I probably have as much soldering experience as anyone here short of a current technician. the reason I ask is that I would rather put a switch in, or an accessory set of switches then voiding a warranty. A simply plug and play, and a simple unplug and play if the unit stops working would be preferable in many situations.KPierson wrote:The reason you have to solder to the board is to use the OEM "Enter" button to toggle the bypass. This allows for a more OEM operation and eliminates the need to install any extra switches in the interior.
It also allows the module to process the "OK" screen each time the car starts up.
If you were able to find the connector it would probably double the total cost of the module + installation. Soldering on these boards is extremely easy for anyone who has ever used a soldering iron before since the solder joints are right at the connector. On older Nissans it is necessary to solder to actual points on the circuit board - a much more difficult task.
The fact is you could do add on features with a smart system that sits between all the signals coming to the unit and the unit itself.
I am not downplaying what you have done in anyway, so don't get me wrong on that. I am just stating warranty wise there may be other ways of doing most of what you want to do and maybe even expand on some of it.
For example I believe it probably would be hard to impossible to add what you have done with the ok button. To me I am not concerned with it, I am more concerned with having an issue with the unit and then have to cleanly back up from the mods before taking it in under warranty. With my idea it would be a matter of unplugging the add on system and then take the car in.
Take the aux inputs. You could put in an add on that would allow selection of many aux inputs, and present a menu on the screen to allow this to take place. I don't smoke so right in front of the gear shift is a good place to start for location of the soft switches/controls. One of the aux inputs selected could be for performance information for example. For those that want to hide a radar unit display, well if you want to hide something do it in plain site. Radar starts up, pick aux and see what the issue is on the custom screen.
Now if you want to make integration more automatic then maybe you can fully tap into the keypad. Instead of hijacking just the ok button you hijack them all. Many however are available already when you think about it from the steering wheel.
As far as cost go, these connectors would most likely be very cheap if they are possibly a standard connector used in other applications.