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Trying to add more audio equipment to my Pioneer Nav stereo

Hi, I have a AVIC-N2 Nav unit and would like to remove my XM unit and replace it with my Sirius unit and add a Blue tooth kit and an Ipod kit. ( I have all Pioneer equipmt already) The AVIC-N2 unit has only 2 external item channels and a XM channel plus 7 other pre programmed channels. When you connect the XM unit it goes to the XM channel automatically, when you remove xm and than add the sirius it doesn't go to the sat radio channel it goes to one of the ext channels automatically. The radio then thinks I am trying to add 3 external units(sirius,ipod,bluetooth) no matter what order I put the Sirius, bluetooth and Ipod units, the third item doesn't get recognized ( except if I use the xm box). The problem is the avic-n2 unit comes programmed with an xm unit channel from the factory so when you add the sirius, the radio considers it an external item so it doesn't go to the sat channel, it goes to one of the ext channels. When it does that I can only add 1 other item.( Ipod or bluetooth) I even connected all three units with the ip bus cables and put a toggle switch on the power line on on the last unit in the row trying to make the radio think there is only 2 items connected. When I did that none of the units were recognized by the radio. Freeky. The only thing I can think of is when the juice is cut the Ip Bus cable is interupted and the info circuit isn't complete. There has to be some processor or way to trick the radio so several items can be added that isn't preprogrammed on the source menu. Here is a little more info. On the source menu screen there are 10 blocks with pre programmed accepted items. They are disc,s-video,m-cd,radio,tv,av,ext-1,ext-2,aux,xm. I already took care of my rear view camera issue and got it to work. I have had the radio ,xm , a 600 watt rms amp and a Bat Cap battery/capacitor with 2 6x9's and 2 6 1/2's working great.I just wanted to take it up a notch. Believe it or not this system is installed on a Harley Davidson Customized Roadglide bike all done up that will be on display at a couple of places in a few weeks during this Bike Week . I guess worse comes to worse I can unplug the IP cable on the last unit that I don't feel like using at the time. Half assed. I can't be the only person trying to work this out. Two Pioneer reps told me they don't know of a way. B.S. There has to be . Put some thought to it.Thanks for the attempt. J.T

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The Avic N2 is only XM ready not Sirius ready like the N3, which is SAT ready(both XM and Sirius). If you must have your Sirius the only option left for you is use the rear input on the hide away unit but you won't have it on the touchscreen. There is one more expensive option by have your N2 hardware upgrade to N3, some Ebayer have that service offer for about $275. It's done by replace a surface mounted chip with 70 plus leads. That would take some expert de-solder and solder skill with a solder torch or
a tech's heat gun. I can do it but I don't know which chip it is. I have an immaculate N3 for sale on Ebay. Maybe you could sell your N2 and buy an N3. I usually get about $550-$650 for an N2 depend on the condition. Hope that I did some help. You can call me at 801-414-4566, I would do anything I can. Goodluck.

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