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Pioneer 4200Nex Head Unit Install Apple Car Play

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  1. 351stang

    351stang Beast ZL1 Established Member

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    My Mach 460 head unit was on it's last legs and decided to upgrade with cutting edge hardware.

    I installed a Pioneer 4200 NEX DVD receiver LINK. It has a 7" touch screen and the latest Apple Car Play that allows the receiver to control your phone and display Apple Maps (Navigation) on the screen. An Apple Lightning cable is required for Car Play, but the phone just stays in the center console now.



    It also features HD radio and a microphone for hands free. It can accommodate a back up camera, although I didn't feel the need for it.

    I kept the original Mach 460 speakers and amps due to the complexity of upgrading. The good news is that the high level of customized speaker settings allowed me to make the system sound much better than stock.

    The following was required for the install:
    1. Metra 70-5521 Reciever Wiring Harness LINK
    2. 12 V to 5 V converter LINK
    3. Metra 95-5026 Dash Kit LINK
    4. Micro-Bypass Parking Brake Switch LINK
    5. Heavy Duty Metal Lightning Cable 5' Long LINK

    The wiring colors match almost exactly with the exception of a few stripes. The micro bypass switch simulates parking brake engagement to avoid "nanny" messages or lock outs.

    Custom Screens can be loaded and the button lighting is full spectrum to match the factory button illumination. Button placement is excellent for a 95-2004 Mustang.

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    Crutchfield was excellent as always and included detailed wiring instructions. I highly recommend them for any high end audio visual equipment. It is nice to talk to someone that knows their product. Most of the installation materials were provided for free with the purchase of the radio.
     
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  2. nxhappy

    nxhappy Vette Killer Established Member

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    looks pretty bad ass, nice job
     
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    nice !!! i got this same setup but with android auto....google maps with traffic is the best ...life saver...the phone just sits in center council which is great ... sometimes the voice recognition girl cant seem to find a damn phone number so you have to rip the phone off the cable to get it...pisses me off lol...
     
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    Ryan2KRedL SVT Enthusiast Established Member

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    Looks great!
     
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    xhodzax Member Established Member

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    I should do this !
     
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    Eatonualive281 Well-Known Member Established Member

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    how much?
     
  7. 351stang

    351stang Beast ZL1 Established Member

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    blwn88cpe Member Established Member

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    Nice man! I've been thinking about doing the same thing. Looks great.
     
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    Can you use the Google Maps and say Pandora at the same time?
     
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    351stang Beast ZL1 Established Member

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    With Apple you have to use Apple maps, but all music functions work.
     
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    blueIce New Member Established Member

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    Nice write up. Thanks for the info. About time for an upgrade, need an option to link my iphone. Was looking at the exact same conversion on Crutchfield. Don't want to mess with spreakers and amps. Sounds like you are happy with the sound.
     
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    It sounds quite a bit better than stock due to the subwoofer LFE settings, speaker settings, and full blown equalizer. I'm a home stereo/theater audiophile, so I'm pretty picky. Although it isn't some $2500 stereo/speaker equivalent though.

    The convenience of having Apple Maps, phone calls, and Siri Controlled playlist is really, really nice. Texting features aren't bad either.

    It is much better executed with Car Play compared to Ford Sync.

    I really enjoy driving the car more with the system. It was one of the few mods that was even better than anticipated.
     
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    blueIce New Member Established Member

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    Sounds good. I'm going to go the same route. Your install looks real sharp as well....nice to get the Cobra updated. Agree with you on the backup camera...haven't run anyone in 14 yrs... no need for that.
     
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    351stang Beast ZL1 Established Member

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    Here are the custom screens I made, feel free to use on any NEX with 800 x 480 resolution.

    My Splash Screen at Start Up:
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    Screen 1:
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    Screen 2:
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    351stang Beast ZL1 Established Member

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    Optional Screens (I didn't use because I didn't want to drive around with a hard on)

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    351stang Beast ZL1 Established Member

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    Terminator Themed:
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    351stang Beast ZL1 Established Member

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    Finally, FORD:
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  18. fishpick

    fishpick Active Member Established Member

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    I put this model in my truck (the radio, not the boner inducing car model from the pic)... works really well.
    Apple CarPlay is much better than any OEM system. Do wish it also did Android Auto tho... as I have been looking a Google Pixel phone - but now this has lock-in too ;)

    Looks great and love your splash screens - I need to do that on mine!
     
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    Android Auto works, but you have to use the 2nd USB port on the back.
     
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    Thanks for the screens. Nice.
     

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