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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Radio

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Radio removal tools

Applicable Models:

Porsche 944 (1983-89)
Porsche 944 S2 (1989-91)
Porsche 944 Turbo (1986-89)
Porsche 944S (1987-88)

Hot Tip:

Use care not to break or scratch the trim

Performance Gain:

Working radio

Complementary Modification:

New shift knob

One of the most common upgrades people make on their Porsche is to replace the stereo head unit. Replacing the stereo head unit in a 944 is simple, as Porsche uses a standard DIN head unit. 

There are factory "keys" that you can use to remove the unit or any other stereo that has been installed. If your Porsche came with a non-factory head unit that you would like to replace you can buy a universal set of stereo keys, which will make removal simple.

When you remove the factory stereo, you will likely have to install a different mounting frame for the new unit: the mounting frame should be included. If you are having difficulty removing the mounting frame please see our article on center console removing. Having the console out can make the job much easier.

Begin by disconnecting the ground cable from the post on the battery.
Figure 1

Begin by disconnecting the ground cable from the post on the battery. This is also a good time to check the condition of the terminal and wiring, as our cable is starting to get a little corrosion (red arrow).

Depending on the head unit you have will determine where you need to release it from the hard mount in the console.
Figure 2

Depending on the head unit you have will determine where you need to release it from the hard mount in the console. Our project car came with an Alpine unit that needed two keys, one for each side. We simply push the keys in on each side (red arrows) until they release the catches on the unit. Then pull the radio straight out.

All modern stereos can be released from their mounts easily and safely by using the proper stereo keys.
Figure 3

All modern stereos can be released from their mounts easily and safely by using the proper stereo keys. If you do not have the keys to remove the stereo unit, you can buy a universal set from Pelican Parts and make the job quick and easy.

With the catches released pull the unit straight out.
Figure 4

With the catches released pull the unit straight out. If you are replacing the unit with a different brand it should be possible to unplug the antenna, wires out and speaker out connections from the one unit and re-plug them in in the appropriate spot on the new unit.

Your new head unit should come with its own mounting unit and keys.
Figure 5

Your new head unit should come with its own mounting unit and keys. Most mounting units are just held in place by bending the different tabs on the frame (red arrows) to hold it in place. Carefully unbend the tabs and the frame should slip out. If you are having difficulties, please see our article on center console removal. Having the console out may make removal of the frame easier. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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