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Ford Remote Control Conversion for Pioneer Head Unit – Stage 1 Dissection

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A while back, I decided I’d had enough of my factory fitted Ford stereo… no aux input, only a single CD (changing discs at motorway speeds is not a good idea) and an analogue radio. I’d had enough of my earbuds falling out when I was listening to my iPod in lieu of a decent stereo and I was sick and tired of stuffing an ear piece in to get hands free for my phone. So I took the plunge and treated myself to a Pioneer DEH-X8500DAB. Bluetooth, digital and analogue radio, CD (with MP3 capabilities), two USB ports, SD card slot and proper iPod integration. Only one problem… no easy direct remote integration with the steering column stalk. Well… not yet anyway. Turns out Pioneer use a resistive remote system… as do Ford (at least on the model I have in my Mondeo). Now there are boxes that can sit between them and do the conversion, but these are really quite costly. So, this is going to be the start of a little series of articles about converting a standard Ford stalk to control my Pioneer head unit. This is stage 1, removing and opening the Ford remote. (more…)

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