||If you have a Subaru Outback with the ACC (Automatic Climate Control) and a desire for AUX-IN or iPhone/iPod-IN buy this right now. It absolutely works. No, do it now. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Back? Okay. Good job. Here's how it went.
What I installed tonight:
AUX-IN board (Jazzy Engineering)
iSimple PolyWire Car Radio RCA Audio Connector Cable for iPhone or iPod, IS75 (Amazon.com)
iSimple IS335 Dash Mountable Auxiliary Input Adapter (Amazon.com)
PAC SNI1 Noise Isolator (Amazon.com)
SANOXY 3.5mm Stereo Coupler, Female / Female (Amazon.com)
Plastic Trim removal tools (Amazon.com)
I have a 5 speed manual Outback 2006 that I just purchased. Looked for a after-market stereo for iPhone-in but couldn't find one. Hmmm. Weird. And then after some research I found out why. Enter Jazzy Engineering. Ordered on Sunday, arrived on Wednesday. Nice. Proper left (white)/right (red) RCA plugs. Good. Rest of the stuff arrived from Amazon same day (love Prime shipping).
So it took me roughly 2.5 hours for the entire job. Had my notebook handy with install .pdf open, but it's very straightforward. Shift knob unscrews and comes out with the gun-metal plastic trim that surrounds it. Trim removal tools worked great, no marring. Screws out and into ice cube tray (tidy way to keep track of screws). Plugs undone, radio out. Jazzy directions very good for taking apart radio unit, though my radio had 6 screws to anchor the CD and not the 4 listed.
I'm a computer geek by trade so while the directions are a bit odd for the ribbon cables, just remember that it's metal to metal. You'll see the edge connectors inside the plug, so be sure to match them up with the metal edge connectors on the ribbon. Easier than the whole "passenger side this way, AUX plugs that way" bit in the directions. Ran the PAC SNI1 plugs out thru the extra port and anchored them to the radio chassis on the inside with a zip tie to keep them from moving. Grounded the ground wires to the heat sink and radio mount chassis screws.
Used trim tools to pop the center upper vents/storage box and then used a dremel to make opening in the top of the storage box to run the iSimple PolyWire iPhone pug thru. Dragged most of the wire (2'+) thru and anchored with zip tie. The iPhone plug will live in the storage box as it's close to the windshield for GPS mount. Anchored iSimple to strut on driver's side with zip tie to keep rattle down.
Plugged the 3.5mm jack into the female/female connector and plugged it into the iSimple IS335 mount. Drilled a hole just below the ash tray on the passenger side and mounted the 3.5mm AUX in plug there (glued it too). This way if I use another audio source I can jack into that port instead of having a random 3.5mm plug/wire hanging around. Tidied everything up with zip ties (wiring closet geek) so done with that.
Power for PolyWire was quick. Red to screw on the back of the cigarette plug and black (wired with an extra screw & nut) to one of the back chassis struts for the dash. Tested everything and the Jazzy hack just plain works. KISS, baby, KISS!
Went back together quick (no extra screws!) and I'm currently in the passenger seat writing this review listening to electro-swing from my iPhone and drinking a beer while reviewing an absolutely awesome product. You might think that Nathan is charging a exuberant sum for such a trifle, but I'm more than happy to reward innovative design and out-of-the-box thinking, which is what Nathan has provided to a small and select market. You'd be hard pressed to do better anywhere else.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]