Kenwood install in 08 Silverado

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by Timberwolf, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. Timberwolf

    Timberwolf New Member

    I got my Kenwood DNX5120 in-dash nav system installed in my 08 Silverado. I don't have the Bose system in it. I got a Scosche GM21SR wiring harness adapter off of E-Bay for $37 and it was a fairly easy install. All the wires matched up color for color to the Kenwood harness. I removed the stock stereo and plugged in the Kenwood with the GM21SR attached and everything seems to work just fine. I talked to OnStar to make sure that still worked and all the warning chimes seem to be operating. Only thing I don't have now is the steering wheel controls, but that's minor since I haven't had those in most of my previous cars anyway. And my XM, but I have a lifetime subscription to Sirius... so rather have that hooked up anyway.

    So, just thought I'd share that it's not anything to really be afraid of doing, even if you want to keep your OnStar. There was even plenty of room inside the dash for the "box" that the interface has.

  2. rmnhmr

    rmnhmr New Member

    hey wolf. im thinking about installing the Excelon DNX8120 in my 08. i am concerned about how the unit and the colors will look on the dash. if they'll blend in or not. the chrome trim all over the dash is really classy. so i dont want to kill the look. do you have a pic of your install?
  3. adidasboy918

    adidasboy918 Epic Member 5+ Years 500 Posts

    Just to let you know XM and Sirius are one in the same company now.
  4. zach45

    zach45 Epic Member 5+ Years 100 Posts

    how did u run the wire for the gps?
    im going to do an indash kenwood one of these days
  5. Timberwolf

    Timberwolf New Member

    I'll try to get some picts up soon. On the DNX5120, you can change the illumination color but I left mine as blue since it is one of the easier colors to read on screen. The install does look fairly factory tho... the dashkit I got from Circuit City (Metra brand) is very close in texture and color to my stock dash.

    For the GPS wire, I couldn't find any metal braces under the dash to attach it to (like when I had the system in my Mustang). So, I used some 3M double sided emblem tape that I had and attached the antenna to a convenient flat spot behind where the radio mounts and it seems to work fine.

    As far as Sirius and XM, they merged back in July I think. However, I haven't seen anything yet where they have done anything as far as changing the channel lineups of the two "companies." If they ever do tho, then I will still have my lifetime subscription. :great:

  6. sweetjones04

    sweetjones04 Member

    Do you have any pictures?
  7. identityPRS

    identityPRS Rockstar 100 Posts

    just to let you know, you can get the steering wheel control interface to make your steering wheel controls work. they sell them at bestbuy for like $100 and they charge about $60 to install them. there pretty easy to wire up, however, programing them is a BI@#%$@!!! a little expensive, but just wanted to let y ou know that that option was out there.
  8. MWright936

    MWright936 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    You can also check for a steering wheel control interface. They're $75 there. I'll be getting one once I upgrade my system.

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