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Old 02-01-2014, 10:26 AM   #1
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Need some basic help please!!

I just need to see if y'all can help me with a couple things. I've done some research but I'm even more confused.

I just bought a Kenwood Excelon DNX-890. I think I need to buy a couple more things before I take it to get installed. So I'm hoping you can tell me exactly what to buy.

I want the IPOD cable but I think I need to buy that as well? Or maybe the shop can utilize my USB that's already there? Same with the aux?

I have a Sirius module already installed. Do I need to buy anything to use the sat radio on the 890? I want to sell the Sirius module I have after everything is installed so I guess I'd need to sell the antenna as well with it. Or maybe I could just get them to use the antenna that's already on top of my truck that's being used with the module now? If that would be a lot easier, I guess I could just junk the module/give it away or sell it really cheap.

And lastly, the brake bypass? What exactly is that and what does it do? I guess I'll try to get the rearview mirror camera wired to the HU too...

I know this is a lot of questions but I'm very ignorant on this stuff so please help.
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:02 AM   #2
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Most shops wont install the brake bypass. I had a buddy of mine just ground the ebake wire from my headunit. As for the other questions not to sure. I have a pioneer head unit and to use the iPod interface the iPod cable adapter uses up the USB and aux outlets.
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The shop might be able to use your existing USB and AUX ports on your truck. It just depends on how they're currently wired to the stock head unit. I'm not sure how they're wired. If they're hard wired, then they can't use those exact ports. However, a good install shop can put in new USB and AUX ports in the same stock location.

If you just want to play music off an iPod or iPhone, you can use the white USB charging that came with your iPod/iPhone. The only difference between that cable and the ones you buy from car audio stores is the thickness.

If you want to use the App Mode on your Kenwood and/or want to play video from your iPhone (has to be an iPhone 4 or 4S) then you'll need a specific cable. To make sure you're getting the right cable go here and enter your iPod or iPhone model and the model of your Kenwood.

I've never used or installed satellite radio so I'm not sure about this one.

The parking brake bypass is NOT necessary. By law, the bypass isn't suppose to be there anyway. For the past several years, aftermarket decks with video capabilities have required a cable be connected to the parking brake in order to play videos. That way, the parking brake has to be set for the deck to be able to play videos. The idea behind this is to prevent people from watching videos while driving. Installing a bypass on the parking brake wire allows people to watch videos while driving. In addition to videos, newer decks have features that are normally blocked when driving such as typing or menus that require a lot of attention. These features only work when the parking brake is set. People install a bypass so they can use these features while driving. You do not need a bypass. Most install shops will not install one. If you want a bypass you'll likely have to do it yourself.

The rear view camera is easy enough to install. There are lots of videos online showing you how to install one. Just do a search and you'll find what you're looking for.
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A brake bypass will allow video to be played on the head unit while the vehicle is in motion. I did this so my daughter can watch from her car seat. For back up camera go here.

Bought it off eBay. From this buyer.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/ckremernimro...1&_ipg=&_from=

He can fabricate the harness to your equipment. It is almost plug and play. There was one wire I had to cut and tap into. Instructions where pretty straight forward.

The seller includes instructions just be sure to read them and make sure you got it down. His instructions have extra in them like how to install a new camera. It threw me a curve at first.
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OK cool thanks.

I would assume I need a cable for an ipod even if I were to use the existing USB and aux.

I guess I'll just take the unit up to the shop talk to them about all these things.

It's nice to get some info before doing so. So thanks again.
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So I talked to an installer. He said he'd do the park bypass no problem. He said for that, rewire the camera, wire the USB and aux, ipod cable to the glove box, the NAV, steering wheel controls I'm looking probably $400. That sounds damn steep....
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So I talked to an installer. He said he'd do the park bypass no problem. He said for that, rewire the camera, wire the USB and aux, ipod cable to the glove box, the NAV, steering wheel controls I'm looking probably $400. That sounds damn steep....
That sounds steep for installing head unit, some cables to the glove box, and a rear view camera. Shop around. I bet you'll be able to get a better price. If you're apprehensive about installing the head unit, you might just pay to get that done and then do everything else yourself. Between here and YouTube, you should find more than enough info to do all the extras.

Also, look at this. This is just the first one I found when I googled "AUX jack port." There are others out there. Maybe even one that will fit into one of the rectangle spaces in your truck.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:13 PM   #8
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Something like this may work if you want to do it yourself. This would keep the USB and AUX jacks in the center of the dash, if that's what you're looking to do.

Installers always recommend running the cables to the glove box because its really easy for them to do. But there are other locations the installer can run the cable if you don't want them in the glove box. I have my iPhone cable ran to the little cubby that is left of the heat/AC controls and by the ignition. In my last car, I had both the AUX and iPhone cables ran to the storage bin between the two front seats.
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:37 PM   #9
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I just found this thread, luckily on the first page of the audio/video page. You might consider doing it if you don't want to pay someone to put the cables in your glove box.
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I definitely want to do all this myself. But it would take me a while. I just don't have the time with the kids and my job. No way I'm getting a whole day (which is what it would probably take me) to do it. And you're right...especially with all the videos/DIY threads/etc showing me step by step I'm especially frustrated to spend the money.

I did talk to another shop today. That's another thing...I'm in the middle of nowhere New Jersey. They quoted me quite a bit cheaper....but it's not a "Main" stream shop like the other one.

Both said they could wire up the USB/Aux no problem. I didn't think about the location of the ipod too much. So now you have me thinking more about that. I'll get this done soon though.

Thanks again so much for the help. Maybe by mid next week, I'll change my mind and take a vacation day while the family if not home and do it. What worries me is that I spend all day and then don't have it done lol. Guess I could still drive it if that happened...
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I definitely want to do all this myself. But it would take me a while. I just don't have the time with the kids and my job. No way I'm getting a whole day (which is what it would probably take me) to do it. And you're right...especially with all the videos/DIY threads/etc showing me step by step I'm especially frustrated to spend the money.

I did talk to another shop today. That's another thing...I'm in the middle of nowhere New Jersey. They quoted me quite a bit cheaper....but it's not a "Main" stream shop like the other one.

Both said they could wire up the USB/Aux no problem. I didn't think about the location of the ipod too much. So now you have me thinking more about that. I'll get this done soon though.

Thanks again so much for the help. Maybe by mid next week, I'll change my mind and take a vacation day while the family if not home and do it. What worries me is that I spend all day and then don't have it done lol. Guess I could still drive it if that happened...
I did the install myself. New head unit, brake bypass, steering controls, back up cam conversion....took approximately 4 hours. I highly suggest Tacotunes website, they have videos and pictures on how to install. I went with their steering controls adapter cause they set it up to be plug and play. One piece of advice...make sure you remove any cd's from old head unit before you power down....
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It helps a lot to have everything planned out on projects like this. At least for me it does. When I plan it out/study everything these types of project generally go much, much smoother and quicker.

If you're going to use an iPod, the glove box is a great place to run the cable. But if you're using a phone, having to open the glove box all the time gets pretty old.
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OK so I have the Headunit. I went with the 9990HD instead. It's a newer model and is supposed to have a better Bluetooth.

I have the Sat tuner, IPOD cable, a relay for the park bypass and the harness for the steering wheel controls. I spoke to the shop about the USB/Aux so I guess we'll so how that goes. He said $200 for everything.

Thanks for all the help again..
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OK so I have the Headunit. I went with the 9990HD instead. It's a newer model and is supposed to have a better Bluetooth.

I have the Sat tuner, IPOD cable, a relay for the park bypass and the harness for the steering wheel controls. I spoke to the shop about the USB/Aux so I guess we'll so how that goes. He said $200 for everything.

Thanks for all the help again..
With the two of these, supposedly, both USB and Aux are functional...


Metra Steering wheel interface: AXXESS ASWC-1

Metra USB Adapter: AX-TOYUSB
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With the two of these, supposedly, both USB and Aux are functional...


Metra Steering wheel interface: AXXESS ASWC-1

Metra USB Adapter: AX-TOYUSB
OK so I ordered the USB adapter. So you're saying I could use the AXXESS ASWC-1 solely for the Aux?
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OK so I ordered the USB adapter. So you're saying I could use the AXXESS ASWC-1 solely for the Aux?
One of the posts on the forum said something about keeping the aux funtion with that interface. I should be installing mine in the next few weeks...we'll see!
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I ordered the ASWC too. Expensive for just retaining the Aux. But I'd probably pay that much in the end to get the shop to hard wire it anyway...
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Lets hope it works!
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I'm bringing the shop everything they need....even if that part doesn't work for the aux....I'm sure he can figure something out....but if someone says it does...I'm sure it will. I'll post an update as soon as I get everything in....can't wait!!
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OK so I ordered the USB adapter. So you're saying I could use the AXXESS ASWC-1 solely for the Aux?
Yes, it works for the Aux and your steering wheel controls.
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