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I have some updates coming so this thread will be under construction for the next week. I wanted to do a write up of my install of my new Kenwood radio and show how I made an older F250 without all the bells and whistles of a new truck made to be more modern.

First, you will need a few things.

1. New head unit that supports Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and camera input. For easier mirroring capabilities, get a head unit that already has an HDMI input.
2. Rear camera or dash cam (many options to choose from)
3. USB/HDMI Port for dash

So for me, this is what I used. Your own preference on radio, camera, and available outlets is up to you.

Kenwood DDX9903S Double Din receiver


Esky Universal License Plate Frame Mount Camera, Waterproof High Sensitive 8 IR LED


Axxess AX-FDUSBAUX USB/AUX/HDMI Media Port


Today I go started on tackling the hard part which was the wiring harness and modifying the dash. The camera was already installed a while ago so I won't be covering this extensively, but I will add a few photos from the installation of the camera and explain the basic wiring.

So first:

1. Loosen the 8mm bolts on the negative battery cables and put them to the side.
2. Put the key in and turn on to the on position. If you parked on a hill, set your parking brake.
4. Put the shift selector in 1st gear (this is for clearance to get the dash out)
5. Adjust steering wheel at lowest level.
3. Begin removing the dash cover by prying near the headlight switch. Gently pull the dash out as it will just pop out. Work your way around the top and bottom releasing all the tabs until you get to the other side near the power point.
4. At this point, you have access to the miscellaneous plugs and connectors. Remove each one as necessary. Some truck have additional options like power rear window, or airbag on/off switch, or shift on the fly 4WD.
5. Once all plugs are unplugged, you can lift up and out towards the passenger side. Installation will be the opposite of removal.



6. Now you should have clear access to the radio. Remove four 7mm bolts that hold the radio.
7. Now unplug the radio and the antenna and out with the old radio
8. Next is modification to the dash. I decided since the truck has essentially two cigarette lighter ports, I decided to cut out the one that says power point for my new USB/HDMI ports.



9. First I measured the length and width of the plug. Then using a Dremel and cut off wheel, I cut out the hole. I also used another sanding wheel attachment to smooth out the rough edges. It didn't have to be perfectly square since the media port has a lip on it. It also has some clips that help it to snap in. (be sure not to make the hole to big!)





10. I used my low wattage soldering iron and a tie strap, and plastic welded the back of the panel to the media port to make sure it was solid.



11. Adding steering wheel controls. This allows the factory steering wheel controls to still work with the aftermarket radio. It comes with basic instructions on how to set up the steering wheel controller (usually the CRUX adapter cost around $30-$60). Note, the steering wheel doesn't have to be removed or anything and it was quite simple to do. I think this just adds to the professionalism and feel that makes the truck seem more modern.
12. Plug in the connections as per the instructions for my year, make, model and radio brand (this may vary depending on radio). Below is a picture of all the wiring (radio harness, CRUX adapter and harness, media port)



13. The rest of the CRUX harness is basically the same as those other factory harness adapters for radios. Just need to splice the wires! For cleanliness and a sure connection, I solder my wires and heat shrink them. You can still use butt connectors, however, to be honest, with all the added wiring from the microphone, the radio GPS, the new media port, space is crucial so I decided this was the best route. Besides, everyone should learn the basic trait of soldering IMO





14. Mount GPS and Mic. For this you have to remove the a-pillar. Remove the two rubber covers to expose four 8mm bolts for the o-crap handle. Remove the bolts. Then pull the rubber insulation just from the a-pillar. Then pull on the a-pillar cover. This also should just pop out. You will have to angle down and towards the passenger to wiggle out the bottom. Installation is basically the opposite of removal.





15. Now mount (stick-on) your GPS sensor (if equipped) and microphone (TIP: be sure to leave some room for the mic if you are mounting near the a-pillar. When I reinstalled the a-pillar cover, it barely cleared the microphone).







16. Feed the wires along the headliner, down the a-pillar, into the dash and back to the radio area.
17. At this point, I went ahead and also fed my new media port wires in through the dash and out by the radio.



18. I also ran my SGII wire up through the dash and in the corner where the wire is out of the way and I can see my gauges a lot easier than in my cup holder. :thumb:



19. Install camera(s)
20. Run wires along frame rail (be sure to use tie straps and wire loom)
21. Remove drivers door sill plate
22. Pull pack carpet to expose grommet on floor board.
23. Cut hole in grommet and run wires through and up to radio location behind dash.





24. There are a couple different approaches to wiring. For me, I recommend running all wires up to the radio. The positive lead for the camera should tie in to the ignition (red) wire on the radio. The ground wire to the ground wire (black) on the radio, and the RCA to the "video in" or "camera input" on the radio. For mine, I ended up running my power and ground wire from the camera to the reverse wire and ground wire on the trailer plug. The reverse wire powers the camera on when it's put in reverse. Makes sense, however, the disadvantage is the camera can not be viewed unless it's in reverse. I'm going to change this eventually but at the time I installed the camera, I was ignorant :doh:

25. Next, the infamous "reverse wire" (purple wire) from radio. So a lot of people get stuck on this one :crazy:
26. Remove lower dash cover to get to fuse box.
27. Remove four bolts and fuse box will drop down enough to expose the back wiring.



28. On my 2005, it was the BLACK WIRE w/PINK STRIPE (pic below)
29. To test yours, you will need a test light or voltmeter. With the KOEO, put the truck in reverse. This wire will be showing 12 volts only when in reverse. You can select other gears to confirm. Like I said, only when in reverse, this wire should be hot.



30. Once confirmed, splice your reverse wire from the radio to this wire.

Also, just as a side not. In case you're wondering where your AUX switch wires are, they are located right here. These also run through the firewall and come out drivers side near power steering fluid reservoir.



31. Once the harness was done and all the wires were ran, it was time to mount the radio and start plugging everything in. Some cables weren't very long, so the ones you can plug in while sitting on the seat, do first. If you have really long wiring, use tie wraps to bundle up the excess wiring., then plug in the last few connectors that are shorter last.



32. Turn on key and start testing some things, like Bluetooth, HDMI, the hands-free calling, camera operation, and the rest. (TIP: Do this before reassembling the dash!)

Look at this wiring mess! :crazy:



And the final product!







What does a guy do to get a sticky around here? :thumb:
 

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This is what I intend on doing shortly! Excellent write up! As a dummy to all this new stuff what is the hdmi used for?

Randy
 
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Nice writeup!

I think this thread is sticky worthy....

Done!
 

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This is what I intend on doing shortly! Excellent write up! As a dummy to all this new stuff what is the hdmi used for?

Randy
Well, you can do mirroring on your phone. So basically the radio will display exactly what's on your phone. So you can watch Youtube, Netflix, browse internet, etc....

Obviously not intended while driving. But if you use torquepro app on Android phones, you would be able to display this right on the screen.

The only negative with mirroring is that the touchscreen the radio doesn't control anything. Navigation through your phone and your apps is still done from the phone screen.
 

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Nice write up, Bravo!
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Thanks!

@djmaguire might like this thread and have input to add...
By all means!

I have bought the same stereo and the same license plate camera for both front and rear.

How do you like the stereo and the cameras?

Good Idea with the ports. I think I'm gonna do the same thing. Nice set-up.
So the cameras is good. Even the IR works good at night. Considering this was from Amazon for around $30. It's a steal. However, keep in mind the camera has built in guidelines that can't be turned off. The radio has an option to turn on/off guidelines and adjust them. So obviously, I prefer the adjustable guidelines, but the screen winds up showing both. Not a major issue, but it does look a bit jumbled. You can find some other cameras that allow you to turn this feature on or off. Eventually, I might at a front camera and at that point, I will get one without lines and just swap the cameras around.



Actually, from what I was told, this particular stereo has Android Autoplay. It's supposed to control the navigation (from your phone) right there on the stereo's touch screen. And the steering wheel controls will work with the added module.
It does, in fact, I use an iPhone and with that I use Apple Car Play which is basically the same as Android Auto. To use this feature, you connect your phone to the USB. When you do this, the radio then controls the phone. But, with both Android Auto and CarPlay, you are limited on which apps you can have.

The HDMI is different. It sends a video image of what is displayed on your phone. Basically mirroring the phone screen, and that's something a little different. Now you can display whatever you want, any navigation app, weather app, video apps, and so on. Whatever is on your phones screen at the moment will be on the radios display. But like I said, the screen on the radio is just a display at that point.

This is great, yes. Well done!
Thanks!
 

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How does the USB connected handle the 4k streaming to the deck? I'm guessing it won't heat the phone up as much?

The USB only enables the Android Auto or CarPlay. I haven’t used the HDMI yet since I still have to get an additional cable from Apple. It’s the lightning to HDMI/MHL adapter which costs $50.

Android auto offers something called Mirror Cast which mirrors wirelessly. I’m unfamiliar with the correct wire or adapter you need though. Unfortunately when it comes to Android phones, I don’t have a lot of experience so not sure about the overheating issues or how it would perform.
 

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The USB only enables the Android Auto or CarPlay. I haven’t used the HDMI yet since I still have to get an additional cable from Apple. It’s the lightning to HDMI/MHL adapter which costs $50.
i have used this cable in my other vehicles, since i have DirectTv and the app on my phone allows me to watch live Tv data-free, i figured the kids would be able to watch on trips... no dice! that app is not supported, i guess someone knew what i would want to do. oh well.

very nice writeup! i will be watching to see what you do for speakers, amp and how they perform. im wanting a carplay head unit, amp and speakers. not enough room in a supercab for subs if you want to have any gear. :doh:
 

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i have used this cable in my other vehicles, since i have DirectTv and the app on my phone allows me to watch live Tv data-free, i figured the kids would be able to watch on trips... no dice! that app is not supported, i guess someone knew what i would want to do. oh well.

very nice writeup! i will be watching to see what you do for speakers, amp and how they perform. im wanting a carplay head unit, amp and speakers. not enough room in a supercab for subs if you want to have any gear. :doh:
Thanks, I tested Netflix and YouTube and both worked fine. I will see if I can get a quick vid to throw up on here showing how it works. Since the truck was wrecked. I may not do anything else as far as subs and all. I'm going to save that project for my next truck :wink:
 

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trife96,

Did you figure out ow to turn off the deck's camera lines, since the license plate camera had it built in? Do you have a pic?

As soon as my bumpers are finished, the next project is installing my alarm and stereo, so I'll need to figure out how to turn the lines off as well. I thought I read it can be done somewhere.
 

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@-Falcon- that is usually removable in the settings under camera on the car stereo head units.

My question of the day is: Are you shltin me here, can you watch Netflix in your truck as your tooling down the highway ??

Ive done the DVD sin a few 100 times but streaming while on the move is a whole other level.
 

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i have used this cable in my other vehicles, since i have DirectTv and the app on my phone allows me to watch live Tv data-free, i figured the kids would be able to watch on trips... no dice! that app is not supported, i guess someone knew what i would want to do. oh well.

very nice writeup! i will be watching to see what you do for speakers, amp and how they perform. im wanting a carplay head unit, amp and speakers. not enough room in a supercab for subs if you want to have any gear. <img src="http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/images/smilies/doh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Doh" class="inlineimg" />
Thanks, I tested Netflix and YouTube and both worked fine. I will see if I can get a quick vid to throw up on here showing how it works. Since the truck was wrecked. I may not do anything else as far as subs and all. I'm going to save that project for my next truck <img src="http://www.powerstrokeforum.com/forum/images/Powerstroke_org_2015/smilies/tango_face_wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
I hadnt tried netflix. But YouTube definitely works.
 

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i have used this cable in my other vehicles, since i have DirectTv and the app on my phone allows me to watch live Tv data-free, i figured the kids would be able to watch on trips... no dice! that app is not supported, i guess someone knew what i would want to do. oh well.

very nice writeup! i will be watching to see what you do for speakers, amp and how they perform. im wanting a carplay head unit, amp and speakers. not enough room in a supercab for subs if you want to have any gear. <img src="http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/images/smilies/doh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Doh" class="inlineimg" />
Thanks, I tested Netflix and YouTube and both worked fine. I will see if I can get a quick vid to throw up on here showing how it works. Since the truck was wrecked. I may not do anything else as far as subs and all. I'm going to save that project for my next truck <img src="http://www.powerstrokeforum.com/forum/images/Powerstroke_org_2015/smilies/tango_face_wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
I wont be doing subs either. Not enought room. I just want to add a 4 channel amp and some good speakers i can get full sound from.
 
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