author: Vlad Apostolov
Melbourne, Australia 2009
The installation of the iPod interface kit is a complex procedure and carries potential risk of damaging your audio head unit as well as the iPod interface. All necessary measures to prevent electrostatic damage to the sensitive components comprising the kit and the head unit should be taken.
All iPod interface boards manufactured by Unique Design Concepts have passed testing before shipment.
Unique Design Concepts does not assume any responsibility if the kit does not function as anticipated in your car. It is the responsibility of the person installing the kit to ensure that all steps of the installation process are carried out with utmost care and all necessary precautions are taken to ensure that the car, the head unit, and the iPod interface are not damaged.
Unique Design Concepts does not assume any responsibility and liability for damages and side effects to the car or personal injuries in the process of installing and using the iPod interface kit.
Unique Design Concepts reserves the rights to change the kit and the installation instructions document at any time without prior notification. The document is prepared with every intention to be correct, but it is not guaranteed to be free of errors.
The iPod interface kit is designed to provide seamless integration with the factory head unit. Although it is extensively tested, it is not guaranteed to be bug free. There could be operational scenarios when the interface may not behave as expected.
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The modified head unit (with the iPod interface inside) is shown on Figure 1. The iPod cable has to be run through the head unit enclosure shown on Figure 7. Because the iPod connector (circled in red on Figure 1) is too big to pass through the head unit enclosure, the enclosure needs to be modified slightly. First, the glove box needs to be detached.
The glove box (Figure 2) can be detached without tools.
Fully open the glove box as shown on Figure 3.
Push the two rubber stoppers inwards (circled in yellow on Figure 4). Push the glove box further down. Note the gap circled in red on Figure 4.
Figure 7 shows the head unit enclosure.
Insert the iPod cable connector through the opened corner of the enclosure as shown on Figure 10 and Figure 11. Some car models may have a cable loom located in this area outside the head unit enclosure. In this case shift away the loom by accessing it from the glove box side of the enclosure.
Pull out the iPod connector from the glove box area circled in yellow on Figure 12.
From the driver side (where the brake and accelerator pedals are), insert a semi-flexible rod (coat hanger wire is suitable) through the area circled in yellow on Figure 15.
Figure 16 shows where the rod should appear in the glove box area.
Pull the other end of the rod from the driver’s side as shown on Figure 19 and Figure 20.
Unwind the iPod cable from the rod. The iPod cable is now ready to be routed to the storage compartment between the two front seats (Figure 21).
Next the iPod connector part of the cable needs to be routed through the storage compartment between the two front seats. Figure 22 shows the lamp hole of the compartment (circled in red) where the cable will pass through.
Figure 24 shows the detached lamp.
A small hole needs to be cut somewhere in the plastic (example circled in red on Figure 25) for the iPod cable to pass through.
Figure 26 shows a compartment without a lamp. Insert the rod as shown on Figure 26.
Pull out the cable end (circled in red on Figure 32) while inserting the head unit in the enclosure.
Pull the cable from the pedal side until the cable loop shrinks as shown on Figure 33.
Important: Always leave a cable loop as shown on Figure 33 in case the head unit has to be removed again.
Hide the cable loop shown on Figure 33 under the plastics (glove box side). Hide the cable under the plastics shown on Figure 34 (driver seat side).
Turn ON the car ignition and switch ON the head unit. Wait until the CD stacker loads all CDs. Plug the iPod to the iPod cable connector as shown on Figure 35. The iPod should start playing.
If you have a bigger size iPod remove the coin tray as shown on Figure 36.
Figure 37 shows how a bigger size iPod fits without the coin tray. Note how the iPod displays the user interface. In this mode the iPod could be controlled from its own buttons but the head unit would not display song, album, artist and play time information.
Figure 38 shows the iPod operating in Advanced Remote Mode (tick in the middle of the screen). This mode of operation is selected by pressing the head unit button 6. In this mode of operation the head unit LCD displays the iPod song, album, artist and play time. Also, in this mode the iPod could not be controlled via its own buttons. It still can be fully controlled via the head unit buttons though.
Figure 39 shows an iPhone that has just been connected to the iPod interface cable. If YES is selected, the iPhone could not be used as a phone while playing through the head unit. Selecting NO keeps the phone function operating as per normal.
Figure 40 shows the battery charging icon on the iPhone, which is displayed when the iPhone requires initial password. It is not necessary to enter the password for the iPhone to play through the head unit.
Third party MP3 players could be connected to the iPod interface through a SoundDock adapter cable (not provided), which could be purchased from here:
Figure 41 shows an MP3 player connected via its headphone connector and a SoundDock cable to the iPod interface.
Figure 42 shows an iPhone connected via its headphone connector and a SoundDock cable to the iPod interface.
The head unit displays MP3 as shown on Figure 43 (with radio clock) and Figure 44 (with no clock).
In this mode of operation the CD head unit button is used to toggle between a MP3 and a CD player. The head unit and steering wheel sound controls (volume, mute, equalizer etc.) work as normal with the MP3. There are no other controls and the MP3 player is not being charged.
To connect RCA output type audio devices use a SoundDock to RCA cable adapter (not provided), which is available from:
Figure 45 shows how the RCA adapter and SoundDock cables are connected to the iPod interface.
The following video demonstrates how the iPod interface works: