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    Default HOW TO KEEP LCD IN 2005-2009 MAZDA 3 ALL MODELS

    Hi All

    So doing the same install in this speed3, the member wanted to keep his LCD screen so here is the way I did it.

    1. First off when you remove the deck there are three harnesses and the radio antenna, the harness on the far right with the black fabric tape is the harness for the LCD. Note this as you will re-connect this to LCD when complete.


    2. Connect stock deck and harness back to the car and set the time then ONLY DISCONNECT THE OEM DECK NOT THE LCD if you disconnect the LCD again you'll loose the time setting and have to take everything apart. Just let the LCD hand there while you work on the mount.

    3. Now I removed the bracket from the OEM deck (very easy to do there are 8 screws to undo. Once screws are gone just slide the bracket off the face plate of the stock deck will come off don't worry this is normal.

    4. On the top of the harness are two (ears I call them) this is what I used to mount the LCD harness back to the aftermarket deck.


    6. Now I did a test fit and found the LCD sat too far forward if I mounted it to the screw holes used for the dash kit so you can see above the engraved square I carefully drilled out a hole that was already there to make it a touch bigger.


    7. I cut them out and mounted them to the deck and then mounted the dash kit on top if them. If you look behind the dash kit you can see the size of the pieces I cut from the original bracket in step 4.


    8. Here is the LCD mounted.


    9. Here it is installed.


    Not saying it's the best way but it worked for me.

    Feel free to ask any questions.

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    Default Re: HOW TO KEEP LCD IN 2005-2009 MAZDA 3 ALL MODELS

    great post Dave!

    the dash kit I bought actually has a plastic piece to cover up where the LCD is so im gonna have to cut ut out lol
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    Default Re: HOW TO KEEP LCD IN 2005-2009 MAZDA 3 ALL MODELS

    Quote Originally Posted by trulankan View Post
    great post Dave!

    the dash kit I bought actually has a plastic piece to cover up where the LCD is so im gonna have to cut ut out lol
    If it's a metra dash kit you don't have to do anything just take out the top trim peice and install it again.

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    Lol Dave. God damn that was a solid parking lot project.
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    Default Re: HOW TO KEEP LCD IN 2005-2009 MAZDA 3 ALL MODELS

    It's 2006-2009 that you can keep LCD screen... 2004-2005 models are attached to deck
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    Default Re: HOW TO KEEP LCD IN 2005-2009 MAZDA 3 ALL MODELS

    Attached how? Mine was "attached" too with bolts and the ears as dave called them. We just had to cut them off and drill some new holes in the new deck to make it mount back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cSPEED View Post
    Attached how? Mine was "attached" too with bolts and the ears as dave called them. We just had to cut them off and drill some new holes in the new deck to make it mount back.
    Most people aren't going to drill holes in their deck to remount the LCD screen. 06-09 models are separate units and that's what I thought this thread was about...

    But thanks for your input...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cSPEED View Post
    Attached how? Mine was "attached" too with bolts and the ears as dave called them. We just had to cut them off and drill some new holes in the new deck to make it mount back.
    Also your car is a 2007 which is not attached to your deck anyway so what are you talking about?

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    Default Re: HOW TO KEEP LCD IN 2005-2009 MAZDA 3 ALL MODELS

    Do you mean in the 04-05 the LCD is welded onto the stock deck? Mine was attached with those ears and the new deck didn't have them. Drilling new holes wasn't necessary, just expanding and threading one that was already on the deck.

    Dave did a great job btw, definitely recommended to anyone looking to install a deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cSPEED View Post
    Do you mean in the 04-05 the LCD is welded onto the stock deck? Mine was attached with those ears and the new deck didn't have them. Drilling new holes wasn't necessary, just expanding and threading one that was already on the deck.

    Dave did a great job btw, definitely recommended to anyone looking to install a deck.
    My original comment is cause the Thread title says 05-09 when it should say 06-09.

    I have a 2008 and never drilled any holes.. The metra dash kit comes with the brackets to attach the LCD screen
    These brackets


    You attach them to LCD screen the attach back




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    Default Re: HOW TO KEEP LCD IN 2005-2009 MAZDA 3 ALL MODELS

    Yeah. This is an alternate solution for those pieces.

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    I hacked my factory brackets off lol, worked great.
    I think I would of chose this path though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khemiikalz View Post
    I hacked my factory brackets off lol, worked great.
    I think I would of chose this path though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khemiikalz View Post
    wow howd u get it to say mazda? or is that just a decal? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave2010GT View Post
    If it's a metra dash kit you don't have to do anything just take out the top trim peice and install it again.
    mines not a metra lol some other brand which i got off ebay

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    Quote Originally Posted by trulankan View Post
    wow howd u get it to say mazda? or is that just a decal? lol
    Its a decal lol, I want to do the opposite look, kinda like a 3rd brake light wrap so it only lights up mazda in orange

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    so only the temperature shows on the screen? what happens with the 2004 models because they do not have temperature.. only time and audio info when connected to the stock deck

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSharrmz View Post
    so only the temperature shows on the screen? what happens with the 2004 models because they do not have temperature.. only time and audio info when connected to the stock deck
    04-05 models you can't keep te LCD screen... One of the mods needs to change the title on this thread...

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    it doesnt say 04 i was just wondering
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    Quote Originally Posted by aris View Post
    04-05 models you can't keep te LCD screen... One of the mods needs to change the title on this thread...
    yup this is correct, 06 or 07-09 have 2 plugs.. 1-deck & 1-lcd display.

    The older models have only 1 plug or harness, you wont be able to use display unless you have individual plugs

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    another thing is to make sure u buy a dash kit that has a removable plate and/or brackets for the LCD...i cheaped out on one and it was total crap...now im waiting for the metra kit to come in the mail :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khemiikalz View Post
    Its a decal lol, I want to do the opposite look, kinda like a 3rd brake light wrap so it only lights up mazda in orange
    lol is it the same size as the caliper decals? thats a good idea and fills up that space in the middle quite nicely

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    Quote Originally Posted by trulankan View Post
    lol is it the same size as the caliper decals? thats a good idea and fills up that space in the middle quite nicely
    Yes its a cali decal.

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    Where did you get the dash trim for that display? Because i have a 7 Inch display and i can't seem to find necessary trim to fit it in so that i wont have huge hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by instict911 View Post
    Where did you get the dash trim for that display? Because i have a 7 Inch display and i can't seem to find necessary trim to fit it in so that i wont have huge hole.
    Any store that sells stereo equipment will have it

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