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my pal has just bought a new head unit, and asked me how easy they are to fit? i had mine professionally fitted. he also has a GP just like myself. any help here will be greatly received!
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

Very easy - I'm surprised you've paid to have yours fitted! There should be 4 holes on the GP's HU which you can use a removal tool on. The rest is fairly straightforward
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

Once youve got the standard one out, all you then do is put the Facia in (i'm not sure which one the GP needs) then take the cage of the back of the new HU and put it in the hole, then use a screwdriver to push the slots down to lock it in to place.. plug your wiring harness in, pug it in to the back of the unit, half push the head unit in, test it, then push it all the way in...

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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

how do you remove the existing unit though???
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

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how do you remove the existing unit though???
i'm not sure about GP's but i would guess... (standard fiat fitment)

you would buy a set of release keys from halfords (or pay them to do it (£5) or just bend some coat hangers and stick them in the holes... push them away from the center of the car then give the radio a tug
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

when fitting the headunit we connected it all up by the two black bits and the aerial but we received no power from it? should it be hard wired and not just connected????
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when fitting the headunit we connected it all up by the two black bits and the aerial but we received no power from it? should it be hard wired and not just connected????
you might have to switch the red and yellow cables, to switch it from battery to ignition power
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

are they easily switched or do you have to break them off?
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are they easily switched or do you have to break them off?
usually bulleted. otherwise you'll have to crimp some on yourself
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

sorry people, excuse my ignorance as im a little tired,but whats a GP? hey! no laughing back there!
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sorry people, excuse my ignorance as im a little tired,but whats a GP? hey! no laughing back there!
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Oh now i get it!
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

im just lost now
i got a GP and my aftermarket headunit isnt coming on

ive been told by some i can buy an adapter for it and then others saying the adapter doesnt work and i still need to swop live wires around?

please can you tell me though which one is the best solution and if i do have to swop lives around isnt this going to mess the cars CAN system up?
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

u do not need an adapter but when the guy from halfords fitted it for me in the end, as it was free fitting he had to swap two of the wires into the headunit to get it to work.
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Re: how easy is it to fit a headunit?

I had this on my Mk2.5 Punto.

If it is the same, you should find a Yellow cable with a fuse in it. Unplug the top part (going to the top of the ISO adapter), and plug in the red one and this is what worked for me.

I loved the fact i worked this out and my dealers spark couldn't work it out!!

If it is as stated, you swap the ignition live to battery (or the other way) and all done.

If i had the old car, i would have put up some pics for you.
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