I for one am a stickler for neatness and keeping my car tidy and professional looking. I don't like the look of a long 3.5" cable running from the auxiliary port of my head unit all the way to my ipod which just sits in a cup holder. It looks trashy to me! So after some thought I came up with this. I bought a daystar dash panel recently and this idea came to mind. What if there was an ipod connector coming straight out of the daystar panel which I could just set my ipod on? Thus, the daystar ipod dock was born. This is my first write-up by the way, so bear with me! Here we go.
First off, I used an ipod dock specifically made by apple. This is the link to the exact product: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC...ode=MTY1NDA0OQ
I also used a daystar panel
Alright. Let's get this thing going. So first of all, once you have both of these (you can order both online) flip the ipod dock over and use a flat-head screw driver to pry off a corner of the rubber bottom side. Just peel this off.
after peeling it off, use the screwdriver to pry the sides away and push the inside piece out towards you. There are small tabs holding it in.
flip it back over right-side-up and lift off the top plastic piece. It should come easily if you freed up all the tabs in the previous step.
next you will see five screws. Unscrew all of them.
You can now lift off this metal piece. I found that it is easier to lift one side first, then the other.
Now slide this little plastic piece off that sits on the actual connector.
Alright, now we want to remove the board itself from the base. This is held on with little melted plastic tabs. Use a pair of small wire crimpers to remove these. BE CAREFUL!!!
Watch out for the tiny electrical components on the board while doing this! If you accidently happen to knock one of them off, the entire thing is useless! So use caution.
Once you have all of these removed, you can remove the board from the base. Be gentle with this! The board is kind of flimsy and will break if you force it!
Now I measured the actual connector, it ended up being 21 millimeters. The daystar panel's little holding slot happens to be 210 millimeters. 210 - 21 = 189. 189 / 2 = 94.5 So this basically means.. if you want this to be in the very center of the daystar dash panel, measure in 94.5 millimeters from each side and put a mark here. These mark the sides of the connector. (refer to pic)
After you mark the sides, use a craft knife (an exacto knife) and carefully score the path you will cut. Begin to cut slowly. (Be careful!)