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adaseb 11-19-2012 04:42 AM

iPad Mini Install Into Dash ?
Its been documented that the iPad Mini dimensions are a perfect fit to most car dashboards.

Is there any DIY out there or has anyone attempted to retrofit it into our E46.

It would be perfect for those without nav and without an mp3 cd or aux input.

The only problem with this would be of course theft of the iPad. Would increase chance of a break in. Maybe its possible to make it removalable?


tim330i 11-19-2012 10:58 AM

I was wondering the same thing. Either a iPad mini or a Google tablet thingy. Seems like it would be great for nav, pandora, etc.


tylermaslanik 11-19-2012 11:27 AM

This is awesome. Im going to try this after Christmas

NOVAbimmer 11-19-2012 11:29 AM

I've seen a few DIYs for full size iPads on newer mustangs.

adaseb 11-19-2012 04:15 PM

If you remove the stock deck completely will it give you alarm problems? Or some CEL ?

NOVAbimmer 11-19-2012 04:17 PM

No, your stereo has nothing to do with the proper functioning of the car.

trj 11-19-2012 04:21 PM


Originally Posted by adaseb (Post 14912754)
If you remove the stock deck completely will it give you alarm problems? Or some CEL ?

There wont be any CEL issues.

Alarm, as far as I know are separate component and sensors. So, there wont be any problems as far as I can think of.
Others can confirm if it is true.

Installing an iPad mini should be simple if you can fabricate the dash panel for it.
Basically it is an aux in(provided you do not want full OBD function like dynavin) component. Lightning adapter with USB for power and 3.5mm aux jack is all you need.

Born Again 11-19-2012 04:37 PM

Pretty ugly IMO

goose123 11-19-2012 05:19 PM

Good info in this thread:


adaseb 11-19-2012 07:41 PM

It would of been good if it came with a snap-in dash holder. So you could take it with you when you get home.

Maybe its possible to create using a charging dock.

Nico16 11-19-2012 07:43 PM

Search soundman audio, they're from California who install iPad in dash

saxual328ci 11-19-2012 11:54 PM

There is a mod for the iPad and a Jeep. I think it was on youtube. The guy had a cool idea for hiding it since it was inside a jeep. Look for that one.

dreyo27 11-20-2012 04:02 AM

you can install it but there are going to be issues... like how are you going to run the sound to your AMP??? steering wheel controls? etc just buy a android head unit...

illestminimike 11-21-2012 04:02 AM

Just do it.

Nico16 11-21-2012 04:17 AM

Check this out. http://store.soundmancaraudio.com/ip...volt-istreamer

Imola.ZHP 12-08-2012 05:35 PM


Nav owner here, very interested in doing this. I basically listen to my iPhone all the time in the car, so why not have an iPad in there 24/7 with a data plan. Lots of good info in the links already posted, but not so much for navigation owners...

My screen keeps loosing pixels and I would rather do this than replace it and/or buy a new $200 navigation disk...

Loosing regular (ancient) radio capability wouldn't phase me. Between my own library and Pandora, I would be set!

Bimmerkid05 06-22-2014 11:51 PM

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adaseb 12-05-2014 05:23 AM

Wow finally somebody did it.

Is that a mini or Regular?

Imola.ZHP 12-08-2014 08:01 PM

Not OEM-like enough, but its a start.

GcD 12-14-2014 01:09 AM

Had this done to my M3 a couple years ago. My friend fabricated the mold himself . It's not for everyone's liking, I'm happy with it.

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