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Old 04-29-2018, 06:24 PM
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Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

My 02 Accord LX came with a AM/FM/CD Head Unit from the factory but did not come with the Steering Wheel Audio Controls. I recently upgraded to a Alpine UTE-62BT Digital Media Receiver and also upgraded the speakers. The Alpine owners manual states the unit is compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required). Would the wiring be in place in my LX's steering column to easily add the factory Steering Wheel Audio Controls or would it be a more complicated task? Also, what functions would the factory controls allow - volume up/down, radio tuning, etc.?

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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

Any update so far? I'm curious about this kind of upgrade.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:31 AM
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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

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Any update so far? I'm curious about this kind of upgrade.
I was told the only function I would get would be Volume Up/Down. That limited functionality combined with the cost of the required 3rd-Party adapter circuit makes it a waste of time/$ in my opinion.
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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

Originally Posted by NorcalLX View Post
My 02 Accord LX came with a AM/FM/CD Head Unit from the factory but did not come with the Steering Wheel Audio Controls. I recently upgraded to a Alpine UTE-62BT Digital Media Receiver and also upgraded the speakers. The Alpine owners manual states the unit is compatible with most factory steering wheel audio controls (adapter required). Would the wiring be in place in my LX's steering column to easily add the factory Steering Wheel Audio Controls or would it be a more complicated task? Also, what functions would the factory controls allow - volume up/down, radio tuning, etc.?
AM/FM/CD on OEM LX HU? I doubt that, because the OEM HU for the LX has AM/FM/Tape, but CD was an optional install during that era. Best bet is to install an aftermarket HU or an aftermarket steering wheel that supports audio.
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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

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AM/FM/CD on OEM LX HU? I doubt that, because the OEM HU for the LX has AM/FM/Tape, but CD was an optional install during that era. Best bet is to install an aftermarket HU or an aftermarket steering wheel that supports audio.
I bought the car from the original owner and a Honda AM/FM/CD was in it. Not going to pursue steering wheel controls due to excessive cost.
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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

Originally Posted by NorcalLX View Post
I bought the car from the original owner and a Honda AM/FM/CD was in it. Not going to pursue steering wheel controls due to excessive cost.
May I see your HU and steering wheel? It will help me understand better which HU you have.

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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

This is not my photo but my wheel looks exactly like this one from an 02 Accord SE. The second photo is also not mine but is the same as the AM/FM/CD that came with my car when I purchased it from the original owner. There was no Cassette unit below, just the stock storage bin with the flip-down door as pictured.



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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

That radio definitely does not belong to an LX trim at all. The EX and above had the CD player in the top.

The LX has the tape in the top... I still have my original HU laying around somewhere... I'll post a pic of it soon, once I find it.
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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

Well, I guess the original owner bought it and put it in. It's a moot point as I've upgraded to the Alpine and am going to live without wheel controls due to the expense of adding them.
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Re: Adding Steering Wheel Audio Controls

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Well, I guess the original owner bought it and put it in. It's a moot point as I've upgraded to the Alpine and am going to live without wheel controls due to the expense of adding them.
Alpine should give a remote control for the HU. Thats what JVC did for my HU.

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