Just thought I'd post to say how I got on with my install.
First off was the preparation
- removal of the carpet from the rear bulkhead in the boot. 3 turn screw fixings to remove battery cover, two hexagonal bolts to take battery top cover thingy off, one stubborn press fit fixing in the floor holding the carpet in, and lift out the carpet panel fron the rear of the boot floor. pull carpet from rear bulkhead out of the way, one screw head fixing and one secret fixing. It turns out the easy way to remove the secret fixing holding the right top corner of the bulkhead carpet is to use a junior hacksaw
- undoes this a treat (and I had tried for over an hour using screw drivers, fingers, bicycle spanners, brute force
all to no avail.). Unfortunately the fixing won't go back
- but to be honest, I'm not convinced it needs replacing. If I need to access the bulkhead again, at least now I have only one screw-out fixing so it will be easy.
The right hand side was all I needed to release as the carpet can be pulled out of the way over to the left side of the boot and taped there.
The 3 & 6 pin plugs were loose in the opening as all the other posts had stated. I used some strips of sticky velcro to attach the Intravee and the Alpine KCA-420i ipod adapter to the rear of the bulkhead.
Next was to remove the ashtray unit - popped out as described and I set it to the side while I worked out how to get a wire from here to the boot behind the trim.
I used an electricians "fish" and on the off chance I would "get lucky" pushed it down the drivers side of the transmission tunnel going round the Sport button.
It went in easily and then I could hear the metal tip bang into something metal by the bulkhead. Now I had to fish it out - where from though. I pulled the handbrake arm rest up but that was no use. I prised the coin cubby out from behind the hand brake - held in by these "teeth" front and back - prise out with wide thin bladed screw driver
- and what was hiding in there - the end of the fish.
Now I had to route it through to the boot - I removed the large speaker grill from behind the passenger seat which gave me a good view into the boot and I poked the fish up from the cubby behind the trim into the speaker space, easy, and then on into the boot.
The only trouble was the smallest end of the wire to the intravee is a 12mm square plug. This proved too fat to follow the route from cubby to speaker to boot.
So I accepted I had to drill a hole in the rear of the lower center console storage box - 16mm dia. I was then able to feed the fish up through the gap between the hinges of the fold down rear console door into the storage box and through into the boot. I had to remove a plastic cover plate from under the rear console door - when I say remove, it came loose and I couldn't work out how to fit it back.
I have to leave this out as it won't go back in with the wire running through here. With a bit of tape (well, quite a lot actually
) to attach the plug to the fish I was able to pull the plug all the way through to the boot. Plugged in , ignition on, connect spec doc to the cable I'd pulled through and all worked when I put ipod in the doc.
Excellent. So I followed the Spec Doc fitting instructions, clipped the ashtray unit back in pushed the Spec Doc in and all is fitted. Put back all the bits of trim and carpet and I have completed my first major mod.
Here is the SPec Doc in place.
Here is the Ipod in it. Snug fit with maybe 1mm clearance - but there is more if I take it out of its protective case.
Here is the cable running up through the hinged rear consol door. (and my stash of snickers bars for waking my brain up on long journeys
Here is the cable and the 16mm hole I drilled.
And this is what the car looks like when Ipod removed - who would know?
I took the car for a blast down some bumpy back roads and the Ipod was as solid as a rock.
So I have also learnt how to post pictures tonight - and it is as easy as the instructions in the Newbie forum said.