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Old 01-04-2007, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default 1994 Ford Mustang Install with pics (should work with 94-04 mustangs)

Just got done installing my Starmate 4 in my Mustang. All of this should look pretty familiar for the 94-04 Mustangs.


First I installed my antenna on my roof just above the back window. I ran the antenna cable under the weatherstripping above the window and then underneath the side of the window down into the trunk. It's completely hidden.



In the right corner I then peeled up the rubber seal that goes around the trunk and used a small file to create a notch to conceal the antenna cable. I first put a few layers of duct tape in the notch so the cable wouldn't strip by rubbing up against it. I got this idea from the Crutchfield install guide online.


Then taped the whole thing down and replaced the rubber seal around the trunk. You can see the only exposed part of the cable in this pic, but it's still underneath the trunk lid so it's ok by me.


I ran the cable through the trunk and tucked in down the side of the rear seat and then under the door jam then up under the glove box and into the area behind the stereo and heating/cooling controls.



I didn't like the mounting options that came in the kit. I found a bracket on Crutchfield, but they wanted $36 plus shipping for it. I couldn't justify spending that much on a piece of bent metal with holes drilled into it especially when my Starmate only cost $69 with car kit. Plus theirs mounted on the left side of the heating/cooling controls and is partially blocked from my line of sight by the steering wheel.

I found a piece of sheet metal that I had lying around. I don't remember the gauge, but I bought it a Lowe's a while back. I made a paper template and held it up in my car to get the desired length and the angles. I drew that out and made it a little bigger just in case and then cut it out using a jigsaw and hacksaw.


I used a vise with a block of wood and a hammer to bend it.


Here it is after the bends.


I then used a wire brush on my drill to remove the rust and to polish it as well as some sand paper to smooth over the edges and sheet metal shears to round the corners. It was really starting to take shape here and looked pretty good.


I drilled some holes to be able to mount the bracket. I had to rip apart my entire center console area of my car to measure the spacing. I'll get to that later. I was a little pissed at myself because after drilling the holes I realized I scratched up basically the only part of the bracket that would be visible.


Then I realized that this bracket wouldn't work because there would be no way to access the ports on the back of the docking station. So I had to notch out for that. I measured and drew it first.


Sorry I have to break this up b/c I can only post 10 images per post. Hopefully this will work...
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:42 PM   #2
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Here it is after I cut out the notches. I had to use a dremel and a hacksaw, the jigsaw was starting to bend the bracket.


I then measured and marked for some more drill holes to mount the bracket to the docking station.


I was pretty impressed with myself with drilling those holes....they lined up the first time!


Here it is up against the wall so you can see the angle.


I sanded it and got out those marks I made with the drill and so it would hold paint better.


I put a few coats of primer on it and then a few more coats of gloss black paint. This picture doesn't do it justice, it looks really good.


Here is what my car used to look like.


I ripped off the trim around the center console area and removed my stereo. The two bolts circled are where I going to attach the bracket I just made.


I took out the screws in the armrest/cup holder thing and pulled out the little storage box to gain access to the wiring underneath.


Luckily for me the 94 mustangs came prewired for a convertible and for fog lights. I tapped into the 12V of the convertible harness, since I don't have a convertible this wasn't being used at all. I tested the voltage and it was only on when the key was on, not a continuous voltage like the cigarette plug. I wanted to do that b/c I knew some morning I would come out and my battery would be dead b/c I left the Sirius radio on all night. (Yeah I know it would probably take a few days, but still). The convertible harness is the black plug with the arrow pointing to it. The gray plug is the fog light harness, which wasn't being used, but I connected fog lights up to it.
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:43 PM   #3
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Since the Starmate uses 5V and not 12V I connected up an accessory cigarette power adapter from radioshack and just used the existing power plug that came with the Starmate. This way I could hide this adapter and still have my main cigarette plug free in my car. I forgot to take pics of this and there's no way I'm taking that all apart now....sorry.

I tested it all out and made sure I was getting ~5V out before I connected it up to my Starmate. Everything checked out ok, so I ran the power cable up by the shifter and behind the stereo. I connected my kenwood stereo and put together all of the trim and connected up my Starmate.

Here are the final pics.









Let me know what you think and hopefully this will help somebody in the future.
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That turned out real nice. I did the same thing with a piece of sheet metal for my mount in my company car minus the polishing and painting. Yours is nicer than most of the professional installs I have seen.

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Nice install. Your dashboard looks really nice for a 1994 model. Good job.
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yeah man, great job!
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Thanks, I put so much primer and paint because I was worried about it rusting.....One side of that sheet metal was just covered in rust before I sanded it off. The bracket turned out better than I thought. Now I'm just waiting for my aux input cable in the mail, the FM transmitter sounds like crap now that I moved it lower....it was hanging with the suction cup mount on the window.

I take pretty good care of this car even though its getting old now, but since Ford didn't really change the body style of the mustang for 10 years, most people don't believe that it's that old.

Oh yea.....I'd forgotten how much I missed listening to howard stern. This is great stuff.
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Smile Great job but...

...one thing that concerns me with that install is....God forbid you get into some type of situation where the passenger airbag deploys.

As dumb as it may sound, maybe you could deactivate the airbag because they pack a big punch when then come out and it might make that unit a deadly projectile. Just make sure your passenger always wears the seatbelt.

Other than that, great job.
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...one thing that concerns me with that install is....God forbid you get into some type of situation where the passenger airbag deploys.

As dumb as it may sound, maybe you could deactivate the airbag because they pack a big punch when then come out and it might make that unit a deadly projectile. Just make sure your passenger always wears the seatbelt.

Other than that, great job.
Yeah I thought of that when I installed it. My reasoning for continuing was that I thought the airbag would probably push that thing towards the left and out of the way, but yea good point......I'll be careful driving.
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looks real good, nice job on the install. I'm in the process of fabbin my own aluminum bracket for my 02 ram to install my sportster 4. So far I've got it cout out, I got the holes drilled, I just need to bend it how I want it. Can't wait to get it done, I'm sick of having the suction cup mount up in the window. Excellent job of showing the steps on how you did the entire install.


Did you have to notch the bezel in order for there to be clearance for the bracket?

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looks real good, nice job on the install. I'm in the process of fabbin my own aluminum bracket for my 02 ram to install my sportster 4. So far I've got it cout out, I got the holes drilled, I just need to bend it how I want it. Can't wait to get it done, I'm sick of having the suction cup mount up in the window. Excellent job of showing the steps on how you did the entire install.


Did you have to notch the bezel in order for there to be clearance for the bracket?
If by bezel you mean the bracket surrounding my stereo and heating controls, then no, there was plenty of space. I could see that being a problem in newer vehicles though....just something you might want to take into account.
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If by bezel you mean the bracket surrounding my stereo and heating controls, then no, there was plenty of space. I could see that being a problem in newer vehicles though....just something you might want to take into account.

yea, thats what I meant. thanks. I won't know if I have to notch mine until the bracket is finished and ready to install.
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