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Hey everyone!!! Long time no post from me but I'm finally ready to upgrade the sound system in my 2003 6 w/Bose. I just ordered the aux mod from Sylfex and will install it soon. My question is if I replace the factory amp under the seat with an aftermarket 4 channel, will I still be able to control the volume from the steering wheel or not? I had seen that the steering controls have wires going to the factory amp but I'm not sure what they are there for. I will be keeping the factory hu but everything else is on its way out of the car. Any help would be appreciated because this is the only thing I'm not sure of.
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Not sure where you have seen something about the steering wheel control wires going to the amp. The only thing at the OE Bose amp are speaker inputs, speaker outputs, and power (constant, ground, and remote turn-on). So if you put in an aftermarket 4-channel, you WONT lose steering wheel controls because the wiring for them are at the headunit.

This should help:

2003 Mazda 6 with Bose Wiring Information

Notice that pins 12 and 13 at the headunit are steering wheel controls and the amp only has inputs, outputs, and power.

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Yes it does!!! That's where I was confused at the plug pin out for the radio! That link is great and exactly what I needed to see. Thank you so much!!
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In my 05, I cut out the incoming Bose amp leads and soldered in all the leads into an audiocontrol eqs under the seat using the diagram.

With the eqs installed, I was able to make a Y connector to have a 3.5mm jack input. (just turn off the Hu before connecting anything and have to use the input as your volume control) Then the signal went into the amps in the trunk.

I had no issues with sound or steering wheel controls.

I liked to keep to factory Hu to hide what I was running.

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