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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Radio removal for '91 Spider

The original radio has gone south to who knows where. It does not work period. How do you get the radio out to be replaced by upto date model? If you have to have a specified tool to get it out, where do you purchase them? Thanks for any advice and methodology.
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If your radio is a pull-out with two holes on each side of the faceplate, follow this thread. I cut 2 "U" shaped pieces from a coat hanger.

http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...o-removal.html

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Radio removal for '91 Spider

Mine does not have two holes on either side. Just one hole each side. It looks like it needs a flat slim jack.
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Sounds like it's not the stock radio then. Probably you need a tool like the one at the link below, but you might get more info if you search on the specific manufacturer. The '91 originally came with an Alfa-branded Clarion unit.

Universal OEM DIN Radio Removal Tools at Crutchfield.com

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Radio removal for '91 Spider

The radio is an original Clarion. Maybe I just don't understand the principle of radio removal. It just looks like you have to have a tool that will slide in on either side of the radio. I will check out Crutchfield. Thanks, Doug
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this is a 91 spider clarion........you can see the 2 holes on the far right for the tool (same on far left, but not seen in photo)
is your clarion different to this photo?

If it is different, you probably need the flat keys.
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JDB101, can you post a pic of your radio.
If the radio doesn't say Alfa Romeo on it, it may not be OEM.
If I recall correctly, you'd only know its Clarion because of a sticker on the back of the radio.

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Radio removal for '91 Spider

My mistake. It is a Fujisu original radio. The frame had only one hole on either side. I have already taken the frame off and you are right it will take a flat tool to get the radio out. Thanks, Doug
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this is a 91 spider clarion........you can see the 2 holes on the far right for the tool (same on far left, but not seen in photo)
is your clarion different to this photo?

If it is different, you probably need the flat keys.
I hope you don't mind me jumping in to this thread 6 years later. I want to remove my S4 OEM radio as pictured in your photo in order to repair one of the A/C vents. I've tried wire hangars, finish nails and although I hear clicking the radio won't budge. I even removed the carpeted panel on the passenger side foot well but couldn't get enough leverage to push it out. Any suggestions?
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Get a set of the u-shaped DIN radio removal tools. You can do the job with coat hangers but the right tool makes it easier.

You need to seat the tools and wiggle them a bit, then grab the radio via the cassette opening and it should pull straight out with a little tugging.
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Jeeeze Louieeeze, all this makes me happy my S4 came with a poorly installed aftermarket radio that literally fell out of the dash.

Since I didn't want a radio in my car this was fortuitous.

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Jeeeze Louieeeze, all this makes me happy my S4 came with a poorly installed aftermarket radio that literally fell out of the dash.

Since I didn't want a radio in my car this was fortuitous.
I'm with you. My 79 came used, with what I assume, is the original Blaupunkt cassette radio. Reception was never very good though I could get a few channels, but I didn't even try the cassette deck as I have no idea if I even have any cassettes anymore. The aerial has frozen in the mostly down position from lack of use (I may unfreeze it to get it all the way down).
The car sounds great on its own and that is all I need.
Perhaps if I decide to sell it, I will put in something after market just to say it has a working radio.
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Well, Kim, welcome to the Harmless Eccentrics Club. A good sound system has it's attractions in a quiet car I'm told but it's never been a priority of mine.

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Get a set of the u-shaped DIN radio removal tools. You can do the job with coat hangers but the right tool makes it easier.

You need to seat the tools and wiggle them a bit, then grab the radio via the cassette opening and it should pull straight out with a little tugging.
Bought those identical tools today and still no luck. I hear the clicks and jiggled the hell out of the radio and still it won't budge. Could something else be preventing it from releasing?? It's the same OEM radio shown in this thread.
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Try pushing each tool to the outside of the radio while tugging. Beyond that not sure what to tell you, other than get a bigger hammer.

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