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Old 07-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #1
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Questions About Adding Sub & Amp & PDIM to Non-BA System

We just purchased a 2011 2LS with the non-Boston Accoustic sound system and I had a few questions about adding a sub and amp and PDIM to it. I have thought about going the dash kit route, but figured I should be able to get decent results with the stock head unit. I have been searching and reading topics for the past 2 days and here is what I have come up with.

I plan on adding the PDIM harness to the system so we can use an iPod with it. I understand this is the part number I should buy: http://www.shopchevyparts.com/electr...-92252215.html. This is the most up to date part, correct? After I install the PDIM, all I need to do is go to a dealer and they will reprogram the radio to recognize the PDIM?

As for adding the amp and subs, I have a Rockford Fosgate 700 watt amp with 2 10" Alpine subs in a box from our previous vehicle that I want to use. From what I have read on here, the best option for my non-BA system is the PAC Audio AA-GM44 Harness: http://shop.doubledmods.com/Amplifie...ro-AA-GM44.htm. Is this correct? From what I have read, this harness plugs directly into the stock head unit with no splicing of wires. Then all I need to do is run the A/V cables from the harness to the amp, run a remote turn on from the cigarette lighter to the amp, and wire the amp to the battery, correct?

I did see this unit, AudioControl LC2i: http://www.audiocontrol.com/17612/64...l----LC2i.html. My question is, is this a better option for me than the PAC Audio AA-GM44 harness? It seems this unit is engineered to deliver better bass response from the stock system. Sure, I would have to splice into the rear speaker cables, but I'm not concerned about that. Thoughts?

One last question, will I have an issues with any functionality after I install either the PAC Audio harness or the Audio Control unit (I.E. Chimes, Bluetooth, PDIM, etc)?

Basically I am looking for the cleanest route to quality sound without having to add a dash kit and new head unit.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:42 PM   #2
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I plan on adding the PDIM harness to the system so we can use an iPod with it. I understand this is the part number I should buy: http://www.shopchevyparts.com/electr...-92252215.html. This is the most up to date part, correct? After I install the PDIM, all I need to do is go to a dealer and they will reprogram the radio to recognize the PDIM?
All true

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As for adding the amp and subs, I have a Rockford Fosgate 700 watt amp with 2 10" Alpine subs in a box from our previous vehicle that I want to use. From what I have read on here, the best option for my non-BA system is the PAC Audio AA-GM44 Harness: http://shop.doubledmods.com/Amplifie...ro-AA-GM44.htm. Is this correct? From what I have read, this harness plugs directly into the stock head unit with no splicing of wires. Then all I need to do is run the A/V cables from the harness to the amp, run a remote turn on from the cigarette lighter to the amp, and wire the amp to the battery, correct?
This is true as well, but not how I wound up using the product. The LOC that it comes with is pretty much garbage. Many amps do not even require or recommend an LOC. I used the AA-GM44 harness, to keep me from having to cut my stock wires, but I sent the high levels directly to my amp, then sent my amped signal back into the harness and into the doors. This kept me from having to cut the stock wiring or going through the huge pain of getting new speaker wire into the doors.

See this thread: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213330

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I did see this unit, AudioControl LC2i: http://www.audiocontrol.com/17612/64...l----LC2i.html. My question is, is this a better option for me than the PAC Audio AA-GM44 harness? It seems this unit is engineered to deliver better bass response from the stock system. Sure, I would have to splice into the rear speaker cables, but I'm not concerned about that. Thoughts?
This is going to be a better LOC than the sub-par LOC included with the PAC harness, but that doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't use a hybrid solution. If you want to use this LOC and keep from cutting your stock harness, you will need a harness like the PAC AA-GM44 harness. You could use the PAC harness and the L2Ci LOC, just splice the PAC harness into the LC2i.

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One last question, will I have an issues with any functionality after I install either the PAC Audio harness or the Audio Control unit (I.E. Chimes, Bluetooth, PDIM, etc)?
Depending on what you use as a remote amp signal solution, you may have issues with chimes. If you use the PAC harness and send the Camaro's OEM remote amp signal (which you have) to your new amp, you should be able to mitigate any chimes/turn signal issues.

Either way, once your amp is turned on, you will have full factory sounds.

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Basically I am looking for the cleanest route to quality sound without having to add a dash kit and new head unit.

Thanks in advance!
Once again, I encourage you to read my thread in its entirety. It was written as I learned, and therefore not completely consolidated into a single post, but all of the requisite info is in there.
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