Originally posted by dscipione
so how does this work? when you install the adapter, how do you select the satelite radio? do you press cd? does the cd player still work?
IIRC (we traded the Pilot over a year ago), the auxillary is chosen by selecting the CD changer key on the face of the radio (you are using this port on the back of the HU) or by selecting the source from the steering wheel controls. The volume will be lower on the particular input using this set up (this can be adressed with an small line level unit). The reaminder of the radio / CD / tape will not be effected. In a non-CD changer equipped Pilot, there is an open location on the back of the HU to add a CD changer (in the 2003, this would have been under the passenger seat if it was added). I do believe that the 2005+ Pilots have a single CD slot at the radio and an in-dash changer lower down in the stack and the port is then already used. There may be a way to get around the port already being is use with a splitter if you have an external changer, but I am not able to comment on this approach, but I do believe that you HU would be the same as the one I had.
What you are doing is connecting a plug to the open CD changer port and having it terminate in an RCA jack (see my photo of the equipment that I laid out prior to starting the project) I then used the RCA jack to connect to the back of the XM, and left slack in the cord to attach instead to the Ipod when we wanted that. This is the best way that I could find to give me both options. In our current CRV, I used a cable that will provide both an XM port for the OEM kit and a port for the Ipod using the empty XM port at the back of the HU (the input is selected by tapping the XM / Aux key on the radio back and forth). In our Toyota we have the Ipod connected through our RES system's CPU that permits the IPod to be charged and selected and have its tracks changed via the steering wheel controls. It also gives the ability for the Ipod to be selected as a separate channel for the rear headphones.
There are a number of companies that make the type of connector that you would need. We happened to use a Blitzsafe in our Pilot. (the darn thing is still there too!)
Given the location that we mounted our XM in, we just changed the connector (physically) from the back of the XM to the top of the Ipod. From my install pics you can see that I ran the line through the in-dash cubby to the area the that the XM was bracketed to. I was also able to tap into a constant power source for my XM and really cut down on the dash clutter.
The bracket was a Pro-Fit mount that I bought on-line. I may actually still have the bracket back in the US if there is any interest in it. I am heading home from Germany next week for the holidays, so I can double check on the bracket.
All told, it took me about 45 minutes to do the install in my driveway with the pictures slowing me down. It is a really easy install and beats an FM transmitter or cassette adaptor by far.
Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!.
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