other things I had issues with - that would have been good to know. Or just tips I noted. These may have been issues specific to my car year only (2013 GT)
GOOD TOOLS TO HAVE:
A console panel removal tool
- is really very very helpful. Look at any Auto parts store, Walmart, Amazon. Look near the Radio installation Kits, parts area. About $5, or can usually be found in Stereo installation kits.
An exacto knife blade
- used CAREFULLY, so you do not cut deep is very handy for cutting paper back off of foam wrapping for AC and Sync - do not cut foam. Do AC unit first to refine cutting depth, that way if you cut foam, you have enough extra, to try a second cut, and can still have enough surplus to wrap AC unit.
When wrapping AC and SYNC in foam. Each unit is wrapped separately, with its own foam. Before sealing shut - cut out a hole in the foam for plug ins. Easier to do before you seal foam piece. Before tying AC and SYNC together: Look at how holes are aligned up for OEM connecters, so they are in the right direction (up/down) to most easily re connect the OEM plug ins in your car.
It can be a bit trickier, if you have one unit flipped wrong, as the wires can be hard to twist depending on how much give you have. My OEM wires were tightly secured to a sidewall bracket, and I had to cut the plastic connecter so I could move them more easily and push AC and SYNC back into car pocket compartment. SYNC unit will be wire tied ON TOP of AC unit, and can be pushed back very far, if you are careful. This give lots of room for the Raxiom unit to slide in. Thats a big help.
Antenna Mount Location:
Decide roughly where you want GPS and Camera antenna, and run cables to that apot, and back to console before you begin installing AC and everything back in. Just easier overall IMO.
I mounted GPS antenna on top of Rear View mirror, (not windshield) and ran wire under headliner, and down side pillar, and behind glove box. Use 3M tape, not included. Looks very sharp, and blends in well.
Mounted camera between license plate lites with 3 M tape. I did not want to drill holes in car. So attached camera above license plate, centered between lights. Used a drill and small saw to notch the backside of the black cover plate that covers both lights, and also notched out back edge of rear black housing of light on passenger side, so camera wire was able to run into and under light opening, then through hole already in trunk for lights. Fed cable through a rubber grommet in trunk in which I had to slit tube open, to fit cable in. Re Seal with electrical tape.
Run antenna wire along other cables already in place, on passenger side, through trunk (under bed lining) and along side passenger wall/backseat. Through floor plate molding (had to remove passenger sill plate) Then finally behind glove box, to console.
AC Removal, be careful, and unclip, if you have clips:
When removing AC unit, as mentioned by another poster earlier. Look for the metal clips holding it in place on inside of metal brackets. He used a flexible flashlight to view. I did not see or find these. and broke a clip on my AC during removal. Fortunately AC does not remount back in same holder. But its very easy to damage that unit - so be careful. Dont tork it, or it can be broken. Do not drop it.
The AC and SYNC are easier to attach when held out of the console space. Then work them back in and push back.
ReAttaching the Radio Unit:
My car, 2013 GT, I was able to attache three of the plastic coated connecters on the back of the OEM Radio Head unit, without it being pushed into place. This made them much easier to see. The yellow connector, and black Radio antennae, I had to attach by feel, no visual, as radio must be pushed back. Small hands help.
The OEM harness attaches to Radio - NOT to OEM AC and SYNC ( I missing this distinction originally)
Attaching Raxiom Console:
I was able to attach most cables visually, by sort of pulling plate to the passenger side, at an angle - up and right, above and over gear shifter. This allowed me to view and connect most connections. If you are alone, do it from the drivers seat. but if someone can sit in the passenger seat and hold the console, and connect what they can see on that side it can help also.
Connecting bottom power (lower right first, and then working up seemed to work a bit better then reverse for me)
Final Test for power and function:
Before inserting center console/cup holders buttoning everything up, and mounting in radio bolted - make sure your unit powers up, and stuff works. That way if you need to redo wire harness or connections you can get to them.
Check that CD disk moves in and ejects out of CD slot.
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Originally Posted by vans5oh
Yeah I tried uploading pictures onto that already with no luck. I wonder what the USB plug in the back is for.
My thought was maybe for other car styles that may have an in dash USB input - then this would connect to it. Same with the Video connections too.