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At 10:35pm on May 15, 2009, Rick Hamilton said…
Hello David,

I've read much of the discussion in this forum and decided to purchase the Kenwood DNX7140, an after market wiring harness, installation kit, antenna adaptor, ipod adaptor and license plate rear camera. After checking with a local shop here in Hawaii, I'm seriously thinking about doing my own installation. They want to charge me $95/hour and stated the install would take about 4 hrs (~$400+)!

Could I trouble you to assist me with any questions I may have or problems I may encounter with my installation?

I've already taken time to learn how to remove the smart factory radio 10 w/ premium sound system. I've studied and compared the smart factory wiring harness to the after market harness and the Kenwood harness connections. And, I studied the Kenwood Installation and Operation manuals.

Additionally, I've gathered the tools for the job e.g. crimping tool, ties, T25 torx wrench, electrical tape, and wire butt connectors.

I would greatly appreciate your assistance with connections that are not perfect or 100% compatible with the aftermarket wiring harness and installation instructions.

For instance:

1) DNX 7140 connections without corresponding after market harness connect slots:

a – what location do you recommend to connect the wire for mute (brown)? Can I just tap into the chassis ground on the after market harness?

b – what location do you recommend in the smart to connect the parking sensor wire (light green)?

c – what location do you recommend to connect the wire the reverse sensor wire (purple/white)?

d – what do you recommend as far as connect the wires for power control (blue/white) and the power ant (blue) wires so that I retain function of the smart premium sound system subwoofer? Will I retain use with AM, FM, CD, DVD, etc if I combine these two wires with the 2 black wires on the smart wire harness?

2) DNX 7140 Accessory cable #3: For now I intend to keep the smart premium sound subwoofer. Do I need to connect the kenwood accessory cable #3 to the smart subwoofer and what wires do I need to connect?

3) DNX 7140 Accessory cable #2: What are relay 1 & relay 2 used for?

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

rick hamilton
At 7:18pm on April 8, 2009, Natty said…
Hi David!

My name is natty and I see you're from NH (one of the states I've been dying to visit) :)

anyways, I've been trying to find more participants from the New England area to take my Smart Car owner survey. This is for a marketing strategy plan that I have to do for one of my classes at Fordham University. It'll only take a few minutes and my group and I would really love to hear from you. :)

Just copy and paste this link onto your browser.

Thanks so much!
At 8:28pm on January 25, 2009, Pasde2 said…
Hi David,
I am looking for someone to install rear pillar speakers. Dave Mayall said to you may be able to do this.
Please let me know if you do or know of someone in the N.E area that will. Thank You
At 10:00pm on September 10, 2008, Fred Greenwood said…
David I have a Pioneer AVIC-Z2 In Dash Navigation CAR DVD GPS 30GB Z2 do you have the face plate for this on if so how much Shipped to Alabama.

Fred greenwood101@gulftel.com
At 7:08pm on August 28, 2008, Marty said…
I'd basically like to hook up the Nav and the iPod but I'm not familiar with the German antenna adapter. I'm considering the 8120 instead of the 5120. Does that significantly change the install? If we could correspond via email, that works too. I'd like to know how much you want for the adapter, etc.

At 8:27pm on August 25, 2008, David H. Diette said…
25 August 2008: 14,500 miles, zero problems.
At 2:19pm on August 16, 2008, Marty said…

I wish you were out here in San Diego. I'd love to grab a DNX5120 but the Smart Dealer here wants to charge me $2995 to install a ~$800 unit. It's been a while since I've installed a unit in a car. Do you think it's possible to do it myself or is it just too much work. I know I need the the dash adapter and unit but otherwise don't really know what I'm getting myself into. Any advice would be much appreciated.


Marty Smith
At 11:39am on August 13, 2008, I'm Bill.. my smart is Annie said…
Thanks for joining my mileage discussion. I'm very glad to hear you put on so many miles with ZERO problems. I still have a long wait, but maybe smart will start importing more cars and my date will get closer,sooner..
At 9:45am on August 11, 2008, David H. Diette said…
13,000 miles and going strong!
At 7:19pm on July 26, 2008, David H. Diette said…
10,000 miles as of 25 July 2008!
At 9:23am on July 1, 2008, Rmichael said…
No, no, not you Rock as in Crystal but you rock as in cool 'cause Trekkie's rule!
At 7:19am on July 1, 2008, Rmichael said…
The dealer did not do the paint job so I guess it came from France. I have an email in to the dealer for better details. As you can imagine, I was so excited the day I got him that I didn't ask good questions.
At 10:10pm on June 30, 2008, Rmichael said…
"it runs on Dilithium Crystals." You ROCK!
At 11:17pm on June 22, 2008, Amethyste said…
MY CAR RUNS LIKE NEW!!!! The lights are not flickering anymore... Everything is awesome! THanks so much!!! *grumble at the morons of the dealership*
At 9:07pm on June 18, 2008, David H. Diette said…
In case you were wondering, the exhaust is sold. Thank you all for your interest.
At 10:58am on June 18, 2008, Grammy said…
I think I see you drive down Bay Road occasionally...is your car white?
You probably have passed by the early morning walkers--that's me
I just put my order in...........so have a long wait
will be interested in how yours performs to your expectations
At 5:50pm on June 17, 2008, Amethyste said…
DAVID!!! Thank you for installing the pods and my antenna! you are such a gentleman!!!! i'll see you soon! :) you made my smart so much cooler :)

-= Amey =-
At 4:45pm on June 17, 2008, SCOA said…
Sounds like you scored a nice DTH exhaust???
At 4:44pm on June 17, 2008, ifishcat said…
David, it was good to have spoken with you over the phone. I look forward to connecting on the exhuast. Let me know where and when (you have the #)?

At 9:42am on June 17, 2008, Amethyste said…
Hey David!!! Saying hello!!

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