Metra kit with Kenwood DNX-571HD installed!!
So I finally got everything buttoned up and ready to go. I started on Saturday afternoon. And each day I had to take the interior back apart, pull the radio and dash kit back out, and reinstall everything.
First time was because two wires on my 4 pin harness came out. I looked on the manual to find where the positions were but the manual had it incorrect. My buddy swung by and helped me figure it out. I called Kenwood and they confirmed. Also I had wired the video brake bypass incorrectly and I failed to connect the antenna adapter. I had to fix all that. So that was taken care of.
Second time was because my steering wheel controls were only operating when a phone call was placed but not when music was playing. A quick call to Metra and I discovered that I connected a 3.5 mm aux cable from the Metra kit into the back of the radio when it was supposed to connect to a wire. Got that squared away.
Third time was because I failed to set the dials for the chime and audio volumes. So my radio was playing extremely low. At first my buddy informed me that I might need a 4 channel converter. A trip to Best Buy and they didn't have one. The guy sent me to PC Richards who didn't have one either. The tech at PC Rich chatted with me and he discovered that I didn't set the dials. SO I spoke to my buddy and he confirmed. Turns out that in my frustration I told him I did set them the previous day. So once again, everything came apart and I set the dials. So now the sound bumps!!
All in all I am happy with my set-up. The DVD plays videos even while the vehicle is in motion. All the functions on the Metra and the radio work great. The display is great. The navigation is pretty sweet. And the music is better than stock now.
A few things that I had issues with:
1) Metra's instruction manual could be a bit more clear and concise. Some things are not explained properly. They kinda leave you hanging at a certain point of the install. And they don't inform you that the interface separates from the black piece on it so you can get the side screws in.
2) I was not able to get the 2 top screws in on the Metra kit. Even with the 2 side screws all the way to the back of the stopper. So I had to leave those out.
3) The Metra kit does not have great fitment. There is a gap along the top. Others have had this problem as well.
4) Only thing about the radio is that there is no date/time display when the unit is turned off. And soo far I can't seem to get my AUX and USB cables to work properly. But that may just take some time to figure out.
5) This particular head unit does not retain the center console USB and AUX. Most of the radios I looked at did not do this either. I think the only ones that do are the ones priced over $1,000. So I can't really knock em for that.
6) I was surprised to see that Metra does not include the antenna adapter in their kit. I mean, who installs a radio without the antenna? And I was also surprised to find out that Metra no longer includes a steering wheel control box with their kit although they did not update the installation manual. It seems that at one point they sold two different kits...one with SWC and a cheaper one without SWC. But I guess they now have one standard kit. This adds more things you have to purchase separately.
So again I am happy with my set-up. The LCD display on the Metra is cracked so I will have to try to get a replacement. Even with the eye sore it is still nice. This was only my second time ever installing a radio in a car. My first install was in an 87 IROC. This install was kinda tricky for me. A few stupid mistakes, a little confusion, and some small bumps in the road...but I had a good friend who help me out tremendously and some good advice from tech support guys at Metra, Kenwood, and PC Richards. I could not have done this without help that is for sure. Next time tho I will be fine. Gonna do an install on the Stang next!!
Last note, I will say this, it is hard to beat factory stuff. So anyone out there considering upgrading, I'd say look into the GM MyLink set-up for Camaros. There are several vendors selling the complete packages for around $900-$1100 depending on what you want and what is already in your car. If I could do it all again, that is probably the route I would go. Anyway, check out the pics!!
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