A client from Maple Ridge contacted Certified Autosound and Security about adding an audio input to the factory radio in his 2006 Ferrari 360 Spider. He wanted to be able to play music from his phone but also wanted to keep the vehicle looking as original as possible. This goal of maintaining the look and feel of the car meant that a new radio was not an option. After some research and discussion among our team, we came up with an option that would give the client the features he wanted while adhering to his guidelines for keeping the car original. He loved our plan and scheduled an appointment for us to complete the installation.
Ferrari Audio System Bluetooth Integration
Our upgrade plan was relatively simple. We installed a JL Audio MBT-RX in the dash of the vehicle and fed the output of this Bluetooth module into the CD changer audio input on the factory radio. When the client wants to hear music or a streaming audio service from his smartphone, all he has to do is select the CD changer input.
In keeping with the request to not modify the vehicle in any way, we ordered ISO-standard male and female harnesses and created a T-harness for the radio so we could extract power, accessory and ground connections from the car without altering any of the wiring. If the client ever wants to sell the vehicle as original, we can remove the T-harness and there won’t be any trace of the upgrade.
Rearview Camera System
While the client was at our store, he mentioned that he had a rearview camera system in the car, but it had stopped working recently after the vehicle had been serviced. We agreed to check over the wiring to see if we could find the problem. Much to our surprise, the rear bumper had been removed during the service visit and someone had cut the camera cable. Thankfully, the camera system must not have been on at the time, because it was still functional. We added a waterproof Deutsch quick-connect to repair the break in the cable.
When the client returned to Certified Autosound and Security, we demonstrated how to pair his phone with the JL Audio Bluetooth receiver. He was thrilled with the upgrade we made to his Ferrari’s audio system and thanked us for repairing the camera system. If you are located near Maple Ridge, Abbotsford or Chilliwack and are interested in upgrading the technology in your car or truck, drop by one of our three locations or send us an e-mail using our contact page.