The previous owner of my car had wired in the ACC for the radio to work only when the dash lights were on. In other words I'd have to have my parking lights, head lights, or my fog lights on to make the radio switch on. Annoying to say the least.
I didn't want to spend the money of installing a module to just make the radio work like a stock one. So, I decided to put in a manual ACC switch to the radio. I wanted to put the switch somewhere where it was out of sight, but was easy to get to...
I have an SE model, with no HUD, so I have this cup to the left of the steering wheel, where the HUD controls normally would be. I popped the cup out and found plenty of room behind it. So I decided to put a switch there...
So I got out the dremel and got to work cutting out the hole for the switch (I went with a red illuminated one to make it look nice at night, and to blend in with the dash lights):
Here'* the wiring harness getting ready (soldered up all connections):
I ran the wires underneath the steering wheel and zip tied them in appropriate places. I also added some inline male and female blade connectors. This way I could take out the radio'* wiring harness without pulling the switch'* wires out with it. I don't have any pics of this part, because I wanted to get done as it was 90*+ outside.
Anyways, here'* the finished product (night shots with and without flash):
Here'* a video I made with my camera too (you can see my old school DEH-P8000R in action too
I did have one casualty along the way
Plus, when I went to replace the fuse I found some interesting stuff under my rear seat. None of which was from me. My car was originally a rental car in Florida, so this junk was probably there from those days... Was pretty funny finding it all (not shown are some ancient french fries that were also found
Alright that'* it. Looks pretty good at night, the light diffuses in the cup pretty good, and makes a nice red glow. Nice cheap install, and works good too. Just thought I'd share. Let me know what you guys think.