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Replacing Head Unit


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I'm replacing the CDR-220 in my 2000 Boxster, and have found all the info about what wire goes where, but Crutchfield says that installing an aftermarket radio into the 2000 Boxster requires the PAC OEM-2 Universal Factory Sound System Interface.

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-wTdBfJ9GZNd/c...w.asp?i=127OEM2

I used this exact device when I replaced the head unit in my 2001 Mercedes SLK. Some of the posts I've been reading here explain how they installed their new radio, but did not use the PAC OEM-2 device.

Does one really need this device? If I don't use it, will the radio still work?

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Todd

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What are you replacing it with? Are you replacing any other sound components?

Jon

I've moved the AC controls down to the very bottom (just above the batwing) and am putting a Parrot Rhythum-n-Blues CD Player with built in Bluetooth Phone options.

In the upper slots, they are both vacant, and I am putting a 7" VGA touch screen monitor in the hole, and an aOpen Mini Windows PC behind it with DVD Player. The PC will have GPS Navigation, DVD Player, CD Player, MP3 Player, iPod connectivity, and will be have a perminant connection to the OBDII port beneith the drivers dash for diagnosis on the fly.

Here's how it looks so far. The rest of the components are coming in this weekend.

dash.jpg

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What are you replacing it with? Are you replacing any other sound components?

Jon

I've moved the AC controls down to the very bottom (just above the batwing) and am putting a Parrot Rhythum-n-Blues CD Player with built in Bluetooth Phone options.

In the upper slots, they are both vacant, and I am putting a 7" VGA touch screen monitor in the hole, and an aOpen Mini Windows PC behind it with DVD Player. The PC will have GPS Navigation, DVD Player, CD Player, MP3 Player, iPod connectivity, and will be have a perminant connection to the OBDII port beneith the drivers dash for diagnosis on the fly.

Here's how it looks so far. The rest of the components are coming in this weekend.

dash.jpg

Is it me, or does it look like the climate control panel doesn't fit quite right in that bottom slot?? I can see some gaps around the side?

Thanks!

Shash

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Yes, there are some gaps. That is because I have not installed the new trim piece down there yet. I've ordered it from Suncoast imports. Once in place, it will look seamless.

Todd

you don't need that thing. i replaced mine using a volkswagen adapter. i hardwired the new head unit to the adapter and it plugged right into the car. got it at circuit city for $3.00.

How did you connect to the C1 plug? I've read several posts, but the only option I've found is to splice into the wires. Did you find a compatible C1 plug?

Todd

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Windows PC sounds good, but too complicate.

Instead, I replace mine with Pioneer AVIC-N3 GPS Navigation with XM radio, XM traffic-Nav, & iPod module.

I get real time XM traffic information like "there is traffic 3 miles a head" with real time traffic display on 6.5 LCD. also it gives me option to avoid and ask me for re-route to other alternative.

pretty cool.

Yes, there are some gaps. That is because I have not installed the new trim piece down there yet. I've ordered it from Suncoast imports. Once in place, it will look seamless.

Todd

you don't need that thing. i replaced mine using a volkswagen adapter. i hardwired the new head unit to the adapter and it plugged right into the car. got it at circuit city for $3.00.

How did you connect to the C1 plug? I've read several posts, but the only option I've found is to splice into the wires. Did you find a compatible C1 plug?

Todd

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Windows PC sounds good, but too complicate.

Instead, I replace mine with Pioneer AVIC-N3 GPS Navigation with XM radio, XM traffic-Nav, & iPod module.

I get real time XM traffic information like "there is traffic 3 miles a head" with real time traffic display on 6.5 LCD. also it gives me option to avoid and ask me for re-route to other alternative.

pretty cool.

Yes, there are some gaps. That is because I have not installed the new trim piece down there yet. I've ordered it from Suncoast imports. Once in place, it will look seamless.

Todd

you don't need that thing. i replaced mine using a volkswagen adapter. i hardwired the new head unit to the adapter and it plugged right into the car. got it at circuit city for $3.00.

How did you connect to the C1 plug? I've read several posts, but the only option I've found is to splice into the wires. Did you find a compatible C1 plug?

Todd

Did you put it in yourself, or have it installed?

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