Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 15:19:42 GMT
From: (Brian Hochhalter)
Subject: CD Changer Udate

I just went thru all of the available documentation on the web regarding installation of a CD changer and thought I's share what I have found. First of all the old Clarion CDC605 which is pretty much what the factory installs (they change the faceplate from silver to black and the mounting holes might be different) is no longer available unless you find a clearance item sitting around. The Clarion CDC605 is replaced this year with the CDC635. The interface is the same and it works fine with my 98 900SE and mates up with the existing cable just fine. The new CDC635 is about 2 inches shorter in length. I had originally intended on using the steel cage that SAAB sells but the mounting holes and the smaller size makes it impractical. I mounted the new changer easily without drilling any holes and it seems to be operating just fine. The pre-installed cable can be fished out from the bottom of the trim panel, but I did not know which cable I was feeling and didn't want to pull too hard on the wrong wire. I cut a "flap" just below the bulge for the radio antena motors housing from the floor up leaving the top as a "hinge" From this 4" X 4" opening it was easy to sort the cables out and run the CD changer one out the opening. The changer has two end brackets which attach to plates that rest under the flat portion of the trim in the corner of the trunk. The bracket and plate assembly closest to the rear is a tight fit, but that just makes it more stable (since I elected not to drill holes). The bolt/plate assembley slipped under the trim (after carefully lifting it up a bit) and the bolts slid up thru the slots I cut after laying it all out and measuring. Well anyway I thought I's share my experience so that it would save someone some hassle. I am looking into putting together some kind of guard rails or box around the whole thing but until then I'll be careful when I stash stuff in the trunk. BTW, I got the changer for $269 at a local car stereo outfit called Car Toys. /brian

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