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Old 08-29-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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Flush mount auxiliary input installed

I have been running the Alpine CDA-117 headunit for several months now and I love it. It is everything I was looking for in a headunit. It has awesome Ipod integration via a rear USB input. I use that function with my Ipod for most of my music; however, I wanted to open up to additional options.

(The following end result can be adapted to any headunit with the proper aux adapters)
While this h/u comes with a rear USB input, it does not come with a 3.5mm input jack. It does have the option to add an auxiliary input though. This is the route I wanted to take.
Beyond that, I wanted a dash mounted, flush mount aux input. The Ipod is run into the glove box and I only remove it when I fly or need to update the music, etc. The auxiliary input will almost 100% be used by my Evo 4G cell phone for Pandora and other music, which means it will be unplugged and removed from the vehicle as much as I am....removed. That is where the dash mount comes in.

I found all the parts I needed on Ebay for about $12 total. The first piece of the puzzle was the actual auxiliary adapter for the Alpine h/u. The Alpine brand adapter was about $16. This one is the import version for about a dollar. This plugs in the back of the h/u and ends with female RCAs.
The next piece was the cable that runs between the adapter and the 3.5mm flush mount plug. One end of this cable is male RCAs and the other is a female 3.5mm jack.
The final piece is the actual flush mount 3.5mm jack. The outer end is the female, and the other end is the male that will plug into the middle cable connecting the whole puzzle.


Skipping ahead to having the h/u removed...


I decided that I wanted the jack to be mounted in one of the switch blanks. This location is good for me because it can always be removed without permanent damage done (with a new blank or switch). It is also low enough to keep the cable out of the way.



The cables would be fine to be connected via the RCAs and then tapped together to prevent them from coming unplugged, but I wanted to go for more of a permanent solution and a completely solid connection.
I cut the RCA ends off of the cables and spliced them together; sealed off with heat shrink tube.



Here you can see the aux adapter plugged into the back of the h/u


Everything back together and ready to rock

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Old 08-30-2011, 01:30 PM   #2
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very nice job. I need that set up>

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I have been enjoying it for the last few days.

The Alpine adapter portion is obviously specific to my headunit (or other compatible Alpines), but running a dash mounted aux input can be adapted to any headunit...stock or aftermarket with the right adapter(s).

A lot of aftermarket headunits come with an aux input on the front of the unit. Mine did not, and it wasn't a deal breaker because I knew I could do something like this and have that same function.
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Old 02-17-2012, 01:47 PM   #4
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How did you get the jack to stay in place?
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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How did you get the jack to stay in place?
In the second picture up top, you can see the flush mount jack. The jack is threaded along the shaft. That nut you see tightens up against the back of the dash blank to keep it in place.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:22 PM   #6
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Isn't your phone or mp3 player a little far away?
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It's not far at all. I have a Bracketron mount that sits just to the right of the center bezel. Maybe I have long arms, but it's less than an arm's reach away.




That mount is awesome because it makes it easy to see the phone if it's ringing, or if you're using the GPS function.
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sweet man, thats exactly what i need. i'm mounting my radio in the console and wanted a way to put my aux in the dash so i can leave the cosole closed
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Nice job man
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I'm looking at Bluetooth ready HD right now..so deoes that mean I can mount my phone and go wireless?
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where do you get the flush mount?
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sweet man, thats exactly what i need. i'm mounting my radio in the console and wanted a way to put my aux in the dash so i can leave the cosole closed
This would be a perfect solution for your setup. There is more value in it for you than I have with mine.
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Nice job man
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I'm looking at Bluetooth ready HD right now..so deoes that mean I can mount my phone and go wireless?
Yes, you can pretty much stash your phone anywhere and run everything through the BT function.
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where do you get the flush mount?
I got it from ebay. Here is the link to the same one I bought: FLUSH MOUNT AUX 3.5MM 1/8 AUDIO HEADPHONE JACK 3FT DOCK | eBay

There are a few different ones out there, but this one was the cheapest and had the smallest footprint.
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It's not far at all. I have a Bracketron mount that sits just to the right of the center bezel. Maybe I have long arms, but it's less than an arm's reach away.




That mount is awesome because it makes it easy to see the phone if it's ringing, or if you're using the GPS function.
Just curious but isn't this the model for the 07 models and up? Just curious if the same one works for the TJs.
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That one is made specifically for the TJ. I have not looked at the JK version to see how different it might be.
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Just curious but isn't this the model for the 07 models and up? Just curious if the same one works for the TJs.
I believe the JK's have an AUX jack in the stock head unit in the bottom right if that's what you're asking.
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I think he was asking about the cell phone mount to the right of the center bezel.
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I think he was asking about the cell phone mount to the right of the center bezel.
Whoops lol

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