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How long did it take to install your HU

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by bruinsrme, May 20, 2010.

  1. May 20, 2010 at 4:24 PM
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    bruinsrme

    bruinsrme [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I recently bought the pioneer z110bt.
    Working 4 12 hour night shifts per week doesn't leave me a whole lot of extra time to allocate for things like installs.
    Just curious how long does it take a rookie to install such a head unit?

    I do have a quote from an installer which seems reasonale for the hu, nav, steering wheel control, and sat radio.

    Thanks
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  2. May 20, 2010 at 8:47 PM
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    Hrm... I think it took me too long but I was having a beer night with a neighbor at the same time. Here's a guess on the breakdown.

    Remove Factory Head Unit: 1:00
    Most of the time here was spent trying not to break anything while removing the clock and hazard button assembly. I had to take apart the factory head unit somewhat to find all of the tabs since it didn't pry right out like the dash kit instructions said it would.

    Solder Wiring Harness - :30
    Install Bluetooth Microphone - :30
    Install NAV Antenna - :30
    Install DVD Video Bypass Button - :15
    Install and Program Steering Wheel Controls - 1:00
    Install Satellite Radio - :30
    Note here I used the factory antenna so I did not need to run a wire outside the cab.
    Connect and Fit the new Head Unit - :30

    Also at this time I was not installing a sub or amplifier or door speakers. These things are coming later. All total that's going on 5 hours and that doesn't include taking breaks. It pretty much ate my whole Saturday. Your results may vary since I'm pretty anal about some things.
     
  3. May 20, 2010 at 9:24 PM
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    Thank you.
     
  4. May 20, 2010 at 9:31 PM
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    MAYBE 45 minutes. That would probably be pushing it.


    The second go around, installing an amp, door speakers, and a sub woofer was much more involved and took a good three hours. Everything was installed in a top notch manner though, and much attention to detail was taken, so this also contributed to time.
     
  5. May 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM
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    Did u tie in the back up camera, sat stereo, steering wheel controls?
     
  6. May 20, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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    tacobo670 if you have to ask, u can't afford it

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    i took my time, splicing wires to pigtail adapter, installed amp n wires, tucked everything. about 2hrs, maybe less.
     
  7. May 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    No, I did not, as my truck does not have the steering wheel controls, or backup camera. You're will no doubt, be a little more involved.
     
  8. May 20, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    fastest time for a hu, 15 min, my time for the tacoma, 8 hours
     
  9. May 21, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    first time, you should be able to do it in an hour or so.

    took me about 48 hours because my dash kit was missing a key piece
     
  10. May 22, 2010 at 8:32 AM
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    Rocketball

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    Mine took about 3 hours, but I also did a few other things while I had the dahs open.

    1. I installed a PAC steering wheel control modual that ate up about 1 hour between wiring and programing.

    2. I hard wired my radar detector.

    3. I hard wired my Sirius radio.

    I did do some of the work ahead of the actual install. I put together the dash kit, wired the new HU to the wiring kit, and installed the new HU into the dash kit.

    If you are doing a HU install for the first time, and only doing a HU install, I would allow at least 2 hours.
     
  11. May 22, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    Which HU do you have and how do you like the PAC steering wheel control module, I'm having a hard time getting it to work the way I want and find it's kinda slow
     
  12. May 22, 2010 at 8:45 AM
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    I have a Pioneer 4000 something..... single DIN CD player with an integral Ipod cable that is wired into the glove box. It also has a Aux. jack on the rear that I connected my Sirius radio to. It's an older model but still works and sounds great.

    The PAC unit can be a royal PITA to program IMO, but go slow and really read the directions. Mine is a bit slow to respond at times, but it's better than not having the steering wheel controls at all.

    Here's a picture of my install:

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  13. May 22, 2010 at 8:50 AM
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    ok, I have an alpine as well, but I have a double din dvd gps, all the buttons work but not the way I want them too, for instance with my Ipod the >> skips playlists instead of songs, do you, or anyone, know if there is a way to change that
     
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