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Old 11-28-2009, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sorry if this been covered but I tried looking. Also its probably a no but I was just wondering if I replace my stock radio what I have to do to use my steering wheel controls. Also has anyone installed a dvd flip up radio? I was wondering since the radio sits so far back into the dash if it wouldn't open all the way from the trim on the dash. Thanks everyone!
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Hello and welcome to the forum Bosgarage57! Your radio controls will simply be wired into your aftermarket head unit, usually by a blue or green wire, that comes from your steering wheel controls. Then the wiring harness diagram of the new deck should tell you which wire to connect that blue/green wire to. Just make sure your deck has that feature (most do).

With this question, I'm just assuming because I have a 7 inch in-dash touch screen in my Forenza, not a flip out; however, most flip outs have a setting that allows you to adjust the pitch/angle of the monitor when it's going through its motions. If it does end up hitting your dash, simply play with the angles until there's no more interference. Hope that helps some!
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Sinner, Thanks for your reply. So are you refering to the steering wheel controls need to go where the new head units "remote" wire will be? If so can I use both the remote and steering wheel? Do you like your indash dvd? I was looking at those as well. Do you have subs in your car? If so how do they sound with the radio?
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So are you refering to the steering wheel controls need to go where the new head units "remote" wire will be?
If you mean the "REMOTE OUT" wire, that goes to your amp and tells it when to turn on or off. If your radio's on, then that remote wire will tell your amp to turn on and vise versa. That wire has nothing to do with your steering wheel controls though. What you want to look for, to enable the use of your steering wheel controls, is a separate input plug labeled "OE REMOTE", which is plugged into the back of the unit itself, not in the wiring harness. Again, what I'm explaining is how my H.U. is set up, so you may or may not have this input plug (your H.U wiring diagram will tell you what specific wire to hook to a specific place). In addition, you'll need a remote adapter interface module that matches the manufacturer of your H.U. for this to work. Here's an example below:

Scosche SWCJACK (Equivalent to PAC SWI-JACKv1) Steering Wheel Control Adapters and Interfaces Factory Stereo (OEM) Integration Car Audio, Video, & GPS Navigation - Sonic Electronix


As you can see, it is a little pricey for something so minor, but it's a nice feature to have. There is one other option, and that's choosing a H.U. that has the capabilities of integrating the steering controls into it. I believe Eclipse In-dash receivers have this feature, but I'm not too familiar with that, being as I didn't explore that avenue.

The trick here is to do your research. Companies like Crutchfield or Sonicelectronix would be happy to help you find a deck, whether you go with a flip out or an in-dash unit. Then once you settle on one, look around at various websites for a cheaper price if there are any. For example, I got mine on E-bay for $220 less than what Crutchfield wanted. There's also other details like if you want GPS, Satellite Radio, etc. It's at this point when personal preference come into play.


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Do you like your indash dvd? I was looking at those as well.
I personally love my touch screen, but for the price I paid for it I better! I have a JVC AVX-720, but I went ahead and got the GPS, HD Tuner, and the Steering wheel control interface for the heck of it. The only thing that can be annoying with a DVD player is when your passengers are watching a movie while you're driving! Haha You want to look so bad when an explosion goes off or something, but you gotta keep your eyes on the road...


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Do you have subs in your car? If so how do they sound with the radio?
Yes I do. I have two 12" Alpine's being pushed by an MTX 4000 watt amp. I've also upgraded my door speakers to Alpine type R components and amp'd them as well with a separate Boss amplifier. Everything sounds very clear no matter what source I'm using (i.e. Ipod, USB, DVD, MP3, etc). Trust me, the more you get into this audio stuff, the more you get addicted...this is the second system I've had in my Forenza in less than a year and I still want more.
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Dang Son, you got enough wattage in that bad boy!? I had a little coupe nissan with 2 12" and a 1000watt amp I thought I was rockin'. wow. I want some subs in my car but I still want to be able to use my trunk as well. So i'm looking for truck subs. I hope they sound ok in it.

So with your H.U. can you use your steering wheel controls AND the remote that came with the JVC?

and seriously thank you for your help.
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Dang Son, you got enough wattage in that bad boy!?
Haha Yeah me and another fella on here (Dj Low Proz) have a pretty good system in our cars to say the least. Two weeks ago I got my car Db tested and it pulled 102 DB's with a 40Hz tone, which is like being near a jet fighters engine when it takes off. lol

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I want some subs in my car but I still want to be able to use my trunk as well. So i'm looking for truck subs. I hope they sound ok in it.
Truck subs?? You mean shallow mount subs?? lol You don't need a huge box to make subs sound loud, you just need an efficient enclosure. You can buy the best sub on the market, but if you put it in a bad enclosure, it’ll sound like little 8" subs. The box I pulled the 102 dB’s is a sealed enclosure a lil' bigger than two 24 packs of water sittin' side by side. So I still a lot of my trunk space left to maybe add two more 12"s?! lol It's when you go ported that the size of the enclosure dramatically increases (depending on which subwoofer you go with). Go with a sealed enclosure if you listen to a lot of quick hitting bass, such as rock, and don’t care for SPL but still want clean, punchy bass. Ported enclosures are great for Hip-hop music because it can produce those lows that everyone wants more so than a sealed enclosure would. Plus it creates a lot of air movement and a higher SPL decimal. So again, everything depends on personal preference, what subwoofer(s) you get, and what music you listen to...

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So with your H.U. can you use your steering wheel controls AND the remote that came with the JVC?
Yes sir. I can drag my fingers in a circle to turn the volume up on the JVC's touch screen, I can stand 20 feet from my car and turn the volume up with the remote control, or I can simply push up or down on the steering wheel. It's a beautiful thing. haha

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and seriously thank you for your help.
Not a problem Bosgarage57, I'm just glad I was able to help...we all have to start somewhere...best of luck with your additions!
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Wow, thats crazy. So did you buy the subs or make them yourself. Yea I am wanting shallow boxes, or do the rear wheel well sub like federic0 did. His looks amazing.
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Thanks! The subwoofers I bought, but the enclosure I built myself with some 3/4 MDF. Just be sure that whatever enclosure you use has enough recommended volume for your specific sub, and everything will be just fine...
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Haha Yeah me and another fella on here (Dj Low Proz) have a pretty good system in our cars to say the least. Two weeks ago I got my car Db tested and it pulled 102 DB's with a 40Hz tone, which is like being near a jet fighters engine when it takes off. lol
not really, a 747 makes 103 dbs when its taking off, a jett fighter is more near 145 to 150 dbs, but 102 dbs is not bad, but with 4000 watts you should make more, i run a true 1100 watt 1 ohm stable amp, to two 10 inch dual voice coil subs, both dropped down to 1 ohm, and i had mine in a db drag and took home second, and i lost by .3 db, i produced 152.7 dbs
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a 747 makes 103 dbs when its taking off, a jett fighter is more near 145 to 150 dbs.
lol My bad, I was just going by what the guy said at the stereo shop. It's still a cool comparison though...

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but with 4000 watts you should make more
Yes it should; however, I have quite a few issues that are hindering my systems performance, but now that school's out, I have time to address those issues so that my system's at its full potential. The amp itself I'm only running at 2 Ohms (1000W ta each sub) right now because I'm running the subs past their RMS as is. So I mean, am I the loudest car in Florida, no, not even close, but I am pretty proud of what I've accomplished in my lil' 'Uki so far. Once everything is fixed, I'll do another drag ta see what the difference is...

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i run a true 1100 watt 1 ohm stable amp, to two 10 inch dual voice coil subs, both dropped down to 1 ohm, and i had mine in a db drag and took home second, and i lost by .3 db, i produced 152.7
haha Yeah, well, I'm almost there! You got a smaller car then me though, so wouldn't it take less effort to produce pressure inside of your Reno? Plus do you have a ported box? Basically what I'm saying is, as of right now, I have a street car, and you have a fully built top fuel'r...lol...nice job taking home second though. I bet they didn't see that coming...
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