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Old 03-19-2010, 09:22 PM   #1
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I want to use a TJ factory radio with my I-pod

Does anyone know how I can use a factory radio from a 2003 TJ with my I-pod? I dont want to use a FM transmitter, I would like to use a auxillary input wire to my radio and hook that into my I-pod.

I know most new radios have the built in auxillary input but the old radios do not.

Is this possible?

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Old 03-19-2010, 10:00 PM   #2
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I went through four FM transmitters before I just got a new head-unit with the Ipod adapter with it. You can get a kit for the Ipod but whatever you do, do not use the transmitters. Its not worth the money.

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Old 03-20-2010, 08:52 PM   #5
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You're better off with a new head unit.
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:00 PM   #6
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I got a FM transmitter off of ebay for my work truck. Best $15 i ever spent. Also considering the same transmitter is $70 in best buy.

X2 on what Jsquared said...better of with a newer unit
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Theres a brand by the name of "iPac OEM" iPod Interfaces and they are used with the factory radios. I went this route because I can not stand aftermarket radios (all look cheap to me and can easily the draw attention of a theif). As long as the radio has the CD changer controls (Arrows on #1&5) This will work. The interface acts as the factory CD changer would, by letting you control the volume with the radio and skip tracks using the seek button. The connector plugs into the bottom of the iPod so it charges it aswell. I have had this for almost a year and have had no problems with it, I ran the cable into the center console so I can lock it in there and nothing looks outta place and 100% bone stock. The complete kit was under $100 (still cheaper than a head unit) and WELL worth it!, the best convience mod ive done so far. -Todd

I see that you are also in Missouri, If your near St. Louis I'll let you where I got my kit from, if you are interested.
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Does that one from iPac charge and play or is it just the audio jack input?
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Does that one from iPac charge and play or is it just the audio jack input?
It plugs into the bottom of the ipod and charges while it plays. From what I was told it works with all ipods that have that plug on the bottom, itouches and iphones aswell.
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While I agree that you can use something like the aux adapter that plugs into your antenna line, I also think you would be better off with a new head unit.

You can get the adapter (Quadratec Exclusive JW-AUX-IN - Auxiliary Audio Input Adapter Kit for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec) posted above for 80 bucks. For about the same price you could get a replacement head unit that, while not high end by any means, would be better than the factory unit - and would have cd and Aux front input. For slightly more than that, you can get a head unit with a dedicated ipod adapter that charges it etc.

FM transmitters work if you live away from urban areas, but the sound quality is not good compared to a direct feed. Also, if you live in an urban area you will have difficulty getting a clear channel to work with (you can't use one anywhere near Chicago).
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I put a Pioneer unit into my LJ and it has a USB port in the front. When that source is selected, the head unit controls like an iPod, and the display is very impressive. The unit charges the iPod, and it works quite well.
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Simple cassette adapters work great - cost <$10
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you have 3 options:

1) FM-Mod - they suck. they will "work" but be ready for static and nothing can be done about it since it's not a direct connect and is run through antenna

2) Mod that hooks up directly to factory radio (if radio is compatible) - Pac Audio - i have mixed feelings about these in past the only worked 60% of time, hopefully they are better now. make sure of return policy just to be safe.

3) replace radio w/ aftermarket - almost all new radio's (even alot of $80) have a universal 3.5mm jack on face and , like listed above, alot have USB port on them. - this is option i like best bc not only can use use a ipod but alot of USB also will play memory sticks as well.

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