This works for Clarion drxgv as fitted to my '99 Subaru Liberty aka Legacy if you are outside Australia , but also works for various other makes and models that use Clarion with C-Bus connection 13 pin din plug at the back for use with CD changer. I found a web site that seemed to use the same unit for a VW Jetta. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. In case you have the same car as me, here is how to remove the stereo: as mentioned, gen 3 Subaru Liberty - aka Legacy 1 lift the plastic moulding surrounding the gear selector knob Manual only -Auto drivers will have to figure that out themselves - sorry!
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This works for Clarion drxgv as fitted to my '99 Subaru Liberty aka Legacy if you are outside Australia , but also works for various other makes and models that use Clarion with C-Bus connection 13 pin din plug at the back for use with CD changer.
I found a web site that seemed to use the same unit for a VW Jetta. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
In case you have the same car as me, here is how to remove the stereo: as mentioned, gen 3 Subaru Liberty - aka Legacy 1 lift the plastic moulding surrounding the gear selector knob Manual only -Auto drivers will have to figure that out themselves - sorry!
It is held by 4 spring clips spaced at each of the corners adjacent to the cloth surrounding the selector lever. I broke both of them on my car not that it made any difference. Unscrew the gear selector knob 2 unscrew the two screws holding the rubber lined tray just below the ashtray. Remove the tray. You need to remove these. They are screwed through the metal up into the plastic bezel above.
You need a short No 2 phillips head screwdriver. Allow the metal plate to drop down it is still held at the back, but you don't need to remove it. The cigarette lighter has 2 looms attached to this bezel. You will have to disconnect them to remove it. There are 6 screws holding these brackets to the car's chassis. Remove these screws, taking care not to drop them as you might never retrieve them! Use a magnetic tip screwdriver if you have one Warning! Consider disconnecting the battery, removing fuse or other precaution.
Disconnect the loom at the back of the stereo as well as the 2 aerial plugs yes I found 2 plugs. Don't ask me why. You can now slide it out of the assembly. Now that you have the stereo head unit out, there are two ways to connect to it. First one is to try to find a 13 pin DIN plug that connects to the back of the unit, where the CD changer normally connects. I chose this as the easiest way of connecting to the stereo the plugs can be hard to get.
In the image below, you can see the pin pattern for the plug in the back of the head unit. If you decide to find the plug, then you will need to wire the corresponding pins on the plug. You will see the solder terminals corresponding to the pins referred to on the previous page. The PCB has labels which make identifying them easier. The signal pins are clearly labeled as left and right, as is the signal ground don't use the regular ground The switch pins are not so obvious, one is CD-IN, and the other is diagonally adjacent to it.
In the photo, you will see a red wire soldered to the right signal pin, a white wire soldered to the left channel signal, and a grey wire soldered to the signal ground. The purple wire is soldered to the CD-IN pin and the blue is soldered to the diagonally adjacent pin next to the grey ground wire.
That was the result of shorting the wrong pins out I cut away a small corner of the bottom cover to allow the wires to exit the head unit without being crushed. I also squirted some silicone onto the joints to avoid shorting out problems later.
Once this is done you can replace the bottom cover onto the head unit. On the other end of the wires, solder a stereo jack of a size that will allow you to connect an Ipod or other MP3 player using a jumper lead.
I used a 3. The grey ground wire should be attached to the terminal which is closest to the outside of the jack. If in doubt, ask at your local electronics store. I used a toggle switch, but you can use whatever fits with your car's style I placed the switch and the socket in the back of the trinket compartment below the stereo. Note that when you switch the switch, the stereo shows the letters "ACCS" see photo below.
This means it will accept any input from the jack you have installed. If you want to listen to the radio or a CD, switch the switch to off, and the head unit will return to normal. Worked nicely in our '99 Outback, I used a spare Subaru fog light switch and mounted it in a blank switch socket next to the steering wheel. Thanks catnip BTW, the C-Bus cable is easily obtained on ebay.
I chopped one in half to have one for my car, and one for the missus. Worked very nicely in my Bilstein Edition. Thanks Catnip So I found this site because I am trying to accomplish the same goal on my '97 Jetta. I have found the same pinout on other sites. When I cracked open the radio to get a look at the pcb, it does not look the same as your pictures.
The 10 pins are labled as such: 1. SCK 2. SRQ 3. SO1 4. CD-ground 5. ACC Cont 6. S-GND 7. WD-R 8. R-IN 9. L-IN Any thoughts on how to tackle this? Thanks for any input. Reply 10 years ago on Introduction. Hi there, I have been on and off trying to think of how to tackle your problem. Unfortunately I did not take good enough pictures to be able to identify the pins to which I soldered the wires. I will have to remove the head unit to do that.
You might have to wait a while for me to be able to do that. Reply 11 years ago on Introduction. Is the steering wheel on the left or the right hand side of the car? Hey I finished this a few weeks ago, and it works great!
I ended up smoking a pcb track to the point where it broke at one point - had to repair it. In the end I happened to have the right size wire in my stash, and used that as pins for the connector after tinning a good inch of them, then secured them in the same clamp that holds the antenna cables.
It's not the best, and I had to rig up some dodgy shielding to prevent engine noise coming over the speakers which I neglected to insulate hence the smoke escaping the pcb track. But I eventually got it working. Good to hear it was successful! I haven't had any engine noise, but that could be the insulation. Depends on where the loom you have layed is routed as well perhaps. Well done on the success! This is awesome mate!
Thank you very much! Reply 11 years ago on Step 1. Glad it helps. Let me know if you can remove the bezel now, or if I can help with more details This is awesome! I've been wanting to do this for ages, but didn't think it was possible with this head unit I have the same one in my outback - I think.
This will help keep me sane until I get my project car and can put an eee pc carputer in it! I am so very sick of cds! Thanks heaps. You're welcome! Ironically, my iPod is broken being replaced under warranty so I am back to CDs. It makes the switchability doubly useful! Good luck Reply 11 years ago on Step 6. Hey you didn't happen to see how the cd stacker button is hooked up at the front of the unit, did you?
I was thinking it might be an idea to hijack that button and save one hole to drill.
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By elise , April 18, in Technical Talk. Tried for over an hour and couldn't get it to budge! Want to get an amp fitted and the installation dude needed to check the back of the unit for one or two things. Any help would be appreciated! You need the 'blades' that were supplied with your car. Mine were supplied to me with my car within the tool roll in the boot.
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