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Old 05-18-2017, 09:16 AM   #1
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I just installed the Pioneer AVH-4200NEX with a few other gizmos for my 2016 WRX limited (no navigation, no Harman Kardon). It was my first time doing anything with wiring and hope this encourages other first timers too. In all, I spent roughly $750 with everything I needed to install. Here's a list of components and tools that I used as well as their prices and vendor links:

- ($419) Pioneer AVH-4200NEX https://jet.com/product/Pioneer-AVH4...6fa469939e7432
Originally debuted in early 2016 for $699 but Jet offered it at $419 new and shipped

- ($129) iDatalink Maestro RR
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_794ADS...module&tp=3486
Steering wheel controls and some gauges

- ($50) Scosche dash kit
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_142SU2...k.html?tp=3121
Metra has one but this had better quality and fitment. Plus, I don't like silver/chrome which the Metra had. Plus I prefer the glossy black look.

- ($93) AutoHarnessHouse harness and adapters http://www.autoharnesshouse.com/49021b.html
The kit includes the 28-pin harness, Metra 70-1761, USB retention, AM/FM antenna adapter. $93 shipped.

- ($14) MicroBypass brake switch
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VKQ6ECQ..._77CB7n2ZVtlgb
Allows video playback while driving as well as other controls (not for me but rather my passengers)

- ($6) butt connectors
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058TV05M..._XueMq97Ae14Of
I know, I know. These are not ideal and I should solder. I just wanted to make the install a bit easier without buying new tools that I'll use once so I went this route.

- ($9) Posi-taps
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H242NNY..._J5yhzbQHBCWPG
For tapping into the OBDII connections without damaging them.

- ($13) wire cutter, crimper, stripper
http://IRWIN VISE-GRIP Multi-Tool Wi..._c7yhzb36S0F78
Simple, cheap, and effective

The installation was daunting since I haven't done anything like this before. The wiring was pretty much match wire A to wire B on the headunit and cable managing was a nightmare since I didn't want to cut excess or unused wires so that OEM and aftermarket components would be reversible.







The sad part is that the Maestro RR has this spaghetti bowl mess of cables but only use two of them to tap into the OBDII port:





The finished product:









Pros and cons:

PROS:
- Apple CarPlay! (with Android Auto too)
- MUCH, MUCH better sound even with the stock speakers
- cool tilty and removable LCD
- gauges....?
- little to no audio lag when playing video through the speakers
- steering wheel controls are much more responsive
- very customizable steering wheel controls with Maestro RR
- center console USB port is retained and compatible with CarPlay
- backup camera is retained
- nice clean gloss black dash kit from Scosche. Pretty damn close to OEM quality

CONS:
- very limited gauges with Maestro RR
- Maestro RR interferes with the Cobb Accessport
- backup camera quality seems to have degraded

CONCLUSION:
I highly recommend upgrading the headunit for the 15+ WRX because the Starlink one is a big pile of turd. It improved the sound of the stock speakers sooooooooo much. CarPlay worked seamlessly. The iDatalink Maestro RR was a let down since it barely had any usable gauges and wouldn't let you use it with the Cobb Accessport . Instead I would skip the gauges and recommend getting the Maestro SW at half the cost. I'm still in talks with AutoHarnessHouse.com to see if we can resolve the backup camera quality issues. Another thing to consider is to get a headunit with Garmin maps on them. I personally have a standalone GPS unit that I use whenever I'm going somewhere with no cell signal. Having an integrated GPS is a much cleaner setup. They are in the $700+ range though.

UPDATE:
Backup camera is now on par with the OEM headunit after getting a new harness from AutoHarnessHouse. I also stopped using the gauge feature with the Maestro RR. Save some $$$ and stick with the Maestro SW.
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:46 AM   #2
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Welcome to the nex club!
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:27 AM   #3
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That looks awesome.
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:59 AM   #4
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Awesome man!
By looking at the shopping list and that picture with all the wires already driving me crazy!

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Old 05-18-2017, 11:03 AM   #5
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Welcome to the nex club!
Yeah! So happy with it so far! Hopefully I can improve the backup camera quality.
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Old 05-18-2017, 11:04 AM   #6
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Awesome man!
By looking at the shopping list and picture with all the wires already driving me crazy!
Yeah it looks so crazy. Everything is tucked nicely behind the dash face though
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:01 PM   #7
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Very nice post!!

You should add a link to this (your) thread in this one : https://forums.nasioc.com/forums/sho....php?t=2731582
(2016 WRX aftermarket HU install)

It would be helpful
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:56 AM   #8
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the back up camera is the way it is, without changing out the camera it will be tough to get it to look any better, i know what you mean though

we dont play well with the Cobb piece, the coding we use for the gauges is a generic code set.

i counted 22 different gauges just on the maestro unit, some of them are pointless yes..... the coding used for the gauges isnt specific to the subaru though, which is why the cobb piece has more. Make sense?
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:07 PM   #9
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Could you take some pics of the wiring? Looking for a step by step if possible! Looks great
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:11 PM   #10
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Could you take some pics of the wiring? Looking for a step by step if possible! Looks great


I'm actually trying to get a replacement harness from Autoharnesshouse.com because the backup camera RCA plug is malfunctioning. I might edit the original post with more pictures of me rewiring it once I get it.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:14 PM   #11
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I'm actually trying to get a replacement harness from Autoharnesshouse.com because the backup camera RCA plug is malfunctioning. I might edit the original post with more pictures of me rewiring it once I get it.


Great, for wiring the 28 pin harness it's just matching colors to the harness from the pioneer correct?
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:19 PM   #12
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Great, for wiring the 28 pin harness it's just matching colors to the harness from the pioneer correct?


Yeah pretty much. Same thing with the Metra harness for the speakers. The 28-pin harness also makes it easy to hook up either the Maestro RR or SW.
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Old 05-23-2017, 08:22 AM   #13
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i will be doing a harness for another member here with a maestro RR. I have his parts coming to me and they are enroute. I will be doing the 28 pin connector and 1761 connector along with the maestro rr hookup. when i get all the parts here i will do a step by step video on what connects and where. i am hoping to have the parts by this saturday.

He is getting a pioneer 4200nex so i ordered the replacement power plug for the radio that way i can build his whole setup and make it as plug and play as possible for him.
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:37 PM   #14
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Great setup man. By any chance you retained the XM radio?
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Old 05-25-2017, 01:30 PM   #15
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you cant RETAIN the satellite radio, it is built into the factory radio
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Old 05-25-2017, 03:30 PM   #16
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Great setup man. By any chance you retained the XM radio?


Nah. I think there might be aftermarket antennas you can install if you really wanted to. I personally have never signed up nor ever will with XM.
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Old 05-25-2017, 05:50 PM   #17
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Great setup man. By any chance you retained the XM radio?
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you cant RETAIN the satellite radio, it is built into the factory radio
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Nah. I think there might be aftermarket antennas you can install if you really wanted to. I personally have never signed up nor ever will with XM.
There is an alternate AM/FM+XM antenna "feeder cord" you can use to retain the factory rooftop XM antenna, to use with an aftermarket SiriusXM tuner box. See my post in the huge 2016 WRX thread.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:03 PM   #18
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Good to know about the "feeder cord".
The more im reading about changing out this 6.2" the more of a headache it seems.
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Old 05-27-2017, 01:51 PM   #19
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There is an alternate AM/FM+XM antenna "feeder cord" you can use to retain the factory rooftop XM antenna, to use with an aftermarket SiriusXM tuner box. See my post in the huge 2016 WRX thread.
How much does something like that cost for a 2016 wrx?
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Old 05-27-2017, 08:36 PM   #20
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just wanted to confirm this works for 2016 wrx. Even though Crutchfield says not compatible.

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-FxkKPD...module&tp=3486
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Old 05-27-2017, 08:56 PM   #21
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just wanted to confirm this works for 2016 wrx. Even though Crutchfield says not compatible.

https://www.crutchfield.com/S-FxkKPD...module&tp=3486


Yup
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:52 PM   #22
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Congrats! I have a NEX6000 in my 2015 and love it so far with the steering wheel controls and parking brake bypass. Only annoying this is not being able to charge my phone in the factory USB in the center console while using Bluetooth...
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Old 06-01-2017, 06:00 PM   #23
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Could you take some pics of the wiring? Looking for a step by step if possible! Looks great

DOes this look any better for doing the wiring?? I know it seems way harder than it is, but this is as simple as i could make it.



https://goo.gl/photos/4uKmLStLo7J8LDSL6


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Old 06-01-2017, 06:04 PM   #24
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That looks fantastic! I want to confirm that the diagram you made is for the pioneer 4200 nex correct
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Old 06-01-2017, 08:17 PM   #25
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DOes this look any better for doing the wiring?? I know it seems way harder than it is, but this is as simple as i could make it.



https://goo.gl/photos/4uKmLStLo7J8LDSL6


Nice diagram. I'm sure it will help plenty of people.
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