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#1 of 16 After Market DVD screen installation
Jun 30, 2007 (1:06 pm)
2007 Pacifica TRG/FWD with both decks and no factor screen. The new after market screen has RCA inputs. I need to find the 12-way harness for the factor radio and ,if the make it, conversion kit to RCA. If not, a wiring diagram for the 12-way connect to slice into. Any ideas?
#2 of 16 Re: After Market DVD screen installation [dmahaffey]
Jul 27, 2007 (11:20 am)
Did you look on ebay where the sell the factory dvd systems with all wiring and diagrams for $250?
#3 of 16 I did this with our 2007 model - It can be done!
Aug 14, 2007 (10:18 pm)
I installed two Alpine 7" widescreen headrest monitors in my wife's Pacifica for the kids to watch. It is working well. Our model is a 2007 Signature Series FWD, that like yours, came with the 6 DVD in-dash changer but no outlet for the video.
I bought the dealer'$ book$ for the car, so I was able to track down the right wires using the Wiring Diagrams book. I'm not much of an electrician, so I spent an exorbitant amount of time testing wires and connections just to be entirely sure that I had the right signals.
Here's some hints about tapping into the system:
- The DVD player's wiring harness runs behind the right side windshield piller. If you take this cover off (pry out the round screw cover, take out one screw - easy), you will find a 12 pin connector (C204) that would connect to the harness of Chrysler's roof-mounted monitor solution, if it were present.
- I unmounted this harness and pulled it back down under the dash from whence it came. I then spent several hours testing connections and hooking up the monitors in a bench test fashion, to ensure I had discovered all the right signals. Here are the ones you care about:
Pin 3 - Video (GY/OR)
Pin 4 - Right Audio (GY/WT)
Pin 5 - Left Audio (GY/OR)
Pin 6 - Video Return (GY/DB)
Pin 10 - Audio Return/Common (DG/WT)
Once I had all these probed and tested, I chose to cut this connector off, and get at the wires directly. I shopped around hard for a cable assembly that would just plug in and give me the RCA outs I wanted, but they just don't exist. Anyway, once you cut off the connector and strip back the harness' wrapping, you'll find these signals pretty easily as they are grouped logically. The video signal is run in a small coax-type of wire (inside wire is signal, outer jacket is the return). The audio signals are routed through a stereo-type of wire with left & right grouped together and shielded as well with the return.
- Once I had isolated and stripped back these wires, I spliced them into a high quality audio/video cable with RCA jacks. Now I had what I needed to plug into the controller box for the monitors.
- The monitor kit I bought was the Alpine PKG-M780 for about $500 (shop around). I mounted the box up under the dash, above the glove box and below the air bag system. There's a pretty large cavity there and a sturdy bracket/brace running over the glove box. There's no straightforward way to attach to this bracket - so you'll have to wing it if you use it. It seemed hard for me to find a good place to mount the box, so I just did what I could in this area. Nonetheless, this is an ideal location for keeping the Audio/Video wires short and away from any sources of interference.
- I pulled out almost all of the center console plastics and housings. The books were useless for this task, since it seems like they've undergone some design changes since the books were written. It is fairly straight forward, though. Once these plastic covers are removed, you will find plenty of space to comfortably route the monitor wires from the box, along the console, and pop them out at each seat location.
- I was really nervous about running the wires up the seat, until I saw how the seats come apart. The plastic cover on the seat back just pops on and off. It has some really good sized hooks, and you kind of have to bow the hell out of it, but once you've pryed it off, you'll see the best way to reinstall it. So, once the seat backs were removed, it was supa-easy to run the wires up the back, avoiding any pinch points, and getting them to the head rest area. I only had to poke my wires through about 2 inches of foam at the top.
- I chose not to cut into the headrests for now - they seemed a little skinny for this 7" monitor. I could not get spare headrests from the dealer (they were on allocation), so I chose a cheap bracket solution from Pyle for now (Pyle PLTND Universal Mounting Bracket x2). I'll eventually install them nicely, but I think I may need to shop around for color matched headrests from a different model of car for a better fit with this monitor.
I guess that's about it, in a nutshell. Good luck!
#4 of 16 A few more things....
Aug 14, 2007 (10:41 pm)
You need to buy the Chrysler DVD Remote Control. I got one on eBay for about $25. We point this remote at the dash to turn on the 6-Disc DVD player and control the DVDs. The kids use it from the back seat pretty easily.
-------- Here's where I decided to spoil the kids --------
I put a PS2 console under the passenger seat and ran it's outputs back along the console to the monitor box. This monitor system has 3 inputs, so I just _had_ to do something...
So, at this point in time, we can run three independent tasks in the car's audio/video system simultaneously
- One or two persons can watch a DVD playing on the car's DVD changer from the back seat. We can choose between playing the audio over the car's speaker system or use the Wireless headphones that came with the monitor system.
- One or two persons can play on the PS2 from the backseat (which doubles as a second DVD player, if they can't agree on what to watch). I installed two Logitech wireless PS2 controllers and keep them in the center console. PS2 sound comes across the Wireless headphones.
- The driver & passenger can listen to a CD or the radio over the car's audio system while all this is happening, assuming the backseat riders are using the Wireless headphones.
Now, all this was less than $800, which may seem like a lot to some folks, but when I investigated "Professional" installations of headrest monitors alone, I was quoted $1200-$1600, and nobody was happy about trying to hook in to the Chrysler DVD Player - Most were pushing the purchase of a new head unit.
I would never consider installing the factory DVD monitor after seeing what is possible with the aftermarket solutions. In addition, prices keep coming down on this stuff and headrest monitors keep getting bigger & better.
#5 of 16 Re: A few more things.... [jamesutz]
Aug 15, 2007 (8:43 am)
Great information, if you haven't already we'd love to have you write a guide about this!
Go http://www.carspace.com/guides to submit it!
#6 of 16 I can not find harnesses...
Aug 21, 2007 (10:02 pm)
I got a new overhead monitor for my pacifica touring 2007 but I can not find harnesses to connect it to the dvd changer in-dash.
Also I searched the web to find template to cut the roof of the car, but also I did not find anything...
#7 of 16 Re: I did this with our 2007 model - It can be done! [jamesutz]
Aug 21, 2007 (10:12 pm)
In my new pacifica touring 2007 I take off the right side windshield piller and I did not find the DVD player's wiring harness (no 12 pin connector (C204)) !!!
Only 2 cables exist : 1 thin and the other is thick.
#8 of 16 Re: I did this with our 2007 model - It can be done! [pierremicha]
Aug 22, 2007 (9:41 pm)
Did your Pacifica come pre-equipped with the 6-disc DVD changer?
Just to be crystal clear, by "the right side pillar", I mean the one on the passenger side that is located between the windshield and the passenger side window.
#9 of 16 Re: I did this with our 2007 model - It can be done! [jamesutz]
Aug 23, 2007 (4:49 am)
- Yes, it comes pre-equipped with the 6-disc DVD changer...
- I re-checked the right side pillar and no harnesses or connectors found , only 2 cables: the thick one is for antenna...
Oct 21, 2007 (11:32 pm)
my car is come with 6 DISK DVD CHANGER, but not harness or connector found, I seardched Ebay, found the MR CD1. ask for $250 for just a cable .......
any idea? where we can found this harness