Holden IQ Headunit Conversion

Holden IQ Conversion Series 1

Introduction

Looking to refresh the look of your Series 1 interior and upgrade the technology at the same time? Look no further than a Series 2 headunit conversion! The Series 2 parts are a direct fit onto Series 1 vehicles.

Tools Required

  • Trim Removal Tools
  • Screwdrivers

Parts Required

  • Complete Series 2 Conversion Kit Including:
    • VIN-Programmed Holden IQ Headunit
    • Holden IQ Headunit Fascia
    • Headunit Cage
    • Passenger and Drivers Dash Spears
    • Air Conditioner Duct
    • Centre Console Trim
    • New Harness & HVAC Controller
    • Surrounding Headunit Trim

Step 1

Using a trim removal tool, pop off the side trim piece. There are three clips, one on each corner.

Step 2

  • Wedge your fingers behind the lower section of the trim and firmly pull upwards as shown by the red arrows.
  • With the bottom clips released use a gentle hinging and pulling motion to release the top clips on both sides of the steering wheel. Pull away as shown by the orange arrows.
  • Be careful releasing the clips as the trim will drop downwards. It is quiet heavy.

Step 3

As the trim is released you will need to unplug the headlight switch. Push on the clip and unplug.

Step 4

Remove the drivers side trim. Pull outwards then firmly down on both trim pieces.

Step 5

Moving over to the passenger side of the vehicle, we’re going to remove the glovebox.

Unclip the kick panel by pulling firmly downwards. This is held in place by five clips.

Step 6

Remove the two screws which are now visible.

Step 7

Gently remove the silver dash spear with a trim removal tool. Also remove the two screw covers (Green arrows).

Step 8

Remove the five screws which are now visible.

Step 9

The glovebox will now be loose. simply pull outwards and disconnect the boot release plug and loom.

Step 10

Remove the passenger side trim. Pull outwards then firmly down on both trim pieces.

Step 11

If installed, you can also remove the Bluetooth module as this is no longer required. Bluetooth is now built into the Series 2 headunit.

Follow the wiring diagram from your Series 2 conversion supplier to connect the roof microphone to the Series 2 headunit.

Step 12

Remove the speaker grill from the centre of the dashboard. Pull firmly upwards from the back and use a trim removal tool to release the remaining clips. Be gentle as the clips are prone to break.

Once removed unscrew the two screws as circled.

Step 13

Remove the drivers side dash spear. Using a trim removal tool, gently release each clip and remove.

Step 14

Unscrew the two screws as pictured.

Step 15

We will now remove the radio fascia. This can be quite difficult as the clips are very strong. Wedge your fingers or use an angled trim removal tool behind the fascia and pull towards you in a hinge motion. With decent force the headunit will come loose.

Step 16

Remove the four screws as highlighted.

Step 17

Unplug the large connector on the drivers side. Pull upwards on the lever as pictured and the connector will be released from the headunit.

Step 18

Unplug the the antenna on the passenger side. Also disconnect the harness as pictured.

The headunit ‘brain’ can now be pulled out and removed from the vehicle.

Step 19

With the headunit removed, unscrew the following four screws as pictured.

Step 20

We will now remove the centre console trim.

Using a trim removal tool, unclip the black trim piece which is held in place with six clips as shown by the arrows. Alternatively you can feel the clips from underneath and push firmly upwards to release the trim. Once unclipped disconnect the wiring looms for the window switches and traction control switch.

Step 21

Unclip the air conditioner duct and remove the neighbouring screw on both the passenger and drivers side of the vehicle.

Unscrew the gear selector trim as pictured.

Step 22

Unscrew the front storage compartment and remove.

Step 23

We will now remove the main trim piece surrounding the headunit. This is a four step process.

  1. Red Arrow – Release the clip as circled, there is one on either side. You’ll need to push down on the centre console and attempt to release the clip. Some wriggling and prying with a trim removal tool is required.
  2. Orange Arrows – Once the above clip is released, pull firmly towards towards the centre of the vehicle to release the surrounding radio trim. It helps to pull from the top of the dashboard.
  3. Green Circles – When the trim is released, unclip the wiring loom as circled and remove the trim from the vehicle.
  4. Remove the centre console trim surrounding the gear selector. This is the trim with the clip circled in red.

Step 24

Unscrew and remove the air conditioner vent.

Step 25

Unscrew and remove the headunit cage as pictured.

Removal Complete

The Series 1 headunit removal is now complete.

Series 2 Holden IQ Installation

We will now commence installation of the Series 2 Holden IQ. Here’s all the parts required.

  • VIN-Programmed Holden IQ Headunit
  • Holden IQ Headunit Fascia
  • Headunit Cage
  • Passenger and Drivers Dash Spears
  • Air Conditioner Duct
  • Centre Console Trim
  • New Harness & HVAC Controller
  • Surrounding Headunit Trim

Step 1

If a modified HVAC controller has been supplied with your Series 2 Conversion, it can be replaced by removing the passenger vent ducting and unscrewing the controller.

Replace the controller and reconnect all harnesses.

Step 2

Install the new headunit cage and air conditioner ducting. Screw both into place.

Step 3

Fit the new trim frame and screw into place.

Step 4

Slide the new headunit into position and screw down as pictured.

Step 5

Connect the new wiring harness as provided with your conversion kit, then connect to the headunit. Also connect the antenna on the passenger side.

Step 6

Slide the new headunit facia and trim into place. Push down firmly on the whole trim piece to ensure the clips are secured.

Step 7

Install the storage compartment. We chose to install our USB / AUX Input here as well.

Step 8

Install the surrounding trim (Green arrows) and screw the gear selector and storage compartment into place.

Step 9

Connect the window switches and traction control switch, and install the new piano black centre console trim.

Re-clip the air conditioner ducting and install the screw.

Step 10

Reinstall the side trim pieces. Push upwards and clip into place.

Step 11

Reinstall the glovebox and steering column trims. Don’t forget to reconnect the boot release switch.

Install the two new silver dash spears on both the driver and passenger side.

Step 12

Screw the trim into place and reinstall the speaker grille.

Finished!

Turn the ignition on and admire your work! Your Series 2 Holden IQ Radio Conversion is now complete!

V6 Oil Change – LLT / LFX / LY7

VE Commodore Engine Bay

Introduction

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change the oil in your VE Commodore, VF Commodore or Chevrolet Camaro, all of which share either the LLT, LY7 or LFX Engines.

Tools Required

Video Guide

Door Sill Trim Removal

VE Commodore Door Sill Trim Removal

Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the front and rear door sill trims on a VE Commodore. If you’re installing any form of aftermarket wiring or installing speakers, this is the guide you will need!

Tools Required

  • TORX Screwdriver
  • Trim Removal Tools

Front Door Sill

Step 1

Pry your fingers underneath the capping trim and pull upwards to release. You need to swing the piece upwards to remove it.

Step 2

Using a trim removal tool, release the clip as shown.

Step 3

The seat rail trim can now be removed by pulling towards the front of the car.

Step 4

With the seat rail trim removed, the front door sill can also be removed. Using your fingers, pull firmly upwards on the door sill trim to release the clips.

Kick & Side Panel Trim Removal

Step 1

Remove the glove box side trim using a trim removal tool. Next, pull on the rubber door seal to seperate the seal from the bodywork.

You can then remove the pictured trim by releasing the two metal clips.

Step 2

Remove the kick panel by unscrewing the two TORX screws and removing the fuse box cover. The clips can now be released using a trim removal tool.

Rear Door Sill Trim Removal

Step 1

Remove the rear seat base using our guide, which can be found here.

Step 2

Remove the TORX screw as pictured, then gently pull upwards on the trim to release the clips.

Re-Installation

All trim pieces can be reinstalled by lining up the pieces and pushing down firmly to engage the clips. TORX screws in can then be reinstalled where applicable.

Holden IQ Navigation Upgrade

Holden IQ Nav Upgrade

Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on upgrading the Holden IQ Navigation Maps on your VE Commodore. This is only applicable to vehicles fitted with factory navigation, and this process requires new maps to be purchased from a Holden dealership.

Tools / Parts Required

  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Updated Holden IQ Navigation Maps (Available from your local Holden dealer)

Step 1

Firstly unclip the scrivet as circled. Then pull firmly downwards on the lower trim piece.

Step 2

With the first panel lowered, pull down and remove the upper trim piece.

Step 3

You can now see the side of the Holden IQ headunit. The navigation memory / SD card is located behind a white sticker. Simply break the sticker seal and the SD card can be removed.

Insert the new SD card and re-install the trim pieces as per the removal. Ensure all clips are seated correctly and the trim pieces are correctly overlapping each other.

Your navigation maps are now updated.

Rear Seat Removal

Holden VE Commodore Rear Seat Removal

Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on how to remove the rear seat base on a VE Commodore.

Tools Required

  • None!

Intro

Removing the seat base is a very simple task. There are two clips holding the seat in place, one between the legs of each outer passenger.

Step 1

Grasp the front of the seat base and pull firmly upwards to release the clip. Once this is completed on both sides of the vehicle the seat will simply pull out away from the backrest.

Removing Front Door Trims

Holden VE Commodore Front Door Trim

Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on how to remove the front door trims on a VE Commodore.

For removal of the rear door trims, see our tutorial here.

Tools Required

  • TORX Driver Set
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Small Flathead Screwdriver

Intro

Before we start, the following image will show you what to expect.

  • The red circles signify basic clips which will be released when you pull on the door trim.
  • The orange rectangles are flat clips which are somewhat difficult to remove. These will be released after the red clips.

Step 1

Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently pop off this cover. Behind you will find a screw, remove it using a suitable TORX Driver.

Step 2

Remove the three screws located on the bottom of the door trim. Then you will need to remove the screw located under the handle (Orange circle)

Step 3

Remove the two screws located on the inner edge of the door trim.

Step 4

This step is the most difficult of the removal process.

  1. Pull firmly on the handle and base of the door trim to release all the RED clips.
  2. The door will now act as a hinge on the remaining ORANGE clips. Working from the outermost edge of the door, pry each clip off with a screwdriver or a firm pull. It is easy to access each clip by looking underneath the door trim.

Step 5

Release the lock mechanism by unclipping both yellow connectors.

Step 6

Each wire can now be pulled out of the lock mechanism. The door trim can now be removed.

Finished

With the trim removed from the door we can see:

  • Standard clips (Red)
  • Flat clips (Orange)
  • Alignment pins (Green)

To reinstall simply reverse the process. If any clips remained attached to the door, be sure to remove them and re-attach to the trim piece before reinstallation.

Removing Rear Door Trims

VE Commodore Rear Door Trim

Introduction

AutoInstruct presents a tutorial on how to remove the rear door trims on a VE Commodore.

For removal of the front door trims, see our tutorial here.

Tools Required

  • TORX Driver Set
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Small Flathead Screwdriver

Intro

Before we start, the following image will show you what to expect.

  • The red circles signify basic clips which will be released when you pull on the door trim in Step 5.
  • The orange circles are flat clips which are somewhat difficult to remove. These will be released after the red clips.

Step 1

Using a small flathead screwdriver, gently pop off this cover.

Step 2

Remove this screw using a suitable TORX Driver.

Step 3

Remove the two screws located on the bottom of the door trim.

Step 4

Remove the two screws located under the handle.

Step 5

This step is the most difficult of the removal process.

  1. Pull firmly on the handle and base of the door trim to release all the RED clips.
  2. The door will now act as a hinge on the remaining ORANGE clips. Working from the outermost edge of the door, pry each clip off with a screwdriver or a firm pull. It is easy to access each clip by looking underneath the door trim.

Step 6

Release the lock mechanism by unclipping both yellow connectors.

Step 7

Each wire can now be pulled out of the lock mechanism.

Step 8

Unplug the wiring loom. The trim is now free from the door.

Finished

With the trim removed from the door we can see:

  • Standard clips (Red)
  • Flat clips (Orange)
  • Alignment pins (Green)

To reinstall simply reverse the process. If any clips remained attached to the door, be sure to remove them and re-attach to the trim piece before reinstallation.

Enabling Pollution Mode

VE Commodore Pollution Mode

Introduction

This guide will show you how to enable ‘Pollution Mode’ on your Holden VE Commodore. Suits most Series 1 and Series 2 models.

When enabled, pollution mode automatically selects air re-circulation when the vehicle speed is less than 15 km/h. This is aimed at preventing exhaust fumes entering the cabin in stop/start traffic or whilst waiting at the traffic lights. Upon reaching a speed higher than 15 km/h, the air re-circulation is turned off. This happens continuously whilst pollution mode is enabled. It essentially allows outside air to only enter the cabin when the vehicle is moving at speed.

Step 1

To switch on or off, press and hold ‘re-circulation’ for 4 seconds.

Step 2

Pollution Mode ON or Pollution Mode OFF appears on the display.

Changing Interior Light Globes

VE Commodore Interior Light

Introduction

How to remove the interior map and cabin lights on your VE Commodore.

Tools / Parts Required

  • LED or Crystal Vision globes if you’re replacing the stock halogen globes!

Front Interior Lights – Step 1

Wedge your fingers in the areas as marked and firmly pull down on the housing. The entire housing should come down as shown in the next step.

Front Interior Lights – Step 2

Pull the housing downwards and forwards to release the hooks. Re-install by reversing this process.

Front Interior Lights – Step 3

Each globe can be removed by twisting the globe holder.

You can replace the cabin light with a LED, however the map lights will not work with most generic LEDs. These require a LED with a resistor.

Rear Interior Lights – Step 1

Grasp the housing as directed and gently pull downwards. This will come loose very easily.

Rear Interior Lights – Step 2

Twist out the globe holder to access the globe. Reinstall as per the removal process.

Removing Front Bumper

VE Commodore Front Bumper Remove

Introduction

How to remove the front bumper on your Holden VE Commodore! Whilst the concept appears difficult, the process is actually fairly simple. The bumper is held in place with a small number of bolts and screws.

Tools / Parts Required

  • Socket Set
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Trim Removal Tool

Step 1

Unscrew the two bolts in the centre of the bumper (Red), then remove the two scrivets (Green).

Step 2

Removal all screws running along the bottom of the bumper. These attach the bumper to the splash shield.

Step 3

Now we need to remove the bolts which attach the bumper to the fender. These are located as shown.

Step 4

To remove these bolts we recommend you remove the front wheels and remove most of the plastic wheel arch liner. It makes the job much easier.

It can however be done with the wheel still fitted. You’ll need to remove three scrivets holding the wheel arch lining in place, then you will be able to access the bolt.

Step 5

Remove both bolts on both sides of the vehicle.

As you can see here, the nut fits into a hexagon cutout. Take note of this when reinstalling the bumper as the nut must slide into the cutout!

Step 6

The bumper is now held in place by clips underneath each headlight. With the help of a friend, gently pull the bumper away from each headlight.

You may need to use a trim removal tool to push onto the clip and release it.

Step 7

If fog lights are fitted to the vehicle, these will now need to be unplugged before the bumper can be completely removed.

Complete

Your front bumper should now be free from the vehicle. To re-attach simply reverse the steps!

Removing Engine Air Filter

VE Commodore Air Filter

Introduction

This guide will show you how to remove the engine air filter on a VE Commodore. You’ll need this guide when installing an aftermarket air filter on your vehicle, such as an Over The Radiator (OTR) or Pod Filter setup. Suits both V6 and V8 models.

For information on changing your air filter, see our tutorial here.

Tools / Parts Required

  • Socket Set

Step 1

Push on the metal clips surrounding the air box to release the lid.

Step 2

Lift up the air box lid. This will reveal the air filter element. Remove the filter element.

Step 3

Unclip the MAF (Mass Air Flow) meter by sliding out the red clip. Then unbolt the hose clamp attaching the air filter lid to the air intake pipe.

Step 4

  • Unclip the positive terminal cover (Green Arrow) which allows for easier removal of the lower section of the air intake.
  • Unbolt the two retaining nuts (Yellow) holding the air intake in place
  • The Red circle is simply a rubber grommet. A firm upwards pull on the intake will loosen the grommet.
  • The air intake can now be removed. Swing the intake upwards, allowing the snorkel to come away from the underside of the headlight.

Step 5

The air intake assembly is now removed from the vehicle.

Centre Cluster Settings

Centre Cluster VE Commodore

Introduction

This video tutorial will step you through the different options, settings and features available on the Holden VE Commodore centre cluster. We will also demonstrate the use of the ‘Night Panel’ mode which turns off the cluster and console LED lights at night.

Video