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BSUPC

Kenwood Radio/Navigation Unit Install (2012 TC)

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I will be adding pictures of the install as I make progress on this upgrade. But for now I am just starting the thread and locking it for the time being. 

 

Parts should be arriving today. Going to add the pictures of the parts to this main post and then continue with the work pictures below. Also going to unlock this now. 

 

Items used in this project:

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Got all of the interior panels removed so I can easily run all of the antenna wires and such for the GPS and satellite radio.  Also went ahead and pulled the factory radio as well. 

 

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I also went ahead and removed the bulkhead and started working on dropping the headliner for routing cables and stuff for another project I am also working on. 

 

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I have more pictures to post but have not had the time yet to get them uploaded. Almost done with the radio/navigation install, just need to make up my mind on the speakers for the rear barn doors and a backup camera. Also thinking of removing the passenger seat to make space for another idea(still researching this one). 

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Got the headliner completely removed. Here is a shot of the interior connection of the radio antenna. 

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Here is the interior side of the top mounted third brake light. 

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Here is the driver side door panel removed with the new kenwood speaker installed. 

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I decided to run the gps antenna up onto the dash by routing the cable up under the interior panel that holds the air vents and the center dash compartment. 

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I ran the SiriusXM antenna through the under side of the dash, up the A post, through the body underneath the headliner to the rear of the van. Then from there I cam down through the body to the passenger side tail light, then back up through the passenger side rear barn door channel to the top of the van. 

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Here is the head unit in the hole for a test fitting. 

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I have more to do to the van while I have all of this tore apart. I am installing a backup camera, speaker in the rear barn door panels, new cb antenna (dont like the position of the first one), and I am also looking into doing some sound deadening as well. But so far this has been a fun project and I am learning a lot about this little van. I would love to be able to acquire all of the panels for the rear to convert the interior from a van to a wagon minus the rear seats. This would help with the sound deadening a lot. 

 

 

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MLB    0

This is very cool as I plan on this upgrade soon.  THanks!

I've thought about the interior panels as well, but you know they'll be expensive.  And paying to put them back after they took them out just seems silly. 

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I have managed to get the head unit, speakers front and rear, backup camera, and all of the wires and antennas installed and finished now. Still do not have the van completely back together as I still have a few things to do on the interior as I think of them. I think next up will be mounting a cb antenna to the center of the roof, and then follow that up with some cheap redneck sound deadening. Then to figure out this pesky passenger seat removal. 

 

I decided to go with a lip mount backup camera and mount it between the two tag lamps just above the tag. This works but the angle is a little high and the lines on the camera kinda point a little upward. But this is ok with me as I do not rely on cameras alone. 

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Here are the speakers I mounted in the rear barn doors. I really did not want the white, but for the price I can live with it. I also opted to go with the marine grade speakers as I often spend several minutes in the rain with the barn doors open while unloading. 

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And here is the head unit completely installed and blaring the 60's on 6 on SiriusXM.  Love this station. (Ignore the mess in the floor boards)

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MLB    0

Do speakers in the back doors sound better than in the sliding doors?

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On 7/12/2017 at 10:32 PM, MLB said:

Do speakers in the back doors sound better than in the sliding doors?

To be honest I have no clue. My van does not have the speakers in the sliding doors to be able to do a comparison with. But I did ponder the idea of tearing one of the sliding doors apart to see if I can fit some into them. I hope someone else can answer this question. 

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