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2015 TC Connect Wagon Radio Upgrade

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So, my OEM radio was periodically attacking me with full-volume static, even when turned off!  

I'm anticipating needing some guidance so I'll record the whole process here.

|I'm working with a 2015 TC Connect Wagon LWB

-Has Backup camera and 4.2" screen
-No Nav or satellite radio.
-Steering wheel controls
 
The goals are:
-Better Radio that doesn't assault me with static.
-Retain steering wheel controls
-CD player
-USB power and input.
-Retain stock rear view camera and 4.2" screen
 
Not looking to add Nav, DVD, Video, or a touch screen.
 
I bought the whole kit and caboodle from Crutchfield. For anyone looking at this as an option, here's what they sold me for a 2015 Transit Connect wagon that already had a back-up Camera and 4.2" display

Sony WX-920BT Radio $118.00
Metra 40-EU10 Antenna Adapter $11.69
Metra 99-5831 Dash Kit Painted Black $77.96
Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter $46.74
Metra ISOPK Screw Pack $1.55
Axxess XSVI-5524-NAV Wiring Interface $38.97

Subtotal $294.91
Shipping FREE
Sales Tax  $18.44
 
Total $313.35
 
Could possibly have saved a couple bucks buying some of the parts on amazon, but the pricing was pretty competitive.

I skipped the usual crimp connectors and bought a pack of 50 WAGO lever nut wire connectors at Menards for around 12 bucks. Dang these things are easy to use. You still have to strip your own wire, but connection/de-connection/reconnection is flawless!

So far the instructions Crutchfield emailed me are moderately useful mostly, though I just compared the wire lists from the radio and from the wiring kit and matched them up.

So far so good.
1) Radio is hooked up and dash facia installed. Looks pretty good.
 
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Black Facia looks good, and seems to match the color of the HVAC control panel below all seems to fit quite well. The finish called "Painted Black" but it looks like it's a rubberized paint which isn't fooling anyone as far as originality but at least looks a bit better than flat black paint and doesn't draw attention to itself.  

2)Radio works and looks nice. Sounds better than stock but I assume it's performance is still being held back by the stock speakers.
 
3)Backup camera works!
 
And now the not so good.  Any suggestions for dealing with 1,2 below would be appreciated!
 
1) Radio display is hard to read.  It's clear enough viewed strait on, but with the way the TC angles the radio upward, it looks much dimmer and seems to get more reflection.   Very annoying.   Might try to rig up a shade, but I'm not a fan of such tackiness...

2)In an odd bit of un-functionality, the stock backup camera screen doesn't work when the plug going to the airbag indicator is attached. At this point I'm just leaving that unplugged as it doesn't affect my daily functionality.
 
3) The rubberized surface of the facia is a fingerprint magnet!  Wipes away easily, but have a napkin handy.

So that's where I'm at now. Will update as things progress. So far, I'm reasonably pleased. I'm in about $325 total at this point. If I skipped the steering wheel kit, I could have easily kept this at $280.
 
Next up Installing the  Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter.  Wish me luck.
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About a month ago I contacted Crutchfield for advice on replacing the head unit in the TC. I have the same stock setup as you; no nav but with steering wheel controls and the 4" screen. I wanted to retain the steering wheel controls and keep the 4" screen for the backup camera so I could install a non-touchscreen double DIN head unit. The Crutchfield service advisor built a package for me that included the Maestro ADS-MSW steering wheel control adapter. He wasn't sure if the Axxess adapter would work. That's nice to hear from someone with first-hand experience that it will work.

 

Did you have any issues with the Metra dash kit? I have read some reviews that stated that the vent ducts did not fit very well and kept falling off.

 

As far as your issues; would it be possible to shim the head unit to where it would not be angled up? I was under the impression that the brackets in the dash mount kit held the head unit level. I can see how with it being angled up would cause issues with glare, especially with the huge windshield in these vans.

 

The camera issue with the airbag plug is strange. I don't have my wiring manual with me at the moment but when I get off of work I can take a look to see if the camera or camera processing module gets power from that plug or harness.

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On 9/5/2019 at 2:54 PM, Double Nickels said:

Looking good

Thanks,

       Been a bit busy and haven't checked in.   Still haven't had time to try and get the Steering control working though I contacted Crutchfield to see if they have any ideas before I send it back. 

 

 

On 9/8/2019 at 8:48 AM, stanger_missle said:

About a month ago I contacted Crutchfield for advice on replacing the head unit in the TC. I have the same stock setup as you; no nav but with steering wheel controls and the 4" screen. I wanted to retain the steering wheel controls and keep the 4" screen for the backup camera so I could install a non-touchscreen double DIN head unit. The Crutchfield service advisor built a package for me that included the Maestro ADS-MSW steering wheel control adapter. He wasn't sure if the Axxess adapter would work. That's nice to hear from someone with first-hand experience that it will work.

 

Did you have any issues with the Metra dash kit? I have read some reviews that stated that the vent ducts did not fit very well and kept falling off.

 

As far as your issues; would it be possible to shim the head unit to where it would not be angled up? I was under the impression that the brackets in the dash mount kit held the head unit level. I can see how with it being angled up would cause issues with glare, especially with the huge windshield in these vans.

 

The camera issue with the airbag plug is strange. I don't have my wiring manual with me at the moment but when I get off of work I can take a look to see if the camera or camera processing module gets power from that plug or harness.

 

No issues with the Metra dash kit and vents. Seems to be working well. 

 

The angle of the radio is set by the way it rests in it's cradle with two pegs at the back and it doesn't seem like it can be tilted level. 

 

Your experience is very encouraging.   What model year do you have?  I'll ask the Crutchfield guy about the Maestro if we can't get the Axxess working. 

 

If you've got any advice regarding the airbag I'd love to hear it. 

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Any Updates on the airbag indicator?  I have a 2014 Connect and post radio upgrade I have the same problem; plug in the airbag indicator - lose the backup camera, keep the indicator unplugged, keep the camera have an airbag indictor warning on the dash.

 

Thanks!

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