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Old 12-10-2004, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default My install of Sportster PNP in 2000 Acura 3.2 TL

Been meaning to post this for a while, here are pics of my install of the my Sportster PNP in my 2000 Acura 3.2 TL (with Navigation).

What I did:

I added the Blitzsafe Aux-In adapter to my stereo (by far the hardest part of the install was getting at the back of my stereo). This allows for an audio input that accessed by pressing my CD player button on my stereo - I can still play CD's too, it seems to fool the stereo into thinking there is a CD changer connected. This is the best sound quality available, modulators and tape deck adapters don't compare. The Acura has a nice Bose system, so I wanted the best sound quality.

The Blitzsafe inputs are run under the wood trim panel on the right side of my center console. The two wood trim panels pop off very easily, which makes running wires a breeze.

I plugged the power adapter into the power outlet in my center storage console. This is nice, since it allows the power to be out of sight without splicing any wires. I drilled a hole in the plastic bottom of the center console and ran the power out to the area under the wood trim on the left.

Likewise, I ran the antenna input and the audio out from the base under the wood trim on the left. The antenna wire is routed under the driver seat, under a plastic panel at the base of the rear door to under the back seat and into the trunk. The antenna wire isn't visible after entering the trunk.

The base dock is affixed with a good size piece of velcro to small blank spot on my dash to the left of the navigation screen. The wires feed into it from the top of the wood trim panel.

I'm pretty happy with this install, very clean look, no exposed wires at all. The dash doesn't have a lot of great mounting spaces for the PNP units, so I did the best I could there. It is within easy reach to operate, but it obscures the left most edge of my navigation system from normal view --- I can lean to the right to see it fully, which is fine by me.

Anyway, here are the pics, let me know what you think.




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Old 12-10-2004, 11:40 PM   #2
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Nice Install! I'm getting ready to install a PNP3 in my 2003 TL and have been looking for ideas. A few questions:

1. Did you have to take the radio out to connect the blitzsafe? I found instructions online on how to take it out, but it involves removing the whole center console, gear shift, etc. Was hoping there was a way to access the back of the radio without that much work. Maybe from the side with the wood panel off?

2. I have the 6 disk in dash changer, do you think mine will work differently than yours? Would I still be able to use my CD changer if I use the blitz to hardwire to that plug? Like you, I want to take full advantage of the Bose system.

3. Could you send more details on running the antenna wire?

4. How is the velcro holding up? I have been slowly realizing there is no good place to put a mount.

Congrats on a great job and any lessons learned would be appreciated.

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Old 12-10-2004, 11:45 PM   #3
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Excellent choice of music! Fire!!!!!!!!! Nice install by the way.
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Old 12-11-2004, 07:57 AM   #4
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Nice Install! I'm getting ready to install a PNP3 in my 2003 TL and have been looking for ideas. A few questions:

1. Did you have to take the radio out to connect the blitzsafe? I found instructions online on how to take it out, but it involves removing the whole center console, gear shift, etc. Was hoping there was a way to access the back of the radio without that much work. Maybe from the side with the wood panel off?

2. I have the 6 disk in dash changer, do you think mine will work differently than yours? Would I still be able to use my CD changer if I use the blitz to hardwire to that plug? Like you, I want to take full advantage of the Bose system.

3. Could you send more details on running the antenna wire?

4. How is the velcro holding up? I have been slowly realizing there is no good place to put a mount.

Congrats on a great job and any lessons learned would be appreciated.

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1. Yes, I did have to remove the radio to install the blitzsafe. I didn't want to, I had hoped to reach it from the side or even from under but couldn't. Getting to the back of the radio wasn't difficult, just time consuming and it can look bad if someone (i.e. wife) sees it mid-job.

2. I'm not certain - check with the blitzsafe people, it might be different, since I suspect you are already using the connector for your changer. The blitzsafe I have doesn't have a pass-through.

3. Will take some pics, but this was very easy - basically just have to "tuck it under" a lot of things. Running into the truck was easy and while it doesn't look like it, you can easily run a wire from the trunk to under the back seat.

4. Honestly, velcro is working out great. I don't remove the car dock, so it isn't degrading at all. I cut a custom piece of velcro to fit the dash area as large as possible to get a solid mount. I had looked at various cell phone mounts and things like than and velcro or double sided tape seems like the best way to go to me.

Good luck.
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Old 12-15-2004, 09:05 AM   #5
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I have a 2003 TL Type S and I installed the Bliztsafe adapter after having lots of static with the FM modulation.

1. I was able to reach in behind after pulling the radio part way out to install in the adapter. It was a pain to even get the radio part way out.

2. The Bliztsafe adapter will work with the 6-disc in dash changer because there is an option to install an external changer with the radio. All you have to do is hit the CD button twice and it will go to the adapter.

3. I installed my antenna on the trunk and ran the wire behind the backseat and up the middle console and up to the receiver.

4. I used the Pro-Fit VSM mount to mount the receiver to the right of the radio.
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Old 12-16-2004, 12:07 AM   #6
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Duggan,
thanks for the great news. I never would have known that. How did you discover the 2nd Changer option?

1. Did you have to pull of the center console and gear shift to get behind the radio to reach around?

2. Where does the Blitzsafe attach? Is there a second connector for the additional changer or does it go inline with the existing changer?

3. How do you like the Pro-Fit VSM? Which receiver do you have? Does it block any buttons.

Thanks for the post. You are awesome. Would like to see some pics if you have any. I love my TL. My wife gets so jealous. My first car was a 1994 Intergra. I think I may keep buying Acura's for the rest of my life.
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Old 12-16-2004, 07:50 AM   #7
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I might have read about the second changer option on Blitzsafes website.

1. Yes, I had to pull everything from the center console up to the radio to be able to pull the radio out enough to get behind it. I had to get to it from the passenger side center panel cover. It was a little frustrating because everything is installed on top of each other. Take your time and allocate a couple of hours to do this.

2. There is a square connector that the Bliztsafe plugs into that would normally take the second changer input. I don't think there is a passthrough option yet. I couldn't find any other cable for 2002+ TLs other than Bliztsafe. The cool thing about the Blitzsafe is that it provides RCA inputs so it opens up a lot of options for other devices.

3. I like the Pro-Fit although I wish it were a little sturdier. It puts my JVC PNP to the right of the radio in a good place to reach and read. It doesn't cover any buttons. The only thing is it sticks into the passengers leg room and might get bumped a little by a tall person when getting into the car.

I'll post some pics when I get a chance. I thought about getting the newer TL since it has the Bluetooth cell phone input but that car now comes with XM installed and I wasn't impressed with the channels when I drove it as a loaner.
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Old 12-19-2004, 01:29 AM   #8
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Default Blitzsafe Part

Dugan,
do you have the Blitzsafe part number you used? I think I found the right one, would just like to be sure before ordering and pulling the center console out.

Thanks for all the great info. I had given up on a hardwired install until I saw your post. Thanks again.
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:02 AM   #9
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Sorry, I've been away for a few weeks.

The Blitzsafe part number is HON/AUX DMX V.1. Make sure it is NOT the HON/ALP!
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:03 PM   #10
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