Last night I finished the stereo install on Haru, my Civic Si. I say finished because I received the wrong wiring harness adapter and had to order another one and wait for it to arrive before I could complete the install. So, the stereo has actually been in the car for almost a week, but not connected to anything. Here’s the stock stereo:
…and the new stereo:
Eagle-eyed followers will note that this is the same stereo I had in Scruffers, my Protegé5. It’s a JVC KDX50BT. It’s a good stereo, with lots of great features and no optical drive. This one was factory refurbished and only cost me $75. There’s only two companies that make dash kits for the EP3 Civic, and it’s kind of a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situation because one is silver (which doesn’t match the silver of the center console) with a uselessly small pocket, and the other is black (shown, which also doesn’t match the black on the rest of the dashboard). I may eventually try to figure out a way to make the dash kit look a bit better, because it’s definitely not up to OEM Honda standards, that’s for sure. But for now, it’s fine.
I’m going to drive around for a bit with this setup and see if I like it before deciding to change the stock speakers or not. Having incredible sound in the car isn’t really all that important to me; as long as it doesn’t sound like shit, I’m usually happy. But, we’ll see.
I also took the opportunity to replace the shift boot with the same part from Honda. The original boot was beginning to split a little bit in a couple of the folds, though it hadn’t quite gotten all the way through just yet. It wasn’t a cheap part (none of the OEM Honda parts are cheap), but I’m glad I replaced it. A lot of people replace the boot with a JDM one and use a JDM or aftermarket knob, but I didn’t want to do that because I’m happy with the stock knob. It looks and feels good, so there’s no need to change it.
I also have new rear badges to replace the ones on the car that were bent a little and also mounted in the wrong location, and a new rear marker lens to replace the one on the passenger side that has a small crack and is chipped. That part was very expensive and there’s no OEM replicas available, so I just had to suck it up and pay the price. The only other option would have been to replace it with an aftermarket clear or smoked side marker, and I didn’t want to do that.
I’m leaving tomorrow to visit my family for the next few days, and this will be the first long distance trip I’ve taken with Haru. It should be fun. I’m looking forward to it. Happy Holidays, everyone!