for those of you with a gps that mounts to the windshield and have an ipod hooked to the aux port on the dash this thread will make a lot of sense. for those that have after market head units and no gps this may be uninteresting but my be a good read anyways.
i got sick of always having wires hanging all over my dash. the ipod cable was the worst, running from the top of the dash all the way down to the floor and then up the front of the seats. then to make it worse my g/f always throws her purse between the front two seats and the wire gets tangled in it. then the gps is always mounted in the middle of the dash and the wire is in the way of the radio and gets tangled in the ipod wire..............f*ck i was sick of it. so today i fixed all that.
i got a sig lighter extention and cut off the male end of it. then with the female end remaining, i wired it to a switched 12v source behind the radio. i mounted my gps in the upper left hand corner and ran the power wire down behind the A-pillar and connected it under the dash to the sig. extention i just wired up. no more gps wires on the dash/radio
Then i made a small cut in the carpet just behind the very front of the seats, out of sight, out of mind. i ran my ipod (aux) cable through that hole, under the carpet to the back of the dash. i pulled the aux port out from the under side of the dash and hooked my aux cable to it behind the radio
the cable sticking through the carpet is long enough for me to hold the ipod in my lap yet i can tuck it out of the way between the jump seat and drivers seat when i want it out of the way.
my dash with everything hooked up but no wires showing
now im sure some of you are thinking, now you have a big hole in the top of your dash. i asked myself, which is the lesser of two evils and decited that id rather have a hole in the top of my dash then an aux wire running down the front of it. and i know an aftermarket head unit would take care of the need to even use an aux cable but right now i cant afford a double din head unit so im making due with what i can afford.
since i had the sig. lighter extension in my garage from a year or two ago when i had it in my stang, the whole job cost me absolutely nothing yet made the truck look much better. i dont expect everyone to go out and do this but i hope it inspires some of you to come up with some creative mods for your own trucks and then share them with the group.