that the kit arrived in.

Pros: not hard to install once you get by the cutting and filing that is required...

Cons: product can be easily damaged during shipping

crv install kit

Written By edj, Evergreen Co on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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The kit works done once you figure how to use it. Instructions were poor but tech support was goodon the phone.should be a video showing how to use kit.

Pros: Looks good

Cons: Install difficult because of poor instructions


Written By Ryan, Tampa, FL on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

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Looks great but for my car (2003 Honda Crv) you have to cut off every tab requiring a large amount of labor.

Pros: Style

Cons: Installation and Quality


Written By Nat, NJ on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Arrived broken. Good thing I didn't need it!

Poor Instructions

Written By GeorgeG, Reno, NV on Friday, February 10, 2012

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The instructions that came with the brackets were inaccurate. Tried to follow them and just wasted time. Eventually just studied the side brakets long enough to see they had to be broken in half, them filed a little to fit the rest of the mounting harness. Much more logic and McGivering than it should have been. No pictures anywhere to help get you there.

Pros: Once I figured it out, it installed great.

Cons: Without patience and common sense, I would never have done this from the instructions. Had to disregard them almost completely.

03 Honda

Written By MCB, West Jefferson, NC on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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The kit is for a range of models, for the 03 Honda CR-V we couldn't use the trim part of the kit, it just would not fit.

Pros: It is pretty easy to assemble once you figure out that the trim doesn't fit

Cons: Instructions are too general

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Written By gmr, Marietta, GA on Monday, October 03, 2011

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Looks great in the car, added a cubby in the dash. Looks as if it could have come in the car. With install sheets and wiring harness, installs were simple, painless and the result perfect!

Perfect for my CR-V

Written By TomS, Las Cruces, NM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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There may be beefier units, but this one worked just fine on my 2004 CR-V!

Excellent final product, but ...

Written By upnorthmi, Wyoming, MI on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Pros: This was the perfect adapter for my double-DIN application. It looks great and fits great. The quality is excellent. It came free with my radio, too. Cons: The instructions with the unit are very lacking; I almost had to call Support. Clipping off ALL the tabs on the main unit and 2 wings required nippers, an X-acto knife, a file, and a lot of work.


Written By Lule, Boone, NC on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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American International installation kit is made for a variety of vehicles. It requires modification of the the kit which includes cutting and sanding. Various pieces fit together for different vehicles. All plastic. For the Honda Element, I chose to reuse the stock metal bracket instead of the plastic mount as I felt it would be more secure on our rough roads. The kit fits the opening with smaller gaps but without the stability offered by the metal bracket, but visually looks better. I installed a JVC head unit which offers tapped holes for screws on the side for the stock bracket which may not be offered by all manufacturers.

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Written By JDG, Southwest Missouri on Sunday, April 24, 2011

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Poor fit and a lot of work. I spent more time on this part of the installation than any other. One side did not "snap in" and after several minutes I hoped good enough would do. Looks good in the vehicle but could have been easier.


Written By kd, Delaware on Friday, February 18, 2011

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The top of this piece was warped and is visible in my CR-V, the right side was broken when it arrived.

more intelligence required

Written By Denny, Georgia on Sunday, February 06, 2011

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The instructions were somewhat confusing and could have been more intelligent. Why
not a separate section for each make, model, year (or just on-line). This would give the
reader more comfort and a lot less paging back and forth and double and triple
checking. Also, the instructions were just flat out wrong on one detail, didn't matter in
the end.

skip it

Written By AndyM, Big Stone Gap, VA on Monday, October 04, 2010

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One look at this mount kit and it had cheap all over it. The plastic seemed very brittle and easily broken. I mounted my new receiver in the chassis and wasn't pleased with it. Upon looking at the factory mount, all metal, I decided to use it instead. As I was removing the head unit from this chassis, it did in fact break. I mounted my receiver in the factory mount using the trim ring from the receiver and it looks great. Not sure how the factory mount works for the double-din Elements, but for the single din, just use the factory mount.

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Written By Martin, Titusville, Florida on Friday, April 30, 2010

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This install kit for my 08 Honda Element LX made installation the easiest I have ever attempted.

didnt work in Honda Element LX

Written By Ted, Casper WY on Sunday, November 02, 2008

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First off, I love the Pioneer Stereo, but the mounting was not correct. I couldnt use the Din adapter that came with the Pioneer, and without it the faceplate didnt fit right. Thr Din adapter wouldnt fit inside the adapter, evena fter I removed all the tabs per the instructions.

I ended up using the factory mount with the Pioneer faceplate and it looks fine.

a tad too generic

Written By Albert, Colorado Springs, CO on Friday, August 08, 2008

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Overall not a bad choice. The instructions were easy to follow for my Honda Element, you cut off all tabs. But there were some issues with the kit that affected my radio installation.

The supplied screws to secure the radio into the kit were just a little too long for the installation which caused a short which caused the CD player to not work. Not a serious problem as backing off the screw removed the short that was caused. In the case of my DUAL installation, it just touched the circuit board.

I ended up using the screws from the Stereo to secure the radio into the kit. They were short enough to not cause a short but difficult to use during the install as you had to push the sides of the kit in order to get the screws to attach to the radio through the mounting sides of the kit.

The other issue I had was that the bezel mount that comes with the kit didn't fit over my radio. So there is a slight sag at the top.

Makes for an easy install, and a clean look

Written By Lee, Charleston, SC on Friday, August 25, 2006

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I bought this kit for a 2006 CR-V, and it worked beautifully.

The only difficult time I had with this kit is that you have to cut the extra tabs (i.e. those which are used for other Honda vehicles) very close to the sides, or the kit will not slide into the opening.

The instruction to cut tabs out of the corner of the dash is right on. I ended up having to re-trim in this area, because I did not cut enough the first time.

Overall, this kit made the installation very easy, and made the stereo look like it belonged in the vehicle.

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  • Kit-panel (w/ pocket)
  • Trim-ring
  • 2 Large brackets
  • 2 Small brackets
  • Rear-mounting bracket
  • Four M5 x 12mm screws
  • Three M4 x 8mm screws
  • Installation Instructions

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