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Old 12-29-2014, 07:03 AM   #1
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I am new and I first read the entire mods and tweaks section, its a shame that about 3/4 of the links to pictures and sites are no good, a lot of mod info lost. Some people did post pictures to their post so there still good, so thanks.

Question: I just bought a used 2008 170 Popular, Does anyone now where I can get the service manual or instructions on removing the dash panel. I want to remove the installed 6-1/2 inch Jenson radio that doesnt work and install a newer Radio/gps/backup/dvd.

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Old 12-29-2014, 10:39 AM   #2
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If you're going to do it yourself, you should check out Crutchfield (crutchfield.com). When you buy a car radio/gps, car speakers or whatever from them, they include detailed installation instructions written for the year, make and model of your particular vehicle. If you need to remove dash panels, the instructions will tell you how to do it. Their web site will also tell you what will and what won't fit in your dashboard and that can save you a lot of time, money and headaches. They have great support folks, too!

A tip: If you have to remove dashboard panels or trim pieces, get a set of plastic Trim Panel tools. They're cheap and are designed to remove the trim panels without damaging them. Wedging a screwdriver or using a hammer claw is pretty much guaranteed to break, tear, chip or crack these panels. Crutchfield has these tools and you can probably find them at an auto parts store.

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Old 12-29-2014, 02:18 PM   #3
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I replaced the radio in my 1997. This would apply to 1997 - 2002 Chevy / GMC vans - link with photos: http://www.classbforum.com/phpBB2/vi...hp?f=12&t=2167

The link will give you an idea of the type of work involved and help you decide if you want to go the DIY route or have a shop do it for you.

I looked though some install guides for a 2008 Express. The only difference I notice is that you seem to have to remove the passenger side bolster (trim) in addition to the drivers side bolster (trim) that I had to remove.

A few guides for you:
http://www.bracketron.com/media/support ... 304-01.pdf
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0234/ ... emoval.pdf
http://content.abt.com/documents/36057/ ... nstall.pdf

If you find a forum post with broken links or missing photos let me know and I will try to fix it. The way back machine on https://archive.org/index.php is very useful for viewing websites or pages that have been deleted.
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Old 12-29-2014, 02:44 PM   #4
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Google YouTube. Many instructions on Many things can be found there on How-to-do it.
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:49 PM   #5
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First thing you might want to do is pull the Jenson out and look on the back for an automotive type fuse.

Mine was blown for some reason and I replaced it and bingo, it came back to life.
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