Picture of Ashtray iPhone/iPod Dock
Convenient iPhone/ipod connection built into your ashtray!

Beginner - intermediate

Tools required.
Xacto blade

1x Car stereo with USB connection.
1x USB - ipod cable.
Liquid nails/strong adhesive.
Scrap sheet plastic.
Old iPod dock connector

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Step 1: Cut plastic base

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Using an xacto knife,
Score and snap the plastic to fit within the ashtray.

Using a Drill / x-acto / dremel
Cut an opening for the iPod dock to fit in.

Step 2: Test fit

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Quick test fit of all the components together

Step 3: Glue components together

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Take the plastic base, iPod dock, and USB cable.

Glue it together.

Step 4: Hole for USB cable pass through

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Enlarge a hole on the side/bottom of ashtray (hidden) for the USB cable to pass through.

Step 5: Assembly

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Feed the USB cable through the enlarged hole.
Glue plastic base assembly to the ashtray.

Step 6: Back to the car

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Run the USB cable under the console towards the rear of the deck plug it in.

Insert assembly into the console.

Plug in your iPhone/iPod!

Scroll through playlists and charge your phone at the same time!

zachywan3 years ago
Awesome project! I see it's in an E30 ;) I was just planning to install a new stereo in my '89 bimmer so this is perfect!