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Mustang iPad Install UPDATE!



Ok so I have finished my iPad install and I'm ready to give a full review.

Features: GPS w/live traffic, 3G Internet, Streaming Radio, Onboard Diagnostics, iTunes, App Store, High Resolution Screen, Video, Youtube, Email, Calendar, Contacts, and Much More.

Why I did it: The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the iPad was this is the car system I have been waiting for. The other DVD/GPS systems were ugly, glitchy, slow, and had very low resolution screens. Also I have always dreamed of having internet in my car for traffic updates, restaurant reviews, and everything else. The iPad also gave me a chance to go diskless in my car. We have been diskless at home for a while now so it was only natural to get rid of that dated CD player and FM radio. The last reason was cost. I looked into installing a carputer or a high end dvd/GPS unit but to get all the features I wanted it was going to cost $$$$. With the iPad I could get wifi, GPS, iTunes, Video, Apps, 3G internet, etc... all for $699 or so.

What was needed: At first I was just running the iPad off of an old sony deck that was stuffed behind the unit. This was never meant to be permanent but did workout ok. But in order for me to be happy with the project it couldn't be half assed and I wanted a standalone system. I decided to run the iPad directly from a 4 channel amplifier. I used a headphone splitter and then two headphone to RCA adapters to run to the amp. Then wired the four cabin speakers to the amp. This worked pretty good but it had a couple of draw backs, the biggest being volume control. Because all of the buttons are inaccessible I had to use the ipod app volume slider to control volume for the entire unit. So if I was listening to Pandora and I wanted to change the volume I would have to close the app open the ipod app change the volume and than return to Pandora. This was a pain but manageable. I decided I needed volume control and an equalizer so I got a 3Sixty.2 from Rockford Fosgate. This gave me everything I wanted and more. I also wanted to be able to run diagnostics on the ipad monitoring my boost, engine temp, WHP, etc... So I bought a Plex Kiwi Wifi and the Rev2 App. This is really cool.

Is it Removable: Kind-of.... If I really need to I can remove it in under 3 min. (I did time it). But it was meant to be an in-dash only system. I had only seen two other iPad installs in a car both were removable and both looked cheap. I didn't want to plug and unplug, I just want to get in and drive!

Pros: Awesomeness!!! The iPad was made for the car, GPS works way better than expected and real time traffic and construction updates are amazing! Streaming Radio is also amazing I have yet to loose signal with AT&T Pandora rocks. The screen looks great even in direct sunlight, I do have tinted windows so I think that helps a lot.

Cons: Over heating! On most day's it is not an issue, however on exceptionally hot days if I forget to put up my sun vizor the ipad does over heat. After about 5min with AC on it is fine. Again this can be avoided by just remembering to put up a sun vizor witch is good for your interior anyway. I am worried about theft but I park in a garage most of the time and I have a top of the line security system installed. Like I said before it's no different than having a $700 system in your car.

Must have Apps: If you install an iPad like this you must Jailbreak.

Let me know if anyone has any questions.

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Next update will probably be "someone broke into my car and stole my ipad"

might want to figure out how to hide that thing man.
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awesome man!!! i would love to have something like that
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if i pay u will u do this 4 me
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Any way to run some kind of CPU fans behind the unit? They're small and don't require much power. Just a thought, i don't really know much about this kind of thing. It's definitely a kickass idea, i wish i had brains to do this.
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nice install man. I will be working on doing the same thing i my 2010 GT , but i have to figure out a way to over lap the Shaker system since it has blue tooth i wont need any volume controls since they are on the steering wheel.
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Any way to run some kind of CPU fans behind the unit? They're small and don't require much power. Just a thought, i don't really know much about this kind of thing. It's definitely a kickass idea, i wish i had brains to do this.
I looked into CPU fans for cooling but I couldn't find a good way to make them only turn on when the car hit a certain temp.
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Originally Posted by WLJohnson05 View Post
Next update will probably be "someone broke into my car and stole my ipad"

might want to figure out how to hide that thing man.
Thanks for the concern, I have a couple systems in place to hide and secure the ipad.
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nice install man. I will be working on doing the same thing i my 2010 GT , but i have to figure out a way to over lap the Shaker system since it has blue tooth i wont need any volume controls since they are on the steering wheel.
So your going to wire your steering wheel volume controls to adjust the volume on the iPad... how? You will need some other way to adjust volume. The controls on your steering wheel are wired into your headunit. Since you will be replacing your head unit with the iPad, you will need a new way to control the volume. Either throught the ipad or some kind of equalizer like the OP used.
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Most badass install in a Mustang yet I wish my 2001 had rom for this in the center stack but I just don't think it would! I am envious!
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Most badass install in a Mustang yet I wish my 2001 had rom for this in the center stack but I just don't think it would! I am envious!
Agreed. This install really makes me want an s197.
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Originally Posted by Zatrekaz View Post
So your going to wire your steering wheel volume controls to adjust the volume on the iPad... how? You will need some other way to adjust volume. The controls on your steering wheel are wired into your headunit. Since you will be replacing your head unit with the iPad, you will need a new way to control the volume. Either throught the ipad or some kind of equalizer like the OP used.
No I will overlay the ipad over the system and then build a case/dash to make it look stock. The new stereo in the 2010 are blue tooth i will synce the ipad and the shaker system that way i can control the volume with the stock controls on the steering wheel.
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WOW. I just installed a clarion head unit...Thought it looked awesome and all but this just shatters my joy

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hey koach! check this out, clicky!-> Ford Mustang with Apple iPad custom installed | CJ Pony Parts

this is very badass and good job btw
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Badass, nicely done!
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That's sick...But That would cause me to crash lol...
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Awesome, I have installed a couple of Mac's in cars before and when the iPad came out I knew it was going to take over in the car audio industry, you can bet there will be a lot more apps to come involving being in a car. I am sure before long I will be able to control my diesel through it instead of the edge monitor that I have. Anyways awesome work. looks great...
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man that is so damn sick!!! total jealousy over here mang!!
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