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Pioneer AVH-4400NEX installation

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by wcodydecker, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. Dec 22, 2018 at 2:27 PM
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    wcodydecker

    wcodydecker [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm attempting to upgrade the head unit in a 2017 SR5 with the 6" non-JBL head. I have a couple of motivations for this upgrade:
    - Upgrade head unit to support wireless Carplay.
    - Add a front-facing camera.

    I was deciding between the Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX, Pioneer AVIC-W8400NEX, Pioneer AVIC-W6400NEX, and the Alpine iLX-107. I passed over the Alpine because it doesn't play CDs and I selected the 4400NEX because of price and, relatively to the higher-end Pioneer units, I didn't need the independent navigation unit (will use Google Maps on iPhone). I question whether or not I should've gone with the 8400NEX for the capacitive touch screen.

    Here's my order list (most items from Crutchfield):
    Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX
    American International TOYK971 Dash Kit - Satin Black
    Metra 40-LX11 Antenna Adapter
    Metra AX-TOYUSB USB Port Cable
    iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module
    iDatalink HRN-RR-TO2 Factory Integration Adapter

    In addition to upgrading the head unit, I'd like to install a front-facing camera. I'm planning to use the Chuanganzhuo front-facing camera off Amazon.

    Do other recommendations for this setup?

    I haven't found a complete install guide, though there are numerous instances where the W4400NEX is referenced on TW.

    The open issues for me:

    Can I retain the factory mic?
    Is a bypass kit needed to use the cameras, especially the forward facing camera? This unit has two AV inputs so I'm thinking I don't need the splicer kit frequently referenced on TW.

    Appreciate any advance your suggestions.
     
  2. Dec 24, 2018 at 8:36 AM
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    dkhorse74

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    I'll pitch in as I just finished my w4400 install.. I purchased exact same parts as per your list:

    with an addition to:

    - APPS2Car Parking Brake Bypass Video in Motion Interface Module
    - USB HDMI Mount

    There's a thread on this:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/retaining-factory-mic-location.503653/page-6#post-19423504

    The only thing I can't answer for you is the front-facing camera as I have no plans on using one.

    I've read that there's no major noticeable difference between the AVH-W4400 and W8400.. I went with W4400 for the sale price newegg had been offering. I've spent a ton of money on stereo equipment back in my hay day and have enjoyed it.. I've calmed down quiet a bit and am just as happy with what the W4400 has to offer. I do have the factory JBL a system which is a bonus.

    I'm still trying to learn how to operate the unit as there are quiet a few moving parts. Gone are the days of 2 knobs (volume and tuning) with that little red vertical toothpick..

    Hope this helps..
     
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  3. Dec 28, 2018 at 6:59 AM
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    Larzzzz

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    Those 2 knob days are looooong gone.
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  4. Dec 28, 2018 at 6:58 PM
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    TacoTruckNotFood

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    None yet... that's why I'm here.
    Keep us posted- I’m between the 8400 and the 4400. The only reason I would spring for the 8400 is the capacitive screen. I’m wondering if you lose the functionality of the compass on the dash? Also how does the head unit upgrade impact factory speakers? I’m definitely interested in hearing how your front view camera works out (and where you put it)
     
  5. Jan 5, 2019 at 5:04 AM
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    dolbytone

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    Same here but also because I want more than one USB input.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2019 at 11:51 PM
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    DiegoM

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    was connecting the HRN-RR-TO2 Factory Integration Adapter wires to the head unit difficult?

     
  7. Feb 23, 2019 at 5:11 AM
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    destin_meeks

    destin_meeks Fixing crappy stereos since 2017

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    4400 has 2 as well
     
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  8. Feb 23, 2019 at 5:15 AM
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    destin_meeks

    destin_meeks Fixing crappy stereos since 2017

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    OP, no bypass is needed for cameras. And many people report issues with the bypasses used with newer pioneers like the 4400 and 8400.

    But the parking brake is only needed for viewing video. Which you absolutely shouldn’t be doing while driving anyway. Aside from being super dangerous, it is a massive ticket and a suspended license in most states
     
  9. Feb 25, 2019 at 7:52 PM
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    Where you want to be
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