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2010 Explorer Limited Head Unit and cameras Install

Discussion in 'Explorer Audio & Navigation' started by GodStang, April 23, 2019.

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  1. GodStang

    GodStang New Member

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    ***Working Copy: Will update with pictures as its not letting me at this time***

    Well as much as I enjoyed the factory Sync 1 head unit in my 2010 Ford Explorer Limited I felt it was time to upgrade. I had factory navigation with no cameras and the rear sub-woofer and no rear entertainment. My maps were out dated by many years and I wanted cameras so this felt like the perfect time.

    Parts Used:
    Kenwood DNX995S
    Maestro iDatalink Rr
    Maestro FO1
    SXV300 XMradio Tuner
    BAA20 Ford Antenna Adapter
    BKFMK540 Radio mounting bracket
    Echomaster Camera CAM-LP1-N (used for front and rear cameras)

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    Here is a picture of the lovely stock unit in all its glory:

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    As far as removing trim pieces this was one of the easiest cars I have ever dealt with. I removed and reinstalled many many panels with little trouble.

    Front and back of the stock unit.

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    Here are the stock Satellite antennas. Pink is GPS (could not reuse) and Yellow/Tan is XMradio. I removed the plastic clip on the XMradio and plugged into the SXV300 tuner and taped it up to keep using my factory Satellite antenna on top of the car. I could not reuse the GPS one so I added the one it came with and just tucked it up under the blinking red light that has a nice ledge behind the radio.

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    The hardest part was making sure you wired the idatalink correctly.

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    While running the rear camera wire I decided to take off the rear side panel and look at the stock 8" amp. That is a project to come soon.

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    Here it is testing before going back in:

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    Here is the final fitment:

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    Overall I am very happy with the install. Still learning the head unit. I did not know the front camera came on when under 5mph and I wired it to the parking lights so half the time I just get a black screen. Need to fix that. The speakers sound much better but still need some upgrades.
     
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  3. GeorgeH

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    How is the front panel held in? Do you have to remove part of the center console?
    I'm looking to replace my head unit with a new one here in the next couple of weeks.
    Thanks.
     
  6. GodStang

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    Under the center console lid is two bolts. I removed them and the rest was just clips in place kinda pull out and up at the same time. After that there is 4 bolts holding the actual radio in place. Never had a car that was this easy.
     
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    Wow, that was easy. I picked up a new head unit and I'm in the process of wiring it up. where did you pull power for the parking brake wire?
    Thanks for the help.
     
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    Are you using an idatalink cable? It has us splice the light green cable to the light green cable that plugged into the main wiring harness.
     
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    I'm replacing a single CD unit without navigation, and using a universal swc adapter. that problem seems to be fixed. I have this pink wire that has tagged for parking brake lights.
    i think it has something to do with a disable feature to keep the dvd from playing while you're driving down the road. oh well, back to the manual tonight after work.
     
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    Ya sorry I can't help you there. Mine was a Green wire from the head unit to a green wire on the master plug but mine was a whole navi unit.
     

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