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For anyone who has done the install of the IPD ipod adapter himself/herself in a P2 chassis, any advice on this? Any problems/pitfalls to be aware of? I did get the IPD "bone tool" to help with this. Thanks in advance for any input!
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (kenschel)

I just finished installing my 15th USA Spec Ipod adapter for Volvo. It is a really straightforward and simple process.<p>Here are a few tips for getting the best install:<p>1. Especially since this will be your first one, disconnect the negative terminal of the battery. I have walked a number of people through this install in my service dept, and everybody seems to be too lazy or forget to do this. While it isn't absolutely necessary, if you need to get a better view of things, this will allow you to completely unplug the stereo and climate control unit. DO NOT reconnect the battery until the climate control and stereo have been reconnected.<p>2. Routing and connection of wires. For the ground wire connection, I HIGHLY recommend using one of the main vehicle grounding points. You can find these points on the passenger and driver's side of the vehicle, under the carpet near the frond edge of the door sill. You will have to add a little wire to reach the point. If you need, I can send you pictures of the point. I have had a few customers who have installed the units themselves, using the screw on the back of the radio. I don't know why, but it has caused a little distortion on some of their units. When I rewired the ground, the distortion went away.<p>3. Make sure all of your connections are strong and reinforced. When you put the radio back in, the wires can get snagged. Make sure the physical connection between the wires is strong, so you do not have to worry about the wires pulling apart. The first couple of times I did the installation, I actually took the time to solder all connections. This is completely unnecessary. I have gotten consistently good results by using wire caps and then wrapping with electrical tape. Butt connectors are not very convenient for this type of installation.<p>4. If you are apprehensive about cutting into the factory wire for the stereo power, there is a better solution. Volvo makes a nifty wiring harness that provides switched power to aftermarket accessories. There are actually two switched power lines that come off of the harness, so if you want to add another accessory later (i.e. a subwoofer, amp, etc.) You can use the spare connection. This also adds the convenience of being able to complete all your splices and connections at a work desk. You just wire everything into the harness and then plug it into the back of the radio. I use the harness on every install. It also makes it really easy to take the Ipod adapter 'out of the loop' if your dealer ever has to diagnose a problem with the radio/climate control/etc. I can provide this part # for you on Monday if you want it. If you don't have a local dealer to get it from, my parts dept. would be glad to sell you one at a discount and ship for free. We stock the part.<p>5. Deciding where to put the USA Spec box. So far, the best place(and easiest) I have found to mount the unit is underneath the passenger seat. It can tuck nicely towards the front edge of the seat with no clearance problems. Glovebox installs are nice too, but take a little more time. Be sure you read the instructions and set the DIP switches to the desired positions. You do not want the AUX input active unless you will be using it. It causes a little feedback between songs if it is active as the unit searches between IPOD and AUX for signal. Be sure to follow the instructions about the proper time to plug in the ipod as well.<p>You will also need to decide wether you want direct mode or playlist mode. IMO playlist mode sucks, and that's why I started using the USA Spec over the volvo adapter. If you are using the direct mode, it is nice to have a good mount so the ipod is always in reach. Proclip USA makes some really nice clips for Volvo that require no drilling or modification to install. I highly recommend their clips if you want to mount your ipod.<p>DON'T RECONNECT YOUR BATTERY CABLE UNTIL ALL CLIMATE CONTROL AND STEREO HARNESSES HAVE BEEN RECONNECTED. If you reconnect the battery before the climate control you WILL get an SRS light which will have to be reset by the dealer. So far, after 15 installs, I have not gotten 1 SRS light. But there seems to be alot of posting on swedespeed about it. This is probably because the USA spec instructions don't tell you to remove the battery cable. They instead say to not unplug the stereo when you take it out. It is however the climate unit that triggers the SRS. UNPLUG THE BATTERY=NO PROBLEM.<p>If you want any pics or the part # let me know. I will be installing one in my gf's V70 sunday, so it wouldn't be a hassle at all.<p>On your first try, I wouldn't expect it to take you anymore than 45 minutes. <p>
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (dugums)

dugums, thanks for such a thoughtful response, it is much appreciated <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I would like that wiring harness part # if you don't mind...thanks again
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (kenschel)

I'll get the part no. posted as soon as I get into work on Monday!
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (kenschel)

Part No. 9204981. I have a picture, but no experience posting pics. Essentially you plug one end into the radio and the other into the factory harness. In between, three wires come off of the harness into a white connector. The red and purple wires provide power that is switched by the ignition. You simply open the connector and pull the wires out with pliers(or just cut the wire.) You'll notice that there are two purple wires going into one slot of the connector. THESE WIRES MUST STAY TOGETHER. You can still use them for power, but they create a loop, so you must use both of them together. If they are seperated when you plug in the car, you might get a warning light, and your accessory definitely won't work. FOR THE USA Spec Ipod adapter, the Red wire is the best one to use.<p>If you want pics of anything, I have 'em. Just let me know how to post.
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (dugums)

Sorry, I was a little off on price. $21.33 is list. Most of you guys know how to get discounts. If not, let me know, I can help out.
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (dugums)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dugums</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Part No. 9204981. I have a picture, but no experience posting pics. Essentially you plug one end into the radio and the other into the factory harness. In between, three wires come off of the harness into a white connector. The red and purple wires provide power that is switched by the ignition. You simply open the connector and pull the wires out with pliers(or just cut the wire.) You'll notice that there are two purple wires going into one slot of the connector. THESE WIRES MUST STAY TOGETHER. You can still use them for power, but they create a loop, so you must use both of them together. If they are seperated when you plug in the car, you might get a warning light, and your accessory definitely won't work. FOR THE USA Spec Ipod adapter, the Red wire is the best one to use.<p>If you want pics of anything, I have 'em. Just let me know how to post.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br> <IMG SRC="http://volvo.kalb.org/volvopart.jpg" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by adam3914 at 12:39 PM 10-27-2006</i>
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (adam3914)

many thanks!
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (kenschel)

buyer beware that this ipod adapter does not work if you have nav. I had it installed and had to choose either or!!
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (evansholly)

Before giving up see this:<p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=62068" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=62068</A>
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (dugums)

Dugum,<br> Again, thanks so much for the post. I really appreciate the attention to detail. <br> I was curious about the install for my own car...volvo says I need three cables because I don't have navigation or satellite prep, but the USA Spec (from IPD) only has options for cars with navi and cars w/o navi. Am I ok without this additional "Melbus" cable? I just got quoted $430 to get the cables and get everything installed for the volvo ipod adapter so $150 sounded much better..
 

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Your post states that you do not have sat or nav... You will just need what is contained in the USA Spec kit for cars w/o sat or nav...<p>If your car is prewired, you will simply need to remove the plug in the back of the radio so the adapter can be plugged in. Just use the power source shown above (or tap in anywhere it is switched power) and run the ground wire....<p>Let me know if you would like pics of the best grounding point. It seems to be much better to extend the usa spec ground wire to reach one of the main vehicle grounding points in the driver or passenger door jamb.<p>If you want to use the wiring harness shown above, let me know. I have an extra I can give you at cost.<p><br>P.S> The reason you would need the additional installation components if you use the Volvo unit is because that unit is designed to be wired from the rear of the car (where alot of cars have the prewiring...)<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by dugums at 1:09 PM 7-31-2006</i>
 

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Here are the grounding points that I recommend:<p><IMG SRC="http://static.flickr.com/71/203110842_4f9ce34247.jpg?v=0" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://static.flickr.com/70/203110844_0568693b94.jpg?v=0" BORDER="0"><p>These are on the passenger side AND driver's side. Just pull off plastic trim with your hand, no tools required....<p>Just get a length of wire and connect it to the usa spec ground wire. Feed it down behind the radio. You can grab the wire via the small vent on the inner tunnel. Just tuck it up behind the glovebox and route until you get it to the ground points. Cut off excess wire and crimp an 'eye' on the end of the wire. Remove ground screw with 10mm socket. Put the screw through the 'eye' and retighten.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by dugums at 12:51 PM 7-31-2006</i>
 

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Thank you Dugum <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I would not have found that. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> I need to ground the USA Spec, escort hard wire, and bluetooth phone. I hope the weather cools off this weekend.<p>Ozzie
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (Ozzie)

This heat and humidity sucks... I had to install a Navigation System, Subwoofer and Component Speaker System yesterday on a friends S80....<br>My garage was cooking. My clothes were so sweaty I am surprised I didn't ruin her leather.....<p>Good luck with the install and let me know if you need any assistance!
 

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The humidity is brutal - turbo won't like at all.<p>You're in Chicago, eh? I'm in Lincoln Park, and learning at the hands of a 15+ install master would be awfully cool <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> .... I also have the power mirrors sitting in a box in my garage if you're feeling adventurous....<p>-Ian
 

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Re: ipod adapter from IPD: looking for advice on DIY install/pitfalls/etc (LawyeRRR)

If you want any help, just let me know...<p>Power mirrors????
 

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Yeah, I bought the power folding mirrors from John at Boston Volvo - requires pulling off the door panels to install them, which I'm afraid to do in a new car - have you ever pulled off the door panels? I know I still have to go to Volvo and pay for the freakin download, but if I don't have to pay 1.5 hrs shop time (at 118/hour!!!) that'd would be terrific... I have a independant Volvo guy who can do it for less, but he's booked solid for weeks....<p>And yeah, I'd love to buy you a bunch a beer, drive over and do the IPOD adapter install with you sometime, if that's cool. I need to order the parts (or if you have a line on them, including that awesome adapter you found, I'd buy *even more beer*). While we have the radio and AC out, we could drop in the button for the folding mirrors...<p>Lemme know!<br>Ian
 

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I'm definitely up to helping with the install... <p>I've never done the power folding mirrors, so I wouldn't mind getting my hands dirty with that.<p>Door panels are really easy.... <p>Have you done any research on the power folding mirrors??? Do they utilize the same plugs as the standard ones???<p>I have a power adaptor for the Ipod install on hand as well as everything else needed....<p>Just let me know if you have all of the information for the mirror installation.. If not I can do some research, so we can deal with any hurdles...<p>Let me know when you want to get together, I am happy to help... I actually have been wanting to do another install so I can get a better guide together for the service dept... Even though my last day is Friday, I don't want them screwing up any installations for my fellow Volvo drivers....
 

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Do you IM?
 
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