When I traded for my '05 earlier this week, I removed all my stereo equip. from the trade beforehand. Included in that was a Kenwood X-579 HU. I was looking at this HU last night and got to thinking. It's got a flip-down removable face plate. There's a single plunger-style connector with 2 rows of 8 contacts to power the face plate. I popped the covers off of the face plate and the HU, took an IDE ribbon cable and stripped off 2 segments of 8 wires, and soldered them onto the boards of the face plate and HU. Now I've got a powered face plate that can be mounted about 14" away from the HU. The face plate is clean and neat and about 1/2" thick. I think I can fabricate a cover to go over the existing Bose HU with a mount for this face plate. The HU will be mounted under the pod. I'm thinking that maybe the HU could be mounted behind the Bose face plate with the CD slots lining up as well. The eject button would be the only issue to overcome in that case. Anyone ever try this?