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).
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!