: Need Feedback on My Aftermarket Stereo!



etcts-v
08-15-12, 04:09 PM
I finally pulled the trigger on just pulling the entire NAV unit out of the car and replacing it with a pioneer unit. Before I had modified the stock unit to accept a single din Clarion Nav Unit which worked ok, but honestly the Clarion was a complete POS. After driving the car I realized I never use the factory NAV unit so it's getting pictched!

I went with the Pioneer AVH-8400BH. In the past I've always been a Kenwood man and steered clear of Pioneer, however after lots of research I found this unit had several features that made it the best option. Most importantly it has "Advanced App Mode" which supports apps from my iphone that can be controlled by the head unit. The three main apps that caught my eye were Pandora, GPS Drive and most importantly Dash Command.

With this unit I can use the GPS Drive Naviation App (fantastic app by the way) which allows me to save several hundred dollars over the built in DVD/Nav units. Plus the app will stay current with maps, traffic, etc without requiring additional map upgrade purchases down the line. The Dash Command is what really got me excited, I bought an iphone wifi OBD-ii dongle which will send signal to my Iphone and then to my NAV Unit. I will be able to pull real time engine info including rpm, mpg, intake temps, etc from the OBD and display it on my head unit. In addition I can pull and clear CEL codes directly from my head unit!

Dash Command: http://www.palmerperformance.com/products/dashcommand/index.php

Pioneer Head Unit: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/DVD-Receivers/AVH-P8400BH

Now here is my dilemma, the aftermarket dash kit looks like complete sh*t, looks like a sea of plastic on an already plastic dash. I'm pondering ideas on how to dress this up a bit through paint, decals or wrapping it in leather or vinyl. I cannot for the life of me think of what would look good, I think any color other than black would look stupid and straight black wouldn't really solve the issue. I tried wrapping the bottom HVAC in carbon fiber vinyl and it looks cheap IMO. Any thoughts, opinions?

I did just order some of this stuff which may look slightly better than what I tried already: http://www.ebay.com/itm/200787236484?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

Also ordered some of this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/320942645341?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

Possibly thinking of this which looked great on my valve covers: http://www.vhtpaint.com/products/wrinkleplus/

Here are some pics, first two are my old setup, next three are what I have now.

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad335/ellioth3771/DSC02221.jpg

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad335/ellioth3771/DSC02620.jpg

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad335/ellioth3771/IMG_1115.jpg

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad335/ellioth3771/IMG_1114.jpg

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad335/ellioth3771/IMG_1113.jpg

jclayc
08-15-12, 05:44 PM
the shape of the panel is much, much better - well done... I'd like to see pics of the whole console, put together (and eventually all wrapped/dipped in the same stuff)

stepchild21
08-15-12, 06:14 PM
That looks awesome. May have to do this at some point down the road !!

sssnake
08-16-12, 01:04 PM
Are you getting the DIC codes?

If so the single DIN comes out today and the touchscreen or IPad goes in.

sssnake
08-16-12, 01:11 PM
If u want a carbon fiber look the 3M DINOC stuff is hard to beat.

IMO - the only reason the kit looks so plain is the removal of all of the buttons and going from triple DIN to double DIN. There just ends up being a lot of extra space. I've been struggling with what I would do as well. That's why the IPad may be an option. The only issue with the iPad is no Bluetooth integration with my phone.

etcts-v
08-16-12, 06:49 PM
Are you getting the DIC codes?

If so the single DIN comes out today and the touchscreen or IPad goes in.

I'm still waiting for my wifi ODB dongle to arrive today to truly test the CEL codes and see level of detail I can get to. That said there are levels of DIC codes from GM that I won't be able to see, however my plan is to purchase HP tuners or EFI Live which we give me all the info I need for that level of diagnostic, checking and troubleshooting. I've also considered investing in a tech II.

With that said, I think my long term plan is to purchase a CTS unit and do this mod with it which will allow me to see DIC codes.

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad335/ellioth3771/montado2.jpg

sssnake
08-20-12, 10:35 AM
Yeah that is what I found this weekend. Too bad though because dash real estate is always limited.

alradco
08-23-12, 01:20 AM
Looks great. Very nice work.

Pho_phizzat
08-23-12, 07:16 PM
Good job man!

NickL84
08-29-12, 01:33 AM
I love it, good job! Question, the plastic bezel that goes around your indash, that's from a non nav CTS, however is that available in the gray/wood grain color as well? I have that/nav in my 05 V and when I switch over to a double din this year. Thanks!

- Nick

etcts-v
08-30-12, 10:57 PM
My setup is an aftermarket dash kit (first post pictures) but the picture I posted above is a standard CTS unit modded and I'm almost certain they have a wood grain option on those.

etcts-v
09-06-12, 03:29 PM
Just discovered this system, 8" would be a good step forward in closing up the sea of plastic!

http://shop.alpine-usa.com/products/productdetail/8-Inch+Audio/Video/Navigation+System/part_number=INE-Z928HD/5666.0.1.1.96485.0.0.0.0?pp=12&

sssnake
09-10-12, 01:24 PM
Ive had my eye on that one too!

Scott2012
03-26-13, 11:31 PM
I just purchased a pioneer nav unit and am ditching be stock unit. Anyone know the color/pin location of the speed sense/vvs wire in the stock radio harness?

josney
03-28-13, 11:03 PM
go to the Cadillac faq page:http://www.cadillacfaq.com/faq/index.html
should have what you are looking for there. radio: page 2 in the connectors section

ranger2525
03-29-13, 07:12 PM
I have a Eclipse CD7000r. Just bought a Pioneer P99rs the best of the best. Will send pix. Car being painted now!

LumberjackHering
01-20-14, 06:58 PM
Now where did you get that faceplate in the last two pictures of your first post?

fweasel
01-20-14, 10:22 PM
Now where did you get that faceplate in the last two pictures of your first post?thats the standard Metra dash kit for the CTS with a cadillac emblem at the top.

IMO, this looks so much better
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07cadv
01-22-14, 12:06 AM
yes, last pic is much better IMO

etcts-v
01-22-14, 08:00 PM
Yeah the above mod is the why I would recommend going, but remember you have to buy a used base CTS radio to mod and when you plug it in you will have to have the dealer match the radio to your vin which is pricey.

fweasel
01-22-14, 10:51 PM
Yeah the above mod is the why I would recommend going, but remember you have to buy a used base CTS radio to mod and when you plug it in you will have to have the dealer match the radio to your vin which is pricey.true. I spent $80 on my radio, but actually bought three trying to build one perfect donor. My dealer was asking a ridiculous fee for the vin programming and I lucked out when my audio installer did it for $40.