Looking at the picture it appears to be hand modified... it's good for someone who wants to modify their vehicle to their taste and functionality but not clean like a professional (or scorrpio) install.Ok, so in your model, climate control talks to display directly, and not through audio head, which is good news. Did you do your own dash modding to make it fit or you used some kind of existing mounting kit?
So, for those looking to upgrade, and not minding to spend a bit extra, a good option would be this dash kit:
And then use a floating-screen single DIN such as Alpine Halo9 or Sony XAV-AX8000
You would also want to look into adding a subwoofer mono amp.
Yep - hand modified with some help from the linked Scosche kit (the trapezoidal piece only) that I got dirt cheap used off of Amazon warehouse. I also disassembled the head unit casing to drill mounting holes in the right place for it to line up with OEM head unit cage so it sits in the right place (without this it sits too far back). The rest is your typical head unit install using various adapters and wiring kits so as to not have to splice into factory wiring and to have the steering wheel controls still function properly. I did have to tap into the rear camera wire above the rearview mirror but I think that's the only factory wire I tapped. This was quite a few years ago so memory is fuzzy.
It's not professional-looking only because I didn't put in the time to make it so. The Pilot has always been my winter beater and we really, really beat on it . My wife was even somehow able to rip off one of the running boards parallel parking in a snow pile that turned out to be chunks of ice (Blizzaks rock). You can get a much better result if you put some extra love in it.
@scorrpio - Yeah the first half of the generation had a simpler integration design than the latter half.
This uncertainty of the whole thing prompts me to hesitate on going forward with this. I very much want to proceed with doing a double din unit but do want to retain the factory speakers. If I were to go to new speakers, I feel like I’d be spending a fortune to do a whole new build.Factory amp feeds the dash tweeters off the fronts, and rear satellites off the rears. So generally a head unit providing front/rear/sub preamps has almost all speakers covered except the center one (typically used for nav prompts) I suppose if one is really determined, they can split off their fronts into a small passive mixer like a Rolls MX42 and send the output as center pre-amp.
The REAL head-scratcher, however, is that factory amp is a black box with some connectors and zero external controls. All adjustments, such as channel gain, tweeter crossovers, etc, are communicated from the factory head unit.