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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-25-2012, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Question E-brake wire for DVD?

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First time poster, third-time visitor, and a very, very Merry Christmas!
My Christmas stocking had a Pioneer AVH-2400BT in it this morning (big feet). I'm struggling a bit. This is my first real radio install, and first ever on a Forester (I've done minor iPod work to a stock radio before).

Few questions:

1. I've got my wires spliced, but I'm noticing the long, thing green wire that's "absolutely, without question required" to splice into the e-brake. I'm told that I can either get to the e-brake wire via the e-brake itself (which seems harder), or I can go under the wheel and splice into a grey wire "sitting there."

But when I look, I don't see a grey wire just sitting around; they're all bound, taped and in the right place.

So, where's this wire, or do am I better off taking off the trim to the e-brake and splicing there (would need help with this trim removal step)?


2. I've got a microphone, and I'm thinking there's a nice space for it to the right bottom of the steering wheel, about 5 o'clock-ish. If I can get into that space, I could mount the microphone internally, and never see it.

But when I try to get in, I'm blocked by trim. I've taken off the radio trim to explore, and went to the passenger door to remove the thin silver trim (which is stuck where it attaches to the dash at the instrument cluster, help), but do I need to do any of this? Wasting time? Asking for trouble, or is this a decent place to try to install the mic so that it doesn't show at all?

Otherwise, is there a better microphone install spot? Would like to make the work as invisible as possible.


3. Finally, the trim. As stated, I can get the simple piece around the radio out with a dash removal tool, and the thin silver trim comes out (this is the piece that holds the HVAC system below the radio), but can't pry it loose where it connects on the driver's side to the instrument cluster.

If it would help, as I do this I can take a few photos and post them, so that I can have a start-to-finish for the site, if that would help/be allowed.

Thanks and a great holiday to you!

Peter

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1. Youtube pioneer bypass
2. You want it as close to you as possible or people wont be able to hear you, on the headliner in the corner of the windshield
3. Im sure your not tue first to install a stereo in a forester, have you searched for what you need?

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my mic is at the top left corner of my windshield. you almost can't see it.
wires completely hidden and go behind the plastic a pillar trim
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Update: bypass fail

Update: radio in and installed, except DVD in motion warning message is there.
I've bypassed using a 12V standard relay and followed YouTube instructions exactly. No luck.

What are the major reasons for failure here? Is there a common error I've likely made? Possible that the relay just isn't contacting properly, or that I've not tied wires in correctly? My 30 pin is attached to the parking wire, with 86 and 87 grounded into the main ground, and 85 into the remote turn on/amp turn on.

My other choice is just to get into the e-brake; to get the parking brake trim, is that as easy as it sounds and will the wire be there waiting for me to tap into?

Thanks.

Edit: Sorry, other question is, if I don't have GPS on the unit and I don't care about watching DVDs, what do I miss by not tying in to the brake?

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Don't use a relay...

Buy a 10$ bypass on Amazon...

seriouslty...
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I did this to mine and worked great. used a relay and did this exact setup.

I have a pioneer avh-p1400dvd

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Don't use a relay...

Buy a 10$ bypass on Amazon...

seriouslty...
^this. Did it with my AVH3400 works great. Postiioned my mic at the 12:00 position (velcro) on the back of the column (slightly different column since mine doesn't telescope). It's visible, but I don't notice it at all. If I were to redo it I might velcro it slightly more out of sight at about 1-2 o'clock on the back of the steering column.

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