Long story short, I spent most of Saturday and all of Sunday installing a JVC KW-NT3HDT, Polk DB651 speakers, eBay CCD backup camera and eBay backup sensors. First of all I would like to acknowledge and thanks the brave souls that have done similar stuff and served as inspiration:
Now to the good stuff.
Polk DB651 front speakers
- DB651 Speakers ($57) Amazon.com: Polk Audio DB651 6.5-Inch Coaxial Speakers (Pair, Silver): Electronics
- Harness (two for $14): Amazon.com: Metra 72-7800 Honda and Acura Speaker Adapter Harness Connector - Pair: Electronics
. (I got them from eBay for $7 each but am listing the Amazon link as it will most likely still be active a year or two down the road).
- Trim removal tool set ($8.50): Amazon.com: Astro Pneumatic 4505 5-Piece Fastener and Molding Remover Set: Home Improvement
These were a breeze to install. I would say no more than 20 minutes for both sides. Pull panel out, replace speaker, panel back in and voilá. BTW, factory speakers are a joke. The empty box of the DB651s is heavier than one OEM speaker. Thanks to the harness this operation is 100% reversible.
- Head unit: $640. I had a few coupons from Overstock.com which brought the price down.
- Harness Metra 70-1722 ($11) Amazon.com: Metra 70-1722 Radio Wiring Harness for Honda 2006-Up: Electronics
- Antenna adapter ($11) Amazon.com: Metra 40-HD10 Honda 2005-Up Antenna Adapter: Electronics
- Metra Axxess ASWC ($40) Amazon.com: Metra Axxess ASWC Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface (Black): Electronics
- Scosche HA1700B dash kit
This is a beautiful unit. I went with JVC for 3 main reasons: I owned a few JVC head units with excellent results, removable faceplate and HD Radio with traffic updates.
- As previous posters mentioned, get that harness clean and tidy upfront and you will save yourself a lot of time handling the wiring
-For longevity I soldered all connections, used heat shrink tubing and wrapped them in electrical tape.
- I put the GPS antenna inside the dash, close to the light sensor as JBUDDY did (see his pic here: http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/3737/p7240177mod.jpg
). Working great so far.
- Removed all brackets and trim from JVC-KWN3HDT
- I had to cut one side of the bracket for the Scosche HA1700B as someone else suggested. I will update once I find the post.
- I removed the bracket from the OEM radio and put it on the JVC-KWN3HDT to make it more stable.
Here's my finished harness with the Axxess ASWC:
Now, I got very confused with the "20 pin Honda connector" that the Axxess ASWC instructions reference. This is the one they are taking about. They say not to use wire taps but since I want to make everything reversible, that is what I used. They grav/red wire pictured about by itself goes to pin t on this connector. Also, you need to connect pin 6 of the same connector to a ground source.
Testing the unit before making everything final
We are good to go!!!
- $80 from ebay seller POSSBAY2008 HONDA ODYSSEY 2009 CCD NTSC Car Rear View Backup Camera | eBay
I always wanted a camera but it had to look OEM. I saw this one on eBay a few weeks ago and asked the seller if it would fit a 2008 Ody. He said it was for 2009 only but after looking at it carefully I was convinced it would work for me.
After removing all the rear door panels and the license plate garnish I checked fit for the camera. There was a tiny gap as you can see in the pics below.
Since the fit was pretty close I decided to leave it as is and seal it with silicone. When I put the license plate garnish back in place and checked the monitor I noticed that the garnish was blocking half the view. To fix this i ended up breaking one of the plastic tabs on the back of the camera housing. ths allowed the camera to swivel down and cover the correct angle, clearing the garnish. I then put enough silicone to create a seal around the gap. IT worked perfectly and I'm a happy camper now.
Will continue on a second post...