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TXST8tj 08-29-2011 03:15 PM

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.
http://a248.e.akamai.net/pix.crutchf...A117-f_mt.jpeg
(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.
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/IMAG0183.jpg

Skipping ahead to having the h/u removed...
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/b8633c29.jpg

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.
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/66d6e8e5.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/c3074e13.jpg

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.
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/f43d672a.jpg
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/3489735d.jpg

Here you can see the aux adapter plugged into the back of the h/u
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/ddfcae33.jpg

Everything back together and ready to rock
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...o/9d931d79.jpg

seanpsills 08-30-2011 01:30 PM

very nice job. I need that set up>

TXST8tj 09-01-2011 03:51 PM

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.

seanpsills 02-17-2012 01:47 PM

How did you get the jack to stay in place?

TXST8tj 02-21-2012 12:36 PM

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Originally Posted by seanpsills (Post 2042242)
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.

dutch169 02-21-2012 10:22 PM

Isn't your phone or mp3 player a little far away?

TXST8tj 02-22-2012 02:31 PM

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.

http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/f0e2d64d.jpg


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.

rebelBullDawg325 02-22-2012 08:35 PM

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

Jsjk 02-22-2012 10:37 PM

Nice job man

Frenz 02-22-2012 10:45 PM

I'm looking at Bluetooth ready HD right now..so deoes that mean I can mount my phone and go wireless?

seanpsills 02-23-2012 08:10 AM

where do you get the flush mount?

TXST8tj 02-23-2012 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by rebelBullDawg325 (Post 2063962)
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.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jsjk (Post 2064706)
Nice job man

Thanks!
Quote:

Originally Posted by Frenz (Post 2064739)
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.
Quote:

Originally Posted by seanpsills (Post 2065559)
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.

gnod85 03-25-2012 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TXST8tj (Post 2062126)
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.

http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/f0e2d64d.jpg


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.

TXST8tj 03-27-2012 04:11 PM

That one is made specifically for the TJ. I have not looked at the JK version to see how different it might be.

DeeJayy 04-03-2012 07:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gnod85 (Post 2180068)
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.

TXST8tj 04-03-2012 07:30 AM

I think he was asking about the cell phone mount to the right of the center bezel.

DeeJayy 04-04-2012 10:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TXST8tj (Post 2213809)
I think he was asking about the cell phone mount to the right of the center bezel.

Whoops lol


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