I apologize if this question sounds stupid. Does anyone have a suggestion as to a make and model of a radio/tape/cd player that will fit in a 73 Super Beetle? Some of the modern audio systems look way too big for the opening in the dash. Also, what about speaker placement?
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Wayne

The space for the radio in your Beetle is not standard DIN size so finding a stereo that will fit is a task. Back in the day they sold AM/FM cassette players that fit into that opening with two tuning knobs that stuck out through the holes.

 

If you are looking for an decent current radio/CD combo you'll have to cut the dash or mount the unit somewhere else, like in your glove box. As far as speakers go you could mount them on the rear parcel tray, in the panel below the rear seat or but the kick panels that have speakers opening in them for the front.

 

If you are just looking for AM/FM or an AM/FM cassette that will fit look for a unit from a newer Beetle (eBay, a VW Swap Meet or http://www.thesamba.com) and then you won't be butchering your ride!

 

PS: No apologies are necessary around here, welcome!

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MLTigger

If you want to keep the stock radio in the dash for appearance, you can place the newer type stereo/cd player in the glove box

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NoH2O

I had a Pioneer Supertuner 3 in my 74. I didn't put it in there but I don't believe the dash was cut. Whoever put it in did a nice clean job.  You'll find the stereos with the "pull out" feature are usually larger than a normal stereo. Don't know how many of those are still kicking around, but definitely want to avoid those. I had 6in round Sony Explod speakers in the front kick panels, and a box with 2 10's in the parcel area behind the rear seat. There was also an amp bolted to the side of the box.

In the glove box is your best bet to retain stock dash looks. Some people take out their good dash insert and buy a second one to cut for the stereo, that way you still have the original for resale purposes. Worse case, measure the opening in the dash and then ask the dimensions of one your looking to buy.

 

Steve

'63 Ragtop
'56 Ragtop
'78 Riviera camper


"..at least I'm enjoyin' the ride"
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mura

.. my dad, abot 3 months ago, found in our garage an old radio (in a paper box since about 20 years () that he fitted on his car in 70's....

 

 

unfotunately, this model it's incompatible with dashbord of 1303 , and i cannot use on my SB!!

 

this model infact it's right for 1302 and oldest 6V model....then, i hold my 1303 vithout radio...

 

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Vw 1302 1.2L Special Edition "Der Weltmaister" '72
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mura
...i forgot: it's a Blaupunkt model... 
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Vw 1303 1.2L SBeetles Stock '73
Vw 1302 1.2L Special Edition "Der Weltmaister" '72
Vw Golf 2.0L TDI '04
Honda XR 600r Supermoto '91
Piaggio Vespa 150 Sprint '67

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68autobug

Hi,

I bought a Tape player/Radio about 9 years ago for My 68 Beetle...

I only found it last year... Luckily before I bought a CD player...

I had to fit a rectangular cage into the slot and then push the Radio into the hole.... The "cage" is made from thin metal and has a very small edge where it goes up against the dash...

 I did have to file the rectangular hole in My dash slightly...

From memory only about 1mm each top & both sides.....

The rectangular cage made it easy to find the correct size....

I believe it was a DIN size for the tape player/Radio....

The Radio/player actually snaps into place and can only be removed by using two U shaped 2mm pieces of wire, that go into 4 holes either side of the radio.....  I should have measured the hole after filing....

I'll have to keep the pieces of wire handy in case it needs to be removed one day.....

I know the sound from a CD player is superior to a tape player but its OK in a noisy Beetle....  plus when You have paid for it 9 years ago...

even better.....

 

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74SuperB

I installed this radio with a CD player in my 74 Super.  The back of the radio touches the fire wall but that is where it is grounded anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

74SuperB
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I just purchased a JVC CD/mp3 reciever from JCWhitney the outer frame is 7x2 inches which fits without modification into the stock dash opening of my 74 Super Beetle...good luck

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nathnn99
I wanted to say thank you for this thread!!!  i was going to just post the sme type of question.  I wanted to know what would be a good CD player to fit in my '74 Super.  Now I know that I need to look into a JVC.  Thanks one and all!
So Long and thanks for all the fish!
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mura
lbjjes wrote:

I just purchased a JVC CD/mp3 reciever from JCWhitney the outer frame is 7x2 inches which fits without modification into the stock dash opening of my 74 Super Beetle...good luck

 

good advice.... 

From ITALY...with love!(for VW!)

Vw 1303 1.2L SBeetles Stock '73
Vw 1302 1.2L Special Edition "Der Weltmaister" '72
Vw Golf 2.0L TDI '04
Honda XR 600r Supermoto '91
Piaggio Vespa 150 Sprint '67

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staticattic
On the topic of radios, I have seen pictures of beetles with 10 inch subs in the back. What do you guys recommend for bigger stereos? I am not really looking for specific name brands, I was just wondering about the amperage. I was thinking a pair of 10's would be ok, or even better, a single 10, but I don't want to send my alternator to an early grave. I know the rule about adding the amperage of all the components together and comparing that with what the alternator puts out, but when I did that with my Jetta, I ended up killing my alternator. I guess I forgot to carry a one somewhere.  I am not looking for anything that can be heard six miles away or street shaking bass, but I would like to be able to crank it up sometimes. Anyone got a system in their bug? What did you use?
Jeff
72 Super Beetle
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I have two 6 1/2 inch speakers built into the rear shelf and two 5 1/4 inch speakers in boxes in the front kick pannels. I do have a 8 inch bazooka tube sub (passive) behind the back seat, but my head unit does not supply enough to really move it...that being said, I can turn it up whenever I want, and I don't think I could ever want more.

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My SB Curved windscreen came with an original Clarion radio ... It still works fine ... and it picks up almost all channels here in South Africa.. I took it out to put a pioneer MP3 ... need more mordern equipment ... My wife laughs ..she says its 30 years old and the Clarion radio still sounded better ... but I still like being able to choose my own old music and placing them in the order I want. BTW my speaker is in the dash on the right bottom next to the steering ... orignal speaker as well .... hehehehe 

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