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Ceiling console mods??

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Ceiling console mods??

Post by Webpirate » Thu May 16, 2019 12:34 pm

Had anyone done any interesting mods on the empty ceiling console plate?? See the picture for exactly what I'm talking about.. I keep looking at the empty plate thinking there must be something cool I can do with it..
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Re: Ceiling console mods??

Post by engellion » Wed May 22, 2019 5:36 am

I've used the Roof Light console for an aftermarket Bluetooth mod, but on the facelifted model (mine's 2009).

Installed a Sony RM-X7BT kit. It has two main components. The Controller, used for answering calls, volume, playback, seek, and BT pairing of the phone via NFC. The Bluetooth adapter, contains a BT receiver, internal mic, AUX port, ext-mic port, and USB power port.

I installed the BT adapter inside the Roof Light console. The adapter is upside down so that the mic of the adapter is located above the grill built into the cover for the factory mic (the mic is not there as the car did not come with phone or BT).
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I ran a power wire from the 12v fuse, via a fuse splitter, up the right hand A-pillar into the roof and over to the Roof Light, where it connects to a USB 5v adapter tucked into the roof.
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I then installed an AUX cable extension from the reserved port next to the factory AUX port in the armrest console: drilled the hole through which I inserted the male end of the AUX cable extension, ran the other end of the cable under the floor console to behind the front centre console. A second AUX cable plugs into this extension and then runs behind the footwell, up the right A-pillar into the roof and over to the Roof Light, where it then plugs into the Bluetooth adapter AUX port.
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I then secured the Sony Controller to the outside of the Roof Light console.
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A little serendipity manifested itself, in that the rear centre lug for the light cover is translucent, so the Bluetooth light from the adapter shines through. Steady blue light means phone connected, all is well.
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Answering calls or starting and stopping music is via one touch of the Controller. Volume control is by left or right turn of the controller. Works well, and all wiring is out of sight.

I have thought about cutting a hole in the roof light cover the same size as the controller so I could insert the controller into it, to reduce the profile of it about a centimetre or so. Other than that, I am quite happy with it.



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Re: Ceiling console mods??

Post by Webpirate » Wed May 22, 2019 7:27 am

Very nice!!



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