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Unread 06-12-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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Fit different head unit in Compass

Hi All,

as I may be buying a Compass in the US and ship it over to Switzerland. I need to decide which head unit to get.

My idea is to get the Boston Acoustics Sound System without Navsat and then replace the head unit with a Pioneer AVIC-D1. (The US Navsat is useless in Europe and buying a European model from a dealer will cost me just as much as getting an AVIC-D1, with the added benefit of iPod integration etc. etc.)

From information found on this forum and elsewhere my (hopefully cunning) plan is as follows:

-Get the Boston Acoustics Sound System with the Basic Radio (REF? Can somebody confirm the code?)

-Buy an extra center console bevel as used for the Navsat unit (REC) and swap it out. Haven't found a part number for this yet.

-Get the double-din kit 99-6510 from Metra:
http://documents.victorytechnologies...ct/99-6510.pdf

-Add Peripheral Electronics CAN-BUS Interface (CHYAH05):
http://peripheralelectronics.com/per...structions.pdf

-Add Peripheral Electronics Steering Wheel Interface (PESWICAN) and Pioneer Adapter (PESWIPS):
http://peripheralelectronics.com/per...structions.pdf
http://peripheralelectronics.com/per...ns/PESWIPS.pdf

I have confirmed with Peripheral Electronics, that their interfaces will work on an '07 Compass.

-Maybe change the antenna to a combined GPS/Radio antenna on the roof.
(Not sure as I haven't seen any clear pictures, but it looks to that the US model has a retractable antenna in the front fender. Haven't seen any of those in ages over here).


Will this fly? Any ideas? Suggestions? Warnings?

Thanks in advance.
Alex

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Unread 06-12-2007, 12:29 PM   #2
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Basic radio is sales code REF, correct. The antenna is a solid stationary unit, does not retract.

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Buy an extra center console bevel as used for the Navsat unit (REC)
I can check on that.
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Unread 06-12-2007, 07:37 PM   #3
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I was thinking of doing the same thing, but leaving it to stereo experts here in Oz, to supply/install. I didn't realise you can buy these kits (DIN kits, etc), good to know.

One thing that I was wondering though, how does this affect the security system of the car. With my MK (CRD - Sport), I think it is all connected to the head unit?? I would assume you'd have to either replace the security system too maybe?
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Unread 06-12-2007, 07:46 PM   #4
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This may be a little helpful. Maybe Lynn has more info on the swap.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showt...02#post2775702
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Unread 06-13-2007, 10:17 AM   #5
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One thing that I was wondering though, how does this affect the security system of the car. With my MK (CRD - Sport), I think it is all connected to the head unit?? I would assume you'd have to either replace the security system too maybe?
Are you controlling your security system through the head unit? If yes, replacing it sure is a problem. If not it should be fine. This is what the CAN-BUS adapters are for.
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Unread 06-13-2007, 10:17 AM   #6
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Basic radio is sales code REF, correct. The antenna is a solid stationary unit, does not retract.

I can check on that.
Much appreciated. Thanks.
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Unread 06-17-2007, 07:51 AM   #7
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Buy an extra center console bevel as used for the Navsat unit (REC)
Navigation Radio Installation Kit
Kit Required for Installation of Navigation Radio

Includes Silver Center Stack Bezel and Mounting Bracket
Available for 2007 Jeep MK
Part# 82210667

The price was $46

Here is a link to various instructions:

http://www.leeparts.com/pdf/82208653.pdf
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Unread 06-17-2007, 12:16 PM   #8
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Navigation Radio Installation Kit
Kit Required for Installation of Navigation Radio

Includes Silver Center Stack Bezel and Mounting Bracket
Available for 2007 Jeep MK
Part# 82210667

The price was $46

Here is a link to various instructions:

http://www.leeparts.com/pdf/82208653.pdf
Fantastic! Thank you very very much.
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Unread 06-17-2007, 12:38 PM   #9
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Are you really Swiss? You don't type with much of an accent. And you're welcome, we're here to help.
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Unread 06-17-2007, 01:34 PM   #10
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Are you really Swiss? You don't type with much of an accent. And you're welcome, we're here to help.
I traid to haid ze äkschent

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Unread 06-18-2007, 04:20 AM   #11
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To all compass owners, who have replaced their stereo head unit and have the optional EVIC display (Electronic Vehicle Information Center), I have a question:

How does replacing the head unit impact on the instrument panel display? With the factory head unit, it displays the radio station or CD Track (directly underneath the compass / outside temperature). Just wondering what it does to the instrument panel display after replacing the head unit?

Does it simply not display the stereo information..or is there any adverse impact to the instrument panel (my main concern in replacing the head unit).
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Unread 06-19-2007, 05:22 AM   #12
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To all compass owners, who have replaced their stereo head unit and have the optional EVIC display (Electronic Vehicle Information Center), I have a question:

How does replacing the head unit impact on the instrument panel display? With the factory head unit, it displays the radio station or CD Track (directly underneath the compass / outside temperature). Just wondering what it does to the instrument panel display after replacing the head unit?

Does it simply not display the stereo information..or is there any adverse impact to the instrument panel (my main concern in replacing the head unit).
I haven't replaced my head unit (yet), but I have done so on several CAN-BUS based vehicles. The CAN-BUS adapters mentioned in this thread, make sure the car "thinks" it still has it's head unit and components in place and pass on speed signals and the likes to the head unit. They also make sure that things like turning the stock amplifier on remotely do happen. So unless the CAN-BUS adapter is faulty, there should be no side effects to the car or instrument panel except for it not displaying information from the head unit (simply because an after-market head unit does not know what to send to the EVIC). Everything else should work.

Of course, I'll only be able to confirm 100% after having replaced mine, which is still a few months away.

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Unread 07-14-2007, 01:58 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by athanasios
-Buy an extra center console bevel as used for the Navsat unit (REC) and swap it out. Haven't found a part number for this yet.

-Get the double-din kit 99-6510 from Metra:
http://documents.victorytechnologies...ct/99-6510.pdf

-Add Peripheral Electronics CAN-BUS Interface (CHYAH05):
http://peripheralelectronics.com/per...structions.pdf

-Add Peripheral Electronics Steering Wheel Interface (PESWICAN) and Pioneer Adapter (PESWIPS):
http://peripheralelectronics.com/per...structions.pdf
http://peripheralelectronics.com/per...ns/PESWIPS.pdf

Hi Alex,

Do you have an update on your project? I was thinking of using the same ingredients except a Pioneer AVIC-D3 head in a '07 Patriot.

Thanks,
Jim
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Unread 07-15-2007, 02:00 AM   #14
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Hi Alex,

Do you have an update on your project? I was thinking of using the same ingredients except a Pioneer AVIC-D3 head in a '07 Patriot.

Thanks,
Jim
Hi Jim,

not yet. I verified that all the components are correct, but currently I am looking where to buy/how to ship over the car first.

Will post when I've got everything up and running.

Alex

P.S. I meant the AVIC-D3 as well, must have been distracted when I posted
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Unread 07-17-2007, 09:01 AM   #15
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Hi Alex,

Thanks for the response.

I am still on the fence as to using the D3 or the 'stock' REV Navigation unit Chrysler puts in its vehicles.

The pro to the D3 is... well its a D3!! and an awesome unit.
The cons are all the extras we have to hook up, wire, stash, hide, control, communicate etc. More plugs and wires to come loose and go wrong in the future.

The pro to the REC unit is that is a simple plug and play and ready to communicate to all things Jeep without any extras.
The con is the limited features especially compared to the D3.

If I go with the D3 and get it installed before you I will let you know how it goes also.

See Ya
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