Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Installation Guide
2005-2011 Vantage Coupe
This DIY guide is for 2005-2011 Vantage coupes with the Volvo-based navigation system. If you need the installation guide for a different car, you can find a list of them here:
DISCLAIMER: As always, follow all safety protocols. Don't undertake this task if you aren't comfortable with it and fully understand it. You are ultimately responsible for anything you do. Neither Redpants, LLC or myself is responsible or liable for anything that may occur.
Before you begin, please read through the entire DIY Guide to understand what is involved, make sure you have the parts and tools you need, and to check whether or not you are capable and comfortable doing the job. If you can’t say “yes” to all of these things, please have a professional do this job.
To help give an idea of what this job is like, here’s a video showing an overview of it.
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto installation kit
T20 Torx bit
T27 Torx bit
8mm deep socket*
10mm deep socket
Ratchet for the bits and sockets
*In Step 8 of disassembly, there is a nut that is either 8mm or 10mm. It varies between cars so you may or may not need the 8mm socket.
**The time needed to do this job depends on a few factors, including whether or not you’ve removed interior panels before, how many add-ons you’re installing (front/rear cameras, dash cam), and your own natural pace.
Before you begin
This job involves removing panels and pieces from the left-hand side of the car. The left-hand side (“LH” for short) is the driver side in the US, and the passenger side in the UK.
Although Aston Installations have redesigned their infotainment upgrade kit to drastically simplify installation, it still involves a couple things that may be difficult and/or risky. Please read through the entire DIY Guide and referenced DIY Guides, and watch the accompanying videos for all of the guides before beginning.
Be very careful when removing panels. They most often have a plastic subframe and may need to be replaced if broken.
Part 1: Disassembly
Disconnect the battery. You’re about to work with a bunch of electrical components and this is a critical point of safety, both for you and for the car.
Pull back the bottom carpet on the passenger side to expose the CEM cover panel. Use the T27 torx bit and ratchet to remove the 7 bolts holding the cover in place, then remove the cover panel and set it aside.
The parcel shelf, arm rest, and lower console panel all need to be removed from the car. Here’s a DIY Guide showing how to do all of that:
In the left-side door (driver side in US, passenger side in UK) use the screwdriver to remove the two screws holding the door sill scuff plate plaque in place, then remove the plaque and set them all aside.
Use the 5mm Allen key to remove the six bolts holding the door sill scuff plate in place, then remove the scuff plate and set it aside.
Removing the leather trim panel at the rear edge of the left-side door is a little tricky because each corner is held in place differently.
First, there’s a screw at the rear lower corner of the panel, which is marked here:
Remove the screw marked in the pic above with the screwdiver from the rear lower corner of the panel.
The forward lower corner has a fir tree clip, so pull out on that corner to release it.
The forward upper corner is a hook, so lift upward to unhook that corner.
The rear upper corner is either a hood or a fir tree clip. So, if you can’t lift up to unhook the corner, try pulling outward. Be careful with each thing you try so you don’t break anything, but keep in mind if it’s a fir tree clip, you might have to be a little tough to pull it free.
Once the panel is completely free, set it aside.
Next you’ll need to remove the trunk’s carpeted cubby panel shown in the pic below.
Remove the knob that holds down the trunk carpet on the upper left side, shown in the pic below, by twisting it loose (righty-tighty, lefty-loosey).
Lift up on the carpeting to release it from the stud that is now exposed. Lift the cubby carpeting off of the same stud, then pull the leather tab to free the cubby cover entirely from the car.
Remove the left-side trunk lamp by putting your thumb on the rearward edge and pulling it down while applying gentle pressure inward. It doesn’t take much effort so don’t push too hard.
Use the 8mm or 10mm deep socket to remove the nut that is now accessible where you removed the lamp. Pull the forward edge of the panel to release the fir tree clip, then maneuver the panel free from the stud where the 8mm or 10mm nut was. You can see the location of the stud and fir tree clip mounting point in the pic below.
Once the alcantara panel is removed, set it aside.
Use the 10mm socket to remove the three nuts holding the nav module in place. There are two above the module and one below it.
With the nuts removed, push down on the trunk carpeting while pulling the nav module out. The nav module’s top left bracket may get stopped by the trunk release solenoid and pushing down on the carpeting allows you to bring the nav module out lower to clear that solenoid.
When the nav module is far enough out for you to reach them, unplug the connectors on the backside of the nav module then set it aside.
Finally, take a step back and look at the mess you’ve just made, make a wish that you can get it all back together, and prepare yourself for Part 2 of this job.
Part 2: Installation
Here’s the Spline Loom:
Set the Sine Loom on the center console and find the end with the fuse leads.
Feed the fuse leads end of the Spine Loom under the right-hand side of the center tunnel panel, and then down to the CEM. Route the wires so they’re completely hidden and enter the CEM area behind the metal paneling that covers it.
Each of the leads is tagged with a fuse. Use the fuse puller to remove the applicable fuse, then insert the new leads in their place. The new leads have fuses included and they still function the same way.
Run the rest of the Spine Loom toward the rear of the car. It will travel along the center tunnel toward the rear of the cabin, then turn to travel under the carpeted parcel shelf (currently removed) behind the left-side seat, then up along the wall where the leather panel was removed, then along with existing cables to go to the trunk space, where the alcantara panel was that we removed from the trunk.
Here's the RGB Interface Nav Loom.
[pic of nav loom, coming soon]
And this is the RGB Interface:
Connect the grey plug on the RGB Interface Nav Loom into the grey plug on the backside of the factory Nav Module, then plug the other grey plug of the RGB Interface Nav Loom into the factory wiring harness connector that originally plugged into the Nav Module.
Connect the tail end of the RBG Interface Nav Loom to the RGB Interface.
Here's the RGB Interface Power Lead:
Connect the RGB Interface Power Lead to the Power/AVIO port on the RGB Interface.
Connect the white connector of the RGB Interface Power Lead to the corresponding connector on the Spine Loom.
This is the MOST Aux-In Module and MOST Aux-In Module Lead:
And this is the supplied fiber optic cable:
[pic coming soon]
WARNING: Do not bend fiber optic cables. They have some flexibility to them, but bending them too much can brake the glass within them.
Connect one end of the supplied fiber optic cable to the factory Nav Module and the other end to the MOST Aux-In Module.