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Old 02-04-2015, 09:25 PM   #21
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According to your writeup, you relocated the pin from 13 on the Metra harness to the hole for Pin 7 and attached the pink wire to this. What affect does this have on the illumination wire? What does this connection do anyway?

My understanding is thus:

- Match all colors from the head unit to the Metra harness
- Match the red and black wires from the ASWC-1 to the red and black wires from the head unit/harness (3 wires soldered together here)
- Match the pink wire to the wire going into pin 7 on the Metra harness. In your case, you relocated the pin from 13 and soldered the pink to the orange wire (again, 3 wires soldered together here).
- The brown wire is not needed for my head unit, only Kenwood and certain other head units.

Does this all look correct to you?!
Honestly, this was my first radio install. I'm familiar with electronics though. I don't know what the illumination wire is for, but my new radio lights up just fine. It looks like you matched the wires correctly, but don't push everything into the radio slot until you test it out first.

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Thank you for the great writeup! I've been scouring the internet and this is the best information I've found yet!

EDIT: I'm thinking it would also be possible to splice the pink wire into the BMW OEM harness behind the connector, but I'd really rather not modify any OEM wiring. I've also read that you can buy a second Metra harness and steal a pin instead of relocating one.

EDIT 2: Apparently my head unit doesn't even use the orange wire! So I'll be relocating that one exactly like you did. Again, thanks for the info, this is the only place I've seen mention of that pin not being there and solving my source of confusion.
I'm glad the DIY helped. It's a nice feeling of satisfaction when you can get the job done yourself!
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Old 07-10-2015, 10:30 PM   #22
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Thanks for this post! It really helped to simplify my wiring. I'm in the middle of doing a radio install on my 2005 E46 M3 with an Axxess ASWC-1 as my steer wheel control adapter. In my car, I have the blade style pins instead of the round pins. I see you used the illumination wire as your steering control wire. However, on the pink wire of my unit, it says "Prone Mute", which I'm assuming is "Phone Mute" spelt incorrectly.

Do you know if I should use pin 10 (Phone Mute) or pin 14 (illumination) for my install?

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Old 07-13-2015, 09:28 PM   #23
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Thanks for this post! It really helped to simplify my wiring. I'm in the middle of doing a radio install on my 2005 E46 M3 with an Axxess ASWC-1 as my steer wheel control adapter. In my car, I have the blade style pins instead of the round pins. I see you used the illumination wire as your steering control wire. However, on the pink wire of my unit, it says "Prone Mute", which I'm assuming is "Phone Mute" spelt incorrectly.

Do you know if I should use pin 10 (Phone Mute) or pin 14 (illumination) for my install?

Thanks,

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I don't know. My harness was pretty simple. I used the Illumination wire because I didn't have any other use for it. So I was able to move it to the slot I wanted to get the other controls to work. If someone else can't help you, then I suggest trial and error. Just don't cram everything back in unless it's working the way you want it to.
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Old 09-07-2015, 11:27 AM   #24
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Red face

Thanks for this write up, I'm stuck on the pin 7 problem and you're the only one that gave a solution. If you don't mind, how exactly do you remove the pin? Do you insert the small screwdriver into the small hole next to the pin and feel around the sides of the hole for something or do you insert it in the same hole as the pin and feel around for something to bend? I haven't been able to figure it out and would appreciate your help!

really annoyed that the aswc-1 wasn't tested better by them and a harness adapter or something provided for our car model, or at least this modification included in the directions with proper techniques. we're left thinking "pin 7? there's nothing there!"

thanks again for any help, was looking forward to completing the entire HU upgrade this labor day weekend.
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:05 PM   #25
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removing pin 7

You take it out by sliding a small jeweler's screwdriver from the side where the pin sticks out. The hole has notches above and below it just big enough to slide it in. Then, push a little bit to move the tabs towards the pin. In the picture of the pin (orange wire leading to it), you can see the tabs sticking out. Those need to get pushed in first.
After that's done, the pin should slide out easily. If it doesn't, then the tabs aren't pushed in far enough. Once the pin is out, move the tabs back out and slide it into the back of the connector. You should feel a click when it catches.
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Thanks for this write up, I'm stuck on the pin 7 problem and you're the only one that gave a solution. If you don't mind, how exactly do you remove the pin? Do you insert the small screwdriver into the small hole next to the pin and feel around the sides of the hole for something or do you insert it in the same hole as the pin and feel around for something to bend? I haven't been able to figure it out and would appreciate your help!

really annoyed that the aswc-1 wasn't tested better by them and a harness adapter or something provided for our car model, or at least this modification included in the directions with proper techniques. we're left thinking "pin 7? there's nothing there!"

thanks again for any help, was looking forward to completing the entire HU upgrade this labor day weekend.
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Old 09-07-2015, 04:47 PM   #26
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thanks! i ended up buying a pin extractor from the local electronics shop (Jonard R-5926 Pin Extractor) and it took it right out. Thanks for pointing us in the right direction about moving that pin, you saved a lot of people who find this thread from google like i did a lot grief i'm sure!
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Old 01-10-2016, 08:37 PM   #27
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Hi,
Trying to install Kenwood KDC-BT562U with the ASWC-1 adapter in my sons "new' car. Had OEM Business radio that worked. Followed instructions from Crutchfield for install, but would not recognize radio and although it powers up, there is no sound from radio? Not sure where I went wrong. Total novice at this...

I just used the OEM harness black chassis ground (3 wire splice) for ASWC-1 because I didn't see any good metal to bolt to. I found this thread in desperation! Not sure I understand about changing the harness adapter for the pink wire to pin 7. In addition to connecting the pink from ASWC to the brown (labeled mute) on the connector to radio, do I splice in a third wire to go to pin 7? My harness adapter does look like the one in photo, but not sure how it should look after moving pin. I am hoping that since this is the mute wire, that a combination of fixing this, and better ground will help.

Suggestions? thanks
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Old 01-10-2016, 10:31 PM   #28
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Not sure what you mean about the radio not being recognized. You might want to first check that it isn't in "Demo" mode. When I disconnect the battery for one reason or another, the radio reverts back to demo mode. It doesn't play until I turn the Demo mode off.
If that's not the case, then it might be something a bit more complex. As the install was about 3 years ago, all the details are a little fuzzy. I also want to throw a disclaimer that this was my first (and only) radio install so far. I moved the #13 pin to the #7 slot so I would have steering wheel controls, and not because of grounding. I did connect all the grounds (black wires) together (per the chart I made) and haven't had any issues. I didn't splice any other wire in with the steering wheel control. I moved the orange wire in hold #13 to hole #7 and soldered it to the pink wire on the ASWC. Then I connected the brown wire on the ASWC to the corresponding blue/yellow wire on the radio harness.
**I didn't use the brown wire on the radio connector.** The manual for your radio (pg 29 at http://manual.kenwood.com/files/B5A-0150-20.pdf) says that the brown wire is for navigation systems.

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Old 01-11-2016, 02:06 AM   #29
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Thanks! I did take off DEMO mode. In reviewing your post again, I found that I had not connected the blue and white from radio (P. CONT/ANT. CONT) to blue on adapter. Will try swapping the pin to 7 and fixing this also. Unfortunately, my son won't be back for a week or so to try the revision!
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Old 02-23-2016, 05:32 PM   #30
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Thank you for this straightforward thread. I have no interest in a double-din android touchnav climate control relocation setup. I just want to install a deck with a usb input and retain steering wheel controls. This thread has made it much less intimidating. I'll be doing this soon.

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Old 04-17-2016, 07:43 PM   #31
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About 12V rail

I am just about to tackle this and I was hoping you could tell me, what did you connect to for the 12V accessory rail? And what did you connect the ground wire to? Thank you!
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:00 PM   #32
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I am just about to tackle this and I was hoping you could tell me, what did you connect to for the 12V accessory rail? And what did you connect the ground wire to? Thank you!
Everything in the pin-out is how I connected it using the existing wires. I didn't need an additional ground.
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:29 PM   #33
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So did you splice the red wire on the Axxess into the red wire on the integration harness?
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Old 04-17-2016, 09:10 PM   #34
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Yes. I spliced (soldered) the ASWC, radio power wire, and BMW wiring harness adapter together. It's shown in the "10-Harnesses connected" pictures. I connected them end to end to form more of a continuous wire, but I'd do it differently next time. I posted a better option in post #8.
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Old 07-09-2016, 01:13 PM   #35
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Thank you for the DIY, the tip for moving from pin 13 to pin 7 on the harness was a life saver.
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