Allows you to use the factory dash controls to operate Sony or Pioneer brand head units that have an input for a "steering wheel adapter". The DCI provides all the functions* of the original Honda controls* plus additional functions and features not available with the stock setup or any other "steering wheel adapter". Because after-market head units don't all use the same command sets there are some slight differences in how they operate with the DCI, so you may want to review the DCI instructions in the "Manuals & Help" tab. Your head unit must have a 3.5mm jack for "remote control" in order for the DCI to control it.
Available Options: All harness options include the 3.5mm cable for remote control
- Plug-n-Play Adapter Harness* ($25) - Install your new head unit and DCI with no wire splicing! (see harness product page for details)
- DCI-S2000 Adapter Harness ($15) - Plugs directly into the S2000 stereo harness and the DCI, you will have to splice the head unit wires to this harness (9 wires, 13 if you have rear speakers)
- No Adapter Harness - You will have to splice all wires between the DCI, S2000 stereo harness, and the head unit (14 wires, 18 if you have rear speakers)
- Splice Kits - (only appears if you don't buy a PnP Harness) - A budget kit using Posi-Twist connectors or a better option using Posi-Lock in-line splices.
- SCV Wiring Kit ($3.50) - Requires running the supplied wire from the DCI to behind the passenger dash. No special tools needed, see feature details below
Help finding compatible head units
Features of the DCI
- Small adapter unit - about 1.5" x 2".
- Provides 9 control functions using the 5 stock dash switches - more functions than the OEM radio!
- No complicated programming required - just set your head unit brand on the dip switches and it's ready to operate.
- Auto-repeat function built-in - press and hold VOLUME UP, and the volume will increase rapidly as the command is repeated. Auto-repeat works on NEXT/PREV TRACK to give you fast-forward and fast-rewind functions.
- Optional Speed Controlled Volume function - (requires SCV Wiring Kit) An exclusive Modifry Products feature enabled by connecting one additional wire to the S2000's speedometer circuit. The DCI will then automatically raise and lower the volume based on vehicle speed. No more fiddling with the volume control when background and wind noise increase as you speed up. Details here
- * Note on the Mute Function - unlike other steering wheel adapters, the DCI works with the S2000 Mute button, activating the head unit's built-in mute function. However, most modern head units will only lower the volume because they don't have the capability to pause playback. Pause will only work if your head unit has a dedicated "Interrupt" or "ATT" wire.
* The DCI can only operate features inherent in your new head unit, so if a particular function is critical for you please check the head unit manual to see if it exists. Our wiring harnesses have only power, ground, speaker, amp turn-on, and "lights" dimmer wires. They do not have wires for special applications such as "neutral" or "reverse light" inputs.
Installation & Operation Instructions - DCI-3 for Sony or Pioneer
SCV Installation and Operation Instructions
|No, but that's not the DCI's fault. There is not a single after-market head unit that uses remote control commands like the OEM radio. The OEM radio will change from CD to AM to FM with a single button (MODE). All after-market head units require 2 separate buttons to do this; one button changes from CD to Radio, the other changes from AM to FM. In fact, some head units need 3 buttons because they have separate buttons for AM and FM. Also, the OEM radio will advance CD tracks or Radio presets with a single button (CH), but all after-market head units use separate buttons for these functions. The arrangement of remote control commands on after-market head units means we need 4 or 5 buttons to do what the OEM system did with only 2. Fortunately, the marvels of modern science allow us to do all the OEM commands and more, while using the same set of dash controls. We just do it differently. Check out the DCI manual on the "Manuals" tab for more information
|Alpine, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Eclipse, JVC, Kenwood, Panasonic, Pioneer, and Sony
|There are 2 main choices - the IR DCI or one of the Wired DCIs. The IR DCI uses infra-red signals to control your head unit similar to the way the factory hand-held remote operates. As such, an IR Emitter (LED) is used to transmit the IR commands to the head unit. This emitter is supplied with the DCI and must be positioned so it faces the head unit's IR receiver (usually on the front of the HU). Pros - IR DCIs can be used with any of the supported head units, so if you change to any of the 9 different brands at a later date you can still use your existing IR DCI. Cons - Head units that have tilting faces can make it more difficult to find a position for the IR emitter that works and doesn't "stick out" too far. Also, it's possible for bright sunlight to interfere with IR signals, particularly with tilting faces where the sun can shine directly on the IR receiver when the car's top is down. IR reception and DCI functionality returns when the bright sun is not directly on the HU face. Wired DCIs don't use infra-red commands to control the head unit; they send commands through a special "remote control" wire or a dedicated jack on the rear of the head unit. Only specific models of some brands of head units have the ability to be controlled via a wired connection. Pros - The advantage of a wired system is that you don't have to install an IR emitter and they are not affected by bright sunlight. Overall, a wired DCI makes for an easier and "cleaner" installation. Cons - Wired DCIs are not as "universal" as the IR DCI, meaning they only work on a few brands of head units. We make 2 wired DCIs, one supports Alpine, Kenwood, Clarion, and JVC, and the other supports Sony and Pioneer. The IR DCI supports all those plus 4 more brands. For example, if you currently have an Alpine head unit and buy an Alpine Wired DCI it will work great, but if you later change to a Sony head unit (or any brand other than Kenwood, Clarion, or JVC) your DCI won't work at all and you'll have to buy a new DCI. Same for Sony and Pioneer, the Wired DCI for those brands works only on Sony and Pioneer.
|Yes. Take a look at this drawing to see how it's done.
|All it takes is money and time. Contact us for more information.
|That's really a function of your head unit, not the DCI. In most cases the DCI performs navigation commands for Next/Previous Track and Next/Previous Disk/Folder. If, when using the head unit's hand-held remote, those buttons operate the iPod/iPhone then the DCI will too. But be careful, sometimes head unit manufacturers don't put all the iPod/iPhone commands on their remote, which forces you to use the controls on the head unit to perform those commands, whether you're using a DCI or not.
|No. At this time the DCI is a custom S2000-only product.
|It allows you to install an after-market HU without cutting the factory wiring, so it's up to you if you want to use one. Most owners prefer it for several reasons:
1) you avoid any warranty issues that might arise due to cut wires
2) you can do the splicing outside the car (on a workbench) and then just plug the connectors together when you install the new HU
3) it makes it easy to re-install the factory radio if you sell the car or just want it back to stock
|You can use adapter harnesses made by other manufacturers, but chances are they won't have wires for the Dash Switch and Dash Mute Circuits. The Modifry adapter is specially made with these additional wires. If you use another adapter you can still install the DCI, you'll just have to splice into the factory wiring for these two connections (as shown in the installation instructions). Most stereo stores charge $10 to $15 for the adapter, mine's $12.
|While you don't need the factory remote itself, you do need a head unit that is capable of remote control. Most remote-capable head units come with a remote, but some manufacturers sell the remote separately, so in that case you can save the cost of the remote by using the DCI. Or if you've lost the remote or are buying a used head unit that is missing the original remote you're in good shape - the DCI will work fine.
|It is likely that you can use almost any IR LED with the DCI. If you are handy with soldering you can cut the DCI IR emitter wire and attach your own IR LED, perhaps using a flush-mount LED holder. You can buy IR LED's at most electronic stores including Radio Shack. Make sure you observe polarity when connecting the LED. When viewing the DCI emitter face (side not painted) and with the wire hanging down, the right lead is the anode of the LED. Connect that wire to the anode (+) of your IR emitter LED. Do not add a resistor in series with the LED, it's built into the DCI.
|No. You are stuck with the button layout built into the DCI, partly because of the way the head unit works and partly because I had to standardize on some things. If you really need special button programming, I do offer custom programming.
|There is a 2-part warranty for DCIs. First, you get Modifry's 30-day money-back guarantee that allows you to return any product, for any reason, within 30 days of purchase. Up to 1 year from the date of purchase the DCI is guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship and will be repaired or replaced (my option) if returned to us. The buyer must bear the cost of returning the DCI for repair, we will pay for the repair and for return shipping. DCI's being returned for refund or repair must have prior approval. Products returned without authorization will likely sit in a corner until you contact me. Beyond the 1 year warranty, DCI's will be repaired (if possible), for a nominal charge. Please contact me before returning a DCI for repair.