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New iPod auto installs and photos

After the overwhelming response received from the Explorer iPod dock install, I have been pushing the docked iPod for the car concept like crazy. I was already planning on doing one in my Volkswagen GTi, but also couldn’t resist adding one to an H2 that I had in the shop in the meantime. You guys asked for more, so here they are. By the way, the VW piece is the first one of these that I have done to date that could actually be built to order and shipped out so that nearly anyone could install it. While the Explorer took extensive in-vehicle work, as did the Hummer, the VW requires no modification to the vehicle beyond removing the factory ashtray and replacing it with the dock base. The finish could be whatever anyone wanted as could the lighting, logos or
whatever, just to let everyone know.

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It all depends, man. I’ve had my fair share of broken into cars, and it was more because of the look of the outside of the car (custom wheels, etc) than because of what you could see through the window. All the iPods are removable and are removed every time the car is parked. The H2 (at least the dock) is completely stealth. When the iPod is removed from the GTi, it just looks like a painted console, unless you know what you are looking at. Granted, the Explorer is a bit obvious, but Ryan wanted a showpiece, so that’s what he got…Like Ryan has stated above, these have been built with the customer’s desires in mind. They were built to order. If you wanted a dock installed in a stealth fashion, I could do that too. My entire trunk floor (in the GTi) is filled with a fiberglass painted tub surrounding a full audioo system, but if you looked in my trunk, you woudn’t know it because I built a cover for it. I, too like the stealth look and would prefer that nobody even look twice at my car. Since my head unit’s face is not removable, I chose to build something to complement it, the iPod, and the cosmetics of my interior. These aren’t the only possibilities, just some of the possibilities. As far as head unit integration, I would also love that option, but it is not an option yet. When it is, bet that I’ll post some pictures of hidden docks with Alpine-controlled iPods. In short, I agree with your comments, but want you and others to understand that I’m not suggesting that these are the BEST iPod solutions for everybody, but that I can make the iPod work in ANYONE’S car in whatever way they would like, given that the technology (i.e. Alpine) is available.

Posted by 1.8tuner on February 11, 2004 at 3:49 PM (CST)

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