Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Stephanie with americanmuscle.com, here with the Raxiom Navigation and Touch Screen Upgrade for the S550 OE Radio for all 2015 and up Mustangs. In this video, we're gonna go over a few things with the Raxiom Nav and the Touch Screen Upgrade. I'm gonna tell you about its features, and we're gonna talk about the install as well. I'll tell you right now that I'm going to call this a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, because it's all plug-and-play. You don't have to splice anything. It is a little time-consuming, but I'll talk more about that later.
The Raxiom Navigation & Touch Screen Upgrade is gonna be a good option for the S550 owners out there that have a base model Mustang and wanna upgrade to a capable, factory-style navigation and multimedia system that comes with modern amenities, like a backup camera, a touch screen display, and even HDMI mirroring, which I'll talk more about in a second. This will work for models that came with the standard OE Radio with the four-inch screen.
So I mentioned that this nav has HDMI connectivity. There's an HDMI input that's going to allow the content that's on your Android or your Apple phone to be displayed on the nav screen. So if you're connected to the unit and you're texting, it'll come up on the nav screen, which is a hi-def screen. So texting is not really all that exciting, but this will work for any of your mobile apps, so Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever it is that you're using while you're parked.
That's pretty cool and all, but I think the best part about that is when it comes to navigation. Now, this is a full GPS navigation unit, and I can talk more about that in a second. But I know that a lot of times, people, including myself, aren't turning to their phones for navigation anymore, even if you do have a full navigation unit in front of you. Sometimes, it needs to be updated, and it won't show current routes or if a road is closed, or it won't give you a heads-up about road hazards or cops, like certain mobile apps do.
With the mirroring capabilities, instead of having to stare down at your phone, you can have that map or the app displayed on the larger screen in the Raxiom unit, so you have the best of both worlds. You have more of a real-time GPS through a mobile app, but you also have it displayed on the nav, where it's easy to see and interact with, like a traditional nav.
Another nice thing about this is that it retains the sync functions, so you don't have to worry about losing those. You still have all your voice-controlled factory functions, as well as the radio functions, CD, iPod, and Bluetooth hands-free systems. The other thing that this upgrade has is OBD-II reading functions. There's a built-in OBD-II reader, so you'll be able to read basic info, like tire pressure, door and trunk status, and parking brake status. Now, you can't read and clear trouble codes through this, but you do get some stats here.
Other than that, you're still looking at a ton of other nice features. The screen is an eight-inch HD LCD touch screen, so you can interact with it, and that's especially nice if you're mirroring your phone. Of course, it does have radio capabilities, and you can access your music from your phone as well, and it has full-color backup screen. This is a high resolution and double the size of the factory screen, and, of course, you're looking at a full warranty through Raxiom here.
The nav system does use a software that has some cool features to it, too. It gives a voice and visual turn-by-turn directions on the screen. You have 2D, 3D, and topography routing directions and 3D building views for major cities. All of the map software is pre-loaded, so this will all be available on initial startup. You won't have to download anything or update any SD cards or anything like that. And, of course, it has maps for both the U.S. and for Canada.
The unit is gonna come with everything you need for the install. You have your screen, your interface box, a factory-style dash bezel so you can maintain a factory-like appearance and still keep all of your dash controls. You also get the GPS antenna, HDMI cable, aux cable, and your other needed cables, and your main wiring harness.
As far as price, you're not looking at breaking the bank here luckily. This is a unit with new technology and capabilities, and it's gonna upgrade you so that you won't be missing the OE unit. You're looking at spending close to $800 for this.
The install for this is easy. It's a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It's gonna take about two hours total to get it all done. The install is all plug-and-play. You won't have to splice any wires or cut or have to worry about any of that. You need a few basic hand tools to get the job done. Basically, you need to remove the center console, so you have to disconnect any connections and take off some trim pieces so you can get the control panel out.
The sync unit is behind this panel, and that needs to be removed, along with the radio unit. The Raxiom wiring harness will plug right into the factory harness. You'll have to plug in some input wires and cables into the back of the new nav unit and reinstall all of the pieces that you removed. Once you have everything plugged in, and run, and in position, it's just a matter of getting the center console back together and getting your backup camera run and in place. Raxiom does give step-by-step instructions, and it tells you how to set up your unit on startup as well. So they make it easy.
Wrapping things up here with the Raxiom Navigation and Touch Screen Upgrade, this unit has quite a few capabilities, like HDMI mirroring and Bluetooth. It still has a full GPS navigation unit that'll work for both sync and non-sync cars and maintains all of the sync functions. There's a lot to look at with this unit, so I suggest you check it out more online for yourself right here at americanmuscle.com.