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What not to do when installing a new head unit (HU)...

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Beerdude77, May 19, 2018.

  1. May 19, 2018 at 7:51 PM
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    Beerdude77

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    1) Buy RCA's that are too short (covered in an earlier thread)
    2) Trust butt connectors without heat shrink added
    3) Assume you have everything you need to keep factory controls in place (See #1)
    3) Accidentally throw away a bag of screws required to put your dash kit together
    4) Realize after you button everything up you forgot to plug in the aftermarket bluetooth mic
    5) After you uninstall new HU and plug in new BT mic...scratch your new dash kit...
    6) Reinstall new HU again and figure out your Android play won't work because you didn't attach the parking brake sensor wire because nothing you read said to do that
    7) Go to insert a CD to test the sound quality of new HU...and realize you left the CD in the old HU :facepalm::annoyed::frusty::rant:
     
  2. May 19, 2018 at 8:05 PM
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    For a while, I would get really worried if something didn't go wrong during a project/install.....but dayummmm......that's a lot to go south.
     
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  3. May 19, 2018 at 8:14 PM
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    Yeah and I left out that the only steering wheel control that the maestro retained was the volume buttons, the seek forward and reverse on that same side doesn't work and the controls on the right side don't work at all, the center screen on the instrument panel is just blank....
     
  4. May 19, 2018 at 8:31 PM
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    Wow, that sounds so familiar, weird. Just breathe, and remember you saved some money, then wish you had just but the bullet and had a pro do it. And wonder why you spent a day off torqued.
     
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    Sounds like you had some character building recently.
     
  7. May 20, 2018 at 1:09 AM
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    Les7311 Look up, what do you see

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    Was this a hurry up and get out of town mod?
     
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  8. May 20, 2018 at 3:55 AM
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    ...and this is why I just tolerate the inferior JBL sound system that came with the truck. The system in the '13 I traded had at least 50% more volume and power. Not sure why the engineers at Toyota down-graded it so much.
     
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  9. May 20, 2018 at 4:04 AM
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    Oh...man.....that sucks. Of course....none of us have ever had that happen! I'm positive there was cussing involved at some point...haha
     
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  10. May 20, 2018 at 4:06 AM
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    Yesterday was a frustrating day for sure. But the sound improvement is undeniable, it sounds incredible. All of the issues I listed are correctable I was just needing to vent and hope that this list helps someone else doing this. I would still do it all over again myself because I easily saved a minimum of $1000 in install fees.
     
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  11. May 20, 2018 at 4:10 AM
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    I'm curious about the parking sensor wire???
     
  12. May 20, 2018 at 4:24 AM
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    Currently searching online for it. I may just be able to splice into the wiring harness ground wire but I want confirmation before I do that. Needless to say I have a list of things to do the next time I have time to work on it. I also have to figure out which USB harness to buy for the idatalink as James from Tech12 says the UTO2 doesnt work and I saw on a Youtube video an installer saying that even though the idatalink website says it will work they had to use another one in a Highlander install to retain factory USB. I also need to buy a harness for the FM radio connection as the idatalink does not retain that either...
     
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    Fun.... Haha..At least you are documenting things. Will make it easier knowing these things. At least you haven't sold a head unit with your favorite dvds in it. Don't ask haha....
     
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  14. May 20, 2018 at 4:59 AM
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    Obviously, you didn't have enough beer required for the task at hand.
     
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    Oh there was plenty that went down after I called it a day. When the lowest abv beer I have is in the 7-8% range its best I don't mix them with work lol
     
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    Haha it's wouldn't be fun if everything always went according to plan!
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    All the SWC should function. Center dash should be totally normal and all the instruments should populate to the HU. and FM radio antenna is retained with the harness. Sounds like it wasn’t flashed properly and you didn’t get the right harness?

    How is the Scosche dash kit?
     
  20. May 20, 2018 at 7:22 PM
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    So today once I started the engine and went to drive the center dash stuff worked fine, not sure why it didn't last night. I realized what mistake I made with the left side controls, I left the up as "next widget" instead changing it to "seek +" and down the opposite. I think all the late nights working on this project while the fam slept took its toll on me. That said I still have to add the USB harness, not sure why James says it doesn't work with my set up when the idatalink website says it will. Thanks for the heads up on the FM antenna, I meant to check it out today but I didn't. Overall I'm very happy about the sound upgrade on the USB source I have used so far, but gotta get rid of having a plug hanging out of the dash...

    In regard to the scosche kit, it's pretty good in terms of fit, in fact prior to this project I hadn't realized the factory one was off but the new one was better, the color looks about the same as the Metra's I've seen so slightly off from factory but it doesn't stand out as bad...now if only I hadn't scratched it...
     
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  21. May 21, 2018 at 8:49 AM
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    Great news man good work.
    Yes the factory usb will definitely work

    Keep us posted. Looking forward to pix
     
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    Lol just like when the indash stereos.came out. All you had to do is ground the parking brake cable and u could watch movies any time.
     
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    How much stuff did you throw in the process???? Haha
     
  24. May 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM
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    @B737 when you said the FM was retained did you mean after using the metra harness or the idatalink sat radio/GPS harness? I just checked mine and I can not pick up FM with just the TOY2 harnedd
     
  25. May 22, 2018 at 2:40 PM
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    i used the additional idatalink harness to keep them
    i might be crazy, but my radio reception is a little worse with the new set up.

    did you get it all dialed in?
     
  26. May 22, 2018 at 3:48 PM
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    Not yet just ordered the 2 datalink harnesses and metra FM adapter, I'll let you know after I install them. I will say the fit of the Scoche is pretty darn good, I'll try and post pictures later
     
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    I was going to install a new Alpine HU myself. Once I opened up the box and seen the 8 gazillion wiring adapters, I slowly put it back in the box and searched for a local installer. Found one two miles from work. It took a Professional almost 5 hours to do the install ( Headhunt, control box, all new RCA cables and tune the amp). it was so worth it. I am pretty good at this stuff ( I did all speakers, amps, matting, subs and box) but the HU was beyond my comfort level.
     
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