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Old 10-18-2005, 06:01   #1 (permalink)
Ivar
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Radio Spec

Hi All.

I have a 1988 XJS (UK spec), in the car is what looks like the original
radio cassette player. I say this because of the leaping Jag logo on the
cassette cover flap. I am thinking of changing this so that I can have a
updated radio and CD player. Or may be a multi changer in the boot.
Would a standard size player fit in the slot? and (bear in mind I'm no
expert) what is the spec of the size or fitting? What is "D" & "E" spec?

Thanks for any input

Ivar


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Old 10-18-2005, 12:01   #2 (permalink)
WayneC
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Re: Radio Spec

Ivar wrote:
> Hi All.
>
> I have a 1988 XJS (UK spec), in the car is what looks like the original
> radio cassette player. I say this because of the leaping Jag logo on the
> cassette cover flap. I am thinking of changing this so that I can have a
> updated radio and CD player. Or may be a multi changer in the boot.
> Would a standard size player fit in the slot? and (bear in mind I'm no
> expert) what is the spec of the size or fitting? What is "D" & "E" spec?
>
> Thanks for any input
>
> Ivar
>
>

I am not an expert in this, but here's what I found while pondering the
same issue. My american '84 XJS acceped a standard DIN size radio. There
is some concern about the depth into the console, though, as the used
radio I chose was actually too tight a fit. It extends out of the
console perhaps a half-inch, but looks fine (no ugly rough edges
showing) and doesn't interfere with the shift lever (although it might
interfere with CD insertion if the lever is in the "park" position). I
kept it anyway.

Most cars, at least here in the US and, I think, Germany (and possibly
the UK) have standard DIN or double-height DIN openings.

Here's a link with some info on standards:
http://stereos.about.com/od/introduc..._carstereo.htm

Here's another (look down the page at the "DIN-size" paragraphs.

http://tinyurl.com/98bkh

The used radio/CD player I purchased came with a sleeve that fit into a
DIN opening, and also a faceplate that dressed up the exterior edges. I
was able to look up some installation instructions for several radios
and discovered the wire colors were standardized, too, which allowed me
to easily solder the new radio wire harness to the old radio's pigtail
to make a plug-in adapter harness that didn't disturb the vehicle harness.

One more concern... if I recall correctly, my radio had a 45watt output,
and many newer car radio/cd players have much higher wattage, which
could present a fire danger to vehicle wiring (high current input
required) and endanger the speakers themselves, so I was careful to
choose a unit with nearly the same output as the old one (I think the
info was printed on a paper glued to the old radio) as I did not want to
get into rewiring the vehicle.
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