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Old 08-16-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Head Unit Install Help

I'm considering asking the wife to get me the Pioneer AVHX4600BT for my birthday. I don't want nav, well I do but I want a separate unit so I can us it in other vehicles too, and this deck seems to have everything I want, bluetooth, appradio, etc.

I'm totally confused as to what else I need to install this thing. I know I'll need an install kit for the dash. I assume I'll need some kind of wiring harness to hook into the factory wiring as well. But then I need something to make the steering wheel controls function too? Would I still need a wiring harness or is that part of the steering wheel control thingy?

Also, this HU is selling for $307 on Amazon and for $449 on Crutchfield. In your experience is Crutchfield the better deal with the free install kit and the price break on the other stuff (not to mention the customer service) or is piecemealing it the way to go?

Thanks! BTW, I've got the Alpine 7 speaker system in a 2014. My current unit is the 230 and I have the connectivity, steering wheels controls, etc.

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I'm considering asking the wife to get me the Pioneer AVHX4600BT for my birthday. I don't want nav, well I do but I want a separate unit so I can us it in other vehicles too, and this deck seems to have everything I want, bluetooth, appradio, etc.

I'm totally confused as to what else I need to install this thing. I know I'll need an install kit for the dash. I assume I'll need some kind of wiring harness to hook into the factory wiring as well. But then I need something to make the steering wheel controls function too? Would I still need a wiring harness or is that part of the steering wheel control thingy?

Also, this HU is selling for $307 on Amazon and for $449 on Crutchfield. In your experience is Crutchfield the better deal with the free install kit and the price break on the other stuff (not to mention the customer service) or is piecemealing it the way to go?

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I did mine piecemeal as crutchfield didn't have the speakers I wanted anyway. The harness will do the steering wheel controls as well if you get the PAC harness. There is another harness, but I am unfamiliar with it. You will need an antenna adapter as the port on the pioneer is different from the factory cable end.

Edit: Use the part numbers from the crutchfield install list to price everything else through amazon. I'm sure you'll save plenty money and get all the same things. You can find the dash removal instructions on this forum and then it's just following the harness instructions to hook up everything. I did full audio upgrade: new head unit, all new speakers, and added 5 channel amp and sub.

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Old 08-16-2014, 12:52 PM   #3
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I did mine piecemeal as crutchfield didn't have the speakers I wanted anyway. The harness will do the steering wheel controls as well if you get the PAC harness. There is another harness, but I am unfamiliar with it. You will need an antenna adapter as the port on the pioneer is different from the factory cable end.
I think I can save a bit of money on Amazon but I feel like Crutchfield will be the better value with the CS and I won't have to go chasing down odd bits like you mentioned. Looks like their units come with that adapter.

So I guess my question now is will something like the iDatalink Maestro be all I need to connect the deck to the factory system or will I need something else along with it? I just can't tell if that only for the steering wheel and amp or if it also connects all the power, grounds, etc.

Update to your update: Good idea about the part numbers. I'm satisfied with the Alpine system so I'm just looking to upgrade the head unit.
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My experience with Crutchfield has been worth the customer service along with illustrated instructions and telephone tech support. I have not purchased anything for either of my jeeps but Ive purchased a great deal for past vehicles.
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My experience with Crutchfield has been worth the customer service along with illustrated instructions and telephone tech support. I have not purchased anything for either of my jeeps but Ive purchased a great deal for past vehicles.
I just priced what I think I need (still not 100% sure though Crutchfield doesn't recommend anything else) and Amazon is probably $80 cheaper. But if I run into trouble, I'm struggling to get answers online instead of calling CF. Hmm!

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