KJ Jones
Brand Manager, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
May 21, 2014

12. Wires for the system’s antenna and back-up camera are passed through the glovebox and along the passenger-side rocker panel, and then into the back seat and trunk area.

13. We definitely recommend the Raxiom navigation setup for any SYNC-equipped ’10-’14 Mustang that does not have a touchscreen (remember, ’10s also can’t have the six-disc CD units). Eddie connects all of the plugs and leads that power up and send audio, video (camera), and GPS signals into and out of the new Rosen SYNC/navigation unit. While a video player is among the unit’s features, we did not connect the RCA cables for using it.

14. The new control-panel bezel is popped into place.

15. Here is the Raxiom GPS navigation system, installed in Nick’s ’11 GT. If you go back and look at the photo of the original center stack, you’ll see that with the exception of the 7-inch, high-definition touchscreen, the bezel actually does look OEM, with audio/HVAC controls and the CD slot all in their correct locations.

16. Since the GPS antenna only requires a clear line of sight to the sky, technically it can be mounted anywhere (inside or outside). A Mustang’s roof (in the center, just above the top of the windshield) is a popular spot, as is the trunk lid. We opted for the latter with our installation, as the antenna will only be there temporarily. Nick plans to eventually have the Raxiom system’s GPS antenna lead spliced into the factory antenna circuit (a stereo installer or cable-TV technician is necessary for this operation).

17. Eddie mounts the system’s back-up camera just above the ’Stang’s license plate, which is where Raxiom recommends placing it. In this spot, the full-color camera is able to cover a wide area behind the car as soon as the transmission is shifted into Reverse. 5.0


Map Best

We love the simple projects that work really well. After installing the Raxiom GPS Navigation w/Bluetooth & Back-Up Camera for '10-'14 Mustangs (PN 100300; $699.99) and going through the few basic steps (screen touches, actually) to dial it in, the basic SYNC multi-media system in Nick Deparseghian's '11 'Stang was immediately catapulted to a higher level.

The intuitive system's GPS and back-up camera performed flawlessly in our test, guiding us with voice and on-screen directions from Addiction Motorsports in Canoga Park, California, straight to the front door of the 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords West Coast office in El Segundo.

Left-turn/right-turn spoken (voice) directions can be heard in one of five languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. A choice of either a male or female voice is available.
Raxiom’s 7-inch screen displays all SYNC-driven functions in a much higher resolution than the two-line display of the factory screen.
We plugged the address of our West Coast headquarters into the navigation system to get this map showing us the most direct door-to-door route. Raxiom’s iGO Primo 2.0 software generates voice and visual turn-by-turn, on-screen directions in 2-D and 3-D, as well as “Green” routing directions. You can see the cool fuel-economy and emissions data on the right of the screen.
The back-up camera is mint! As long as lighting is adequate, the picture of the goings on behind a ’Stang is wide and crystal clear.

We definitely recommend the Raxiom navigation setup for any SYNC-equipped, '10-'14 Mustang that does not have a touchscreen (remember, '10s also can't have the six-disc CD units). In addition to the visual maps and directions, one of the really cool aspects of this upgrade is the fact that it retains all voice-controlled SYNC functions, including AM/FM/SAT radio, CD-IPOD audio, smartphone applications, and Bluetooth hands-free systems.

When you consider how much more similar technology from the factory costs, investing in this system is a smart alternative.


Horse Sense:

Most popular GPS receivers are able to present geographic location and vehicle- movement data in two-dimensional (latitude/longitude) and three-dimensional (latitude/longitude/altitude) form. While the 2-D information requires a GPS unit to be honed in on at least three satellites, pings from four or more birds are necessary for a receiver to process and present 3-D coordinates. Once an exact position is locked and loaded, the GPS can provide a wealth of additional details (such as vehicle speed; trip distance; fuel economy; restaurant, fuel and lodging locations; and more) that make driving experiences more informative than we ever could have imagined they'd be.