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Quasi-integrated iPod using ashtray

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I am not a big fan of aftermarket stereos and the Becker CDR24 looks "right" in the dash, so to plug in my iPhone to play music, I used the iSimple unit. I took the input cable into the console and brought it up through the ash tray bottom.

But while I was designing a holder for my iPhone using the ashtray, it occurred to me that the ashtray opening was very similar in size to the Gen 4 iPod Nano.

So I bought one to be a dedicated music unit.

It lays in the opening nicely. I had to cut a notch to lay the iSimple cable into as I routed it out of the bottom of the ashtray and looped it into the cigarette lighter (electrical disconnected) opening so I would have some slack in the cable to plug and unplug the Nano. The cable in the notch and the loop in the cigarette lighter hole actually help the Nano stay in place, although I think I'll work out something to hold it a bit more securely. My used $70 Nano was a kind of gold/salmon color, so I'll look for some 'wrap' to make it disappear a bit. But for now, it helps show the install...


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