Spent the last couple hours installing a USA SPEC PA15-HON3 into my 2008 Acura MDX.  It’s a relatively simple install, but not one that is well documented on the Internet.  So…here’s my USA SPEC PA15-HON3 into a 2008 Acura MDX install tutorial.

Installation is not terribly difficult, and from beginning to end will probably take 1 to 2 hrs.

Also helpful here – see the installation instructions for the 2007 Acura Music link.  It has additional pictures that will help you.

  • Remove the plastic panel on the outside/door side of the glovebox.  Simply pry off.  (See image – Step 01.)  Also, see Step 5 and 6 from Acura music link install for a good pic on this.
  • Remove single philips screw holding trim piece on passenger side of dash.
  • Remove trim piece on driver side of radio.  This piece is pried off, but has been factory glued.  I used a screw driver and a scraper to pry it off. (Step 02)
  • Remove plastic piece at bottom of radio.  Pry off gently.  (Step 03a,b).
  • Remove 4 screws holding (Step 04a&b).
  • Place towel on dash under radio, pull out radio. (Step 05a,b)
  • Remove plug from back of head unit, connect up plastic harnesses from USA Spec PA15-HON3.  Plug you want is 2nd from right in image.  (Step 06)
  • Set dip switches – 1. On or Off, 2 Off, 3 On, 4 On Step 07)
  • Do a test hook up of USA Spec PA15-HON3 to see if everything works at this point.  Turn on Radio to XM.  Use seek + and – to move between playlists.  (Step 08)
  • Remove panel on driver side of console  Hide USA Spec behind driver side panel.  (Step 09)
  • I used velcro to secure USA Spec PA15-HON3 to plastic in console.  (Step 10a,b,c,d)
  • Drill hole in passenger side storage compartment.  Use 5/8 drill bit.  (Step 11a,b)
  • Run cable from storage compartment to USA Spec PA15-HON3 unit. (Step 12)
  • Secure iPod in storage compartment with Velcro.
  • Congrats – you’re all done!
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