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iPod Integration Installation
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

iPod Integration Installation

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$150

Talent:

**

Tools:

Screwdriver, socket set

Applicable Models:

R50 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2002-06)
R52 MINI Cooper Convertible (2005-08)
R52 MINI Cooper S Convertible (2005-08)
R53 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2002-06)

Parts Required:

Dice Electronics iPod Kit

Hot Tip:

Plan ahead of time where to mount the iPod unit

Performance Gain:

Ability to control your iPod through the factory MINI stereo

Complementary Modification:

upgrade speakers
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The iPod is easily one of the neatest gadgets to come out in the last 10 years. The ability to have a portable jukebox with literally thousands of songs at your fingertips presents some problems when trying to use it with a car stereo. Trying to operate the click wheel while driving is not only distracting, it's downright dangerous. Thankfully, the guys over at Dice Electronics have developed a whole series of integration units that allow you to use the factory stereo controls to operate your iPod or iPhone.

The first step in installing the Dice Electronics iPod Integration Kit is to disconnect the battery. This is important as you risk causing damage to both the vehicle and the iPod unit. Lift up the carpet in the rear trunk and you will see the battery underneath. Use either a 10mm socket or wrench to loosen the securing nut and then wiggle the clamp up and off of the battery's negative terminal (See Figure 2). Failure to disconnect the battery could cause damage to the various electrical components of both the MINI and also the iPod module. Play it safe and disconnect the battery before hand.

The iPod kit uses the input for the factory CD changer in the trunk to operate with the stock stereo system. Unfortunately, if your car is already equipped with the CD changer, you'll need to unplug both the three pin and six pin connectors from the CD changer. At this point, you can remove the CD changer from the car by removing the mounting screws on each side.

If your car doesn't have the changer, remove the cover on the passenger side of the trunk by pressing down on the two tabs and pulling the cover out (See Figure 3). You'll need to find both the three pin and six pin connectors that would normally connect to the CD changer. (See Figure 4). Remove the two Phillips head screws holding the trim panel to the side of the car. This will allow you to pull one end of the new harness with the matching three and six pin connectors up and under the panel to connect with the CD changer harness (See Figure 5). The cable harness is quite long. More than enough to route it to the front of the car. The idea here is to route the harness under the trim panels to conceal it. This will give the installation a clean look with no wires hanging out.

Take the other end of the new cable harness and route it underneath the rear folding seat (See Figure 6). You'll need to mount the iPod module towards the front of the car. In our case, I decided to run the harness under the rear seat on the passenger side, then under the weather-stripping and door trim panel, up towards the glovebox. (See Figures 7, 8 and 9)

How you physically mount the module is entirely up to you. I mounted mine on the inside of the glovebox (See Figure 10). In our case, I removed the glovebox from the car, mocked up the module in place, marked the hole locations, then screwed the module down into position. I cut a notch in the small plastic plug at the back to run the cables to the module. Mounting the module this way gives a clean look and allows easy access to the dip switches on the front of the unit. Now route the harness to the module and connect the rectangular plug into the back.

Now take the iPod docking cable and plug it into the back of the Dice module. Route the other end of the cable however you like through the dashboard or glovebox to provide easy access to your iPod or iPhone. Once connected, re-connect the battery and turn the ignition on. The iPod should show the Dice Electronics logo and be ready to use after you press the "Mode" button on the stereo to the CD Changer function (See Figure 11). Please refer to the user manual included with the kit for instructions on how to control the iPod through the module.

The dip switches on the front of the module control the operation of the interface. Looking at the front of the unit, you'll see two sets of dip switches. The set to the left controls the car configuration while the set near the middle controls the iPod configuration. The two sets of switches can be configured in a variety of different ways depending on what radio you have and also if you would like to control the iPod from the stereo or from the iPod itself. Please refer to the supplied user manual for the actual settings. It's important to note that if you intend to change the dip switch settings, Unplug the connections from the back of the module and cycle the ignition switch OFF for at least 50 seconds.

One other thing to note. Some MINI Coopers may have Digital Sound Processing (DSP) This is a feature on some BMW's that requires the use of an additional module from Dice Electronics. If your car is equipped with DSP, please contact either Pelican Parts or Dice Electronics for more information.

Shown here are the contents of the DICE electronics iPod integration kit.
Figure 1

Shown here are the contents of the DICE electronics iPod integration kit. This kit allows you to play music through the stock stereo on the MINI Cooper using the CD changer input for the stereo.

Begin by disconnecting the ground from the battery.
Figure 2

Begin by disconnecting the ground from the battery. Lift up the carpet in the rear trunk and you will see the battery underneath. Use either a 10mm socket or wrench to loosen the securing nut and then wiggle the clamp up and off of the negative terminal on the battery.

Press down on the two tabs (green arrows) to remove the access cover on the right side of the trunk compartment.
Figure 3

Press down on the two tabs (green arrows) to remove the access cover on the right side of the trunk compartment.

Inside the access panel, you'll find the harness for the CD changer (if your car did not already have one).
Figure 4

Inside the access panel, you'll find the harness for the CD changer (if your car did not already have one). Shown here are the two connectors you will need to find (green arrows). If your car is equipped with a CD changer, you'll need to remove these connectors from it and remove the CD changer. .

Remove the two Phillips head screws holding the trim panel to the side of the car (green arrows).
Figure 5

Remove the two Phillips head screws holding the trim panel to the side of the car (green arrows). This will allow you to pull one end of the new harness with the matching three and six pin connectors up and under the panel to connect with the CD changer harness (purple arrow).

Take the other end of the new cable harness and route it underneath the rear folding seat.
Figure 6

Take the other end of the new cable harness and route it underneath the rear folding seat. The idea is to route the cable under the trim panels and seat to conceal it.

Pull the weather-stripping from the outside of the door frame.
Figure 7

Pull the weather-stripping from the outside of the door frame. You'll see a small channel where you can run the cabling along the upper edge of the black plastic trim (green arrow).

Route the harness along the channel until you reach the front of the door frame.
Figure 8

Route the harness along the channel until you reach the front of the door frame.

Pry off the trim piece on the right side of the dashboard and route the cabling inside the dashboard as shown here (green arrow).
Figure 9

Pry off the trim piece on the right side of the dashboard and route the cabling inside the dashboard as shown here (green arrow).

The placement of the iPod module is entirely up to you.
Figure 10

The placement of the iPod module is entirely up to you. We decided to mount ours in the glovebox of the car. This allows easy access to the dip switches on the front of the unit as well as easy routing of the harness cables through the plastic cover shown here. Now take the iPod docking cable and also the harness and plug them into the back of the Dice module.

Route the other end of the docking cable however you like through the dashboard or glovebox to provide easy access to your iPod or iPhone.
Figure 11

Route the other end of the docking cable however you like through the dashboard or glovebox to provide easy access to your iPod or iPhone. Once connected, re-connect the battery and turn the ignition on. The iPod should be ready to use after you press the "Mode" button on the stereo to the CD Changer function.

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Comments and Suggestions:
leroy Comments: My 2004 Mini Cooper doesn't have a CD changer in the back & I can't see the wiring for one. It does seem to have the same radio/cd unit. Is there a kit for iPods?
April 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There was an Ipod kit from MINI. It should still be available. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Terry H Comments: I have a 2002 Mini Cooper installed mp3 cable and hooked up in the back of the plug just fine when I turn the radio on it will not work what do I need to do
March 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the module for in the input. There was a kit if I remember correctly to install this adapter. It came with a module. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ROCNDAV Comments: Hi, my daughters 2002 Mini non S has the OEM ipod interface.

It worked for her iphone 4. she was able to control the music via the sterring wheel controls.

When she got her iPhone 5, we tried various 4 30 pin to 5 lightning adapters, but none worked.

I tore into the glove box today and pulled out the interface module 65110406349 and the cable 65110393656 , hoping the cable would be connected via a USB cable, but it isn't. the cable has a round 8 pin mini din style connector.

I am surprised nobody makes a replacement cable with a lightning connector.
August 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There may be an updated kit or software update for the vehicle to work with the later phone.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
MDMUS Comments: Hi! Will this work with a 2007 R56?
June 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: R56 models have a different style iPod interface. It connects to the back of the cd changer. You'll need this part kit:

Contents of Kit – P/N 65 11 0 409 341

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799.


- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Alain Comments: This is what I need and kindly let me know the price is available ,
Regards
May 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Terry Comments: are all radios in 2002 Mini Coopers equipped with CD exchanger
May 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jasonixo Comments: Is the docking cable long enough to install the module where the CD changer goes? I think I'd like to run the docking cable under the center of the rear seat from the trunk to the center console if I could.
November 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think so. You can measure the cable and make the call that way. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mario69 Comments: Hi, great article. Where did the strap on cup holder come from? Thanks
April 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are you referring to figure 11? That is an aftermarket cup holder. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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