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Excellent thread on the installation. Thank you very much.

I got a little lost with all of the information that I have seen so far both here and other web sites about the VSS. At another web site someone told me that there isn't a VSS in the vehicle, so I don't know what to believe anymore.

I have a 2.4L Sky with the manual transmission, onstar, monsoon, and buttons on the steering wheel. Does anyone know of a similar Solstice/Sky that actually hooked up their AVICs to a VSS wire? If so, what did they connect it to?

Also, from what I gather in the thread, there is NO harness that connects the radio to the car AND allows for the steering wheel buttons to work. Besides the harness connector (which ever one you need for onstar, monsoon, etc) you need to ALSO connect some other device to get the steering wheel buttons to work. Is that correct? If so, what are the options to get the steering wheel buttons to work?

I have a AVIC-Z2 in my Sky that was installed yesterday. NOW I find this thread a day late, just my luck. I don't have the VSS hooked up and my steering wheel buttons don't work.
 

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dmbdlatc said:
Hello:

Excellent thread on your installation. Thank you very much.

I have a 2.4L Sky with the manual transmission. Do you know anyone that has a similar Solstice/Sky that actually hooked up their AVICs to a VSS wire? If so, what did they connect it to?
The Base and Redline/GXP have different VSS lines.

2.4l w/ MT: VSS is mounted at the left rear of the transmission.
VSS High Signal is YE wire, terminated on Connector C3, Terminal 66 of the ECM
VSS Low Signal is PU wire, terminated on Connector C3, Terminal 67 of the ECM

C1 is BU with BK case
C2 is BK
C3 is GY with BK case

2.4l w/ AT: OSS is mounted at the right rear of the transmission.
OSS High Signal is YE wire, terminated on Terminal F1 of the TCM
OSS Low Signal is PU wire, terminated on Terminal F2 of the TCM


2.0 with Manual Trans GXP:
VSS High signal Yellow wire to Pin 53 of connector C2 (58 Pins) of ECM
VSS Low signal Purple wire to pin 40 of connector C2 (58 Pins) of ECM

I can explain the codes a bit better if you are confused. From all accounts the yellow wire seems to be the better one to hook up.

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Also, from what I gather in the thread, there is NO harness that connects the radio to the car AND allows for the steering wheel switches to work. Is that correct? If so, what are the options to get the steering wheel buttons to work.
Yes that is correct you need 2 harnesses. The proper GMOS-Lan harness will keep the onstar etc. The Swi-PS harness will keep the steering wheel functionality. It is fairly easy to hook up, but will require you to rip apart the dash again since you need to tap wires in the radio harness.

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I have a AVIC-Z2 in my Sky (installed yesterday, NOW I find your thread a day late, just my luck) and don't have the VSS hooked up and my steering wheel buttons don't work.
The VSS wire is not mandatory, but it can make navigation a bit more correct, mine is not currently hooked up. The Swi-PS adapter will allow you to keep the steering wheel controls and is highly recommended it works great!.
 

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Morfious,
I was just poking around on Crutchfield's site and set the filter to an '07 Sol and it indicates that both the AVIC-D3 or the AVIC-Z2 don't fit. Do they say that if the unit requires an install kit to dress up the dash? Obviously you have the D3 installed so there isn't a big clearance issue.
 

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I did this install myself also. The VSS wire on the NA auto trans is on the ECU. Of the three plugs, it's the one on the bottom so you will have to remove all three. Cut into the sheathing to reveal all the various wires and it's the solid yellow wire you want to tap. Good luck. It's pretty easy.
I've been watching this thread and some threads at other websites that contradict that there is even a VSS wire on the SKY that the -Z2 can use, as opposed to some sort of DATA transmisson wire that sends speed information that the -Z2 can NOT use.

Could you please verify that you actually hooked up, or know someone that actually hooked up, the VSS wire from the -Z2 to the yellow wire that you described? And what car they did it with: Solstice/SKY, 2.4L/2.0L, Manual or Automatic transmision?

If you/they did make the connection, when you select:
Menu> Settings> Hardware> 3D Calibration Status
does the AVIC-Z2 display indications that it is actually picking up the VSS signal by displaying things like "3D Hybrid" at the bottom screen (as opposed to "simple hybrid") and/or show some value in the "Speed Pulse" field?

I have seen several posts that say this is the wire to use. But I have yet to hear from anyone that actually used that wire and what results they ended up with. I would hate to start ripping my car apart again just to find out that this is NOT the wire because it doesn't provide what the AVIC-Z2 needs to see.

Inquiring minds want to know.
I have a 2007 SKY 2.4L with manual transmisson.
 

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I would like to do this someday. However I am so lost on what I need with all these wires, etc. I have monsoon, XM, No onstar. I want to continue to keeo XM working with this unit the navigation as well as steering wheel controls. So what do I need? What is the average price for everything?

P.S. The back up cam I like too if I did that is something extra needed?
 

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Morfious,
I was just poking around on Crutchfield's site and set the filter to an '07 Sol and it indicates that both the AVIC-D3 or the AVIC-Z2 don't fit. Do they say that if the unit requires an install kit to dress up the dash? Obviously you have the D3 installed so there isn't a big clearance issue.
It's fairly tight back there, but it will fit as you can see. Not much extra room to route wires, but you can make it fit without modifying your car. You will need a dash kit to make the radio fit into the double din opening (Metra - 95-3302).

I have seen several posts that say this is the wire to use. But I have yet to hear from anyone that actually used that wire and what results they ended up with. I would hate to start ripping my car apart again just to find out that this is NOT the wire because it doesn't provide what the AVIC-Z2 needs to see.

Inquiring minds want to know.
I have a 2007 SKY 2.4L with manual transmisson.
I have not seen a working VSS hookup in a sky/solstice, but it should work from my reading and understanding. If you have the monsoon system or if you use the GMOS-LAN-04 harness there is a direct VSS hookup located on the harness itself.

I would like to do this someday. However I am so lost on what I need with all these wires, etc. I have monsoon, XM, No onstar. I want to continue to keeo XM working with this unit the navigation as well as steering wheel controls. So what do I need? What is the average price for everything?

P.S. The back up cam I like too if I did that is something extra needed?
I paid $1400 for everything, but there were some good sales going on when I placed my order. You can NOT keep your factory XM system and use this head unit. You will need to buy one of the XM units that go with the D3 such as the GEX-P10XMT or GEX-P920XM. You may be able to use your factory XM antenna though. Here is your list of parts:


Pioneer GEX-P10XMT - (XM module with navTraffic feature [$199]) ----or---
Pioneer GEX-P920XM - (XM module without traffic info [$99])

Pioneer - AVIC D3 (Head unit)
PAC SWI-PS (Steering Wheel control)
Metra - 95-3302 (Double din dash install kit)
Metra - 40-cr10 (Antenna adapter)
METRA - GMOS-LAN-04 (Onstar / chime harness) For monsoon system (also puts out VSS signal)
Pioneer - ND-BC2 (Rear view camera)
Pioneer - CD-I200 (High Speed iPod Cable <-- if you want that)
 

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VSS Hookup

Morfious is right. If you use the GMOS-LAN-03 or 04 you can hookup directly to the VSS output wire on the box - no need to run wires to the ECM or anywhere else. I did it with my AVIC Z2 and it shows up perfectly on my displays.
 

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Morfious is right. If you use the GMOS-LAN-03 or 04 you can hookup directly to the VSS output wire on the box - no need to run wires to the ECM or anywhere else. I did it with my AVIC Z2 and it shows up perfectly on my displays.
Just to clarify:
GMOS-LAN-03 harness does NOT have a VSS output

GMOS-LAN-04 harness does have the VSS output <-- I assume that's what they used for your car.
 

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Metra may have revised the GMOS-LAN-03 or their specs may be wrong, but per their official installation manual for it, there is a blue/pink wire coming out of the box that is for connecting the VSS signal to an aftermarket head unit. I do not have the actual 03 unit - only the install manual, which they sent to me directly at my request. From my observations, the GMOS-LAN-03 and GMOS-LAN-04 adapters are functionally very similar.

I used the GMOS-LAN-04, which has the same blue/pink wire for VSS output, the same parking brake output, and the same reverse output (the reverse does not work on the 04 by the way - at least not on my GXP with an AVIC Z2). The main difference between the 2units is that the 03 has speaker (high-level) inputs that connect directly to the speaker outputs from the HU; whereas the 04 has line-level RCA inputs.

With either adapter, you cannot feed aftermarket amplifiers through the inputs (the adapters cannot handle amplified power inputs) - hence you cannot have the chimes sound in your speakers as you do with the factory system. You can have the chimes sounding in the car speakers however, if you retain the Monsoon amplifer, because it amplifies AFTER the adapter. Since I had 2 high-power Alpine amps, I only used the GMOS-LAN-04 to emulate turn-signal clicks and chimes (which I sent to a separate dedicated speaker in the car), and to send the VSS signal to my Z2.

The other difference is that the 03 does not emulate the turn-signal click - you need a separate relay. The 04 has that capability built in.
 

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Hey, I was using the Pioneer - CD-I200 for my iPod Nano, but I recently got an iPhone, which works the exact same way as the nano did as far as being controlled by the head unit and whatnot. What I'm wondering is, does anyone know if the iPhone's Bluetooth will work while plugged into the high speed cable, so if I install the CD-BTB200 it will do what it's supposed to do? I'd just try it, but blowing $140+ on it and finding it didn't work would upset me!
 

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My best friend has an iPhone and it works great with the AVIC D3. I have the high speed iPod cable in my unit and it will charge and play music just fine. As per the threads in the avic411 forums the bluetooth functionality works fine as well. I have not tested this outin my unit though.
 

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My best friend has an iPhone and it works great with the AVIC D3. I have the high speed iPod cable in my unit and it will charge and play music just fine. As per the threads in the avic411 forums the bluetooth functionality works fine as well. I have not tested this outin my unit though.
Man, I always forget to check out the avic411 forums... thanks for the reminder! :lol:
 

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No problem. Only problem with the iPhone is that video does not play through the head unit. Music works as expected. Video sound will play through the system and video on teh iPhone, but no video out that we could get to work. Same may hold true for the touch and classic iPod models.
 

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Well I decided to spend my xmass bonus on myself and just signed the papers for the rest of the audio system to be installed. I draw the line at custom fiberglass work. I will see if my installer will snap a few shots along the build process. Work to be done:

Install:
6 1/2" JL ZR series Component speakers
Alpine PDX 4x150 amplifer flush mounted behind drivers seat with custom fiberglass dress plate (Not sure if I'm gonna paint it or have JPM cover it)
JL Audio 12TW5 - 12" Thin Subwoofer (Expected to be released Jan 2008) installed in a custom fiberglass enclosure behind pass seat
Dynamat the doors and rear bulkhead area
Flush mount radar detector remote display in current airbag light location

Stay tuned for more pics and updates as I get them. As usual I will rip everything apart to see just how it was installed.
 

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Look forward to the rest of your install particularly the sub enclosure and hopefull it does not invade the passenger seat travel distance too much.

Just a thought, given there are so many Solstice / Sky owners interested in a good solution to a passenger side sub enclosure that will handle a 10" or 12" sub. I would think some enterprising sound shop would fabricate an enclosure that fits exactly into the passenger back wall, and bolts up the same way the Monsoon enclosure does. Then with a master enclosure, knock out a number of them. This way the price would be more competitive than having a local sound shop customize a one off.

Looking for something like the JL Audio Stealth Box enclosure that would be made for our exact vehicle. Offer a paper or cardboard template to facilitate cutting out the rear panel for a clean/tight opening.

Seems to me a mold could be made of the back side of the Monsoon enclosure so it will fit the exact contours of the back wall, then fabricate the front half that provides the proper volume size for a particular sub like the JL Audio shallow mount. Again, once the design is completed, any number of exact duplicates can be made with I would think substantial savings.

Why do you need a custom fit plate for the amp install? Once the amp is mounted to the back wall the issue is cutting out the back wall panel properly so the amp front comes through the wall with a tight fit. Believe you are talking the same install as my amp but it did not require any special surround.

 

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I gave the shop some leeway with design and stuff so I'm anxious to see what they will come up with. It would be nice to save $400 on the amp install though.
 

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AVIC-D3 Install

Morfious, that is a great job of showing the install and I think that it is a top level job.:) My question is, Have you had or do you know of any AVIC-D3 installs with the OnStar and XM radio. which is what I have. I want too install the D3 and keep the XM and Onstar. Please let me know how you would do it with those two things staying in use.
 

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Morfious, that is a great job of showing the install and I think that it is a top level job.:) My question is, Have you had or do you know of any AVIC-D3 installs with the OnStar and XM radio. which is what I have. I want too install the D3 and keep the XM and Onstar. Please let me know how you would do it with those two things staying in use.
Well onstar is no problem you just have to use the GMOS-LAN-03 or GMOS-LAN-04 adapter from Metra (I would recommend the LAN-04 simply for the vss wire hookup.) You will retain onstar without any problems. As for the XM you will need to buy the Pioneer XM unit (which works nicer and has a better interface than the Sirius one) You may be able to retain the factory XM antenna, but you will definitely need the XM unit from Pioneer in order to get this to work. You may be able to move your account info onto the new unit for a fee, I have Sirius so I don't know how XM works with transfers or new equipment.
 

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My baby is in for some Surgery

Just a bump to let those interested I dropped of the car to have the Dynamat, Front speakers and amplifier installed, as well as the flush mounting of the radar detector remote display. They quoted me a time frame of 3 days and I expect to pick up the car on Thursday evening (2/7/08). The shop said they would be taking pictures for their install book and I left them a disposable camera to record the install progress. My installer said it would not be a problem to take some extra photos. I expect to post up some info this weekend on how things turned out. Install shop for those wondering is Tweeter in Oxford Valley PA.


Pics to come later . . .
 
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