Axxess AX-ADBOX2 Interface Module
2012 Ford Focus
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Worked as expected
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Item # 120AXDBOX2 | MFR # AX-ADBOX2
You want to install a new car stereo, but you don't want to lose the useful features built into your factory radio. The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 interface module gives you the ability to connect your new radio to the existing wiring in your vehicle and keep your factory features working. When used with the required Axxess interface harness for your car (sold separately), this module automatically configures itself to work with your vehicle's data system. You'll keep the features you've become accustomed to, including OnStar®, Bluetooth®, safety warning chimes, Retained Accessory Power (RAP), and the SYNC® system.
This Axxess module works with amplified and non-amplified systems. The AX-ADBOX2 gives you a “plug and play” connection for the Axxess ASWC-1 steering wheel interface (sold separately). And if you're installing a new navigation receiver, the AX-ADBOX2 also includes the parking brake, reverse, mute, and Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) outputs you'll need.
Installation note: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 must be used with one of the following Axxess vehicle-specific interface harnesses: AX-ADCH01, AX-ADCH02, AX-ADFD01, AX-ADFD02, AX-ADGM01, AX-ADGM02, AX-ADGM03, AX-ADMZ01, AX-ADTY01, or AX-ADVW01.
Please enter your vehicle information or call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if the AX-ADBOX2 and its accompanying harness are compatible with your vehicle.
Note: Most vehicles will require additional installation parts please identify your vehicle if you haven’t done so. You can also call an Advisor for more information.
Average Customer Review(s):
Worked as expected
Does what it said it would do.
It does what it says it does period... If your not a professional installer use the help crutchfield provides
Pros: It works and easy to install
Cons: I feel like it should be $20.00
Well, it did seem to integrate my factory sounds like door chime and blinker, etc. This is very important and I'm glad those things work, but the door chime is VERY loud while the blinker can barely be heard. So, now I need to go tear things apart again and see what I can do to resolve these issues.
Pros: Integrates factory sounds into new sound system
Cons: Complicated wiring with challenging instructions. Bulky box too stuff behind the stereo during install. Loud door chime, quiet blinker.
The fact your website and product state I can connect to factory xm but couldn't! I am completely unhappy cause I had to get the xm tuner
Cons: You lie and say it can connect to factory xm radio and then it doesn'tCrutchfield response on January 20, 2015 We're sorry that the adapter didn't get the satellite radio working for you. According to the manufacturer, the AX-ADBOX2 should have worked with your vehicle to retain control of the factory satellite radio. The downside is that you'd have to use the steering wheel buttons to control the satellite radio and channel and song info will only show up on the factory Driver Info Display - not on your new stereo's display. That might've been part of the problem. We hope you've had a better experience with the external tuner we sent you - it'll let you control everything from the stereo.
Auto-Detect System Interface: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 interface module auto detects the vehicle it is in and automatically configures itself to work seamlessly with that vehicle. The AX-ADBOX2 interface supports 100's of vehicles including Chevy, Cadillac, GMC, Buick, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Toyota, Lexus, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Mazda, and Volkswagen. You will need an Axxess vehicle specific installation harnesses (sold separately) which connects between the interface module and your vehicle's factory radio plug.
Vehicle Compatibility Chart: Using an Axxess vehicle specific installation harness (sold separately), the AX-ADBOX2 auto-detect system interface supports the following vehicles (as of 7/30/2013).
|Town & Country||2008-up||AX-ADCH02|
|Explorer Sport Trac||2008-2011||AX-ADFD01|
Note: Please consult Crutchfield's Vehicle Selector to see if your vehicle is compatible.
Factory Amplified/Non-Amplified Compatible: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 interface module can be used in vehicles with or without factory amplifiers, including digital amplified systems. The AX-ADBOX2 provides an amp turn-on lead (Blue/white) to turn on any factory amps. Retains balanced & fade in vehicles with factory analog amplifier. Does not retain fader in vehicles with factory digital amplifier.
Navigation Outputs: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 auto-detect system interface provides a VSS (vehicle speed sense), Parking Brake, Mute, and a Reverse Gear output to make installing an aftermarket navigation radio simpler and less time consuming.
R.A.P (Retained Accessory Power): The ignition power source of many vehicles keeps the radio on until one of the doors is opened. This feature is called the R.A.P. (retained accessory power). The AX-ADBOX2 is designed to retain this feature.
GM Onstar Retention + Other Retained Features: The AX-ADBOX2 is designed to retain the factory OnStar emergency services system that would normally be lost when your GM factory radio is replaced by an aftermarket head unit. This interface module will also retain your GM factory Bluetooth & Satellite Radio functionality. In addition, the Axxess auto-detect system interface retains your GM vehicle's factory warning chimes and turn-signals. It even allows you to keep your factory back up camera and rear seat entertainment.
Ford SYNC Retention: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 retains all functions of the Ford SYNC system; including Voice Recognition Music Search, USB, iPod, Auxiliary Input, Bluetooth Phone & Audio Streaming, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, 911 Assist, and Vehicle Health Report.
Optional Steering Wheel Control Interface: The vehicle specific wiring harness (sold separately) features a right-angle 3.5mm connector that lets you keep your vehicle's OEM steering wheel controls via the optional Axxess Steering Wheel Control Interface (120ASWC1, sold separately).
16-Pin Harness Color Codes: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 includes a 16-pin harness which connects between the interface module and your aftermarket receiver. These connections will need to be crimped or soldered together.
|Blue/pink||VSS (vehicle speed sense)|
|Purple/black||Right Rear Speaker -|
|Gray/black||Right Front Speaker -|
|Green/black||Left Rear Speaker -|
|White/black||Left Front Speaker -|
|Orange/white||Illumination Output +|
|Green/purple||Reverse Output +|
|Light green||Parking Brake|
|Purple||Right Rear Speaker +|
|Gray||Right Front Speaker +|
|Green||Left Rear Speaker +|
|White||Left Front Speaker +|
Adjustable Gain Control: The Axxess AX-ADBOX2 provides adjustable gain control for overall volume (on amplified systems), for chimes and OnStar (in GM vehicles), and SYNC system (Ford only).
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so I can keep my OnStar [ Walter Apr 14, 2016 ]
This is necessary to retain vehicle features with an aftermarket unit. [ Bobby Feb 18, 2016 ]
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Greg Aug 26, 2014 ] Staff