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Post by AnilS » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:15 pm

I'm looking for an answer to adding USB stick capabilities and dab but keeping the sat nav and std stereo.
I have the 10 HiFi Speaker system.

I still have a fantastic Pure DAB (single DIN) stereo from a previous car, and I could swap out the original unit but I'll lose the Sat Nav and computer features in the pop up display. I'm not sure if it would cause issues with the inboard amp either.

Appreciate any responses.

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Post by Sidewaze Samm » Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:18 pm

I have recently fitted a Pure Highway Drive Digital/300Di. It's hard-wired in, not powered from the socket, and gives a choice of three ways to connect to the head unit; FM transmitter, aux socket or via antenna input. I chose the aux socket method, as the unit provides it's own aux input capability along with USB. So I have the original head unit (standard Business CD) but with DAB radio and both USB and aux input capabilities. The only thing I don't have is bluetooth, which doesn't bother me.
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Post by AnilS » Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:33 pm

Thank you Sir.
I have BT in the car with the current setup so this looks ideal.
I'll check it out.

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Post by AnilS » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:43 pm

Looked at this option but worried about the external mounted aerial, as seen on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSBNY49Fg5k

However, this kit seems to have an internal stick on (inside the the windscreen) which I prefer. Think I will go with this Sidewazz Samm :)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pure-Highway ... 1438.l2649

Was it difficult to hard wire in and did you have to drill into the dash?

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Post by Tommo61 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:47 am

do you have any pictures of the antenna/usb/aux positioning and cabling, and did you use the magnetic grounding tail? I've got one (Highway 400) in a box ready to install as they were going cheap on amazon and I've been impressed using one in another car.

I was planning on putting the remote right there too! :)
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Post by Sidewaze Samm » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:08 pm

Tommo61 wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:47 am
do you have any pictures of the antenna/usb/aux positioning and cabling, and did you use the magnetic grounding tail? I've got one (Highway 400) in a box ready to install as they were going cheap on amazon and I've been impressed using one in another car.

I was planning on putting the remote right there too! :)
The model I installed was the 300di, as in the ebay link in the post above from AnilS. So there may be differences I'm unaware of, but my antenna looks like this...
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The mistake I made was mounting it too high up the screen and onto the black strip - it needs to be about 10mm lower and off the black. The 'base' of the antenna (black box bit) stopped the windscreen headrail trim being replaced so I had to cut out a small section of the trim. Impossible to see, but annoying that I made the mistake :headbang:
I was going to place the USB in or near the removable panel below the heater controls, by the aux socket, and even bought the right type of lead/surface mount socket - but in the end I just used the supplied lead and left it hanging in the glove box (easier to fit, and a 16GB memory stick lasts a loonnng time).
I've no pictures of the cabling, and it's all out of sight now :thumbsup: The brainbox bit is mounted vertically on its side between the glovebox and stereo headunit; antenna cable runs behind the glovebox, up behind the A-pillar trim, and behind a bit of the headrail trim (which has to come off to get the A-pillar trim off anyway); the cable to the controller runs over the top of the steering column (behind the leather flappy bit) and comes out through the aperture where the light switch/LCM is. I used the aux option for attaching the Pure unit to the stereo - simply removed the existing aux socket from the dash and plugged into it, then used the supplied aux-in cable to fit in the dash.
For mounting the controller I didn't want to drill the dash and neither did I want to use the sticky pad option. So I obtained a spare piece of aluminium dash trim (so to return car to stock in future maybe) and cut a section out of it at the top for the cable to pass through; using tin snips and a section of chromed steel sheet (cos we've all got some of that at the back of the garage :D - actually mine came off one of those stupid toilet roll stands) I crudely fabricated a bracket and stuck it to the trim with epoxy, as shown here...
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There was no magnetic grounding tail with mine - where would it go on a roadster?? - but a sticky strip.

EDIT: just found a photo I took of the brainbox in situ, before being wired up. Taken from where the glovebox would be, the photo was handy to look at when trying to identify which socket is which once all the cables were in the way.
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Post by Sidewaze Samm » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:20 pm

AnilS wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:43 pm
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pure-Highway ... 1438.l2649

Was it difficult to hard wire in and did you have to drill into the dash?
I think I've covered this in the last post above :thumbsup:
The one thing I will say is that the user instructions refer to this as being for professional installation (don't understand why) and don't give installation instructions. For those instructions you need to go here https://support-uk.pure.com/en/downloads/manual-13
You'll also need the correct harness adapter to connect to the stereo, so I'd suggest you give Dynamic Sounds a call and tell them what you've got and they'll sort you out for a few quid.

All in, to fit the same as I have you will need to remove: glovebox; sun visors and headrail trim; A-pillar trim; side vent; central vents and stereo; LCM dash trim; and, dash panel above ash tray. Depends on how you want to mount the controller, but I did not have to do any drilling into anything - or splicing or soldering - other, of course, than the cutting of the dash trim around the lightswitch, as described in previous post.

The only downside of my installation is that I think I may not have full functionality, in respect of how long the tuner stays on. The advert/manual refers to it staying on for a period after the car is turned off, but is a bit vague about this. Mine doesn't, and it also spends 30 seconds retuning every time I get in the car - although it does remember the programmed favourite stations. I think it's possibly because I didn't connect some further power cables, but I couldn't be bothered figuring out where to splice in to, so just went with the plug and play functionality. Also as a weekend-only car, I didn't want anything with the potential to drain the battery. At the end of the day it works and I'm happy!
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Post by Tommo61 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:15 pm

Thanks.for these, very useful and nice job! :happyclap: The magnetic grounding strip in the Highway 400 is around 8" and normally tucks in the headlining and sticks to the roof, but as you say, how would this work in a convertible..? I'm hoping it can tuck back down the A pillar and ground to the body there.
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Post by AnilS » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:13 am

Thank you SS. :thumbsup:

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