Metra 99-7892 Dash Kit
2001 Acura Integra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Overall it worked fine, but it was definitely the hardest part of the install to figure out. My first mistake was not realising that the first page of the manual was for a different kit, and that rather than being foreign language translations, the rest of the manual contained the instructions for the other kits, including this one. Fortunately I was too confused by the parts not matching up to make any of the permanent modifications before I realised my error. For my car, two small tabs had to be cut off. Easy enough if you have a small hacksaw or similar, but be aware that you'll probably need to cut some plastic. The cage from my Pioneer head unit didn't seem to have really great bendy tabs to hold it into the bracket, however in the end I got it quite stable. I hear some other brands can require a little more modification. I spent some minutes figuring out how it was meant to be installed in my particular car - the manual didn't go into great detail. I eventually figured it out but it took some experimenting. I was surprised and a little dismayed that there are no screws involved anywhere, it's all held in by those plastic tabs. It was actually surprising how solidly it seems to hold together considering, but I'll see how well those last in the desert heat. There's basically no option to actually secure the head unit to a part of the car with screws (like the factory unit is) unless you rig something up yourself.
Pros: Fits surprisingly solidly. Retains the OEM dash pocket. Free! (Thanks Crutchfield!)
Cons: Manual could be clearer, particularly on which options to use, and how it fits in the dash The way the DIN cage is held in seems a little haphazard; entire kit and radio held in dash with only a few plastic tabs No way outside of DIY to secure the bracket or head unit itself to the car as theft-prevention measure