Getting tired of not having a CD player in my 98 Civic, I got from
Crutchfield a nice Sony receiver and the required wire harnesses.
The install was very easy, except for the mechanical side. For all
these aftermarket receivers, the installation consists in positioning
the sleeve and then bending down the pre-cut tabs.
In theory, the tabs fixate the sleeve and the sleeve fixates the
receiver. In practice though, there is nothing behind the dashboard for
the tabs to get into. The original radio was surrounded by air, being
kept in place by a L-shaped tab that was screwed in the back of the
radio and on a horizontal bar deep down behind the dashboard.
I am now contemplating the prospect of using a milling machine to cut
from aluminum an equivalent L tab for the Sony receiver, but before
doing this, I'd like to ask you: if you replaced the factory radio
yourself, how did you fixate the new radio in the dashboard?