I am writing you to tell all of you that there is a way to install an aftermarket head unit (the JVC KW-NX7000 Navigation with a drop down video screen for my little one with Sirius, and a back up camera) is what I am installing.
First, I too was waiting for a Dash kit fro Metra or Scosche to add the unit. I had called today both companies (04/21/09) to see when they will be available and I was informed that they will not be released unit June. Me being the impatient person that I am I decided to tear apart my dash and take a look. Now I am not a person who gets discouraged easily, but when I saw the radio and A/C unit was one piece, I said to myself, they have to be separate units, and in fact they were. They do however share the same knob face. Pictures to follow what I have done.
So I totally dismantled the unit, separated the radio from the A/C unit, after I did that I checked to see it would work alone without the radio, and it WORKED! So then I pulled out my dremel and proceeded to cut the knob faceplate and then the metal plate in half. Then I put the unit back together and then once again, checked to see if it worked and guess what it WORKED!
Then I continued to remove the cd player and looked at what I had to work with for space, please note, I will be cutting the dash to fit the double din radio using the face place that came along with the radio to fit into the hole I just cut. I realize that the Metra and Scocshe kit uses the dash kit to hold the unit, I will do that but I will also find a way to reinforce the unit from bouncing. I did also notice that the face plate is curved and I will figure that out as well.
I then cut the plastic and metal gusset that resides behind the original unit so my navigation unit will fit. This is the first post and as I move on I will post directions and pics.