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Looking to install a new Pioneer Stereo that has a USB-C port in the back. I was thinking of the best option for using this port. Ideally I would run a USB-C cable from the port to the center console. My car doesn't currently have a USB port in there (only AUX) so I would probably have to install something like this (only USB-C):


My question is how difficult is it to run a wire from the back of my stereo to the center console. I do not have much experience with this type of thing and trying to figure out if it makes sense to try. Or would it be better to just drop a USB cable down into the small compartment under the stereo/climate control and plug in my phone there?

Additional details: Car is a 2010 Forester with heated seats, automatic.

I'm open to suggestions!

Sorry if this is already in a thread somewhere, I couldn't find it.
 

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If you're just trying to run a cable from the back of your headunit to the same spot as the factory aux spot. You will have no problems at all.
 

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I'd imagen when you take off the trim to plug in the back of your headunit you can thread a cord down the side of the trim. It will be pretty self explanatory when you're poking around in there.
 

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Update: Purchased this outlet/cord and a 3/4" spade bit.


Next step is to remove the center console to drill a hole and install the port. I would like to place the hole near the current aux port; most likely below it but will have to figure out how to get the drill in there.

If it seems to tricky; I'll just put it in place of the 12v outlet.

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One possible note of caution, IF you are expecting to use this USB port with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on your new head unit: These technologies are extremely sensitive to signal loss over long cables. Many issues people have with AA/AC are cured by using shorter/higher quality cables. I would urge you to set things up temporarily and make sure it works reliably before making permanent changes.

In my 2015, installing a Sony head unit with the USB ports on the back, we brought the USB dongle out into the cubby below the center stack, and I use an 18-inch cable for the phone.
 

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It's hard to say, but long cabels have been found to be a problem with some combinations of head units and phones. I'm only suggesting an over-the-top test period before doing anything permanent.

What head unit is this? I didn't know USB-C connectors were coming standard on any car stereos now.
 

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Thank you. I ended up ordering the Pioneer DMH-2660NEX -- it has standard USB. I was looking at the DMH-W4660NEX but the release is delayed. It had the USB C port. I'll try the cords out before I do anything permanent. Thanks!
 

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You'll probably find you can slip the cable up the side of the trim around the shift stick w/o having to remove it

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