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    Okay, getting myself all prepared for Friday when my new baby arrives.

    The first job is to fit a Dension ice-link FM so that I can use my Ipod in the car.

    I've already worked out I can take the Switched feed from the cig lighter

    Is there a Ground cable also on the cig lighter?

    Also do I need special removal tool to release the Radio from the dash (or can i use 2 bent coat hangers as I've done before on Ford radios) If I do need these, how much are they and where's best to get them from, considering I'm not planning on using them very often?

    Thanks guys

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    Yes, there is a ground on the cig lighter - or just attach to any nearby bit of metal bodywork/interior frame.

    I picked up a set of double DIN pullers from Halfords for taking out my HU - when I've been removing trim etc. They're a few quid and do the job quickly and easily. I'm sure you could fashion a couple of bits of bent coat hanger to do the job, but they won't have the little hook bit on the end that gives the purchase for when you pull.

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    I can feel a trip to Halfords coming up.......

    Thanks Duncan..

    oh yes I'll provide Piccies when it arrives and the Ipod is fitted. I know it's the law

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    I've got an Ice link FM - you don't need to muck about with the lighter for a switched feed. Mine is connected to the power wires going into the head unit using scotch clips which gives you a permanent live - the ipod will charge when in its cradle but once it is removed the circuit is broken. This is how the instructions say to do it too.

    If you haven't akready ordered your Dension, I'm about to sell mine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterm
    If you haven't akready ordered your Dension, I'm about to sell mine...

    OH: I've already got one... never mind

    what colour cables are the power feed to the radio? Just so on Friday I can start playing (if the wife lets me)

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    I think it's a red and a brown. Its very easy as there's a chart on the back of the head unit showing you what all the wires are for. You just clip onto the two power ones.

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    Just been to halfords. They don't have any removal tools lets hope they get some in their delivery 2morrow

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    Don't bother with a radio removal tool for the latest radios in the Vectra. I easily managed to remove the radio thus

    Pull out bottom storagee compartment, lifting it over the power socket
    Pull out the heater panel.
    Take 1 wire coat hanger, cut in 2 and insert into the holes in the radio, Push firmly to release the clips, it will come forward about 2mm when released
    Pull radio from the bottom
    Hey presto.

    Easy peasy

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    can you fit this kit to all vx h/units?

    i've just done a quick search and one of the websites says it applicable to 804CDC and 804DCD h/units....what are they?!!?

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    The Dension ice link connects through the aerial so can be fitted to anything that hasn't got an aux in.

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