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FerrisB

RF Black Box, Where is it?

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FerrisB

So, I'm trying to get the iPod port on my 2014 vtx to work. When I poke around, I see that none of the ports coming from the glovebox are connected to anything. They are just hanging lose. So I figure all I need to do is connect them to the black box and I will be golden. Now I show my ignorance. I cannot find the black box. In the compartment directly below the glovebox, there are three RF components, a P300x2, a P1000x1bd and a P400x4. No black box. Any ideas where else I should be looking?

Thanks much. 

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hunter77ah

Should be behind the amp board. My board is held in place by two screws. 

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MLA

Should be on the front left upper corner of the amp wall. Its about 8x8x2 square. 

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FerrisB

I pulled the amp board but there is nothing there. 

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MLA

Have you owned since new? Can you play FM stations? Is the audio accessible through the maliview?  

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FerrisB

I just bought it a couple months ago. The FM radio is spotty at best. I did locate the FM antenna and it is also disconnected. That cable is right by the other non-connected cables from the glovebox port. I have not tried to access the audio through the maliview. 

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MLA

Then what are u using to play the FM tuner?

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FerrisB

Ive been using Bluetooth and my phone's Pandora app. As for fm, I'm not able to pick up any stations right now. 

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MLA
Posted (edited)

Ok, not worried about picking up actual stations. Tring to establish that somewhere in the boat, there is a piece of equipment that has a tuner. So, what do you push buttons on, in order to change FM stations, even though they dont come in, just static. 

 

When your phone "sees" the boat's blue tooth, whats its handle on your phone? This can give a clue to its brand. 

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FerrisB

I use the Rockford pmx next to the steering wheel to change stations, source etc. 

When using my phone and Bluetooth, the handle is to Rockford pmx. 

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FerrisB
Posted (edited)

No, it looks like this...  https://rockfordfosgate.com/products/details/pmx-2/

There are a bundle of cables located on the back wall of the amp rack. In that bundle is a cable that looks similar to the iPod connection except it is a male connection and the configuration is different then outlet configuration in the glovebox. 

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MLA

Thats a complete head unit in of itself, called a compact head. Your boat does not have the OEM black box anymore. Likely died.  

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FerrisB

That makes sense. Thanks so much for your time and willingness to help out. 

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FerrisB

Success!  Once it was determined what I had to work with, I did a little more digging.  Come to find out, there is a USB port and audio jack in a compartment near the throttle. When I first plugged my iPod classic in, the head unit read, "USB Reading". So I did a little more research. The PMX-2 is not compatible with an iPod Classis. So I grabbed an iPod Touch and it came up clean. I can toggle through the menu right on the head unit itself and the audio jack works just fine too. The port also charges the iPod when using the iPod cable. I guess all this explains why the port in the glove box was not wired and the cables are hanging loose in the back.

Thanks again for everyone's input. (If only I had noticed that port near the throttle first and given it a try. Oh well, you live and learn).

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