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Lizard1977

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#196421 30-May-2016 14:49
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Pretty much what the title says.  I used SSS about 10 years ago when I bought my previous car, but they've shut down now.  Went to AutoSound in Taonui St today but didn't fill me with much hope.  I don't think there are any other specialist installers, but I guess most auto electrical places will be able to install a head unit and fit a reversing camera.  Anyone in Palmy know of a good place they want to recommend?


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Jaxson
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  #1562379 30-May-2016 15:08
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This springs to mind wink


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  #1562384 30-May-2016 15:15
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Jaxson:

 

This springs to mind wink

 

 

 

 

Yeah, I know.  But it's a nice car, and I know if I have a go myself it'll end up like this... tongue-out

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1562393 30-May-2016 15:27
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Lol,

 

 

 

What type of car is it, and what are you putting into it?

 

 

 

Cars can be super fiddly for sure, but usually you just break it down into bite sized pieces.  The internet is full of good stuff and helpful hints.


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  #1562399 30-May-2016 15:38
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It's a 2011 Subaru Legacy Wagon, and I'm looking at getting a JVC KW-V51BT.  Double-din unit, replacing existing double-din Panasonic Strada (in Japanese)


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  #1562409 30-May-2016 15:55
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Look online for JVC -> ISO -> Subaru wiring kit and the hardest thing will be running the wiring to the back for the camera.

 

 

 

http://search.supercheapauto.co.nz/search?w=stereo+harness&look.x=0&look.y=0


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  #1562423 30-May-2016 16:18
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What sort of price are you being quoted for something like this?

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  #1562457 30-May-2016 16:30
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No quotes yet.  I went to see AutoSound but didn't have the car with me so he couldn't give me any figures other than "about $200 for a reversing camera, installed."  I may have just caught him on a bad day, but he seemed uninterested and not very enthusiastic about the job.  Felt like I was intruding on his day...

 

I'm happy to buy the headunit online (Quality Car Audio in Christchurch have it for $589 excl. delivery) but if a local installer can get it for a similar price I'd happily buy "local."  I don't expect it will be a complicated install, but I am thinking of getting a reversing camera fitted at the same time.  I also want to have the USB input from the rear of the head unit cabled to the space under the armrest between the front passenger seats, to make plugging in an iPod much easier.  


 
 
 
 


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  #1562463 30-May-2016 16:41
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Go and see the guys at Mike Murphy Auto Electrical in Lombard St. 06 356-2287

 

Had them done installation work on my vehicles before and have been very happy.

 

Have you thought of using a wireless reversing camera?


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  #1562465 30-May-2016 16:51
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Thanks for the recommendation Yogi.  

 

I didn't even know a wireless reversing camera was a thing until a week ago.  I haven't looked into it in much detail, and wasn't sure where they were in terms of reliability, but I would expect it still needs a "wireless receiver" to be connected to the rear of the headunit.  Presumably it saves the hassle of running a wire down the length of the car, and would make that side of the installation much simpler.

 

To be honest, the mystery of car audio installation always looks like magic to me.  I've never been able to understand how they can get the trim off without breaking it, to be able to run/hide cables and things.  If I tried anything like that the console fascia would probably be in pieces, held together with sellotape, the carpets ripped up, etc... ;)


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  #1562466 30-May-2016 16:53
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Yea Mike Murphy's is good. Otherwise Red Fox would be the next option but I'm not even sure they are operating any more - they used to be in that multi-tenant block down from the corner of JFK next to Turners.


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  #1562506 30-May-2016 17:42
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Yeah not sure if Red Fox even exist in Palmerston North any more.  Once upon a time these types of stores were everywhere.

 

I put a pair of these in my car for $17 New Zealand.  The image is actually perfectly fine, but it took about as much time as just laying the cable from front to back IMO.


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  #1562904 31-May-2016 11:31
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Thanks for the recommendations everyone, I think I'll get in touch with Mike Murphy's and see what they say. 


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  #1562921 31-May-2016 11:41
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Jaxson:

 

I put a pair of these in my car for $17 New Zealand.  The image is actually perfectly fine, but it took about as much time as just laying the cable from front to back IMO.

 

 

 

 

Note to any others who may find this in future.  I powered both the camera and reversing transmitter and receiver off the cars reversing light circuit.  Only comes on when the car is put into reverse, and that same circuit provides the trigger for the car stereo to display the rear camera input.  Takes a few seconds for it all to spring to life, but it's been quite reliable.  Satisfactory result given the price.  Would still opt to lay a cable from front to rear in future, but these weren't anywhere near as bad as I had thought they may be.


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