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Hi guys,

I have just completed the DIY project of upgrading my car stereo on my (European) 2008 CR-V.

Parts:
The unit I chose is the brand new (announced Aug 2018) Sony XAV-AX1000 which includes Apple's CarPlay (which was the primary factor for the upgrade).

To install the Sony, I purchased from eBay, the Connects2 CTKHD04 kit, which includes everything: fascia, cabling & steering control http://www.connects2.com/Product/ProductItem/CTKHD04

The rear view camera: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01LSHNG2C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Cables to connect the iPhone
a. Angled USB extension cable (you will need this because the 2nd lightning cable is not long enough to reach the cupholders position): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M1KKLS7/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_dp_1
b. Lightning cable: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B01MDQL3NT/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Note that I have passed the cable inside CR-V's console and underneath the carpet, so it is completely hidden (note upper left & right photos).


Technical stuff:

CR-V Audio connections Wiring (European models only): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iS-FMANcdoFCESPk_JbthfKiNjXY-lK5

Subwoofer:
A word of technical caution: my CR-V is the Executive trim level, which has a factory installed subwoofer under the passenger seat (which has its own amplifier). So as to continue using the subwoofer you have to do the following:

From the green plug of the car you have to splice the PINK wire and connect it to the (+) wire of an RCA male plug
From the green plug of the car you have to splice the BLUE wire and connect it to the (-) wire of an RCA male plug
From the 20pin Grey connector of the car you have to splice the RED (B16) wire and connect it to the BLUE/WHITE wire of Sony's ISO connector (or any other system for that matter).

Bluetooth Accessory:
Also note that if your CR-V has Honda’s Bluetooth accessory (located on the driver's A pillar), there is an intermediate harness between the car's harness and the factory head unit. Remove it, it is not needed any more.

Camera:
I have routed the camera RCA & reverse signal cable from the driver's side (LHD) under the door sills and inside the weather sealing of the doors and passed it through the factory pipe that connects the body to the tailgate. Power was taken from the Reverse light from the left tail light (remember its LHD).
The camera is installed in-between the license plate lights by drilling a hole in the plastic in-between the license plate lights and passing its cable through one of the four holes that exist for the four clips (you just have to remove one of them).
Thanks for photos! Looks nice. May I ask you why you've chosen SONY?
 

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I wanted Carplay and the Sony had it with the right price tag... It works and sounds fantastic!
 
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