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Old 05-08-2016, 02:30 PM
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Alpine iLX-007 head unit (carplay)

This the first custom work I've done on my Jeep. I'm not a gearhead but I am a computer nerd, so soldering and heat shrinking is right up my alley.



I really like the head unit. It's very minimalist: no satellite radio, no bluetooth, no disc drive. It's just AM/FM radio, a phono Aux, and the USB for Carplay. Carplay itself is a huge improvement over the factory Uconnect system (which never worked very smoothly with my iPhone and was annoyingly tedious to program numbers into) but Carplay is still awfully, awfully buggy. It's a real shame how unfinished Carplay is, but it's still better than the factory head unit and at least with Carplay I can expect it to be updated once a year when Apple publishes a new OS. Sound quality is noticeably better, too.

The biggest pain in the ass was routing the USB wire to the center console. I tried to pull off the shifter knob (I have a manual) and had to gorilla glue the knob back together afterwards. It's still slightly off. Even after going to all that effort to remove the center console, I still couldn't get it out because of all the wiring that is clipped to the underside. I ended up drill an ugly hole inside the center console compartment and feeding the Aux and USB through there, but it didn't come out nearly as nice as I wanted. If were going to do it again, I'd just have the wires come out at the floor and save myself 2 hours of sweat and scraped up fingers.

For those interested, parts list:

* Alpine iLX-007
* PAC RP4-CH11
* Metra 96-6511 Dash Kit
* Metra 40-EU10 Antenna Adapter

I really like the PAC. I originally bought an Axxess ASWC-1 & XSVI-6522-NAV which was really cumbersome to set up and program. Only after installing it, I realized my jeep has the "premium" sound package ó I bought second hand so I never saw a spec sheet ó and the ASWC-1 isn't compatible with the factory amplifier. Doh. Went back to store and got a PAC instead and it's easier to program. Didn't have to hook it up to my PC or anything like that. All the steering wheel buttons work and you can customize what each button does. Once nice touch is that the command you trigger on the steering wheel is displayed back to you on the EVIC, so you can tell if its programmed correctly even if the head unit isn't turned on. (Side note, I already cut and soldered the AWSC-1 so I can't return it. If you want it, PM me. I just ask that you cover shipping.)

I also bought a rear view camera, but the head unit alone was enough for one weekend, so I didn't install the camera yet. I'll post a picture when I get that project done!

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Old 05-11-2016, 07:41 PM
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Update:

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.

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Old 05-18-2016, 04:19 PM   #3
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Awesome! Well done.
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You can sell that uConnect module for around $100. Better than sitting in a box in the garage.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:28 PM
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FINALLY finished this build today. Wired in the backup camera (Gino 1/4" CCD from Amazon) and mounted it on the rear bumper. I mostly followed Fiero880's tutorial on YouTube (except that I've got the Alpine head unit). Getting the bumper off and back on was a hassle but the rest of the install was straight forward.



The video quality is decent. It has a low frame rate so the video is a bit choppy, but that should be okay for reverse gear. I took this picture at dusk, and it handles the low light situation pretty well.



The "guide" lines are obnoxious and I don't know how to adjust them. I might try buying a slightly nicer camera in a few months and swap them out.
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Well done! I'm looking to put the newer ixl-107 in my JKU which i think will be very similar

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