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Old 07-20-2009, 09:13 AM   #1
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Adding aux input to factory am fm cd?

I have the factory am fm cd 7 speaker system. I am not interested in changing headunits, have a bunch in the garage and I just like the factory one much better. Is there ANY way to cheaply add an aux input or BT to the factory radio? Maybe an antenna connector+fm transmitter or something?

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Old 07-20-2009, 09:31 AM   #2
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Any local car stereo shop should be able to do it for less then $100

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If you have an Ipod, you can buy a transmitter that connects to the bottom of the ipod, you turn your car radio to a particular channel, and it broadcasts through that channel on your fm radio. My buddy had one that you could program whatever channel you want it to broadcast through, so, he would program it to one of the largest most popular rock stations and he would drive around and when he would be beside them at the light, he would turn on the ipod and his music would come through their radio. It made for quite a few laughs as people quickly started pushing buttons trying to figure out what the heck happened to their favorite song.
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Any local car stereo shop should be able to do it for less then $100
How would that work though? Seems like you'd need a switch on the factory head unit to switch the source to the Aux, since the factory unit is only prepped for radio and CD?
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You can buy something like this, it will work with any device that has a output jack and will broadcast right over the radio. They wrok okay and are cheap.

Prolynkz PMA-002 Wireless Digital FM Transmitter for MP3 Players at TigerDirect.com

They also sell adaptors for bluetooth, never used one though

Jabra SP700 Bluetooth Car Speaker With FM Transmitter 100-47000000-02 at TigerDirect.com
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Do the factory head units have an input for a CD changer? On my Pioneer HU I just had to buy an aux port to RCA cable (eBay, around 7 bucks shipped). I had an RCA to male 3.5mm cable laying around that I ran from the RCA to my iphone and now my iphone plays thru my head unit on the "AUX" source. If the factory HUs have a similar aux port (mine was in the back of the unit, had to take it out to get to it) then maybe all you need is that cable. WAAAY less then $100!
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I tried that, it sucked very bad. Horrible sound quality..... FYI (my 2 cents on it)

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If you have an Ipod, you can buy a transmitter that connects to the bottom of the ipod, you turn your car radio to a particular channel, and it broadcasts through that channel on your fm radio. My buddy had one that you could program whatever channel you want it to broadcast through, so, he would program it to one of the largest most popular rock stations and he would drive around and when he would be beside them at the light, he would turn on the ipod and his music would come through their radio. It made for quite a few laughs as people quickly started pushing buttons trying to figure out what the heck happened to their favorite song.
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How would that work?
Shop will know what to do I am sure..



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How would that work though? Seems like you'd need a switch on the factory head unit to switch the source to the Aux, since the factory unit is only prepped for radio and CD?
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Do the factory head units have an input for a CD changer? On my Pioneer HU I just had to buy an aux port to RCA cable (eBay, around 7 bucks shipped). I had an RCA to male 3.5mm cable laying around that I ran from the RCA to my iphone and now my iphone plays thru my head unit on the "AUX" source. If the factory HUs have a similar aux port (mine was in the back of the unit, had to take it out to get to it) then maybe all you need is that cable. WAAAY less then $100!
This is what I was thinking about on the way home today. I have a "mode" button, but it is only used to change from AM/FM - CD. I am wondering if there is a CD changer plug in the back, otherwise it would just say CD right? I have also heard about shops adding aux inputs to factory radios, but never understood how that would work. If they can do it, I probably could do it myself, just not quite sure how they pull it off without pulling the radio apart.

I have had a few of the transmitters for different devices (mostly sat radio).. never found a good one. Most of the time I ended up having to hook the FM transmitters directly into the antenna cable with an adapter. That's how my Sirius is set up now. All I want to do is hook up my 3.5mm phone jack to the darn radio for mp3s and Pandora
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Check out these. Auxiliary Inputs for Jeep Stereos | TSS-Radio
I have one like those in my Dodge Caliber. Works great. You might be able to find better pricing, as I just did a quick search. They also sell ipod adapters too.
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My Jeep came with Panasonic CD player/radio with ipodadapter, but I do not use one. I use my blackberry for everything, is there any adapter from ipod to 3.5mm jack or something? I hope you guys understand



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Check out these. Auxiliary Inputs for Jeep Stereos | TSS-Radio
I have one like those in my Dodge Caliber. Works great. You might be able to find better pricing, as I just did a quick search. They also sell ipod adapters too.
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Dude i am not pro car stereo installer, that photo was scary.




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Thats what I have and it works great, and VERY VERY easy to install. the directions are very good and very clear. I wouldn't recommend it if it was crap.
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This is what I was thinking about on the way home today. I have a "mode" button, but it is only used to change from AM/FM - CD. I am wondering if there is a CD changer plug in the back, otherwise it would just say CD right?
My Pioneer has a function that you have turn on manually that enables the AUX source. I know some factory units (not necessarily Chrysler) are setup so that when a CD changer or MP3 player is plugged in, the option to control it becomes available. If nothing is plugged in then nothing is available to choose. I had a VW GTI that worked like that...
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Dude i am not pro car stereo installer, that photo was scary.
LOL Yeah I guess all them wires would look scary.
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Alright, thanks guys. That CHRYAUX2 PIE is what I need, but for $70(on flee bay) it isn't going in the jeep anytime soon. I just cancled my sirius and was looking for an alternative. Guess its fm and commercials for me.
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When I was looking for an auxiliary input, I found an X3 on e-Bay for $28 after shipping, with the Chrysler harness. At the time I had been looking for almost 6 weeks and had almost given up hope that I would ever be able to listen to my MP3 player in the jeep without changing the stereo out. After it was shipped to me I was so intimidated by the wiring mess I put it on my shelf for a while. Finally I decided to see what I could find out about it and see if there was a wiring diagram anywhere on the web. Imagine my surprise when I found out that these things were all over for about 70 dollars. I hooked it up and have been extremely happy with it ever since.
My suggestion is to get creative with your searches. I found mine on some strange search, I think I was looking up MP3 inputs or something like that, and once I knew the name of the thing they came up everywhere.
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Dude i am not pro car stereo installer, that photo was scary.
When I saw the pic on Quadratec's site I felt the same but your comment was just.. whatever you ended up doing, I hope it worked out bro.

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