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As an alternative to the factory gear, I installed a Nakamichi TD-45z head unit in the factory DIN slot and a Nakamichi MF-51 5-disc in-dash CD unit in the cup holder/coin tray slot. I chose the 5-disc CD because it was considerably less expensive than the 6-disc unit.

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I actually think that the 3/4 DIN slot under the head unit is a more useful storage area than the tray.

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<img src="http://home.attbi.com/~jakenmel1/images/nak001.jpg" width="320px" height="240px">

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Of course, the MF-51 is slightly larger than the more expensive models but I can live with the little overhang.

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A little black plastic and an oversized "O"-ring trim out the opening around the unit.

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<img src="http://home.attbi.com/~jakenmel1/images/nak005s.jpg" width="500px" height="375px">

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It really didn't involve rocket science to do this installation. I followed the "Bible" obtained from Helms
for removal of the tray. Sorry I didn't document the actual installation but I did this back in February
2000. Long before I knew about the Odyclub. As I recall, there was enough structure left to use metal strapping to secure the CD unit. The system is great! It has a remote (which I rarely use), the face plate is removable (if that's important) and it will random shuffle through the discs. And I also get the tape deck for all those old tapes that I've created over the years. My only real complaint is that the CD unit is 'fussy' about CDR discs.
Some will play, some will not.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Jake013:
My only real complaint is that the CD unit is 'fussy' about CDR discs.
Some will play, some will not.
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Sweet. Thanks for posting pics, I've personally been very curious to see if anyone mounted a changer or other unit in the cupholder location.

Yes, Naks have been know to be fussy on some CDRs. What type/brand of media do you use? I've heard/found that when I have a fussy player, switching media to a better brand helps, as does writing at lower speed so the off track is less and it's easier for the CD player to track.

-SJ

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'01 DEP EX, and I'm workin' on it! (slowly)
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by shindog:
Sweet. Thanks for posting pics, I've personally been very curious to see if anyone mounted a changer or other unit in the cupholder location.

Yes, Naks have been know to be fussy on some CDRs. What type/brand of media do you use? I've heard/found that when I have a fussy player, switching media to a better brand helps, as does writing at lower speed so the off track is less and it's easier for the CD player to track.

-SJ

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I've tried them all (brands, that is) without consistent results. I always write to the CD at the lowest speed setting. The CD's always work in everybody else's player except my nak. Just a quirk of the machine, I guess. The Nak tech told me that they should work (even though the manual says that CD-R's won't work in the unit.)

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I had an old (cheap) Cendyne CD Burner, and music CDs would sometimes offtrack on my home player. I now have a Plexwriter 24/10/40A now and not a single skip since... And I'm using non-music specific, off brand media too!

Some players are just more sensitive to this than others... My Alpine car player has always been 100% rock solid with any of my computer burned disks....

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