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Who Has an Aftermarket Stereo and Still Has Sync Control?

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Old 02-08-2010, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default Who Has an Aftermarket Stereo and Still Has Sync Control?

Alright, I'm getting ready to replace my Shaker 500 system in my car with an aftermarket double din stereo with Navigation (probably on of the Kenwoods since they have the Garmin interface). I want to still keep the Sync functionality though so I'm hoping to hear from anyone who's done this and still has full control of Sync.

The Metra kit is out there that will convert my console to a double din and connects to the factory wiring harness for the stereo.

http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.ph...cat=0&page=271

There's also a Sync wiring harness that will allow you to keep Sync functionality. It will also allow you to keep your steering wheel controls.

http://www.autotoys.com/x/product.php?productid=14347

What I don't know is how these go together, and how they interact with the stereo that is installed (aftermarket).

On the Metra kit, the top screen displays the Sync text so I'm guessing that there's a way for them to talk to each other.

Anybody know how this works?
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:02 AM   #2
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Looks like you are going to be the trail blazer (or genie pig) dude. Let us know how it works out.
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I most definitely will.... I just hope that after buying these different interfaces that they all play well together. I'd hate for it to be a waste of money ya know? I know that they are SUPPOSED to work together, but finding someone how knows exactly how they are all supposed to be connected is another thing. Not many people know the inner workings of Sync, so we will see how this all turns out. Wish me luck!
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Please note every detail of your experience cuz I am planning a similar install. I think i'm going to use the Scosche kit when I pull the trigger. Good luck and take lots of pics!
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Please note every detail of your experience cuz I am planning a similar install. I think i'm going to use the Scosche kit when I pull the trigger. Good luck and take lots of pics!
This....Be sure it's SUPER detailed so we can sticky this for others who want to do the swap....I plan on doing this as well one day!
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No pressure Dave,.... No pressure at all!
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No pressure! Got it!

After researching this a bit further since I plan on doing this I found out that the Dash Kit / Harness from Metra still isn't available. I called Metra and talked to them and they said the kit won't be out for a few more weeks. So, if you see this kit on someone's website, they don't really have it. They're just taking orders and will end up shipping it to you when they get them in.

The way I see this process is this..... I can get the aftermarket stereo (nav, bluetooth, etc.) installed and will definitely benefit from that because that is better than the factory Shaker 500. I'm betting Sync will work if I get the necessary adaptors (the one I linked to above), but if it doesn't it shouldn't be long before the issue is resolved.

So what might happen is that I have an aftermarket stereo and Sync will be disabled for a while. But, I hope that doesn't happen.

It might just boil down to whoever the installer is and how much he/she understands the entire process and how they should work together. From what I've gathered so far, NOBODY knows a lot about Sync.
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Since SYNC is most a Microsoft construct, would it help to contact Microsoft with any questions you have?
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Not many people know the inner workings of Sync...
Bwahahahaha... My precious...

Seriously though, I'm not a real Lord of the Rings fan. Sorry to disappoint.

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Since SYNC is most a Microsoft construct, would it help to contact Microsoft with any questions you have?
Microsoft just makes the OS that SYNC runs on. We (Ford) write the code that tells it how to interact with our ACMs and other modules, as well as the interface and such.

But nevertheless, I'm curious to see how this turns out as well. I'm also curious how well they reverse engineered SYNC, and how well the harness works with it. Please keep us posted!
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microshaft cant keep their own products working, lol I doubt they can handle somthing on somebody elses hardware. To bad ford didnt get the OS from mac. Since most people have Ipods and iphones.
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microshaft cant keep their own products working, lol I doubt they can handle somthing on somebody elses hardware. To bad ford didnt get the OS from mac. Since most people have Ipods and iphones.
Yeah...and then you have Steve Jobs in your car telling you what you can and cannot do with it. Listen, you can't even change the background on your iPhone or iPod Touch without jailbreaking it...half the good programs you can't get normally because Apple denies it through a completely ridiculous and non-standard process of determining which apps get "approved".

Sorry, i dont want anything Apple being integrated into any of my car's systems. The iPod is fine for what it is, but thats pretty much the only product I will ever buy from them.

And don't even get me started about the cost of Apple products...

But I digress from the topic...it would be good to know when something aftermarket works properly with Sync...
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Hey can Someone get sync such as a GT Deluxe Owner? Is there something I can buy from ford?
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And don't even get me started about the cost of Apple
...and now you know what it's like to deal with Apple from an OEM perspective.

We miiiight have gone down that route before...
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I had an Apple computer back in the 80's and never went back after I changed to an IBM clone. They were the same proprietary lunatics back then that they are now. I like choices, not limitations. Jobs is a megalomaniac.
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I had an Apple computer back in the 80's and never went back after I changed to an IBM clone. They were the same proprietary lunatics back then that they are now. I like choices, not limitations. Jobs is a megalomaniac.
Yeah...i refuse to buy just about anything from Apple...except the iPod which i do like a lot...but dealing with iTunes makes me want to change my mind about that...

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...and now you know what it's like to deal with Apple from an OEM perspective.

We miiiight have gone down that route before...
Good to know someone else can agree with me on this one...i was waiting for all the apple fanboys to start a flame war... =P
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Yeah...and then you have Steve Jobs in your car telling you what you can and cannot do with it. Listen, you can't even change the background on your iPhone or iPod Touch without jailbreaking it...half the good programs you can't get normally because Apple denies it through a completely ridiculous and non-standard process of determining which apps get "approved".

Sorry, i dont want anything Apple being integrated into any of my car's systems. The iPod is fine for what it is, but thats pretty much the only product I will ever buy from them.

And don't even get me started about the cost of Apple products...

But I digress from the topic...it would be good to know when something aftermarket works properly with Sync...
I TOTALLY AGREE. I love my iPod but iTunes sucks. I don't own anything from Apple except the iPod. Then you have the new iPad - Give me a break. It is a huge iPhone.....

This is a little old but still funny as hell iRack

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That was funny. I never saw those. It's too bad they canceled MAD TV. I always thought they were way funnier than SNL. I used to watch it all the time till my schedule changed and couldn't stay up that late without falling asleep.
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