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Hey everyone!

I just purchased a 2005 Escape, Black, on Saturday, I love it!!!! I want to put in the Kenwood DNX5120 with the XM kit and hoping you guys can help me and that I can sneak this one by my wife(I'm sure she wont notice it when she gets in)! I'm figuring I can just use this wiring harness:

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-R0CLttkwkZ ... =120705521

I was planning on pulling the factory radio out, and then just sliding this one in. I would also route the XM antenna to the roof in the front on the drivers side and the Navigation antenna to the front of the dash.

Will the wire harness above work for this unit?
Will I have to remove the dash to get the navigation antenna up there or can I just feed the wire down through the vents?
Will I need an installation kit for this unit?
Do I need to remove anything or can I pretty much just slide this guy right in the spot were the factory stereo was?
I did read about there being some piece of plastic or something blocking a Double Din from fitting, but I'm figuring I can just cut that with a razor blade, Yes/No?

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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Hey Guys Thanks for the advice!

I've been checking it out and I think I know how I'm going to route all the wires. I actually went out and bought a dremel the other day just for this job!!!! The only thing I'm a little bit unsure of is the L bracket that you were talking about Scott? If I'm understanding you correctly the unit will actually push to far in, is that correct? So how did you attach the L bracket to the head unit? About how long did the bracket have to be? Since the unit is not secured to anything does it move around at all while driving or is it pretty secure? If you happen to have any pics of the bracket I would love to see them!!!!

After I save up a few more bucks I should be able to by the unit I just hope its not too cold out cause I know I won't be able to wait to install it! If its not too bad out I'll try to take pics of all the steps and make a little walk through of it!
 

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Okay so I got the unit, off of ebay new and it just arrived yesterday. I took the factory unit out and looked around a little bit. I measured up the kenwood unit and it looks like I might have to dremel away some of the top and bottom plastic to get this unit to fit. I gotta admit I am little afraid to start dremeling away, this is my first time modding like this and I don't want to mess up this SUV! But I figure if it doesn't work out the stock unit should be able to go back in to cover up anything I messed up. I noticed the plastic bezel that goes around the unit doesn't fit so it looks like I might have to some how cut either the top or the bottom of that off get it in there. It fits width wise but not height. Anybody have any ideas on that? If its not to cold out when start this I'll try and take some pics.
 
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