Installing A New Car Stereo in 2007-2009 Hyundai Elantra

This guide should apply to all Hyundai Elantras from 2007-2009.

From stock to Awesome!

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Parts required:

Materials Required:

  • Soldering Iron and Solder
  • Electrical Tape

 

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Here is the starting point.

Step 1). Loosen the Surrounding Fascia

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Showing the fascia that is going to be removed.

Note the location of the gray clips below on the backside of the fascia, prying up around these points easiest. I had the most luck working on the lower left and right corners as a starting point.

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This picture shows the bac side of the fascia. You can see the 8 gray clips along the top and bottom. At this point I had lost two of them in the dash in the lower right corner of the picture.

Step 2). Remove Wire Harnesses from Fascia

Once the fascia itself is loose the 3 cables that connect to it need to be removed. Start by depressing the clip which connects to the back of the hazard lights. Shown in the photo below.

 

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You can see the wire harness connecting to the back of the hazard lights here.

Next remove the two wiring harnesses that connect to the clock (black wires) and passenger airbag sign (yellow wires) above the radio.

 

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This picture looks up from the bottom of the radio with the fascia loosened. Notice the two wire harnesses above the radio.

Step 3). Remove the Stock Radio

Unscrew the four screws which surround the unit.

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Here is the radio with the fascia removed.

Disconnect the wire harness and the antenna cable from the back of the radio.

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Looking at the cables from the right side of the radio.

Step 4). Prepare the Adapter Cable

At this point I took the Metra Wire Harness adapter cable and started soldering the wires to the new wiring harness provided by the new headunit. Which wires will need to actually be connected will vary based on the capabilities of your headunit.

When looking at the photo below you can see the adapter cable beneath the stock wiring harness that stretches over the black adapter which plugs into the back of the new headunit. I took the liberty of wrapping all my wires in the harness together with a little electrical tape but you don’t HAVE to do that, it’s just a nice touch.

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Showing the stock wiring harness and the adapter from metra along with the wiring harness provided by the headunit.

Step 5). Install the New Headunit

Connect the wiring harness adapter from metra into the stock wire harness. Then screw in your mounting bracket from metra using the four screw which previously held the old radio in place.

I choose to mount my new head unit using the ISO mount technique which is a bit simpler than the classic DIN method (which employs the metallic cage surrounding the headunit which needs to have some pins bent down to hold it in place). Using the ISO technique requires the removal of the DIN cage from the new headunit and attaching the side rails included in the metra mounting bracket kit. At this point, connect the cables to the back of the new headunit and slide it into place.

I choose to run an additional microphone cable that was included with my headunit for handsfree calling but don’t have any pictures of that step.

At this point you can replace the fascia and then add the trim bracket which surrounds the headunit.

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DONE
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9 thoughts on “Installing A New Car Stereo in 2007-2009 Hyundai Elantra”

  1. Nice job. This is really helpful. Did you choose a short chassis/no CD head unit due to depth limitations, or did you just not care for CD? Would a standard depth unit with CD fit?

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    1. I’m sure a standard depth unit would fit. As you can see, the car originally came with a CD player installed too but it didn’t play MP3 CD’s etc. None of my computers at home have CD drives anymore and units with both the functions I wanted + a CD player cost more $$$ so I figured why install one.

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  2. does the rear of your original radio have two wiring connectors and the antena cable because i have a 2008 and it has 2 connectors

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  3. Hi Eric,
    What metra mounting braket did you get (item number/model number)? Is the plastic storage pocket below the headunit included with the kit?

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  4. Can I use the Pioneer MVH-X580BS even if it’s not a Compact Chassis Design like your model Pioneer MVH-X380BT, in my Hyundai Elantra 2009 SRS ?

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