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    iPad in a 300C SRT8 - Part 1

    I'm going to document my project of integrating an Apple iPad 64 Gig WiFi 3G into my 300C SRT8.

    I'm hoping 3-4 weeks start to finish, working on weekends.

    I will document the parts I use and how I hook it up.
    I'm doing this based on info I have found out on the internet.
    I am not a professional stereo installer, I'm just showing you how I'm doing it.
    If you have questions about the stuff I use I will try and answer.
    I'm sure there are better ways to do some of the things I'm doing and I'm willing to listen to suggestions.

    Here is a list of the parts I've gathered so far:
    iPad 64 Gig WiFi 3G
    iPad Camera Integration Kit for USB in
    HIPPOhifi BLOAT DAC
    eq/preamp (Pioneer DEQ-7600)
    power amps (Lanzar MAXP1200 & Lanzar MAXP4260)
    speakers (Rockford Fosgate P1652-S and Rockford Fosgate T1693)
    OT2 OBD-II?CAN WiFI Interface

    So first step was pulling out the old factory in dash navigation unit and selling it:
    Bye-bye factory nav unit your were fun while you were around.

    Here is the original bezel sitting over the top of my iPad

    Doesn't quite fit does it?

    So the first thing is to start hacking on the bezel and moving some things around.
    Here is the hacked console back in the car and the empty space blocked with a piece of acrylic.
    Its my daily driver so I can't have a gaping hole and wires hanging out.


    I got rid of the ashtray (I don't smoke), moved the A/C controls to the bottom, moved the cigarette lighter plug into the console (now I have two in there) and moved the seat heater switches to the shift surround.

    Again, this is just preliminary work so I can see what space I have to work in.
    Still unsure of the final set up other than the iPad will be removable for theft prevention as well as to protect it from the 120 degree Texas summer days
    I may make the bezel multi piece or one piece, decisions, decisions....

    FYI, thats a roll of 3M DyNoc carbon fiber wrap sitting on the dash. More to come on that!

    Moved the ac controls to the front of the center console




    I've removed all the old hardware related to the NAV unit. Why carry it around if it isn't doing anything. I started with the easy stuff and pulled the kicker subwoofer out of the trunk.

    Take out the one bolt at the top and unplug the harness right under the bolt and the whole thing just pops right out.


    Sitting behind the kicker subs old spot you will find the Sirius/XM module. Two bolts and two connectors and its out


    Up under the package tray is the subwoofer amp


    To get it out you need to pull out the lower rear seat, fold down the seat backs, remove the drivers side rear bolster and the rear package shelf cover.


    You can now unscrew the amp using a 7mm socket


    FYI, the wiring harness for the subwoofer runs under the back seat then up behind the bolster and then into the rear shelf through a hole next to the driver side reat shelf speaker.

    FYI for 300 owners, you can increase the volume and clarity of your existing sound system just by cutting out all the crap covering up the stock speaker and replacing it with an aftermarket wire grill. Even with a flashlight behind it I couldn't see through the factory cover. Its like a peice of canvas or burlap covering the speaker!


    Here's the subwoofer amp and sirius/xm module along with the back half of the wiring harness. Up next: Remove the rest of the harness and the factory amp under the dash


    Ok, now that all the old factory sound system is gone its time to prep the car for the new stuff.
    So the first thing to do is get some sound dampning installed
    After stripping out all the upholstery here is the trunk so far...


    Trunk after 6 hours of work and 100 square feet of .45 mil sound dampning material.
    Its a minimum of double layered all through the trunk with three layers on the floor and wheel wells.


    I ripped out the interior and wrapped it with two to three layers of dampning material for a total of 160 square feet installed so far.
    Will be adding material to the inside of the doors as well once I start on the speaker installs.
    Here is a shot of the package shelf


    I feel like a kid at Christmas with all these new toys. Next weekend I start installing all the electronics


    Just a quick compare between the stock kicker 6x9 and the new Rockford Fosgates

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    Great job and will be following your progress to see the finished results. I used the same 3M carbon fiber vinyl on my Ipad install. That stuff is pretty quality and easy to work with.

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    Looks good. Let me know if you need any help with the ipad install. I already have one installed in my 2006 mustang and can give you some tips if you need them.

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    Looks great, thanks for all the pictures.

    Good looking car too.

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    Well it looks like I'm going to go in a completely different direction. I've been carrying this iPad around in the car for a couple of weeks now and the 'gee-wiz' factor is starting to wear off. Cool form factor, cool interface, limited functionality in that it is what it its, what you see is what you get.

    I'm not real impressed with google maps as a nav application and the iTunes music player is too busy to use easily. I don't see any way to integrate radio or satellite and based on what I have seen Apple do in the past I don't see them opening it up to 3rd party integration in the near future. So the iPad is on eBay cause I see people paying way over retail for them.

    I'm going to do a PC based carputer.

    Oh yeah, I get to tell AT&T to go pound sand.

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    Uhh...what are you going to do about that big hole you just cut in your dash?

    I'm not trying to be critical here, but a little pre-planning would have saved you some effort.
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    F&*KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK, Damn that 300 looks demonic.... absolutely beautiful car, very nicely done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte View Post
    Uhh...what are you going to do about that big hole you just cut in your dash?

    I'm not trying to be critical here, but a little pre-planning would have saved you some effort.
    It's not like there is a lot of pre-planning available when it comes to the iPad, since everyone is creaming their brainpans over the thing before they actually get it going.

    At least now with a giant hole you can put a decent sized screen in there.

    I have a Charger, so I will be paying attention to this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX1Cruizer View Post
    F&*KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK, Damn that 300 looks demonic.... absolutely beautiful car, very nicely done.
    +1. i can't say that i've been a fan of the 300c, but that one looks great. Nice halo headlights! perfect touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tx_bandit View Post
    Well it looks like I'm going to go in a completely different direction. I've been carrying this iPad around in the car for a couple of weeks now and the 'gee-wiz' factor is starting to wear off. Cool form factor, cool interface, limited functionality in that it is what it its, what you see is what you get.

    I'm not real impressed with google maps as a nav application and the iTunes music player is too busy to use easily. I don't see any way to integrate radio or satellite and based on what I have seen Apple do in the past I don't see them opening it up to 3rd party integration in the near future. So the iPad is on eBay cause I see people paying way over retail for them.

    I'm going to do a PC based carputer.

    Oh yeah, I get to tell AT&T to go pound sand.
    I would never use google maps in a car. I downloaded a $5.00 Nav app (Ndrive) that works great, with newer maps than the ones currently on my OEM nav (which is up to date, in theory, at least).

    Did you have the iPad 3G, or did you connect to the internet on the go? There's a lot of Internet Radio options out there (iheartradio, for instance, works great for your local stations, including traffic and AM radio), and Pandora.

    iTunes are inadequate, but you could use Flick Tunes for gesture control of your playlists/transport buttons.

    You can't do that with CF: no gestures, no Pandora, limited options for internet radio (shoutcast and webradio), no local stations unless you go with an external radio, etc.

    After you did all that job...Going to be hard to find a comparable decent screen for less than $600.00 and it will probably be smaller than the iPad's 9".

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