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I got to thinking about connecting my JDM legacy gt HVAC module into the tribeca. The plug is the same but the pinouts are different. This is a good start on exorcising the stock headunit for a double din unit. If I can get the HVAC to work, some cutting and bondo will fix the control panel trim. Then I can fit a proper headunit on there.

What do you guys think? Crazy or what? I need to check the electrical pinouts, but I think it's doable. The seat heaters need to be relocated and re-wired too.


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No one is interested in this?

Anyways, I got it to work but the illumination output is different. My 20 pin harness fails me. Now I gotta dig out my tester.

Anyone know which are the two wires for illumination?
 

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Update: Buttons all work, Auto, temp up/down, etc. I got the main illumination on, but cannot figure the lcd screen illumination out. The darn Tribecas have done away with illumination as typically done in the past. There's two illumination wires, one 12v switched and another that requires feedback. I don't have the Leggy anymore so I'm hoping someone on the lgt forum can take some readings on their meter for me.

There's still the matter of the seat heater buttons, but that should be more straight forward. I'll cut the off the pcb and tap straight into the seat harness.
 

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I'm impressed! It looks stock.

Have you figured out the illumination having the need for 2 signals/input? I think it has something to do with the 1) llumination brighness wheel adjustment (next to the mirror adjustment knob) and 2) when the nav screen dims whenever the headlight is turned on.

Otherwise, your mod looks great! It's clean and professional. Good job!

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Dead thread is dead. Anyways, I did it.

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I got the illum issue figured out but it became a non-issue once I changed course and went with the stock hvac setup.

This is before paint matching, but you can see the hvac in use.



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Great job. One question is how is the double din mounted? Or was the old radio mounts useable? Curious, but not enough to tear into mine quite yet :)
 

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Great job. One question is how is the double din mounted? Or was the old radio mounts useable? Curious, but not enough to tear into mine quite yet :)
Thanks.

The stock mounting plates are used, but you have align the headunit for fitment. Basically get it pointed in the right direction depth and height wise and drill some new holes.
 

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I got all my trim pieces back room the paint shop and the steering wheel controls hooked up with a PAC unit. I had a Metra before and it was useless, so was their tech support, lol. I also installed a 11in rear overhead dvd player. This setup is officially completed for me. The wife is ecstatic with her B9, success! In hindsight, I only wish I didn't waste so much time with the ASWC, talk about a pita.
 

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VERY nice work man!

Doesn't get any better when you cant tell its not/could be factory!

Be interested in doing another?

Chris
 

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WOW - you did an AMAZING job !!! Does your new system integrate with the stock Tribeca - non-nav LCD screen too ? I.E. - when you use your new audio does the FM station for example display on the stock Tribeca LCD screen ? If so how did you do that ??? Did you connect into the MBus data stream to the screen ?
ALso - will the Tribeca HVAC system work if you remove the stock Clarion Tuner and Pansonic 6-CD changer ? Did you have to integrate the HVAC or did you just do it because you could ?
 

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This is freakin awesome! I've been planning in my head something like this for a while but never did it.

Any way you could make a list of parts used, and type up a step by step of what you did so I could replicate this. I really just need all of the wiring directions. I have installed tons of car stereos, but figuring out the wiring on my own is a little over my head.
 

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WOW - you did an AMAZING job !!! Does your new system integrate with the stock Tribeca - non-nav LCD screen too ? I.E. - when you use your new audio does the FM station for example display on the stock Tribeca LCD screen ? If so how did you do that ??? Did you connect into the MBus data stream to the screen ?
ALso - will the Tribeca HVAC system work if you remove the stock Clarion Tuner and Pansonic 6-CD changer ? Did you have to integrate the HVAC or did you just do it because you could ?
Thanks.

The system doesn't integrate with the LCD screen, but the Subaru screen still works like stock. I just figured out how to make it not display NO AUDIO all the time, or some such wording.

The stock HVAC is 100% operational. That was the goal, to get a real Navi unit in there and maintain the stock HVAC and make it look like it belonged in there. I completely removed the stock changer, except for the radios heatsink plate and tuner pcb which runs the HVAC electrics. You kinda have to keep the tuner board. Also, the tuner is not the same thing as the clarion sirrius tuner etc, that thing is long gone.

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This is freakin awesome! I've been planning in my head something like this for a while but never did it.

Any way you could make a list of parts used, and type up a step by step of what you did so I could replicate this. I really just need all of the wiring directions. I have installed tons of car stereos, but figuring out the wiring on my own is a little over my head.
I didn't do a writeup because of the nature of the install, and well it didn't look like there was much interest in it. Install wise, because there is a lack of proper replacement ribbon cables, the install ends up being a bit jury rigged. It works for me, but I couldn't put something like this out there and endorse it like a wiki step by step how to. If you want to do it, I've already written a general walkthrough in pm's for another member. I can see that it gets forwarded to you. The most important part is in securing a replacement HVAC panel off ebay and modifying the stock ribbon cables from failure. ;)
 

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How did you get it to not display "Audio Off". Have you ever messed around with the MBus data bus between the Clarion Tuner and CD changer or between the tuner and the stock non-nav lcd ? I want to replace the LCD with a 7 "Andriod tablet but I want to integrate it with the tuner so I don't lose the ability to display the tuner/cd info. Looking for someone who has figured out how to tap into this data bus. Think I can do it with a device from GROM AUDIO - but I have not been able to confirm it will allow me to get to the MBUS data objects.
 

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How did you get it to not display "Audio Off". Have you ever messed around with the MBus data bus between the Clarion Tuner and CD changer or between the tuner and the stock non-nav lcd ? I want to replace the LCD with a 7 "Andriod tablet but I want to integrate it with the tuner so I don't lose the ability to display the tuner/cd info. Looking for someone who has figured out how to tap into this data bus. Think I can do it with a device from GROM AUDIO - but I have not been able to confirm it will allow me to get to the MBUS data objects.
The MFD has two plugs that go into the tuner board, don't plug them both in. I forget which was which so try it out.
 

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Excellent job! :tup: Even though I don't own a Tribeca, I love to see this kind of project.

(I just now noticed this thread -- I don't check here very often)

For those who would search eBay for parts to experiment on, here is how the various pieces (HU and panel) go together:
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HU Ref #    Subaru PN            Panel Ref#  Subaru PN   Front  Notes
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CQ-EF8560X  86201XA03A  (6-CD)   CY-CF8560X  86213XA03A  P-136  (w/ seat heater controls)

CQ-JF8560X  86201XA00A  (1-CD)   CY-CF8561X  86213XA00A  P-135  (w/ seat heater controls)
"                                CY-CF8562X  86213XA02A  P-135  (no seat heater controls)
(the 1-disc HU can have either of two panel units -- with or without seat heater controls).

I Googled and happened to find the full service manuals for those two HUs (6-disc and 1-disc), and the corresponding panel units. The latter SM is attached. Find the others here.

Not sure which years those were used in, but if anyone has any reference numbers for later years, let me know and I'll update this table.
So after studying the schematics for a while, it looks like you might be able to toss the majority of the HU, and replace that with just a handful of discrete components and voltage converters. The car's A/C control signals essentially pass straight through the HU and go to the panel unit. PM to follow.

And for those who would like to play with the Tribeca's MFD, jazzymt has been doing some promising research here: Subaru Radio Digital Control Data Decoded

For posterity (and so people can admire what a clean job tsm106 did on his), attached are crappy "before" pictures (from a 2008 Tribeca Ltd).
2008 Tribeca Ltd CarMax.jpg 2008 Tribeca Ltd Audio CarMax.jpg
 

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