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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-27-2016, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Added UUI radio

I picked up a UUI radio from a 2009 Cobalt for under $40 CDN. Total install took less than 45 mins.

Can't come to a conclusion if the off-colour is worth the USB port. Still debating on whether I pay to have the dealer unlock it or not.

Here is a pic anyways if anyone was wondering what it may look like:

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Pull the faceplate off and paint it the right colour? If I remember correctly, it just snaps off.

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Here's a thread on another site you might find useful on how to disassemble and paint.

HOW TO: Remove GMT900 OEM Radio Faceplate for Painting

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Delivered on May 27, 2008

Mods: lose the chicklets, VentureShield, Dual horns, AfterShock spoiler, Weathershield cover, Lil Chromies, Red calipers with black Solstice stickers, Opel GT antenna and
Solo GXP-RCD exhaust with Solo hi-flow cat!
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What does the dealer want to unlock?
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Anti-theft device, when a radio get moved from one vehicle to another, it locks. A trip to the dealer is required to have it unlocked so it will work again.

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Event code 3400 on April 12, 2008
Born April 30, 2008
Delivered to dealer May 23th, 2008
Delivered on May 27, 2008

Mods: lose the chicklets, VentureShield, Dual horns, AfterShock spoiler, Weathershield cover, Lil Chromies, Red calipers with black Solstice stickers, Opel GT antenna and
Solo GXP-RCD exhaust with Solo hi-flow cat!
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Also, you could even try swapping the faceplate, or at least the main tinted window. Read through... https://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f...b-radio-62652/

Note: To swap the whole faceplate, the USB port must be on a daughterboard and relocatable. Some are not.


In any case, that was 'then', this is 'now':



https://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f...omerang-83578/
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My service advisor says he will do it for free if it's simple on the tech 2. I think he thinks it's like resetting the tpms, which it's not. From what I read it looks like 1/2 to one hour of labour. So looking at $60-120 CDN. All in I would be at worst case $160. That's cheaper than trying to buy and wire up an aftermarket unit. Thx sly Bob for the link to paint the face plate. That's a nice weekend job. Anyone have any idea on the paint code for the grey radio?
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I believe what you are looking for can be found in this colour code chart from GM.

http://www.genuinegmparts.com/pdf/to...lity-guide.pdf

Looks as though the interior gray colour on the dash is Gray / WA610F but please don't take my word for it, double check on the link above. Of course if purchasing a spray bomb to match you might want to go to a local automotive paint supplier to match the gloss of the paint as well.

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Event code 3400 on April 12, 2008
Born April 30, 2008
Delivered to dealer May 23th, 2008
Delivered on May 27, 2008

Mods: lose the chicklets, VentureShield, Dual horns, AfterShock spoiler, Weathershield cover, Lil Chromies, Red calipers with black Solstice stickers, Opel GT antenna and
Solo GXP-RCD exhaust with Solo hi-flow cat!

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Yeah TONS of places to get exterior paint colour codes and it's easily read on the sticker in the glovebox. Interior paint codes, not so much...

WooHoo!!! Ordered a loaded Deep GXP on March 19th, 2008. Order number 0814D93708
Event code 3400 on April 12, 2008
Born April 30, 2008
Delivered to dealer May 23th, 2008
Delivered on May 27, 2008

Mods: lose the chicklets, VentureShield, Dual horns, AfterShock spoiler, Weathershield cover, Lil Chromies, Red calipers with black Solstice stickers, Opel GT antenna and
Solo GXP-RCD exhaust with Solo hi-flow cat!

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Sly - thanks so much for the insight.

I googled the WA610F paint code and all I can find is a place out of QC.

I see you are out of Welland (I am originally from Hamilton, now in Burlington). Do you have any recommendations for paint shops that might carry this interior paint colour in the golden horseshoe?

My other option is to bring my old radio to CT and see if I can find a dupli-colour that is close.
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Any auto body supply place in the area would mix the paint and sell it to you in a spray can. There is a place in Welland and one in St.Catharines that I have dealt with. There HAS to be one and likely a lot more than that up your way. Google Hamilton auto body supplies and start calling. Take the boomerang or your original radio with the paint code so they know the colour and can match the gloss.

Rondex, Barton auto are a couple of places that pop up.

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Delivered on May 27, 2008

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Do you think I could just swap face plates?

I would have to dremel out a slot for USB or run a USB out the back. No painting then?

My only issue is that the original radio was a 6 disk unit so it has a LOAD button under the FAV. I would either leave the LOAD button on or swap it with the clock button seen on the new unit.

Thoughts?
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Yes, yes and yes.

I had three radios. My original non-Monsoon single CD. A used 6-CD unit that had the CD guts removed and a Monsoon UUI radio from a Sky. Originally I swapped my original faceplate onto the Sky radio (per the thread I linked) and that worked. Then I took apart and painted the 6-CD faceplate while I kept my original face pristine and just swapped the Load-Clock buttons. Then replaced the original with the painted faceplate. All combinations worked fine.

You'll find it pretty easy to check if the faceplates are physically compatible. Just a couple of screws on the side and then the unclip and compare (take the radio out of the car first).

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I also just swapped the buttons between faceplates when I wanted a black one for my cobalt SS SC.
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Thanks everyone.

This is a tough one for me:

Option 1:
Take the new radio out and paint the face plate. If I screw it up, no biggie - the radio is only $40 and I can repaint again.

Option 2:
Swap the face plates and dremel out a slot in the old dark face plate for the new USB port and swap some buttons. If I screw this up, 6 disk radio is a loss since its face plate will have a hole in it.

Both options require me to take apart the radios and delve into the face plates.

I think I am going to go with option 1. Once its painted I can put it back into the car. If it looks good, I go to the dealer and have it reprogrammed. If it looks like crap, then I go back to the old 6 disk unit and call it a day.

Thanks for everyone's feedback.
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