I’ve wanted the Becker satnav for the Freelander for ages. When one came along at the right price I decided to go for it. The install is quite involved as the main head unit to speakers loom has to be replaced. There is also an extra ECU for the steering wheel controls.
Parts required: –
|Becker Traffic Pro 4765||The nav unit itself.|
|HARNESS-LINK, BECKER, WITH AMPLIFIER, WITH CD AUTO CHANGER, REMOTE ICE, NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM
|I decided to go with the loom that has the Harman Kardon amplifier with it. I haven’t got the amplifier yet but I had a plan to get around that
This was purchased from LR Series
|INTERFACE UNIT-REMOTE CONTROL
|This is required as the Becker unit cannot read the steering wheel resistor ladder directly like the standard unit. The ECU reads the steering wheel controls and converts them to I-Bus messages which the Becker unit can understand.
I got mine off eBay for £10! It’s badged as a Rover unit but it still works.
AMPLIFIER AUDIO POWER, HARMON KARDON
|XQK100300 has been superseded by XQK100301. This unit is extremely expensive at around £400 from Britcar
I’m going to look for one of these at the shows this year so for now I’ve bridged out the amplifier connections. See below for more details.
|PICTURE TO BE ADDED LATER||BRACKET-AMPLIFIER MOUNTING
|Hoping that the amplifier will come with this bracket. However if it doesn’t, it can be bought from LR Series|
Unfortunately as I had no amplifier there wasn’t any sound coming out of the speakers. After much studying of RAVE I worked out that I could bridge out the amplifier connections to get the sound through.
This is just temporary until I can get the amplifier. Following this the sound came through ok. The sound is much better than the old C42. It seems fuller and more detailed. It should sound amazing when it does get an amplifier!
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Coming soon – Connecting a iPod in place of the CD player.
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