Step 2: Locate Bluetooth antenna
connection at rear ashtray assembly.
Purpose: Connect Bluetooth antenna.
Tools Needed: None.
In the first picture below you can see the
parts that I found at the rear ashtray assembly. The Purple
connector, sometimes called FAKRA connector (#1), a
connection for a "wired" installation (#2), the ashtray light (#3) and
the black sheathing (#4).
The Purple FAKRA connector (#1) and the
"wired" connection (#2), were both wrapped up in the black sheathing
(#4). The black sheathing with connections was found underneath the
In the 2nd picture below you can see how
the Purple FAKRA (#1) connects to the Bluetooth antenna (#5).
In the 3rd picture you can
start to see how my installation differs from others I have seen online.
I did not have to remove my entire center console which most
others will instruct you to do. This made my install much easier and
with much less risk of damage to my gear shift base and center console.
I'll address this further in step 3.
In the 3rd & 4th pictures you can see how
I neatly tucked the Bluetooth antenna inside the center console on the
passenger side. If you follow the official instructions you would need
to use the Bluetooth antenna mounting bracket (which I didn't receive
with my kit) and you also must remove the entire center console. Doing
it the way I've shown below saves a lot of time and hassle and works
just fine. There is absolutely no difference in reception quality!
You should use the black sheathing (#4)
and re-wrap the "wired" connection (#2) which is not used in the
Bluetooth installation. Tuck the wrapped "wired" connection out of the
way. You could re-install the entire ashtray assembly at this point
since you are done with this area. I suggest waiting on re-installing
anything until the entire Bluetooth installation is complete and tested.