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Universal Underdash Kit

Put a new stereo into your hard-to-fit vehicle!

28 Reviews | 5 questions - 15 answers

Overview

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Here's a way to get music into a vehicle that does not easily accommodate an in-dash receiver. Mount a DIN chassis (2" tall) receiver into this handy kit, and then attach the kit to the underside of your dash.

Here's a way to get music into a vehicle that does not easily accommodate an in-dash receiver. Mount a DIN chassis (2" tall) receiver into this handy kit, and then attach the kit to the underside of your dash.

You can also use this kit to add a DIN-sized equalizer to a vehicle that only has room for the receiver in the dash.

In most cases, using this kit requires modification to your car and/or the kit itself.

Remember, most vehicles will accommodate a receiver in the dash, not beneath it. Not sure about yours? Try our vehicle selector.

Dimensions: 10"W x 3-1/2"H x 9-1/4"D (including flange); 8-9/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 7-9/16"D (undercarriage only). Warranty: 60 days.

It's a nice looking unit and works well. I would buy again.

Dennis, Cedar Rapids, IA

What's in the Box:

  • Underdash housing
  • 8 Self-tapping screws
  • Installation Instructions
Reviews

Universal Underdash Kit Reviews

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(28 Reviews)

Very good looking unit

Dennis from Cedar Rapids, IA on 10/29/2017

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It's a nice looking unit and works well. I would buy again.

Pros: Looks good and works well

Cons: None.

Under dash Install

Jay from Mineral Point, WI on 7/25/2017

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The box is sturdy enough to securely house your receiver and mounts easily. I enlarged one of the rear access holes (easy with a Dremel tool) so that I could complete the wiring to the receiver pigtail prior to mounting the housing. After that, attached it to the underside of my dash, slipped the receiver through the front opening, fed the pigtail and antena lead and tunes!

Pros: Exactly as advertised - easy to machine as needed - sturdy construction.

Cons: Box was deeper than required for the model receiver that I selected. May cause clearance issues in some applications.

Perfect Fit and looks nice

Edward from Bowie, MD on 5/30/2017

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I installed an Alpine unit on Memorial Day in the glove compartment of my 57 Dodge D100 pick up via the under-dash kit, which I trimmed. I was tickled pink with myself and how good the unit within the under-dash kit looks. I am very pleased with the outcome.

Pros: Sturdy material; has a nice non-cheap look about it too.

Cons: None

Glove box mounting option

Bob from Tennessee on 2/20/2017

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I used this to mount a Kenwood head unit in my 70 GTO's glove box. I trimmed the back of the unit off so I could have an open back to route my RCA cables out of the glove box. I bolted the kit to the top of the glove box, pulled my wires thru, popped the head unit in and bam, rockin out to some 1970's tunes.

Pros: Inexpensive, super easy to mount a single DIN head unit in this.

Cons: None I can think of. A little hard to trim off the back side, but a jig saw does the trick.

works

Anonymous from Buena Park, CA on 1/29/2017

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bought this for a custom mounting of a marine head unit under the front seat of a '68 impala. I cut the heck out of it to make fit. bought this knowing I was going to do this.

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Under-dash Mount a Perfect Fit for My '66 Valiant

Kyler from Kingston, Wa on 4/12/2016

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My car still has the factory AM radio in good working order, and I didn't want to damage the history of the car by removing that and cutting holes in the dash. What I did instead was install this under dash mount and it could not work better. It fits perfectly between the folding ashtray (which I use for gas receipts, not ashes) and the glove-box lid. The dimensions were perfect for my car, the construction is sturdy plastic that does not feel cheap, and the radio fit could not be better. It also looks good with the black finish. I recommend this for any project that does not have a direct fit application.

Pros: -Great fit -Good looking -Dash saver -Quality construction

Cons: -none

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heywood from Florida on 1/3/2016

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great product

Pros: universal

Cons: none

Exactly as stated

TomC from Derby, Ks on 11/30/2015

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This universal mount came exactly as stated, nothing more or less. I used it for a stereo change I my T@B teardrop trailer and it worked perfectly.

Pros: Easy to use and modify if needed.

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Toy Hauler Conversion

sumbuddie from California on 11/21/2015

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I had a Kenwood with no where to place it. This product offered a box to put it in. While slightly larger to accommodate different sized radio systems the Kenwood had side screw knobs to install the adjust and take up the space in the install situation as you are dealing with some thing more like a custom build. Here is a video of the finished job so you see what it looks like where i used it, all plugged in with the radio and speaker wire welded in.

Pros: Sturdy plastic with properly placed cutouts for the necessary wires.

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Serves it's prupose

Chris from Texas on 10/1/2015

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This underdash mount was very handy when it came to installing a radio in the glovebox of my 1964 Grand Prix. I had to cut a little off the rear of the case to fit inside the dash and clear the blower box, but overall it worked well and looks much better than an exposed radio case.

Pros: Cheap when bought with a radio or other equipment (50% off)

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Will from Colorado on 9/8/2015

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The kit worked out great for my use. I used it in my workshop on the rafters...it"s at a level that is easy to get to, but out of the way of the work area. The kit made it look like a craftsman did it.

Pros: Nice looks and easy to install

Cons: None

Easy Install

mick from Illinois on 8/4/2015

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Fits great in my 40 Plymouth

Pros: Easy install

Cons: None

As Advertised

Kgk from Cooperstown ny on 4/2/2015

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Can was advertised.

Pros: Functional. Simple to customize and install.

Cons: ABS plastic do not super strong. I reinforced before final installation.

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86K10 from redding, ca on 12/26/2014

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Well made with many installation configurations, I couldn't get it to fit under my dash as I had the 4x4 shifter and the c.b. radio in the way. I have a cloth type dash and I velcroed it right on top of the dash! Works great easy access and low enough not to interfere with my vision.

Pros: Many possibilities of installing in different places, also you can trim the back half off for clearance issues.

Cons: No attachment hardware included.

worked well in my boat.

Dave G from Cincinnati on 8/21/2014

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Encloses the entire in-dash unit and mounts easily under the main console of the boat. It is a no frills product that did exactly what I needed.

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Under Dash Box That Did The Trick

Mike S. from Fayetteville, NC on 5/23/2014

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The Universal Underdash Kit was included as a no-charge accessory with my purchase, primarily because I asked for it and because no wiring harness adapter is available for my vehicle (1969 Chevrolet Caprice).

Pros: Mounting holes are plentiful. Mounting screws included in kit.

Cons: None, this kit did what I needed it to do, hold my new Head Unit under the dash.

Easy Installation

Deuce from North Central NC on 1/7/2014

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Made installation under the dash of a '62 Valiant very easy for our 15 year old son.

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RC from Brea California on 6/22/2013

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This product made the installation really easy

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Convienence!

EagleRego from Aiken, SC29803 on 6/21/2013

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If you require something CLEAN, NEAT and APPEALING to put your new stereo in and the location you are placing it in (Car, Boat or RV etc.) this is what you need. Makes the stereo look like a factory installation.

Pros: Simple, makes it look like a factory install.

Cons: 1 color, Black

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Liz from Charleston, SC on 5/27/2013

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Returned and exchanged for in dash mounting system. Seemed like it would work well though.

Pros: None

Cons: None

works great

JM from Lakeville, MN on 5/1/2013

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Works great. Easy install.

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Unique Install

Mike from Zimmerman, MN on 2/13/2013

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I purchased this underdash kit to house a Dual XML8150 in the rear of my 2008 Ford E350 which is converted into a motocross bike race bike hauler. The mount is located directly under a shelf unit on the partition wall. Worked perfect!

Pros: Good fit and finish and looks to be durable.

Cons: None

Made installation a breeze

Tim N. from Manning SC on 4/3/2011

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Used to install receiver in my '57 Chevy, looks great without cutting up dash . Thanks

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Tent Trailer

Anonymous from Califorina on 6/17/2010

Used this to install a stereo in the tent trailer so we could remove the I pods from the kids ears and we could enjoy music together. It had enough room behind the stereo to hide all the wires and made for a nice clean install.

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Worked Great

Joe from Wisconsin on 3/15/2009

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Did just what I needed it to do. Mounted a car stereo under a shelf in the maintenance shop at work. Added a 12 volt 5 amp power supply for portable coolers. Added a pair of home speakers and a car antenna, nice durable NEAT looking shop radio. The kit worked flawlessly, no troubles. In the end it looks and works great. Thanks for another great product, Crutchfield!

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Steve from Millersview, Texas on 9/6/2008

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Unit worked perfectly...Used it to mount a din radio in a farm tractor that had an old-style shaft radio long since deceased...Shaft style radios are almost impossible to find...Found this unit and decided to give it a try...Unit is sturdy and fit my new radio perfectly...I'm now in the modern world!!!

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Marine Installation

Sebastian from San Francisco Bay, CA on 9/19/2006

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I just used this under dash kit to install a marine stereo in my sailboat. It fit well, offered a secure, protected mount and everything went as planned. Best of all, it was offered free of charge by Crutchfield, with my stereo and speakers.<BR><BR>Only comment - I wish it had been available in white.

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Universal Underdash Kit

Bronco1967 from Washington State on 7/22/2006

This adapter lets you put the latest tunes in your classic ride. I didn't have to hack my dash to install a DIN mount receiver. I was able to keep the stock radio in its stock location, for maximum classic resale value, not that I would ever part with my Bronco. This kit makes a good, clean, mount. Easy to paint to match your interior too.

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Features

Overview: This universal underdash kit allows you to mount a DIN chassis receiver to the underside of most dashboards. The kit is secured to the mounting surface using the supplied self-tapping screws.

Note: In most cases, using this kit requires modification to your car and/or the kit itself.

Dimensions:

  • Overall: W=9.985", H=3.484", D=9.197"; the height of the kit decreases from front to back. The front of the kit measures 3.484" tall and the back of the kit measures 2.596" tall.
  • Internal Compartment: W=8.534", H=2.516", D=7.511"
  • DIN Receiver Mounting Dimensions: W=7.202", H=2.123", D=7.493"; the receiver can have a maximum nose width of 7.684" and a maximum nose height of 3.334".

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Why did you buy this?

I am installing a modern head unit in a 1964 Lincoln continental and I do not want to modify the current dash. [ john zimmerman  Oct 02, 2017 ]
building a overhead marine speaker enclosure for my 2015 Polaris rzr [ brian  Sep 24, 2017 ]
For mounting in an RV. [ Clint  Jul 10, 2017 ]
Fit perfectly for setup behind the seat of my single cab truck. Left the original radio in my dashboard of my 1978 Chevy and left the original look. Now I can bluetooth connect and play what I want without cutting the dash. [ Colin  May 31, 2017 ]
My son has a vehicle that won't accommodate an after market stereo. [ PHILL  May 08, 2017 ]
It was what I was looking for. [ TOM P  May 05, 2017 ]
Easy mounting in a Side by Side [ Jason  Apr 19, 2017 ]
marine mounting to ceiling [ Desiree  Apr 11, 2017 ]
To use as a possible mount in the glovebox. [ Jeffrey  Mar 27, 2017 ]
For my 68 Chevelle convertible. Going to be installed in glove box, leaving original radio in dash. [ Robert  Mar 06, 2017 ]
My car is a Classic and I am installing under the frame leaving original radio in its place [ Eduardo  Mar 03, 2017 ]
I am going to use this to install the head unit in the glove box in a 1968 Cadillac. The factory head unit will remain in the dash and the factory volume and tuning knobs will be modified to control the new head unit. I want the capabilities of the Pioneer head unit without sacrificing the appearance of the classic interior. [ Eric  Feb 15, 2017 ]
installing it into classic car [ pablo  Jan 03, 2017 ]
Needed it for my car [ THOMAS  Oct 23, 2016 ]
wanted solid mount for radio in electronics box on a center console boat. didn't need "water proof' version [ David  Oct 06, 2016 ]
I have old 1956 GMC truck with no holes in dash for stereo mount. Plenty of room under dash. [ Gary  Jul 17, 2016 ]
It was the only way I could install my new radio [ Murray  Jun 07, 2016 ]
Being installed in a enclosed motorcycle trailer for a radio [ Pete  Apr 28, 2016 ]
Will be using to mount radio under dash in golf cart! [ John  Apr 02, 2016 ]
Works every time [ Brian  Mar 19, 2016 ]
I chose this because I am putting the stereo in my 1966 Plymouth Valiant and want to retain the original radio and prevent permanent dash modifications. [ Kyler  Mar 13, 2016 ]
I am installing a stereo in the garage area of my "toy hauler" trailer. This is the simplest and cleanest way to do the install. [ RckyMtnMike  Feb 26, 2016 ]
to make this install in my '73 charger under dash without cutting up the original dash inlay.just makes everything easier 'cause original dash woodgrain insert for these classic mopar's are worth big $$$. [ donald  Feb 17, 2016 ]
I installed this under dash (above hump) in my 65 & 68 Mustang. Allows me to keep a functional and original radio system while using an updated receiver visible (not in dashbox). [ David  Feb 12, 2016 ]
Something universal for a 72 squareback [ Carl  Feb 04, 2016 ]
I'm mounting a HD receiver in my office and this will be used to house the unit. [ Frank  Jan 30, 2016 ]

5 questions already asked

It depends on what you mean by a "funny angle". It's nearly horizontal; I think a surface mount would work fine. Your dashboard surface would need to be very flat, though, and most dashboards are not. [ DAVE  Dec 27, 2016 ]
It should work but it's in my boat so I can't check. I'd say 80% yes. [ John  Dec 27, 2016 ]
Yes, it can. That is how I mounted it and it was fine. [ RODERICK  Dec 27, 2016 ]
It is vacuum formed plastic- looks good and works well! [ John  Nov 15, 2016 ]
Plastic [ WALTER  Nov 15, 2016 ]
Single DIN, the radio has a metal sleve liner that attaches to the kit. Just as it would in the vehicle Single DIN opening. Radio slides into sleve. Perfect. [ Tony  Oct 18, 2016 ]
The same way as installing in the dash. Use the mounting hardware and exterior trim supplied with your stereo. Installing the enclosure may require some creativity unless there is a flat surface to fasten to. [ Greg  Oct 18, 2016 ]
The radio adaptor snapped into the opening in the underdash kit. This was used in a piece of construction equipment and has held up very well. [ Thomas  Oct 18, 2016 ]
it worked great for me put it in my 1971 fj40. Didn't want it under my dash , not much room. mounted in my glove box, I just turned it over and Velcro it down and use a stereo with a remote. [ ARTHUR H  Oct 18, 2016 ]
You have to buy an additional , adapter kit for the type of radio you are installing. For example , I put a Piooner unit in my under dash mount, [ ALBERT  Oct 17, 2016 ]
FLat surfaces is all you need, overhead, underdash, overdash, or vertically... [ Tony  Oct 18, 2016 ]
This mount will not work in dash but you can mount them under the dash or under a seat. We have used these on many different types of vehicles. [ Jesse  Jul 04, 2016 ]
If you have a flat area under the dash you can use this-if you can catch the front screws and 1 or 2 down the side, you can make a bracket off the rear to help stabilize it-I have used several, work great [ james  Jul 03, 2016 ]
I bought the bracket to mount a cd/am/fm under the front dash of a golf cart. Bracket is to flimsy and doesn't seal if the mounting surface is not flat. Also, my intention was to use marine cover on the front, it didn't work with bracket. Don't know about automobile mounting. [ Tillman  Jul 03, 2016 ]
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Aug 30, 2014 ]  Staff
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