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2008 Accord Sedan Electronics Installation

guitar4himguitar4him Posts: 19
edited April 1 in Honda
Since I got my 2008 Accord Sedan, I've installed several electronic goodies. In the past, I've seen posts to the forum inquiring about installation ideas. Perhaps these pictures will help if anyone is wanting some installation ideas. So far, I've installed:

- Digital Indoor-Outdoor Thermometer
- Garmin Streetpilot 2610 GPS
- MyFi XM Satellite Radio
- Scangauge II

One of my goals in the installation was to avoid drilling any holes, if possible, in any part of the car. The wires going into the armrest console, which you can see in one of the pictures, could have been hidden inside the center console. However, it would have been necessary to drilll a hole in the bottom of the console. As it is, I can remove all the devices and there is no trace that they were ever there.

The thermometer is a Bell Slim Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer, available from AutoZone for $9.99. It mounts with double-stick tape perfectly under the left air conditioning duct. The wire for the sensor routes easily behind some panels under the dash and goes through a hole in the firewall that Honda provides for such things. To access the hole, you have to remove a rubber plug. I routed the wire around on the driver's side of the engine compartment and mounted the sensor as shown in the second picture. The sensor mounts with double-stick tape.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/The- rmometer-1.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/The- rmometer-2.jpg

The Garmin GPS and the MyFi XM Satellite Radio both have "cigarette-lighter" plugs for their power. To provide power, I fashioned a single cable that plugs into the power adapter socket in the center armrest console compartment. I then routed (hidden) a wire under the edge of the center console up to the area below and behind the radio console. There, I connected the wire to a Y-adatper from Radio Shack that allowed me to plug both power adapters into. The mount for the MyFi is an Arkon 15" Flexible Gooseneck Steel Mounting Pedestal. It can be purchased online from the XM Fan Store. The bottom of the Arkon bracket attaches to the front, left bolt that mounts the passenger seat to the floor. Adapters are available for many different satellite radio models, as well as, IPOD's and MP3 players. A line runs from the MyFi, underneath the edge of the center console and back to the AUX input in the center armrest console compartment. I tried several mounting schemes for the XM Satellite antenna, but finally ended up placing it at the rear of the hood. It's a magnetic-mount and I know that eventually, it will haze my clearcoat where it mounts, but, I bought the car to drive and will probably keep it until the wheels fall off, so I'm not all that concerned. Reception is great with that mounting location and I almost never experience a dropout. Here's some pictures of the GPS and satellite radio installation...

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/Acc- ord_Electronics-1.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/Acc- ord_Electronics-2.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/Acc- ord_Electronics-3.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/Acc- ord_Electronics-4.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/Acc- ord_Electronics-5.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/Acc- ord_Electronics-6.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/Acc- ord_Electronics-7.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/Acc- ord_Electronics-8.jpg

The final item is the ScanGauge II. I used the supplied Velcro to mount it on the dash ledge in front of the display. It doesn't block any of the display from my viewing angle. The cable is routed under the dash over to the OBD port. Here's a picture of that connection...

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f5/Guitar4Him_Photos/2008%20Honda%20Accord/OBD- Connection.jpg

All-in-all, I very pleased with the installation. No holes were drilled and everything is located where it is accessible and viewable.

Ken

Comments

  • budhbudh Posts: 109
    Great pictures on how to install some things that Honda should have installed already!

    A separate question.....

    Can information such as the outside temperature be displayed on the Scangauge? And if so, is it possible that a lower level (base) version of a car might have an outside temperature sensor but not be able to display it (because it IS able to be displayed on a higher version of a particular model) but that perhaps it could be displayed on the Scangauge?

    If the outside temperature is a bad example, is there something else that might be displayed on the Scangauge if you have a base model of a car that you otherwise couldn't see displayed on a base model?

    Bud H
  • *&%#$ Photobucket - the pics are gone already!!! :mad: I'm particularly interested in the Scangauge installation.
  • The pics are still there. Try clearing your browser cache and see if you can access them.

    Ken
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