Before starting, I would like to highlight certain vehicle features and therefore its audio system. The purpose of the installation is to replace the radio Sportage 2014, with the Infinity audio system by an Android 2DIN and only the headunit. The original Navigator KIA is a LG. It communicates with the amplifier by the mean of CAN protocol and the sound is transmitted digitally in SPDIF standard. To my knowledge only one user of the forum-kia-sportage managed a similar installation, with a Connects2 interface and in a Sportage model before year 2014. His work has been a great basis for my installation.
Final components of my installation:
- 2DIN Android 4.4.2.
- Canbus case to lead the amplifier.
- Interface case analogue/digital SPDIF.
- Original case Aux/usb KIA for 2DIN.
- Double USB for the central console.
Converter 12/6V for the backup camera
- Adaptor Antenna ISO/DIN
- Connector for the backup camera
- Connector for the backup camera in the trunk door
- Backup camera
Connects2 interface Information
Sportage modele before 2014 need to use the interface Connects2 005.2 et after 2014 the Connects2 007.2 case. Even if the manufacturer does not clearly specify it on its website, the interface incorporates a analogue to digital converter. Answer received:
Speaking to the software engineer the 007.2 is the correct interface. You do not need any other SPIDF converters.
The interface will "translate" the data.
LG Navi Connectors
Back side of the LG
Choice of the 2DIN
I wanted a 2 DIN headunit Quad Core with a good FM reception. Android 4.4 or higher. The color of the plastic should be closer to my dashboard.
First, I looked for a conventional 2DIN headunit for Sportage. The color was unfortunately black or dark gray. Then I looked for universal 2DIN models with plastic bezel.
After my long readings on several forums, the Alpine and Audison Bezels would fit the best in my Sportage in light gray color.
Unfortunately, the Chinese universal 2DIN size are 176x102 mm and European Bezel 178x100mm. They are not matching without modifications
(Open the picture above in a new window to zoom in or click on the link below)
I found a 2DIN, at Shenzhen Infidini Technology, with a small plastic surface, that reduce the contrast with the car dashboard. I was a little afraid of the 9 " screen size, but you get used quickly.
I ordered the headunit with specific connectors for my Sportage and an additional harness with DIN connectors to use it with the Connects2 case, for backup solution purpose. I checked the connections before power the 2DIN and modified the wiring, according the pinout of my car (see above).
Be careful, because Kia does not use the same connection diagrams for Asia, America or Europe.
The 2DIN starts, but without any sound... Thanks to the after sales service of the online store, we find out where the issue came from: the SPDIF case was not powered. Once the PIN 22 is correctly connected to the power (remote antenna) all is working fine: Volume, Fader, Balance. The sound level is lower than with the LG Navi (Corrected by setting the equalizer of the system). The sound quality is amazing.
Original Backup camera connection
The voltage at contact 3 of the connector C, of the LG unit is only 6 to 6,7V. The camera can not be connected directly to 12V. A 12/6 Volts convertor is required. I do not know why, but almost all genuine OEM backup cameras, are working under 6-7 Volts (my former Qashqai, Toyota etc ...)
The Video RCA wires have to be connected to the contacts 13 (Video -) and 1 (Video +) of the Connector C. 6 to 7 Volts must be applied to the contact 3 and the 15 has to be grounded. The contact 3 of the B connector has to be connected to the cable "Back" of the 2DIN, to trigger the screen while the reverse is engaged.
The Female housing is the ref TE Connectivity 1376103-1 with contacts ref 1674742-1 or 1376109-1
To access the trunk connector, remove the plastic cover of the central brake light, first. Unscrew the single screws from both small lateral covers and remove them. Remove the 4 screws of the main trunk door cladding and pull it to remove it completely.
The harness to connect the camera didn't match with the camera color wires. It is a bit confusing.
This backup camera doesn't work with my HU. I try with 5; 6,3 and 6,7. Maybe the video format is not compatible? I tried 2 Chinese cameras with 5 to 12 Volts, they are working perfectly... The provisional converter power is not enough?
I need to retest with the final converter
I ended up to install a Chinese backup camera. It fit perfectly. I connect together the contact 3 of the Connector B to the terminal 3 of the connector C and both to the wire Back of the 2DIN. The contact 15 of the connector C, to the ground and the video RCA wires have to be connected to the contacts 13 (Video -) and 1 (Video +) also of the connector C
I've ordered this camera (CCD lens Sony), Which gave me good results with other vehicles.
it will replace the provisory cam with 4 LED installed for my tests. They have the same bracket and are with the same dimensions. The Sportage plastic holder has to be enlarged to 0,3 mm to allow the Chinese camera installation. The bracket is symmetric (not like the Sportage one) and need to be drilled to add 2 new holes for a perfect fastening on the plastic holder.
The connection in the trunk is done with the specific connector TE Connectivity 1-967584-3. The pinout is as per the schema above.
Connection in the trunk
The backup view is showing up as soon the back gear is engaged
Night and day view
Assembly in the vehicle
To remove the dash
Use bicycle plastic tire levers or plastic dismantle tools
The right cover is fasten by a screw and plastic clips. Remove the screw under the small plastic cover. Slide a plastic lever, under the cover, close to the vent (1). Once slightly opened, slide a second plastic tool (2) and a third lever and remove the plastic clips little by little. Pull gently the cover as soon you have enought place for your fingers.
Remove the screw of the left cover. Slide a plastic lever close to the Navi. Pull the cover little by little. The cable from the left buttons make impossible to remove completely the cover. Set the steering wheel to the lowest position and hang the cover on the speedometer.
To remove the LG Navi
Remove the 2 screws of the plastic bezel. Push gently the plastic clips from inside to outside. Pull the bezel to remove it completely. Remove the 4 screws and remove the LG Navi. Unplug the Airbag display and the Warning button.
Unplug the connectorsA, B, C, GPS, Antenna and the USB
Remove the Airbag display and the Warning button from the bezel to assemble them in the 2DIN.
To remove the central console (for the assembly of USB outlet)
Remove the gear lever boot: With a soft plastic knife, release tthe boot starting from the back side. Once the forst clips are released pull the boot.
Firmly pull the console from the interior area (photo above) upward to separate it from the under plastic holder.With the help of the plastic levers seperate the top console from its lower plastic part. Always with the plastic levers, separate it from the glove box of the central console.
Remove the Aux/USB case
Since the Usb Case is a new model with two connectors, I changed it for a model to allow using the USB adapter for Chinese Headunit.
OEM USB Case for Europe / OEM USB for Asia-US
Once the console is opened, remove the two screw and replace the Aux/Usb case.
Installation of the rear seat USB
This dual USB is connected directely on the 12V power and can be used to charge cell phone (1A and 2.1A). No connection with the 2DIN.
Installation of the USB in central console glove box.
It's also a dual USB plug, that can charge any 5V devices. Since this USB port communicates with the headunit, it can be used with a hard disk for videos and music. Unfortunately my radio only has 2 USB (One is already pluged to the Aux/USB case). I will plug the second outlet to a 12 / 5V adapter, later on.
Installation of the Microphone
Remove the cover of the original microphone. If you have a sunroof , open it and push the microphone from the outside of the vehicle (to avoid scraching the plastic cover). Otherwise remove the cover inserting a soft plastic blade in the 3 notches.
Put aside the original microphone (without removing it). Install the microphone that comes with the 2DIN in that place. Run the cable behind the plastic part of the windscreen frame. To remove the plastic cover, first remove the single screw under the small airbag cover and pull the plastic cover to remove all the plastic clips. The cable run from the frame to the daskboard, behind the speedometer. It is easier to run the cable with the help of a rigid electrical cable.
Installation of the GPS
I choose to place the GPS above the counter. I screwed a small metal plate on the plastic to hold the GPS (GPS is magnetic). I put a small plastic strap to insure the assembly. GPS reception is great there.
Installation of the Headunit
The mounting studs of the belts and airbags display are too high. We must cut them from 4 to 5 mm
Screw the display on the 2DIN
Since the slot and the display are almost the same size, I glued a foam to avoid seeing any light at the edges
Screw the Warning button on the 2DIN.
- The A, B Connectors
- The Microphone
- The USB cable
- The Audio RCA input
- The connector C for the camera
- The GPS
- The antenna with its adaptor
I mainly use Sygic (Lifetime License). The navigation is smooth and accurate. While driving in a long tunnel the Navi lose the satellites reception, it was predictable. Sygic or iGo need to be foreground application to work properly. Waze seems to be more permissive on that point.
Although the FM reception seems quite sensitive (I'm receiving a lot of radio stations), I'm facing a big issue with a non working sound.
Maybe a bad chip radio control... I'm waiting for a solution from the vendor.
The album covers are displayed. Titles are clear, but some special characters are not correctly represented.
No search function and no music list available. The equalizer is doing the job and the random setting works perfectly and is stored correctly (Better than the LG OEM Navi).
Very good alternative software to listen our favorite music. The steering wheel controls works without third-party software. The missing album covers are download from Internet (2.0.10-build-588). Music list are easy to create. Preamplifier Setting available. Quick search for music and special characters are supported. Excellent equalizer
By choosing on "Intelligent" option, the sound is swapping between native and third apps.
Speed-Compensated volume Control
I guess it's a setting of the sound according to the vehicle speed. Unfortunately it does not work. The application RK3066 Headunit neither.
This should work, but without external amplifier. RK3066 Headunit adjust dynamically the volume (seen with toast messages), but acting only on the internal amplifier 2DIN, i'm not using.
The Bluetooth works correctly, the sound is loud, clear, for me and people I call. The phonebook synchronizes quickly and the phone numbers are easy to find
Start by pressing start. Press a button and push a command on the steering wheel. Repeat the operation for all the commands you need.
End by pressing Finish
Specific Setting for this 2DIN
The code is 123456. Some settings affect the good functioning of the 2DIN. Change this setting only if it is really necessary. Never change the resolution
In case of messing with wrong parameters, the vehicle model to get back (for Sportage) is the IX45
Fantastic product to replace the LG unit, although some points are to be fixed by yourself. The screen is large, with its pros (easy to use while driving) and cons (Expose to possible impacts). The sound is impressive and the electronic is allowing to keep the OEM Infinity amplifier. All Android applications tested are running smoothly. The handsfree function, is working great and the application allows a quick search in the phone book (much better than with the LG). Wifi is connecting to my iPhone hotspot, as soon as it's available.
The radio FM sound issue, should be corrected shortly. So far, the after sale service of Shenzhen Infidini Technology has been very professional.