Just finished my project and thought I’d share. My truck is a 2005 250 with factory stereo.
I wanted to do an iPad mini install into my truck since I use mine for most everything; music, reading, navigation, dashboss, etc.
Obviously if I had a ton of money I’d probably take it down to one of the companies you see that do the complete modification of the dash and custom install it. I went a much cheaper and removable way.
I upgraded my stereo to the Sony GS600BT which is a single din unit that supports usb input and control of the head unit from the ipad as well as all the other normal things like Bluetooth cell, music, Pandora control, etc. Retail cost is about $250. From crutchfield I also included the steering wheel control adapter and satellite radio adapter. I routed the Ipad cord to come out next to the stereo.
Since I went from the double din to the single din, crutchfield sent the new bracket that includes the pocket below the stereo. I drilled two holes into the bottom side of this pocket and inserted a couple bolts and nuts to secure them and leave about ¾’ of thread remaining.
Using some scrap 2” wide 1/8” aluminum I cut two sections. The first was about 4.5” and the second about 3”.
I bent the longer one at a 90 degree angle at the last ½”. This gave me a place to attach my spring. Picking up a cheap cabinet spring from lowes, I used this to attach the two pieces of aluminium. Once together I drilled my two holes on the bottom longer piece and the mounting hole for my ipad (ended up modifying it so that’s why there’s now 2 holes on the top part.) Painted black to stand out a little less.
Next I attached a ProClip Ipad mini mount (after removing all the swivel bracket stuff from the back) to the upper bracket. This mount is the most expensive part at about $80. Its nice though as it holds very well and the power cable snaps into it and makes for a powered stand. I did do a little dremeling on the mount to widen the area near the spring. My goal was to keep the ipad as low as possible and retain the ability to bend down completely flat.
This was attached to the two bolts already installed in the bottom tray.
Allows use of the ipad for control of the head unit while still having access to it for the occasional thing or loading cd’s. Also is easy to remove with just two wing nuts.