Couldn't agree more, I think it's a very sensible idea, and I considered doing it myself, however my double din doesn't have simple AUX in, and supports a USB hub so I didn't follow this route.why not ?
Your set up sounds great (for you) and i'm sure it works well (for you) but the double din i want doesn't have an SD slot or CD/DVD slot, so won't work for me
It's built for direct connection with an iPod or Android phone so plan to have an iPod connected permanently which will sit in the arm rest
The whole point is so i don't need to 'mutilate' anything and so it looks like an OEM install and so i don't need to have any wires running from the power socket near the gear stick as this will give me another power outlet
I too will be able to put everything back to how Honda intended it and as you put it to an 'unmutilated' state
thats the one socket i'm not bothered about using at all, will be using the USB and power outlet only, i have no use for the aux at presentYou will need to find a pinout for the headunit you are buying and wire this directly to your aux socket missing out the Honda control box. Good luck, I wasn't kidding about the wiring mutilation.
thanks mate i'm not planning on using the AUX and yeh the connections will be the only/main hurdle as far as i see, what double din do you have?Couldn't agree more, I think it's a very sensible idea, and I considered doing it myself, however my double din doesn't have simple AUX in, and supports a USB hub so I didn't follow this route.
One issue I see is that you do need the Honda wiring too, or at least the connectors... If you see the following picture, you will notice that the armrest has no wires, just sockets. I can't remember if you can remove these, but there must be wires going from the socket below, to the actual sockets above.
Agreed, not sure why there is such hatred towards this mod, I think it's a great idea, and hardly complex. There is no need for pinouts of headunits and wiring directly into things... What is this nonsense about a Honda control box too?thats the one socket i'm not bothered about using at all, will be using the USB and power outlet only, i have no use for the aux at present
there is nothing saying i have to use the Honda wiring loom since i am replacing the HU, it's just the connectors i have to find a way of dealing with
you seem to know what your talking about so i might end up not finding a good solution to this and i'll hold my hands up, no harm in trying and i'm the first to admit i definitely don't know it all though
all up for constructive critisism but you've been totally negative in the 2 threads i've mentioned this now and not quite sure why you've kind of taken offence to this
AUX is not hard to wire up whilst you're at it, if the headunit supports it you might as well do it.thanks mate i'm not planning on using the AUX and yeh the connections will be the only/main hurdle as far as i see, what double din do you have?
i've taken a gamble and bought the arm rest (just came today) and i've not even seen the type of connections yet but i'll soon see how much of a pain it will be, i'm only going to do it if it can be done professionally and not a bodge DIY effort (will be enlisting the help of an electrician pal )
might not work at all but worst case is i get the standard wiring and it's a nice wee upgrade for when i reinstall the standard HU when selling or i just sell on the arm rest
exactly mate good to have some constructive banterAgreed, not sure why there is such hatred towards this mod, I think it's a great idea, and hardly complex. There is no need for pinouts of headunits and wiring directly into things... What is this nonsense about a Honda control box too?
AUX is not hard to wire up whilst you're at it, if the headunit supports it you might as well do it.
All I can see you needing, is once you have figured out how to connect to the sockets under the armrest, or remove them, a USB cable to cut one end off and connect armrest socket to, and simply plug the other end into the headunit.
It really is one of the simpler mods once the tricky part of figuring out the connector is sorted.
discus seems to be making it sound like you're falling into a pit of fire.
I've got an Android headunit, you can take a look in my thread if you're interested.
With regards to using it on your old headunit if this doesn't work, unfortunately not as you'd need the 2009 headunit, plus the relevant wiring.
Depending on your knowledge, a how to is really not required. Knowing how to use a multimeter, and basic soldering skills with some common sense should suffice.I'm not trying to be negative about this but there are some problems plus there is no easy 'how too' as there are so many makes of double din offering problems on how to connect the socket up.
If it were me, I wouldn't entertain using the Honda wiring, would just buy the plugs that fit into the armrest and modify an input lead that fits your stereo. The plugs are pretty small and not easy for a diy'er and really you want a solution that everyone is capable of doing.
The difficulty really depends on what head unit you have, some will be much easier than others.
Most of my responses are direct towards calum001 as he is the most active in this thread.Who are you talking about? the guy who started the thread has a 2011 car with it fitted already.
The Honda wiring is trickier as the socket requires an adapter lead to connect a USB so is non standard for a start. Also in the wiring is an iphone controller so you can use the steering wheel buttons, this of course becomes useless when you remove the old headunit hence why I am negative about using the loom.
If the headunit has a USB then I dont get why anyone would go through the hassle of wiring up to the plug. I just ran a lead into the centre console on my old Civic. The wires are tiny in these leads and definitely not easy to solder and be durable.