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Old 05-23-2019, 09:06 AM   #1
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Default 2015 Forester, replacing stereo, what about that secondary screen?

My friend recently got a 2015 forester with the base audio package. i.e. The Monochrome stereo with bluetooth and that little secondary screen above that displays the back-up camera, fuel economy, song info, etc.

So, He's thinking about upgrading the radio to something with Android Auto. I know how to do that, I've already put a Pioneer AVH-4201NEX with a Maestro RR into my Impreza and recently moved it over to my new DD, a 2016 Legacy 3.6R.

My question is, how does that secondary screen function? Is it 100% controlled by the factory radio that would be totally dead upon upgrading the radio? Or is it a separate module that would keep functions like trip economy, and back-up camera, but lose the song detail integration?

And yes, we'd move the back-up camera over to the new radio for its bigger screen.
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The screen you're talking about is the MFD, and it is separate from the radio. So, replacing the radio will not affect it in the slightest. You just won't be trying to connect the backup camera to the aftermarket radio, as it's displayed on the MFD instead and thus isolated from the headunit.
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Good to know it's separate. But, really, the back-up camera can't be swapped over? That seems kinda odd. Special connector or video format?
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Good to know it's separate. But, really, the back-up camera can't be swapped over? That seems kinda odd. Special connector or video format?
Voltage differences, and it's coming into the MFD, not the HU, so you'd have additional harness problems. No need to switch it to the aftermarket HU, and for a lower res picture it just isn't worth the effort when you've got a perfectly workable screen that isn't affected.
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