I was looking for a clean iPod install for the JK that wouldn't break the bank, look good, and most of all, easy to use.
Here is what it looks like when I finished.
Now for the writeup:
I'm using a cable
from OEM Auto Sound. This cable will charge the iPod and has a line-out (bypasses the iPod's volume control). They didn't have one that went from the iPod connector to a 3.5mm Aux plug, so I also bought and RCA to 3.5mm jack splitter.
To hold the iPod in place, I bought a Ram Mount iPod cradle
that sticks to the dash. It came with a swivel but I didn't use it in order to keep the iPod closer to the dash for a cleaner look.
Since I wanted a clean install, I didn't want an AUX plug sticking out of the front of the radio. So I installed a new AUX plug in the back of the radio. (CREDITS: eaglemikeo down the street for the original writeup. I could have never figured this out)
First step - Remove the Radio
Pop the top console plate off. Simply stick a screwdriver under the corner and lift. There are two tabs in the back that hold it in place. Lift up the back and slide forward, then lift.
Remove the bottom plate as well. You should be able to pull it outward from the top. There are two tabs at the top and two slide hooks on the bottom. Pull outward and up
Once these two pieces are removed, you will see 4 screws. 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom. Remove the 4 screws and then gently pull the front part of the console away from the dash. There are 3 tabs on each side of the panel.
Now you will see the 4 screws that hold the radio in place. Remove the screws, slide the radio out gently, disconnect the antenna(s) and the harness. All of the connections have a tab that needs to be depressed to slide the connector off. Pull the radio out.
Next, install new AUX port in the back of the radio.
Remove the front panel from the radio. There are 3 tabs on top. Simply lift them up and pull the front of the panel off. Go easy here and don't break the tabs.
Remove the 2 torx screws that hold the top panel of the radio on. Lift up from the end where the screws are and pull out. I had to tap the panel with a screwdriver to get it to budge.