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Old 03-04-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
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I drilled a hole in my console.

My iPod is the main entertainment system for my 2014 Mustang.

Since I don’t have the Electronics Package, I have to work my iPod manually. Ford unwisely placed the iPod input connection inside the console. This means you have to leave your iPod inside the console with the lid closed since there’s no place to thread the input and power wires outside the console. I don’t like the arrangement so I drilled a hole in my console. Now, I use my iPod outside the console with the lid shut.

The key to the project was the “grommet” I used on the console. I made it out of a sprinkler extension pipe. I drilled a ¾” hole and popped in the grommet for a more-finished look. I used Velcro tape on the drink lid so my iPod stays put and doesn’t slide around.

When I want the iPod unseen, I just unplug it and pull the wiring back into the console.

I know this isn’t for everyone, but it works for me.


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A nice clean installation.

It was fine the way you did it. The hole with the grommet is not really going to be noticeable when the wire is not out.
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I have found I can close the lid of the compartment without pinching the cable if you are careful.
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I have found I can close the lid of the compartment without pinching the cable if you are careful.
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There is a grove on the lip that you can run the cable through without it pinching too badly
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There is a grove on the lip that you can run the cable through without it pinching too badly

This is true.... It will not pinch your cable unless it's uber thick. . .
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This is true.... It will not pinch your cable unless it's uber thick. . .
Yep, although OP this is a very nice write-up and looks good!
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Great write-up. I respect anyone that comes up with a way to work out a mod, cleanly and effectively.

Kuddos to you.
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Great write-up. I respect anyone that comes up with a way to work out a mod, cleanly and effectively.

Kuddos to you.

I agree... Didn't mean to take anything away from the OP. Just wanting to clarify for any others so they know there is options. Great job as well
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Someone mentioned that there is a USB connector behind the glove box (actually to the left side behind the glove box) on our late model Mustangs; has anyone verified this? I thought I read where this person used a USB extender cord, and then would plug in his USB stick with music loaded on it to listen to. I'm guessing any device that has a USB port would work as well.
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Someone mentioned that there is a USB connector behind the glove box (actually to the left side behind the glove box) on our late model Mustangs; has anyone verified this? I thought I read where this person used a USB extender cord, and then would plug in his USB stick with music loaded on it to listen to. I'm guessing any device that has a USB port would work as well.
I wish. I really miss that from my Escape. They want $760 for a USB capable radio replacement for my OEM.
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My iPod is the main entertainment system for my 2014 Mustang.

Hey Ted,

Wicked awesome idea; I love how it came out.

Also where did you get that wood inlay and shifter ?
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Hey Ted,

Wicked awesome idea; I love how it came out.

Also where did you get that wood inlay and shifter ?
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It's easy to do. This is the 6th car I've done. All with the same pattern since 2000.
Does it hold up well or does it peel off/fade?
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Someone mentioned that there is a USB connector behind the glove box (actually to the left side behind the glove box) on our late model Mustangs; has anyone verified this? I thought I read where this person used a USB extender cord, and then would plug in his USB stick with music loaded on it to listen to. I'm guessing any device that has a USB port would work as well.
They do have the USB mini plug on the sync module in the dash. But its part of the sync system, so you must have sync. I don't.
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Great job on the mod. I too have thought about how to mount the iPod where I can change the songs. I hate having to open the center console. I have thought about running the cables up through the inside of the console into the bottom of the cup holder.
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Does it hold up well or does it peel off/fade?
The longest I owned a vehicle with it was 4 years and it looked the same as the day I installed it. I live in south Florida and there was no fading.
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I drilled a hole in my console.

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I have a friend who is always coming up with innovative stuff. Whenever he gets in my car he always has a new idea that can improve my standard V6. He set up my iPhone charger and aux cables to run through the center console, behind the stereo and out through the center air vents, it was so easy. All I did was put one piece of Velcro In between the vents and the other piece is on the back of my I phone case so I can easily put it on and peel it off whenever I get in or out of my car. Its so legit, no drilling or fabrication needed. It's like having a mini touch screen navigation that can play my music, make calls, play videos and everything else a iPhone can do. And it doesn't get in the way of anything, I always get complements on how clean it looks.
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Very nice! Already pinched my cable..
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My cable doesn't pinch? I have a USB port with sync. But when my friend used his aux cable, the center console has enough free play in it that you can move it around.

I like how you routed the cable though. Did something similar in my old mustang.
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They do have the USB mini plug on the sync module in the dash. But its part of the sync system, so you must have sync. I don't.

Can someone with sync post a pic of what this is? I'm having a hard time seeing it in my mind.
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Can someone with sync post a pic of what this is? I'm having a hard time seeing it in my mind.
Here (found this on another site):

The SYNC box is installed directly above the glove box, (see pic below) and is accessed by pressing the sides of glove box door toward each other to allow the stops to clear the dashboard and let the glove box door swing down.

SYNC has the installed USB and the spare "USB 2" port in the forward end of the SYNC unit (closest to the firewall). The existing USB cable helps orient the location for the USB 2 port, which is immediately outboard from the SYNC USB cable. (An inspection mirror REALLY helps here.)

The USB 2 port on the SYNC unit was a micro USB. The actual plug size in the SYNC unit is a USB MINI.

If you can find one, the ideal cord for this project would be a 24 inch USB cable, with a standard USB female "A" receptacle on one end and a male MINI B on the other.

The easiest alternate solution is to find a two foot long cable with USB MALE B MINI and a USB MALE A ends. With this cable,, a female to female "gender changer" is necessary (a government grant may be available) to connect the USB thumb drive.

A length of 1.5 - 3 feet allows enough extra cable to allow the glove box to open and close, and to remove the flash drive without pulling the USB 2 cable from the SYNC box (it is a good idea to tie-rap the USB 2 cable to something to secure it). Longer than 24 inches is OK, except that there will be extra cable to stuff into the glove box. Lots of these cables are available on eBay.

"USB 2" works great.

The SYNC receptacle for the MINI B plug is designed to accept a molded USB MINI B cable end. "Gender changers" are available that go direct from MINI B to FEMALE A, but they are larger at the MINI B end, and I think they will interfere with the SYNC socket .
SYNC plays the USB 2 port, but it does not appear on a menu, and if you turn the car off with USB 2 running, SYNC defaults to the previous active mode.
USB 2 is activated by using the voice command "USB 2". Once selected, it responds to the same commands as the primary USB.
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Drilling a hole in the side of the console certainly works and the grommet makes it look a little cleaner.

I'm curious why you didn't drill into the cup holder area instead. The cup holder would keep your ipod from sliding around eliminating the need for velcro and when you're not using the mp3 player, just close the lid and the wires/hole are gone.
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Someone mentioned that there is a USB connector behind the glove box (actually to the left side behind the glove box) on our late model Mustangs; has anyone verified this? I thought I read where this person used a USB extender cord, and then would plug in his USB stick with music loaded on it to listen to. I'm guessing any device that has a USB port would work as well.

Yes there is one there. I found it when I was tapping into my Sync wire for my Maestro kit.
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OP, that looks good. Kudos on trying something new.
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Yes there is one there. I found it when I was tapping into my Sync wire for my Maestro kit.
I think that's only if you have the SYNC system though.

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I think that's only if you have the SYNC system though.

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That is correct and when you plug something into it you can select it by voice as USB2.
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That notch you see in the first pic is to route wires out of the console.



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