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Old 01-02-2013, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Help please

I've got an 05 C w/ the REC radio. Eventually I'd like to add the VES, back up cam and some other things with the ability to view them on the oem moniter. The CD player is currently not working. When I insert a disk it spits it out and says "Disk Error". My question is, before I send it off to be repaired, is this the best radio to use for future upgrades or should I put the money towards a different one? Keep in mind I want to stay OEM. Thanks for any and all feedback.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I recently was looking at a similar decision. I ended up gutting EVERYTHING and going aftermarket because it was simply easier to incorporate the "extras" with an aftermarket unit. And actually probably cost less too.

If you are committed to staying stock, I certainly would recommend at least upgrading to a mygig unit. You can pull off what you want to do with your REC, but if it's already having disc problems then I would say to move on to a better unit. My '06 REC got the infamous broken nav joystick and then the screen started blanking out on my right before I replaced everything. It would really suck if you built your system around a REC that ended up having issues... especially if it is already showing problems.
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The 05 to mid 06 REC is a dog to modify for what you want. You have to send it out to have a video input soldered to the main board. The later REC's have the input already installed but not active. Either way you need a "Lockpick" harness to get the video input to work. The MyGig recommendation is the way to go if you want to stay OEM.
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I agree. With all that you have planned, I'd go with the MyGig upgrade.
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Thanks guys. Is there different models of the MYGIG radio? What are the corresponding letters for the most compatible radio for my needs? RER?
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You will be better with myGIG or an aftermarket unit The REC (REJ) is an old unit and difficult to build on compared to other units out there. Here is a demo of mine:


Check this great thread for aftermarket head unit build based on a Clarion unit

My audio/video build progress thread...
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Yes it's a RER and there is a specific type of MyGig to get. It has to do with the bus speed compatibility (high or low speed) and only specific years had it. If I remember correctly it's a low speed bus and I can't remember offhand the years. I'm sure someone else can give you better information.
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