Just wanted to post up some pics and my experience of my Monsoon HU removal I did over the weekend.
I had no keys so I used this thread as a guide http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=976741
and decided to take some pics that might help someone else.
My uninstall was done on my 2003 GTI
Part 1 - Removal of Double Din Monsoon Head Unit
The first thing i did was remove the cup holder above the head unit.
I did this by prying a flat head screwdriver in between the clips and the side as shown...
Here's a close up view of the tabs...
And with the flat head screwdriver...
I pulled on the flap as the tabs were pushed back one by one
And they come out a little, like this...
Then it slides out easy...
The second thing i did was to pry out the air conditioner faceplate (i think thats what it is called) below the HU...
Then i took off these knobs so that they dont get in the way when i take the faceplate off...
The following pic was taken after i took off the faceplate, but indicates where the 4 screws are to remove. (forgot to take a "before" pic)
Once all 4 screws were off it was a bit hard to get the faceplate off.
i had to pry it off with the flathead screwdriver.
Once it came out a little I had to be careful to not damage the connectors that connect from the HU to the faceplate when taking of the faceplate...
After careful pulling the faceplate comes (snaps) off
Faceplate on floor...
Here's a pic of everything off...
I took notice to these metal tabs in all 4 corners...
Here's a closeup of one
A pic of seeing how the tab holds the HU in place...
A test fit of the screwdriver...
(The following pic is ghetto, and i should of made some keys with an old credit card or similar, it took some work, but it did the job.)
I plugged an assortment of screwdrivers in the metal tabs so that the HU can be released from its home...
After some screwdriver maneuvering, the Monsoon HU slides out with ease...
Here's the Monsoon harness...
I flipped the bottom tab out and pulled the harness out.
Thats the end of the removal of the Double Din Monsoon HU.
Here is a link to all of the pics that i took that day (un-edited)
And here is a link to the edited pics
Part 2 - Installation of new HU Kenwood
These two thread helped me out with this section
http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=967146 Steps 43 - 48
I purchased this Monsoon harness from Al and Ed's Autosound
A perfect fit. Here is a comparison of the connector from the car and the Al & Ed's Monsoon harness.
I used 2 boxes of these sheilded connectors. IIRC they were 22 - 18 awg
Here is the Kenwood harness all prepped and ready to go
Here are the 2 harnesses connected together...
The following wires werent used on the Monsoon Harness.
When i initially did a test connection, the Kenwood HU had to be turned off manually and turned on manually when the two red wires were connected.
To solve that problem i used this read wire instead with an inline fuse and routed it to the 75x
the 75x is a switched 12v power source. and the Red wire with an inline fuse was a spare part I had lying around and was originally from a fog light wiring kit purchased at Pep boys.
Here is another pic
Here is a pic of the Monsoon and Kenwood harness connected together and ready for new HU
Here is a pic of the 75x connection
Once I connected the Kenwood HU to it's harness everything worked perfectly.
I did a balance/fade test to make sure all speakers inside car were working.
They were working great and i noticed a bit of a better sound difference (or maybe its just me) but anyways, i hooked up the outputs and sub amp switch to my amplifier in the trunk and 1 week later as I write this, everything sounds sweet.
Hope this post can help anyone out who is looking to remove their Monsoon double din HU and put in a new aftermarket HU.
Here are more pics that i took that day
Modified by fostex at 8:00 PM 7-19-2007