I pulled the USB and Aux that I had tediously run to the center console, and I was able to repurpose the factory USB port instead. I saw in another thread that the factory USB port (in the center console) terminates behind the climate controls. I took some pictures in case anybody else wants to see how to do it.
The black box is some kind of uConnect controller. The factory USB cable is in front of my middle finger. It's got a plastic auto connector around it, but the center of the connector is a male USB mini plug. I bought an adapter
to connect it to the Alpine head unit.
Here's what the final cable assembly looks like:
Now I can use the factory USB port in the center console to access the head unit, but there's no factory Aux port, so I snaked the Aux cable down the left side, coming out near the transfer case shift, and tucked it inside the netted pocked right there. I don't expect that I will use it often, if at all, but if I do, I can put whatever I'm listening to in that pocket.
The last little touch was a custom splash screen. It's a nice feature of this head unit, really gives it that OEM touch.
If anybody wants the splash screen, download it here
. Format a FAT32 USB drive (name the drive whatever you want), make a folder called OPENINGFILE, and place openingfile.bmp inside that folder. Turn your head unit on, then plug in the USB. After a few seconds it should ask if you want to copy the image. Tap OK. When its done, you can unplug the USB. Turn the head unit off and back on to make sure it worked. There's also a configuration setting to switch between default splash screen and custom (a.k.a. "user") but that setting is toggled to "user" automatically when you install a splash screen.
If you want to edit the splash screen, a GIMP original is here