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  1. aj woodvine

    aj woodvine New Member

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    is there anyone here that has a dash kit for the 99 that is compatible with the digital auto climate control?
    i really want to put a new radio in it but cant find this kit. So if anyone has one how much would you want for it?
     
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    There is no dash kit for a stereo that I remember for the GenIII cars. All the ones (including mine) were DIY installs. Most of them (again including mine) were not great looking. I would look at a remote system that you can hide and operate out of sight. I put mine in the storage pocket under the football. It was not a car show winner looking install and the shifter got in the way when loading cd's (back in time a ways).

    There are those resto mod installs out there that put the head unit somewhere out of sight so the dash still looks correct. That might be the best aesthetic option.

    What kind of audio options are you looking for? If I was doing it again-- and not using cd's much anymore, I would do a modified glove box where i cut up some of the plastic inside so I could mount a fixed position head unit with wired or wireless remote control. That unit would be able to handle traditional radio, satellite if you want, mp3, phone and other media.

    Be aware that when you connect an aftermarket head unit to the factory stereo wiring you will lose stereo display int he integrated football unit. The climate stuff will still be there but not the rest.

    There may also be someone who has wired in a 3.5mm jack into the factory head unit to connect a phone or back in the day we were using ipod/mp3 players there.

    I would look around at the Taurus Car Club of America forum for more ideas as they had more owners of this generation of car than just the SHO sub model.

    This stereo issue made me angry as hell back then. I just installed a stereo and didn't care about blending it in professionally because I didn't have the time to get proficient at acquiring that skill while working 2 jobs. Honestly, I never got another GenIII because of the difficulty of changing the stereo options.
     
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    Both Metra and Scosche make dash kits for Gen3s but only with manual climate controls. I don't remember ever seeing one for electronic controls and would suspect it's long been discontinued and quite expensive if there was. Neither look that great either.

    What are you trying to accomplish? IF you plan on adding amps/DSP there are models that have bluetooth or a line in so you can leave the dash alone.
     
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    Been there done that. They never offered one. The electronics are integrated between the climate control and the stereo and no company offered a kit for that setup.
    I searched high and low for a way to do it many years ago and had to compromise for the install. The best options for a traditional head unit within arms reach (ish) are glove box and in the arm rest for hidden, and under the football in the storage area for ease of operating. There may be other stuff out there that is more exotic in form factor but nothing will go in the dash where you want it to be.
     
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