American International KIA-K1246 Dash Kit

Fits select 2004-up Kia and Hyundai models — single-DIN radios

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American International KIA-K1246

The American International KIA-K1246 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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Dash kit Kia Sedona

Written By Dave G, Illinois on Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Perfect fit, easy to install and the directions were spot on.

Pros: Directions, easy to install, clean fit

Cons: None

it's not perfect

Written By pops, Wisconsin on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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does the job.

Pros: the unit fit into the bracket justt find had no problems.

Cons: since the unit sit out so far the bezel cover didn't fit it had to grind all the edges off so it would fit.

Fit flawlessly

Written By Dave, Arizona on Monday, March 02, 2015

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Fits very well, keeps the radio in a comfortable place, very sturdy and the pocket is large enough to hold my always losing lottery tickets.

Pros: Great look, form and function.

Cons: None

Great Mount

Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, February 02, 2015

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Fits nicely in my daughters 2006 Kia Spectra.

Pros: Free kit, easy to mount, fits the dash.

Cons: Lots of "extra" tabs for other cars that need to be removed before installing it.


Written By Tony W, Oklahoma on Monday, February 02, 2015

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Very good product. Easy to use and looks factory. Tabs were a little difficult to trim off to fit this model car, but I used a hack saw and it worked good.

Pros: Looks great, easy to use.

Cons: none.

Dash Kit

Written By JayGlo, Fort Woth, TX on Friday, January 23, 2015

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Kit fit perfectly. No adjustment, or modifications needed.

Pros: Perfect fit

Cons: none

2005 Kia Spectra EX Factory Stereo Replacement

Written By Jeff C, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, June 23, 2014

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Excellent value for the kit. The installed kit looks very nice with the dash as the contours match really well. I used the trim plate with the kits instead of my head unit as it looked better. Prepping the kit took much longer than any other kit has ever taken me.

Pros: Excellent value for the price and it looks great in the dash.

Cons: Prep time took a while as there are many tabs for the different models the kit is for that have to be removed. Some of the tabs were hard to remove because placement can be very close together. Also hard to get some tools in there to trim off the tabs. Would definitely recommend using a handheld rotary tool with a small cutting wheel like a Dremel.

Car receiver kit

Written By ToccoCinco, Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, June 05, 2014

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Kit made it easy to change out the stock radio in my Optima. Crutchfield helped to make it easier - perfect fit, great instructions.

Pros: Fits perfect, easy to install, good how-to directions,fast delivery.

Cons: none

It worked but...

Written By Savannahjules71, Springfield, Georgia on Friday, March 14, 2014

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We were able to install the stereo using this kit, but my husband was very frustrated. It was very cheaply made plastic, and not an exact fit - he had to use additional tools to trim and shave the plastic to fit in my dash. The fit it almost too tight, the faceplate takes some effort to get off.

Pros: Usable, does the job

Cons: Cheaply made, not an exact fit

Worked like it should

Written By Bill S, Toledo, Oh on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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This adapter worked 100% pain free, it was provided with the radio purchase, and made the job one of the easiest driveway installs I've done.

Pros: Fits nicely, much nicer than the adapter that was in the Taurus I bought. Was quick and easy to install.

Cons: None really

Works, just works

Written By Georg, Clearwater, FL on Sunday, February 09, 2014

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I got this receiver install kit for a JVC head unit for my '06 Kia Spectra. In the end it all fit perfectly. Some assembly required though.

As written by other reviewers, there are several plastic tabs that need to be removed to leave behind the one fitting your car. I used a Dremel-like device to saw off the plastic tabs not needed. Worked ok, though not too pretty.

I chose this kit, because the Metra 99-7318 kit recessed the head unit too much for my liking.

Pros: - Head unit relatively flush with dash

Cons: - Have to saw off 2x three or four plastic tabs to fit your car: requires extra tools to do so. - Storage pocket has holes in the bottom. Why? Can't put small items in there or they'll disappear in the car.

worked as advertised

Written By Humphrey in VA, Vienna, VA on Monday, February 03, 2014

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worked as advertised

For KIA Spectra

Written By jbaccus, California on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Used this to instal a JVC unit into my sons 2004 Kia Spectra. It worked great once we figured out which excess plastic to remove. This one turned out to be a little harder than the ones for Toyotas because there are I believe 4 or 5 car models that this one works for. And it has two different KIA Spectra tabs (each for a different model year configuration). So if you are using to install in a Spectra double check your model year to make sure you are removing the correct excess plastic. I also compared to brackets that were coming out with the factory radio just to make sure.

Cons: So many different KIA vehicle model and year use for this one and instructions weren't the best print quality. So make sure to triple check before trimming excess plastic.

Works with some work

Written By Aurinko, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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It does work as it is intended, but it does require user modification. The kit is made for a variety of different Hyundai/Kia cars with different stereo mounts. In order to use this kit, you have to saw off pieces to get the kit to kit your specific style of car. Luckily I have a dremel with a cutting wheel, otherwise I do not know how someone would cut off the extra pieces, I doubt you could just snap off the pieces. It is a bit of a hassle to get the kit modified to fit your car, which to me is a poor product design.

After the kit is modified, it did fit my Spectra5 without any issue, fits in the dash well and looks fine.

Pros: Fits in dash Looks fine Has removable trim for larger faceplates

Cons: Needs modification to work (cutting off extra pieces of plastic)

American International KIA-K1246 Dash Kit

Written By Seth S, Knoxville, Tn on Friday, October 25, 2013

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Great quality kit. Looks fantastic in my girlfriend's Kia Spectra 5. Clear instructions and easy to install. I recommend Crutchfield to everyone.

Pros: quality, clear how-to, fit

Cons: none

KIA-K1246 In-dash Receiver Kit

Written By None, Williamsburg, VA on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Looks very good once it's in place. Removing the tabs on the sides of the kit can prove challenging without the right tool. Other than that, it's easy to install.

Pros: Exactly what's needed for the job.

Cons: Removing tabs on sides could have been made easier.

Perfect Fit

Written By JohnL, Beverly Hills, FL on Saturday, August 03, 2013

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Replaced my OEM stereo that had a dying CD player. Dash kit was a perfect fit for the Alpine receiver. Easy Install.

Pros: Perfect fit, Easy Install

Cons: None

Worked great

Written By JP, Minneapolis, MN on Sunday, June 16, 2013

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Easy to install. Everything I needed to replace factory unit.


Written By Dalek, Peoria, AZ on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Purchased this receiver kit to go with the Alpine radio we purchased to replace the stock radio in my daughter's 2005 KIA Spectra 5. The unit looks identical to the factory installed unit in my 2004 KIA Spectra.

Pros: Looks great making the installation look like it came from the factory

Cons: The tabs on the side that need to be removed (they are there because this particular receiver kit can be used in other KIA models other than the Spectra) are hard to remove. Some directions on how to safely remove them would be helpful

American International KIA-K1246 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, Glenn Heights, Tx on Sunday, March 17, 2013

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This is easy to install and fits nicely in my dash.

Pros: Nice. Fit

Cons: Modifing the bracket is pain , because you have to cut the tabs that are not positioned to fit your vehicle.

Kia receiver kit review

Written By Hogfan55, Blytheville, Arkansas on Saturday, March 16, 2013

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This kit is made for several models of Kia/Hyundai cars. You have to break off some of the plastic tabs depending on your vehicle model. It's a little hard to do so be careful not to break off the wrong ones.

Pros: Perfect fit for my Kia Spectra'05.

Cons: Difficult to break off tabs.

American International KIA-K1246 Dash Kit

Written By Bruce, PA on Saturday, January 05, 2013

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For a rookie, the diagram of the tabs to cut is a little difficult. Then you have to file them down. Could have used the factory adapters and screwed them into side of unit. Kit should have perforated the tabs on made them slide in and lock for easier use.

Kia/Hyundai In-dash Receiver Kit

Written By ike, blue ridge ga on Sunday, August 19, 2012

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fits awesome and looks really great in my kia, and very easy to install once you cut all the extra tabs off it

American International KIA-K1246 Dash Kit

Written By Anonymous, Marion, NC on Monday, July 09, 2012

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Installation kit came with the radio I purchased. The kit was pretty straight forward and easy to install. In my opinion, the instructions that came with it could be a little better, but all in all a great kit that was easy to install and looks great.

American International KIA-K1246 Dash Kit

Written By Terry, Indiana on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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Perfect fit for entourage. Hard to cut exta clips on side of kit.Need tin stips to Cut those pieces. Other than that fits great

Cons: Extra pieces. Should b more tailored to the car

Quick and Easy

Written By Glenn, Wilmington, DE on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Installation was quick and easy! crutchfield is my source for aftermarket audio for my vehicles.

Not Even Close

Written By Wrecksalot, Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, May 03, 2011

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My Car is a 2004 1/2 Kia Spectra, the first of this generation, a mid-model-year redesign with the 2.0 liter engine, and I was sent this kit for it. I don't know if they just sent the wrong kit, or if the kit is labeled wrong, or what, but it was awful. The kit did not fit inside the hole in the trim piece, which is not a simple surround piece for the entire center stack as the pictures and instructions show, but is a much more complicated piece individually surrounding the different parts of the stack (stereo and shelf, vents, HVAC controls, flashers), and the shelf portion of the kit stuck out 3/4"+ and was not flush with anything. I ended up using the mounts for the stock stereo and drilling new holes to fit the new stereo. It may fit other years of this car, but it was not for mine. I don't know if the 2005 model is the same, but I would be cautious and search for a different kit, or just modify the available mounts.

Works after you figure out how to cut extra plastic tabs

Written By styrum, Bellevue, WA on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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Eventually it worked out fine for me. The main problem is that side walls of the
cage have thick plastic tabs for different KIA/HYUNDAI models. You are supposed
to remove the ones you don't need for your particular car somehow. The tabs are
thick and close to each other. No way you can break them off with your hands!
You either have to saw them off (if you have a saw suitable for this purpose) or
do it the way I did: I took an old knife, heated on my gas stove and cut them
off one by one. Man, that plastic smells! Make sure you have good ventilation
and it's on
while you are doing it in your kitchen. If your stove is electrical don't touch
the burner with the knife when you already have some plastic stuck to it (one
heating cycle is good only for one tab, so you will have to heat the knife
multiple times). Even with those precautions prepare for you wife to be not very
happy with the smell for quite a while even after you are done.

American International KIA-K1246 Dash Kit

Written By Glenn, MD on Friday, February 04, 2011

Good product, but printed instructions are hard to read. Tabs need to be
removed since the adaptor works for several different cars. Just find your car
on the adaptor and saw off the rest of the tabs. Takes about 2 minutes to
assemble. I downgraded it 1 star because the instructions are poor.

American International KIA-K1246 Dash Kit

Written By karl, IL. on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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very complete kit , great finish, easy to install, only problem was with the
sony radio fold down control head , the radio knob would hit the edge of the
bottom storage tray which made it a tight clearance for installing CDS. I had to
1/2 moon notch the edge to make more clearance still looks great not a big
problem . application kia- sedona.

Works great, but be careful

Written By Anonymous, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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After all was said and done, the kits looks great installed. Although, when installed on an 06 Kia Spectra, it adds a second pocket to the radio area, which does look a bit goofy as if Kia went overboard on pockets the way other manufacturers do on cupholders. But, at the same time, it's another storage place for the remote that came with the stereo...

My kit had part of the plastic cracked, though it would be hidden. I used a soldering iron and clipped-off plastic to melt it back together. You can use the install sleeve that comes with the new stereo, or use included plastic pieces to use the ISO mounts of the stereo (better choice, allows for adjustable depth of the stereo face for a flush install). If you use the ISO mounts, though, it might tweak the trim piece off.

Take caution when clipping off the unused mounting tabs. This kit covers several Kia and Hyundai models, and the instructions are decent. However, mine had revised instructions, so I spent some time comparing the two. The plastic parts also indicate which tabs to use...but in the case of the Kia Spectra, the 07+ models use different tabs than the 06-prior models, but both are simply labeled "Spectra". If you break off the wrong set, you'll need another kit or reuse the removable metal brackets from the factory radio. Pliers works better than side-cutters to break off the unused tabs.


Written By rw, indy on Friday, January 29, 2010

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fits perfectly, great instructions. Would suggest having a "knockout" hole for running the Ipod wire through the open compartment-had I thought of it earlier I would have drilled out and done this.

Kia/Hyundai In-dash Receiver Kit

Written By inphluence, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, May 08, 2007

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Crutchfield shipped this item and fast in a safely packaged box. As for the item itself, it does fit somewhat and it is quality plastic. The kit itself is not only for the Spectra, but also other Kia models. You will need some pliers to remove some plastic clips. This will need to be done gently otherwise you can possibly break some of the plastic completely off. I installed this in a 2004.5 Kia Spectra EX with my Pioneer 4900IB deck, but it required a slight modification. The kit itself will not be flush. The bottom tray sticks out about a .25". The top of the kit, above the reciever, needed to be cut off in order for the plastic surrounding to fit properly. I was a bit disappointed, but it does serve its purpose.

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  • Radio housing w/ integrated bracket
  • Trim-ring
  • 2 Brackets
  • Installation Instructions

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