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03-07-2013 07:33 PM
opies Well, today I decided to bypass all the sync functions regarding bluetooth and audio. So I pulled everything out to get the microphone and iPod cable connected and run. Put everything back together and the SWC's now work.

I also discovered that the gauge illumination is dependent on ambient light. They will only change a certain amount during the day, and more at night. So that is also working.
03-06-2013 05:57 PM
opies I also discovered today that I have lost the ability to dim or brighten the gauge lighting. I thought maybe the dimmer needed to be turned all the way up to get a signal to the head unit.

Not happy. No SWC, no illumination signal and losing the ability to change the brightness of the gauge lighting. I did update the module and I am in contact with Axxess.
03-06-2013 08:23 AM
opies
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I just saw that and edited my first post.
Just a matter of connecting the wires. They are there.

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03-06-2013 08:19 AM
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The x940bt is designed to pick up the signal from the illumination circuit.

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I just saw that and edited my first post.
03-06-2013 08:18 AM
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well neither that manual or the install manual have the info I was looking for. was trying to see what that illumination trigger needed to work. It should just need to see either a ground or possitive input for it to change; i'm just not sure which one. if all it wants is just a trigger and not a dimming input then you can use either the illumination wire or a parking light wire. you may need a relay though to change it to the correct trigger to work. Did your car come with sync? If not then the ill wire at the headunit should work, but if it had sync then looks like it's a data wire and you'll have to go to the parking light.
It does have Sync. I have to pull the frst2 module out to get some info off it because the its not programming the steering wheel controls, ill see what the factory illumination wire is giving for an output.

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03-06-2013 08:15 AM
opies
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My Pioneer DEH-P3500 unit dims with the lights but it was built to do it. If your unit wasn't originally built to automatically dim with the exterior lights, i doubt you will be able to do it very easily.
The x940bt is designed to pick up the signal from the illumination circuit.

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03-06-2013 07:59 AM
Kipp well neither that manual or the install manual have the info I was looking for. was trying to see what that illumination trigger needed to work. It should just need to see either a ground or possitive input for it to change; i'm just not sure which one. if all it wants is just a trigger and not a dimming input then you can use either the illumination wire or a parking light wire. you may need a relay though to change it to the correct trigger to work. Did your car come with sync? If not then the ill wire at the headunit should work, but if it had sync then looks like it's a data wire and you'll have to go to the parking light.
03-06-2013 07:35 AM
02fordsvt Never mind. I misread your question. It sounds like Kipp has you pretty much covered.

One thing I will say is that to get my headunit (Pioneer DEH-P3500) to dim with the headlights, all I needed to do was wire the elimination input from the car into the elimination wire from the headunit. Io don't know how your radios wiring pigtails and the cars wiring harnesses are set up but I assume it will be something similar.
03-05-2013 06:38 PM
opies One would think its just a ground switch, like the parking brake wire. Just need to tell the unit the lights are on so it will automatically dim. Are the stock panels back lights always on? I never thought to look.

Here is the manual...

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/St...nual030212.pdf
03-05-2013 06:32 PM
Kipp would depend what trigger the headunit is looking for and if it have a voltage limit for it. if you can provide the correct signal then i'm sure we can find a way to make it work. i'll see if i can find the owners manual for your unit online tomorrow and look in to it.
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