2004 240 Sundeck Photos: Clarion XMD3 and Remote Replaced With Fusion MS-RA70

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  1. CU_Tiger_06

    CU_Tiger_06 New Member

    17
    May 24, 2019
    240 Sundeck 2004
    5.0 Mercruiser Bravo III
    Since it's a pretty common concern--that some earlier versions of the 240 Sundeck and other models have a helm which is specifically designed to house the old oval shaped Clarion M301 remote, meaning any stereo upgrade creates a remote fit/compatibility headache--I figured I'd share my simple solution.

    Like so many, I easily swapped out the head unit with a Fusion MS-RA70, which is so much more user-friendly with considerably better sound quality.
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    Then, for the remote, I was hopeful, based on product literature review regarding the dimensions, that the compatible Fusion ARX70 wireless remote would fit within the oval impression in the helm after removing the Clarion remote. Unfortunately, the Fusion remote was slightly larger, so my original plan didn't work. I hated the idea of cutting a bigger hole in the helm, because it would have been an awkward larger circle within an oval, and there may have been holes, unevenness, etc.--just would have been awkward.

    So, I decided to simply stick the Fusion remote on top of the Clarion remote, paired it with the new head unit, and it worked perfectly without having to run any wires.
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    However, I wasn't thrilled, that the old dummy Clarion remote was still visible, and it generally drives me crazy to have buttons that don't go to anything. So, I disassembled the Clarion remote, removed the button pad, filled in with a sheet of plastic (actually used the black plastic that wrapped around the old Clarion head unit), then spray-painted the whole thing back to match, and placed it back in the helm. Then, I stuck the Fusion remote back on top.
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    Not a perfect solution by any means, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I still may get brave and carve-out a custom footprint in the helm. Or, I may explore filling the hole with a power port or something else and sticking the Fusion remote elsewhere. But until-then, I'm pleased with the way this looks.
     
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  2. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Looks good!..... good idea
     
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  3. CU_Tiger_06

    CU_Tiger_06 New Member

    17
    May 24, 2019
    240 Sundeck 2004
    5.0 Mercruiser Bravo III
    Sorry to keep touting such a simple project, but I just couldn't seem to stop obsessing over finding a perfect solution to the old Clarion oval remote dilemma ... so, I scrapped my previous project, and ordered a small acrylic sheet with rounded edges and corners from Boat Outfitters to cover the hole. Slapped the Fusion remote on it, and I am FINALLY satisfied. So hard to believe I lost so much sleep over this project when the solution was so simple. Only sharing because I know this has been an issue for so many other people. I even attached an additional Fusion remote to the transom in less than 30 seconds! Where have these wireless gems been all my life???
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  4. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Just being honest here... I really like the pic below... couldn’t they cut the plexi to that oval shape?.... you could have sold those...... either way you are good...awesome job

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  5. ColoSR

    ColoSR Member

    118
    Apr 25, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundeck 220
    MX 6.2L MPI Mercruiser with 2.2 Bravo III drive
    Looks great! I am going to be replacing my radio with the fusion in the next couple weeks. The hole from the old XMD3 is significantly bigger than the RA70 so I have to replace the starboard piece before I can mount the unit.

    Do you have any lessons learned that you could share on the install and connection of the ARX70's? Also does the transom ARX70 connect well? That looks pretty slick.
     
  6. CU_Tiger_06

    CU_Tiger_06 New Member

    17
    May 24, 2019
    240 Sundeck 2004
    5.0 Mercruiser Bravo III
    Yes! You will be pleased to know that there is ZERO effort in installing the ARX70 remotes. 100% wireless, and they connect to the RA70 via Bluetooth. Simply peel and stick the remotes to the boat, and they’re only $50 each! One piece of advice I have regarding the RA70 mounting into the larger Clarion hole, I ended up buying a plastic adapter plate I found on Amazon: Fusion MS-CLADAP Adaptor Plate for 600 and 700 Series Stereo https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AJVI7CI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_zfV2EbG93HTW2.

    Here’s a photo of the install.
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  7. ColoSR

    ColoSR Member

    118
    Apr 25, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundeck 220
    MX 6.2L MPI Mercruiser with 2.2 Bravo III drive
    Thanks! I ordered the adapter, that way I can get the radio in now:)

    I really like your shelf, think I might build one for my boat. Would be nice to have a place to put phones and other stuff.
     
  8. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    547
    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison New Jersey
    1998 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer
    5.0 efi w/ alpha 1 gen 2 drives
    Thinking of putting same unit in my 98 290 sundancer. Does it have a aux port to connect a i-pod? Was it a easy swap out?
     
  9. emunns

    emunns New Member

    14
    Nov 5, 2015
    Seattle
    '07 Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0
    Inspired by your post we’ve done about the same on our ‘07 Sundeck.
    We added a usb extension to plug into the Fusion and the volt meter reads off our main battery.
     

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