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Here you can follow my attempt to install a after-market stereo in my 2015 200 LX, which came with the RA1 radio from factory.
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I have been told that there is no possible way to do this on this car. But just like with the 2013 I had, I will find a way! So this is the worlds 1st Aftermarket radio in a 2015 200 LX. That I can find.


First off you will need to order some parts. They are not cheap but maybe you can source them online cheaply. I prefer to pay now have now so I pay a premium for local stores.


1) The dash kit. There is no listed dash kit for the 2015 200LX, however after some searching you can use the Metra 95-6518-B Kit (See Pic). This just snaps onto the back of the factory bezel onto the factory clips, no screws, glue or cutting.
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2) Canbus interface. Now there are a couple options here, PAC modules and metra both make a solution but its not available here. So I opted to go with the dat-alink Maestro Rr Model ADS-MRR (See Picture) And the iDat-alink Maestro CH3 harness. These were the most costly ( 199.99 For the module and 39.99 for the harness) This unit allows you to program what the steering wheel controls will do, and also interfaces with the obd2 part of our cars, allowing for realtime monitoring if your deck supports it.
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3) A double din deck. This can be any of your choice. I chose the Kenwood Excelon DDX393 Headunit. Got it for a good price, and it has all the car monitoring stuff i wanted.
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Its pretty straight forward. Pop off the dash trim around the radio. (see pic) The new dash piece just clips in no problem.
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Remove 4 screws holding in the factory radio. 4 Phillips head screws.
Disconnect the harness its a lever system, so pop it up and lift. the whole harness wil release.
Disconnect the antenna.
The toughest part is here, you must cut the plastic to allow for your radio to fit. its all concealed and cant be seen unless you remove the radio.
As per the instructions provided with the Maestro RR connect the wires to the new radio harness. (See pic)
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Connect antenna, and any other accessories (microphone, backup camera, usb cable)
As you can see It has all factory controls integrated, the evic still works, and even have options within the deck to adjust climate control, heated seats, parking assist, and more.
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Tomorrow i will wire in the backup camera, and the rest of the little things. then....
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Great work, man! And awesome that the seats, etc... can still be controlled through the aftermarket deck!
 

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amazing work and thanks for taking the time to do a writeup with the links, prices, ect! Im sure those with that radio from the factory will appreciate it!
 

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Can't do a u connect easily.. As you can see from my photos. The LX has the volume knobs on the radio, not by the shifter. So if I went u connect I would only have steering wheel controls for volume. If that's not a concern I would go with the u connect if you can afford it. This was about 600$ total.. Vs over $1000+

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Got the backup cam and the front cam installed today, will do the 360deg cameras tomorrow. What a challenge routing the wires outside the trunk lid, I would suggest removing the 4 torx screws located by the license plate bulbs and dropping the entire piece, lots of room to run camera wires.

On a side note with the interface i got, I am able to enable disable DRLs, Seatbelt chime, and other features i used to have to pay a dealer to enable or disable.
 

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Got the backup cam and the front cam installed today, will do the 360deg cameras tomorrow. What a challenge routing the wires outside the trunk lid, I would suggest removing the 4 torx screws located by the license plate bulbs and dropping the entire piece, lots of room to run camera wires.

On a side note with the interface i got, I am able to enable disable DRLs, Seatbelt chime, and other features i used to have to pay a dealer to enable or disable.
Does this only work with the LX/Base radio or can this be done with the 5" Uconnect?
 

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This can be done with ANY deck in the 2015/16 200. Allthogh If i had a uconnect 8.0 I would not be changing it out.
 

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So the Climate control stuff, that can be put into any aftermarket head unit using the parts your purchased? How is the navigation on your head unit.. can you use it while driving? I know most after-market screens have some functions locked while driving.
 

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With the module I got, its gets programmed with usb. There are hundreds of settings for this car. You just select what options you have/or are adding and flash the module. Takes about 10 mins. Navi and video playback both work the same as stopped, as i bypassed the park brake sensor on the aftermarket deck. Climate control, heated seats, XM, park assist, EVIC, memory seats, and more..

here is a copy from the firmware page of what I am using.
STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS
Two Functions on Each Button


Standard and Expanded Radio Functions



VEHICLE SETTINGS
Access and Modify Vehicle Settings



NAVIGATION OUTPUTS
Accessory Power Output (15A)


Parking Brake Output


Reverse Light Output


Illumination Output


Vehicle Speed Pulse Output


Foot Brake Output




FACTORY AMPLIFIER
Amplifier Turn On


Speed Compensated Volume (Premium Audio)


Digital Fader (Premium Audio)


DSP Settings (Premium Audio)


Gain Adjustment (Premium Audio)




EVIC CLUSTER DISPLAY (IF EQUIPPED)
Source Name Display


Navigation Guidance Display



CLIMATE CONTROL
Climate Display and Control on Radio



VEHICLE INFO
Tire Pressure Display


Battery Voltage Display


Read/Reset Check Engine Codes


Door Open Status and Warning




GAUGES
User Selectable Gauges


Read/Reset Check Engine Codes



PARK ASSIST
Retain Park Assist Chimes


Distance Display on Screen


Keep in mind this is just a portion of options available, as I dont have heated wheel or seats in my car,


 

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Only certain aftermarket radios will do these features.

Kenwood, JVC, Alpine and Pioneer all make models that support these features. If you want me to check a model number let me know.
 

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are all those setting options from the interface module? because im hoping that I WONT have to get the same radio as you to utilize those features. I plan on getting the harness and the module and testing it out with my wifes kenwood. to include being able to not only adjust the volume from the wheel but also the power lock settings.
 

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Those are from the module. As far as Kenwood decks, they sure have a LONG list of supported ones. And yes you can remap the steering controls to lock the doors, if thats your thing.
Thanks for this thread and your concise posts.. I actually learned abit about aftermarket radio stuff....
 

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Only certain aftermarket radios will do these features.

Kenwood, JVC, Alpine and Pioneer all make models that support these features. If you want me to check a model number let me know.
I have the pioneer NEX 4100 would I be able to keep my heated seats and all of the climate controls?

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The maestro system is like none i have ever used before. I have tried the PAC module and the Axxess ones. None have the features that this unit has. When the guy at the store was programming it, he asked me a good 50 questions about my car and what options it has, and what I will be adding in the future. So it seems you can retain ALL factory settings and adjustments and more with this module, however your deck being able to control them all is another story.
 

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The maestro system is like none i have ever used before. I have tried the PAC module and the Axxess ones. None have the features that this unit has. When the guy at the store was programming it, he asked me a good 50 questions about my car and what options it has, and what I will be adding in the future. So it seems you can retain ALL factory settings and adjustments and more with this module, however your deck being able to control them all is another story.
What store did get yours from?

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