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Old 06-13-2018, 03:39 AM
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I am the proud owner of a 1995 993 C2 that I enjoy and drive every day. I currently have a Blaupunkt Toronto BT420 head unit to bluetooth connect to my cell phone followed by Pioneer amp, and Focal speakers. The set is great except for the Blaupunkt unit which is pretty low quality in my opinion. Recently, I have wanted to fit the newest Alpine Halo 9 head unit in the vehicle (link below). It's just an amazing head unit and I dream of mounting back up camera, Spotify, Podcast Apps, Tire pressure, and not rely on my phone to display map navigation. Crutchfield said it would not fit but me being stubborn, I still want to see with my own eye. Crutchfield is right, it does not fit. Eventhough Alpine Halo 9 fits most single din radio slots, the screen bumps into the dashboard trim.

That is UNLESS I am able to securely attach the head unit in a way where it protrudes 2 inches forward from the normal installation position, and this way I am able to clear the dashboard trim. Here are my questions:

1) Do any of you know if it is possible at all to securily mount a head unit in such a way that it purposely protrudes forward by ~2 inches from the normal installation position?

2) If I get my way, the whole set up woulld look like this. Would love to get feedback on it. In your view, is this cool to modernize a 25 year car to enjoy modern conveinence given I drive it so much, or is it complete blasphemy?

Thank you for your comments!

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Old 06-13-2018, 04:46 AM
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I had the exact same idea as you did, although a few months down the road from now. I think it's a great idea, but it's a bummer it does not fit. I'd love to hear if something can be done to get it to fit.
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:10 AM
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KraZy007:

1) It's actually really close to fitting. I just need to be able to have the head unit protrude a bit by 1-2 inches. You would not see it once installed because all of it is hidden by the screen. I was doing some research and it seems possible to install a head unit and have it voluntarily protrude. Some people are doing this to install folding screen. Check what these folks were able to do paying attention to the head unit (not the ugly interiror). So engineering wise, there seems to be a solution.

This bring me to my second question:

2) Is this blasphemy? So many people try to keep the look close to originl and here I am putting a huge 9 inch display in the middle of the cockpit.



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Old 06-13-2018, 11:07 AM
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You asked - so I'll answer. Yes, it's blasphemy. Upgrade your exhaust and go radio delete instead...

But - it's your car. Do what you want. I do suggest that you take care to make sure that you can restore it to stock at some point in the future.

Good luck.

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Old 06-13-2018, 11:33 AM
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I never criticize anyone for their modifications to their 993. Big wings, stripes, audio upgrades.... it's your car and do what makes you happy. I am striving to keep the 993s appearance as OEM as possible. If this is something you want and will enjoy...... go for it. But, as fatmike said, that care to do the installation so that it can be put back to stock without any tale-tail signs.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:11 PM
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I recently did a headunit upgrade and I based on my experience I don't think there will be a way to securely mount a heavy headunit that is partially inserted into the dash without hacking what is there.

The dash has no threads to use machine screws to secure the head unit like other cars. The stock headunit uses a flimsy sheet metal frame you bend some tabs into the dash which the headunit locks into with some metal tabs when it is fully inserted into the dash.

I looked at a lot of options and you have a few. I landed on a Alpine HD149BT with HD radio and bluetooth as my car is on rotation as a daily driver so I needed a decent system that easily and reliably integrates with my phone for calls, music, and Waze/GPS. Also has a decent DSP/EQ and crossovers built-in so if you integrate external amps is one less piece of audio equipment to consider. Drawback with it ls shiny black faceplate which looks out of place with the rest of the analog interior.

The Continental TR7412UB-OR is a good alternative if you don't go down the path of an amplified system. Looks great as it has an old school look to it so it fits in with the rest of the interior better. Has bluetooth. Drawback with it doesn't have RCA outputs so if you are looking to also add an external amp it may limit your amp choices as you will need to find one with speaker level inputs or find a DSP with speaker level inputs to put in front of the amp.

Lastly, you could delete the headunit altogether and use your phone as one (which is sort of what I am doing now) and get an amp with a DSP/crossovers or a amp and DSP/crossover.

Or do nothing and listen the great sound of the engine

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Old 06-13-2018, 04:47 PM
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993C2'95 -
The new Alpine Halo 9 could work. We bought the Halo 9 unit as well back in the initial delivery wave of 2/2018. While purchased for another vehicle I too held the flexible lite-weight screen up to the 993's dashboard; as in your initial post's picture.

Guess is the 1-DIN body of the unit will serve as an anchor, supporting the feather-weight umbilical cord/screen. Gotta luv the units scale-ability of its screen location.


Good luck. OEM spoken here.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:02 PM
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You must spend a lot of time in your 993 every day to need this..? It's your car so you should add whatever you need to it, but (you asked) I have to say that it looks like a billboard on a historic building... IMO.
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Personally, I don't think it's any more blasphemous than any non-oem modification. Heck some extreme collectors see any modification at all undesirable. Our cars are not on that level, so calling one modification blasphemous and another acceptable is really subjective.

Updating some elements of the car to bring it in line with current comforts and technology is essentially what folks like singer do, albiet on an entirely different level altogether.
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:19 AM
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993C2'95 -
Is the new Alpine Halo 9 "Blasphemy" you ask? Kind of, but what the hey you only live once.

A stand-up blasphemy run is installing something from the the sea of low cost aftermarket light show-esq radio's. Zero thought in that selection of radio fitment.
Although I must say,,, outboard 12volt audio signal processors have come a long, long way,,, many of which when coupled with a vintage vehicles stock radio/cassette/CD head unit can be trans-formative. Best of both worlds to have vintage OEM dashboard controls and aesthetic, coupled with modern (active) automotive Hi Fi sonic's & functionality.

Here's a link for an ISO to Alpine wiring dongle. Plug N Play baby ...
www.amazon.com/Alpine-Wiring-Adaptor-Connector-Harness/dp/B00IZFQUNI
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