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Replaced JVC Headunit with Clarion and new remotes

Julian

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So I ended up replacing my JVC headunit, which of course meant that I also had to replace my JVC remotes as well. This was my first attempt at cutting and shaping ABS plastic (I bought a 12"x12" sheet).

Removing and swapping the head unit was pretty easy....I put in a Clarion M502, and it was a straight slide into the existing hole. Just undo the fastener at the back of the JVC, unplug the two wiring harness (Main and remote) and slide out. Then remove the metal sleeve, replace with the Clarion sleeve, bend the tabs to hold the sleeve in place.

Then take the wiring harness off the JVC, and cut the wires and wire it to the Clarion harness (did this inside the house in the cool!). Then you just plug into the boat as is. Depending on your stereo set up, you may also need to connect wires for preset power, amp RCAs, remotes and remote amp turn on.

The hardest part of this install was reworking the dash to accomodate the Clarion Remote (MW1). Here is a shot of the dash hole I started with (JVC remote removed):

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The next step I took was to cut a piece of ABS down to cover the square hole in prep for the round remote. I didn't want to cover the key switch labels, but it needed to go fairly high and low to provide stability for the new remote. Here is the part I cut in place:

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Then I took a 3" hole saw and cut both the new part and the existing dash behind it in one move. I didn't get a photo of this because while it wasn't hard, the brand new VERY sharp hole saw was eating through the ABS really fast, and I was having to be very careful about it going too fast. I also made the mistake of not tightening down the new plate all the way.....so when I made it through the new plate, it hit the dash behind, bucked out of the hole and sawed my thumb!!! I grabbed paper towels (that were handy-fortunately) before bleeding all over the boat and took a break for patching my thumb. Here is my thumb now...

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So once I was done bleeding, I went out and CAREFULLY finished cutting the hole and put in the new remote and ran the cable under the floor where the boats existing cables are routed (zip tied to them), and plugged in.

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It is by no means perfect (and the is a little debris in the photo I didn't see when taking the photo), but I'm ok with the end result. I can see the key switch labels and the remote is SOLID. I do wish I had a router I could have beveled the edges of the plate with....but perhaps later....

I replaced the stern remote with no issues...much easier install and looks great!
 

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Clarion DID make a square remote that fits exactly in that hole, with no modifications! It would be worth searching old stock to find one, I put it on my boat. I'll see if I can find the model number.

ETA: I think it is the MW3. I will check for sure when I get to my boat in storage.
 
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Good to know, but I'm not sure it supported multiple remotes....I put one at the stern to. Does it have a display as well?
 

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Yes, I have a Clarion 302 head, the rectangular remote at the ignition and the round remote at the stern. Very simple installation after buying the Y adapter and cables from Clarion.
 

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Julian..... isn't that Clarion 502 the one with the single big knob and Bluetooth? If so, how do you like it. It's the single knob a pain. What kind of range do you have with the Bluetooth?
 

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Julian..... isn't that Clarion 502 the one with the single big knob and Bluetooth? If so, how do you like it. It's the single knob a pain. What kind of range do you have with the Bluetooth?
I wouldn't buy it again. The blutooth does work great, but the simple act of locating the fader with one button takes something like 5 steps (I'd copy and paste the steps in my own words here, but I'm not allowed to read them as punishment for starting up this site). I give permission to anyone who has an account over there to paste any of my content from there here.
 

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Thanks for the info....I heard the single knob was a pain. My factory unit is still working fine, but I may look to replace it soon and Im trying to decide what to go with. We were hoping to find one that had a good Bluetooth so we could possibly sit a few yards behind the boat on the beach and control the stereo.....that may be a lot to ask from any unit though.
 

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I went with the Fusion head unit. Very easy and intuitive user interface. AND rectangular remotes.
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If you have no need to mess with any of the "higher functions" the Clarion is fine. Another annoying thing I found with it thought is that the big button can get pressed easily in the glove compartment if someone for example, sticks their wallet in there....
 
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