Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Buried in a sand trap somewher
BA Mobile phone wiring and such
For all those that will be putting in a mobile phone hands free kit into your BA car will find like myself it is a very difficult thing to however with a bit of faith and strength of character I have managed to tuck wires away as best as I think a professional wirer could do plus learnt a few things about my car :)
Now, if you damage any of your trim work do not blame me and expect to pay a pretty penny to get a new piece. Also Ford has recalled/cancelled the mobile phone presenter and it doesn't look like it is terribly manual transmission friendly either.
I drive a manual too so it might be different to your auto's.
The trim around the transmission (dark grey metal look) is the first to be lifted. Under this piece is all the screws which secure the side trim into place. This trim is located in place by four press-to-location style plugs which can just be pulled out. The easiest way I found for this to happen is to grab the edge which is under the tissue/ash tray holder and pull upwards and towards the rear seat. It should come out easily. Then you need to get the back part out, open the cup holder and pull directly up with your fingers - NEVER EVER lever something that is plastic with a screwdriver - this is a bit tighter to get out but a bit of faith and it comes out. Make sure all the locators have their yellow plugs on them as that locks them in place, you will need to have a set of fine needle nose pilers to get them out of the holes if they came off.
to remove the trim which runs from the sides of the center console to 1/2 way up the ICC you need to remove one screw which is located on top, back near the fulcrum point of the hand brake. After this self tapping screw is out (all trim screws are self tappers so be careful and gentle!!!), lift the trim from the screw down point and slide it away from the ICC downwards towards the floor, should come out (there are little finger tabs on the bottom of this trim for locating - be careful again).
After removing both of these pieces of trim you can remove the tissue holder/power source. Again this is held in place either side by two self tappers. These are vertically located and fairly easy to manipulate. Remove the power source tissue holder tray and you can now find that you can see a hole/gap in the trim up the left of the ICC (behind where the power source is located).
There are 3 (maybe four) little self tappers which mainly hold the trim in places on the passenger side of the center console. Remove these and you can gain some flexibility in this trimwork to be able to get your cables from the ICC power source hole to the rear of the center console on the passenger side. You will need something stiff like about 1.2 metre length of fibreglass or stiff plastic. Failing that get a wire coathanger and cover the end with masking tape (to blunten it) and tape the wires to the tip of your probe and stuff them along inside the trim work.
onces the wires are in place put all the pieces of trim back to their normal place by the reverse order, however leave of the drivers side trim to the ICC off as it will give you better access to locate the phone holder and leave off the transmission trim.
I then screwed the metal L shaped bracket with two screws into the trim on the left of the ICC under the power source and resting on the passenger trim VERY STURDY! and out of the way so I can still use the power source and the tissues and the vacant space under it as well. As well the passenger and still access the audio (if you want them to) and the heater controls.
With the cables out the back I ran the coax for the antenna under the carpet in the foot well for hte passenger along the side under the trim/carpet and then up to the back window by being under the rubber seals/trim work - can't see the cable at all basically.
Then all the data/power/audio mute cables are now on the passenger side, however they have to get to the drivers side as that is where the power/audio mute wires are located (behind fuse box).
I am yet to find out what cables do what and I will take some photos of my handiwork if anyone would like.
However i'd be pretty sure you'd take a similar route to get the ICC apart to upgrade the radio ;-)
Just waiting for Sony or something to come out with a third party device for me to be able to put in places of the factory standard unit.\
Now anyone out there know how to improve the gain of the radio reception so I can get Stereo FM tuning in around the 'burbs of Melbourne?? Hmm can those little sharks fin antenna's that the BMW's and Saabs have be used for that sorta thing?? :)
Falcon Killer (if you believe what Ford Service Departments have to say about me)
AU II XR6 - October 2001 ~ December 2002 - RIP
BA XR6 - December 2002 ~ Soon to disappear if Ford CRC can't fix it....
45,000km service coming up - and i'll be asking for a sizable list of fixes:
* Gearbox (3rd time)
* Steering click (5th time)
* Brake Shudder (2nd time, and has the applied "Fix")