Guide To Installing The Ford Usb Music Box
Posted 21 January 2012 - 01:07 AM
Yeah I'll get it installed and try do a fairly well organised playlist.. Advantage being I can select all the music I like! And once I've learnt the order it'll be easy!
Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:26 PM
Working, Plays all sorts of music, and I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised!
So far its played, MP3's, MP4's and WAV's can't comment on any other files as yet!
The hardest bit about the installation for me was finding a place to stuff the harness adaptor behind the radio, as there is little room... First couple of tries resulted in the fascia being slightly too far to the right, and fouling the hazard light switch, but its all fixed now!
Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:05 PM
Pictures will follow!
Started by removing the trim around the radio, starting at the bottom. It takes a bit of a firm tug to get it off!
Once this is out my radio is simply removed by 4 screws! I see ford don't worry about security with standard head units lol!
Once the head unit was out I removed the glove box. I kept the tray handy as instead of putting the cable in the centre console, I want it in my glovebox.
With the headunit out, I removed the connector block, and quite simply... Put the split lead in... Then I ran the music box lead through to the glovebox area, clearly the newer wiring harnesses are a lot shorter, I had to cable tie my music box to the metal support of the airbag.
With this is place I plugged in the harness and the USB lead.
At this point I tested it all worked... Nothing worse than putting everything back and finding it doesn't!!
Once I had enjoyed some high quality mp3's it was time to put it back properly.
I now drilled a hole in the back of my glove box tray, an cut it square with a scalpel. I pushed the USB connector through, and put the tray in place. It all fitted great!
Now for the bit that took an hour to sort!!!
There is... What can only be described as... sod all space behind the headunit! I struggled to find a decent place to put the extra connector block and cable, eventually I managed to squeeze it into the top right hand corner near the clocks... It was tight!
I put the headunit back in, cover back in place, and then found the hazard light button would then Stick in... So the fascia off, radio came out, and back in, fascia on.... Then fascia off, back out, and back in fascia on..... And so on an so on about another 4 times... Until eventually I got the radio and harness and fascia all in the right place... (seriously brain surgery would have been easier!!!)
I now enjoy some great tunes, on a 16gb memory stick, PC World, £18.99! Bargain!
Works a treat, I'm well happy with it!!
Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:24 PM
Firstly sorry for dragging an old(ish) post up.
Just read through this with interest, and remembered that I'd seen a flush fitting USB socket on eBay, this one.... http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4ab6cd04bf
The socket is available in black or silver (just check his store page) and, as shown in the photos, sits flush next to the rear screen de-mister button.
Now I know it is mini USB on the inside but that can be overcome by an adaptor, something like this.... http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2eb96b0680
I thought someone who reads this thread might find this usefull.
BTW - I have no affiliation with either of the eBay sellers on the links above
Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:52 PM
"Another thing they could have done is make it read the MP3 tags and display them on the radio screen (ie. name of song, artist, etc.). That doesn't bother me much, however, since I usually hit play, enjoy the music and drive. Also, I know all the songs I have in my library... But still, for that price they could have tried harder."
Posted 16 May 2012 - 10:51 AM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 03:37 PM
Does the ford radio need keys for removal? I know the plastic trim needs to come off (radio cover). But does the head unit in the images need those slim metal keys for it to be released?
Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:36 PM
Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:09 PM
Oh that is much better. THanks for your post!
On your car you just unclip the radio fascia and the radio is held in with 4 screws.
I am in a quandry as to whether I should get this little box or replace the entire head unit. The ford unit is fine for me, just a pain regarding playing mp3s etc. Seems a little extravagant to go and replace the head unit just so I can play a few Mp3s, althou some of the head units people have suggested on this forum look very snazzy and do all sorts of extra things, but then I would need a new radio cover to go on the dash for it to fit into.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 05:17 PM
I love this unit, i have a 16gb memory stick that i update every couple of months...
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