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    rkrenicki's 2017 BN9 Premium Eyesight - 2021-03-29 - Wife's New Car

    So, due to a very sudden death in the family, my wife has inherited a new car. Due to the emotional attachment to the car, no mods will be done to it beyond possibly the radio. This will be more of a maintenance log, and not a "build thread".

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    Nothing has happened with this car yet, but I did convince my wife to let me change the radio out since she really wants Carplay. The 2018+ models all have Carplay, but the radios are made by Harmon instead of Fujitsu Ten. Most of the Harmon radios require an external amplifier under the seat, except for the base 6.2" radio in 2018, and the Non-Premium Navigation unit in 2019.

    I originally ordered the 2018 base radio, but the vendor sent me a 2018 Nav unit instead.. so after returning that, I bought the 2019 Nav unit. The 2018+ Legacy/Outback also has a different steering wheel so I needed to get my hands on one of those as well for the radio buttons. Luckily the steering wheel is shared with a bunch of other 2017+ models.

    I have not yet received the steering wheel, the GPS antenna module, nor the correct buttons for the radio w/bluetooth controls and eyesight... but the radio itself is here. I set it up on the workbench to make sure that it worked and would output sound without an external amp.
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    The radio swap turned into a much bigger project than I originally expected. The 2018/2019 radio is taller than the earlier 2015-2017 models, so it has a different HVAC controls. Turns out that the HVAC controls have a completely incompatible signaling protocol which required a swap of the HVAC Control module. The steering wheel controls are also different between the two halves of the generation as well.

    In the end, I had to swap the following parts:
    Radio (Nav w/o External Amplifier)
    HVAC Controls
    HVAC Control Unit
    Steering Wheel
    GPS Antenna module

    It looks like I also need to swap the USB socket and the cable in order to get Carplay to function properly, but I can do those later on. In the meantime, just about everything is working now including the navigation.

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