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Old 04-19-2011, 12:21 AM   #1
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Isimple ISBM72 ipod adapter install

I final decided to install a ipod adapter in my 2 vert's. Did one last week and liked it so well. I installed one in the wife's car today. After much looking around and not wanting to spend a lot of money, I decided on the Isimple. It sounds great and was a pretty easy install. I took some pictures of the install. It took about 2 hours to do the first one(last week) and about 90 minutes to do the one today. I ran mine to the center console and drilled a hole in the small tray in front of the coin holder and just left the cord hang out from there. I put the Ipod either in the cup holder or sitting on the front of the front ash tray.

First thing remove the floor in the trunk.
Next remove the two plastic pins holding the flat tray in on the driver side of the trunk. Using two flat screw drivers.
Under the tray you will find the wiring harness wrapped up.
Plug in the Isimple to it and hook up your ipod and make sure everything works before running the wire all the way up front. You use the mode button on the radio to switch to CD. It might take a minute or so for the ipod to start playing. Check and make sure the steering wheel buttons change the ipod and the volume works.
If everything works unplug the 20' cord and the ipod. So you can now run the wire up to the front of the car.
Next you will need to remove the cover over the battery and that carpet on the passenger side of the trunk. Remember to unhook the green plug hooked to the gas door.
After removing the carpet you should see the red battery cable run to the front of the car, that is the the same spot I ran the cable.

Next is removing the rear seat. Start by removing the rear cover over the ski bag. It just pulls right out .
Then remove the flap attached to the ski bag. It just is pushed on over a metal rod. It pulls right off. Now lift the bottom of the rear seat out.
Next remove the two silver nut holding the back of the seat.
What I did next was fish a piece of wire from the trunk to the passenger side of the rear seat. I used a wire flag with a slight downward curve on it. It should come out by the seat belt latch. Took me a little while to find it the first time. We'll come back to the wire shortly.

Next you need to remove the rear ash try in the center console and two screws under that.
Remove that and unhook the light.
Next remove two more screws and lift out the back of the center console. You should be able to lift up the back of the center console about 6 inches between the arm rest, that should be all the room you need.
Next remove the cup holders.
What I did next was drill a 21/32 hole in the small tub in front of the coin holder, started with a smaller drill first.
Then I used another wire flag and fished it from there back under the carpet and came out by where the seat is.
Now I took the 20' cord that come with the Isimple and feed it from front to back. Thur the hole I drilled using black tape to tape it to the wire flag, pulling it under the carpet up by the rear seat and then pulling the carpet back and following wire to the passenger side of the rear seat where the other wire flag is that we fished early.
There I used black tape again and connected the cable to the wire going to the trunk.
Pulled the wire to the trunk and then just tucked the wire under the trunk carpet to the drivers side and back over to where the Isimple is pugged in from earlier. I wrapped my Isimple in Bubble wrap and tucked it under the side carpet on the drivers side.
Put everything back and enjoy the Ipod.
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Last edited by zracat; 04-19-2011 at 12:24 AM.
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