2003 S-10 Radio Changeout
Forget this...show me
Before you get too deeply involved in reading this page, there are a few things to know. First of all, your dealer may tell you all kinds of scary sounding things about changing your radio. Secondly, dealerships usually won't touch the installed radio. Third, you CAN install your own radio, it will look good and will perform even better than the factory unit.
You CAN keep your factory speakers and you don't have to hack up your factory radio wiring to install a new radio. Adapter kits are available.
Doing the actual swap is easy, but it is beyond the scope of this page. I'd highly recommend buying the installation kit from Crutchfield, even if you buy your radio elsewhere. They will provide you everything you need, and you can pick it up from a spot on the web after you've spoken to their people. Cost isn't too much different for the adapter hardware than what you'd pay at another store (like Best Buy or Circuit City) and they provide excellent instructions free of charge. You will also get free help installing the stuff if you need it. I say this not because I am in any way affiliated with Crutchfield (I'm not, by the way...) but just because I am a very happy customer and would buy from them again!
Here's the much disliked OEM radio--CD only, and way too much emphasis on
bass. It was also hot-running. Not to mention that my CD collection is much less
durable and far more expensive than my tape collection! Then there's that dopey
Theftlock LED, just inviting someone to see what I've got in the truck that's
worth stealing... ;-)
The above picture was taken around November 20th, 2002.
...and here's my new Pioneer radio installed and ready to play. Much better sound and tuner, and it has a cassette player, just like I wanted!
Aplogies for the overall blurriness of the picture, but my macro lens wasn't being agreeable at the time...
You will notice that I had to trim the radio surround down to fit within the dash. When in the truck, you probably won't notice this little manuever. It doesn't matter to me and most people have to be told about it before they ever notice. As an added bonus, I can now play ANY source that will plug into my cassette shell adapter.
The original radio is sitting in my closet as a means of punishment. I only ever used it once or twice before pulling it out. It will probably stay there until I clean things out and throw it away...which, knowing how I prioritize cleaning anything up, is probably never going to happen.