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mpcv2000 12-02-2006 11:06 PM

00 ZX3 head unit swap ! How to make it easy...
What's up !

I was looking for replacement head unit for my 00 ZX3 with built in XM . I found what I needed and stop by BestBuy to get a harness to plug my Pioneer unit to the factory harness without cutting it and I bought a kit to drop and fix the radio to the factory location. I was not expecting it to be so easy. First time I swap a factory radio just by doing plug and play .

I know for most of you it's nothing but I was surprise how easy it went for me.

I know it's not the top of the line head unit but I have no intention ( as of yet ) to upgrade anything ( speakers or subs ).

This is the kit I bought , It's like a block lego kit , you can move parts to make it fit your needs.

This is the harness kit I got , All color matches ( almost ) the Pionner radio , just solder wires and you're done .]

Now I just have to drop the unit in the factory location .

Factory harness .

Just plug it in .

Push the radio back in place and you're done...

boca202 12-02-2006 11:12 PM

I bet that beer helped you...LOL :-b

mpcv2000 12-02-2006 11:24 PM

Now it's time for the XM receiver to be installed .

I just stuffed it there....

I removed the factory antenna and installed the XM puck instead , even without the FM antenna in place just by plugging the Pionner to the antenna cable it's working fine. I ran the wire beside the factory cable ( not shown here ) .

Forgot to take a pic of the XM antenna on the roof but here's one from my 03 ZX3 ( with the same set up ) Just different color .

loudfocus01 12-02-2006 11:24 PM

Nice choice with pioneer. I have a pioneer head unit, and I love it. It took the guys at circuit city about 4 minutes to do the install on mine. I was amazed how quickly they had it done.

mpcv2000 12-02-2006 11:25 PM


Originally Posted by boca202 (Post 1338779)
I bet that beer helped you...LOL :-b

Took more then one.... [drinking]

mpcv2000 12-02-2006 11:27 PM

More you do easier it gets... This was my 2nd time with a Focus but this one was the easiest one so far.

I signed up to my XM account and time to wrap up the tools in the garage and put the car outside , I was already getting full signal. [thumb]

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