2011 F-250 With Sync

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dman007
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2011 F-250 With Sync

Post by dman007 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:09 am

Installed Kenwood DDX9904S, right now Maestro is flashed to retain Sync Bluetooth and Sync Media Player. I am also using PAC USB-GM1 to retain factory USB port. Problem is that "voice" button on steering wheel is activating sync bluetooth command prompt. If I were to not retain Sync Bluetooth during Maestro flash, would the "voice" button now activate Kenwood voice command prompt? And also will I lose factory USB port functionality. I basically no longer need Sync Bluetooth since the Kenwood has all those features. But I still want to be able to use factory USB port and"voice" button to initiate action.
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Re: 2011 F-250 With Sync

Post by billr » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:46 am

HI Dan,
If you remove Sync from the flash the Voice button will now become the Google/Siri prompt. You will however lose the OEM USB, it will be just for charging now since that port goes directly to the Sync module. As a 2012 F150 owner that has Sync I highly recommend using the radio for all your BT needs.
What I ended up doing was I removed my cig lighter and replaced it with a round usb/HDMI insert so I didn't have an USB cable hanging from below the dash. I ran it to my Kenwood radio and it works great. Just a thought....
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Re: 2011 F-250 With Sync

Post by dman007 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:30 pm

Bill,
Customer has no intention of ever using Sync Bluetooth. So no issues there, but losing that factory USB hurts. Since I do not have the truck in front of me, I was messing around with the weblink demo. I flashed the unit to only retain Sync Media Player and not Sync Bluetooth. That gave me the option to reprogram a Press and Hold of the "voice" button. So I could get the "Siri Prompt" with a press and hold. Then a single press of "voice" would activate Sync Media Player Voice Prompt. I wonder if the factory USB is retained in this configuration, which will allow for a full Android Auto/Siri connection and not just a charging port.

You wouldn't happen to have a link to that round USB insert do you? It seems like you did all the work for me, so I just have to ask. Especially since its a fit into the cig outlet.

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Re: 2011 F-250 With Sync

Post by JustinFerroni » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:45 am

Dan-
The factory USB is apart of the sync system and will not do CarPlay and has negative 0% chance of doing AndroidAuto. I have don quite a few of these trucks over the years and can tell you a little trick i have learned. if you remove the factory USB from the plastic housing it will leave you with just the rectangular opening for the USB. take your new USB cable that came with the radio (may require a little shaving of the plastic) and pressure fit it in the housing. Then grab some epoxy and tack it in. this gives the appearence of the factory USB but gives you all the functionality of the new radio.
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Re: 2011 F-250 With Sync

Post by dman007 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:09 pm

Well after going over the initial installation in my mind. And then reading the replies here. It finally clicked in my brain. Since I used the Pac USB-GM1 to retain the factory USB port. Nothing is plugged into the Sync module anyway. Factory USB port is plugged into back of the Kenwood. So flashing the Maestro with no Sync Bluetooth or Sync Media Player will allow me to have the "Voice" button programmed to Siri Prompt. And I will also retain the factory USB port because using the USB-GM1 will always retain it.

So for Bill and Justin, that USB-GM1 adapter cable will allow the use of the factory port! You will just unplug the micro usb from the Sync module which is located behind the glove box. Then plug the GM1 cable into the cable you just removed from the Sync module.
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