shiraz1965, nice name, but im not interested in what you think. If you have a good car there shouldn't been any funky new sounds.A radio in an Alfa is like wearing noise cancelling headphones to a concert. In my case, I find that it's the single most useless money I've put in the car. I prefer to hear the canzone di Alfa and be alert for any funky new sound the car might throw at me
Can you elaborate on the kind of help you are looking for?help, trying to install a radio in a 82 spider, any help would be graet
thanks Mike, my stock radio is dead, I would like to install a newer radio, but I understand that on a 82 spider with a/c theirs no room in the back side of the radio. Just looking for help onn the install. removal dash or console ect.Can you elaborate on the kind of help you are looking for?
Are you upgrading from an existing system or installing the first ever for the car? Are you looking for ideas on makes and models, speaker sizes, etc, or need help figuring out the wiring?
If you are too tight on space for a modern unit, you could just block off the faceplate and do a trunk mount. Would give you a clean looking console and most modern units can either be controlled by your smartphone via Bluetooth.thanks Mike, my stock radio is dead, I would like to install a newer radio, but I understand that on a 82 spider with a/c theirs no room in the back side of the radio. Just looking for help onn the install
That is interesting. Is it that most modern stereos have a built in amp that makes them deeper. It can't be that Alfa had special shallower stereos made. If so, that would be an option - a no amp stereo, but you'd never hear the music. The other thing that comes to mind is having to build up the front of the slot so the stereo sits more forward. Or what shiraz suggests. Unfortunately I can't help much as I have an S3 (with A/C) that easily accomodated the new stereo I put in a few years....but I understand that on a 82 spider with a/c theirs no room in the back side of the radio.
thanks for the info, I will try to install a new din radio, wish me luck.The DIN radio standard was adopted in 1984 but I am not sure when Alfa made the switch from shaft mount radios. I do know that my '91 has a/c and a DIN mount radio. I think the a/c's in S4's has the same ducting as those in earlier cars so the depth should be OK, but don't know for sure.
Last year I replaced the original Alfa radio with an obsolete cassette deck, with an Alpine unit that has a CD, Bluetooth and a USB port. I can say it easily fit depth-wise. The only issue I had was when I replaced the 5.25" speakers in the door I had to use shallow mount speakers that are OK but are inferior to the full depth 5.25" speakers I replaced in the rear shelf. You can't beat a modern sound system even with the top down.
A few years ago I replaced a shaft mount Blaupunkt Mexico in a '77 Mercedes SL with a DIN radio. Since it required cutting the opening, I had a professional installer do the job who had done many similar modifications. For a couple hundred bucks, I was happy to let someone with experience who guaranteed the work do it.