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Can you install an Aux jack on an OEM 6 Disc Stereo HU?

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      Was shopping for an Aux RCA adapter to wire into the standard Ford Head Unit (Model # 1L2F-18C815-LA) stereo harness and the guy on the phone was pretty adamant that with the 20 pin connector on my 2001 Explorer Sport the set up will not work.

      For the Aux connector to work you would need an "external CD Changer" (which would be one of the old style things under the seat that you load with a cartridge like the old pioneer CD disc holders for example). Wiring in the new Aux would disable the external CD but that is where it would hook up to come out of the radio sound.

      Has anyone ever added an Aux RCA type jack that you could then plug in a 3.5mm jack and play your MP3 player for example to the Factory Stereo in truck like mine?
       
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      I just use one of these

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      So if I'm reading this right, you want to play an MP3 player through your factory headunit?

      The guy is correct in a sense, I think. You may be able to wire it up, but unless your factory headunit has an AUX button or another input type button (external 6 disc changer), there is no way for the headunit to "know" to accept the input from the MP3 player.

      Or am I missing completely on what you are trying to do?
       
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      I just use a tape adapter. Works great. Only thing I really need to do is add a sub to the system.
       
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      Nope you are tracking my issue, I think my son who drives the car would fore go the CD player and ALL its capability (6 discs x 15 tracks = 90 songs) for what his phone or Mp3 player holds--I get what he wants to do. We're just having trouble finding an elegant solution.

      I am not convinced that FM modulators are totally clean regarding interference. We live in a high population density place and clear freqs are not easy to come buy. I understand that the modulator is a cut-in but am not sure I truly understand that. Is when it is on it will basically "take out" the FM antenna and therefore ALL frequencies would be clear as there is no antennae?

      Also he wants a clean look (and I don't blame him) without a bunch of switches and wires etc.. I know that a good install (that is what we would do) would hide everything except for the switch and plug. My other son has a Mazda3 and its Head unit made all this easy.

      I also read that a ford OEM is not really 2 DIN in our truck but more like 1 7/8 DIN? is that true?:thumbdwn::mad:
       
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      Thanks to all for providing the examples of modulators. I have seen this concept and not yet ruled it out. I am assuming each of you have the particular types displayed and are happy with them?

      Any known gotchas or things you would different regarding install or what you don't like about them?

      THanks
       
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      Exactly - the FM modulator acts as the antenna. There is a different type of modulator that just transmits over the air at some frequency - these are the types that are highly susceptible to interference (my cousins has one). The in-line modulators are pretty much interference proof because no one would be transmitting at that frequency and at that much power to cauz disturbance (FCC).

      Off the top of my head, the only way to interface to the head unit with a smart phone/mp3 player without any wires or any visible accessory (FM modulator) would be over bluetooth - but that of course requires that both ends (the head unit and the phone/mp3 player) have bluetooth capability.
       
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      I have an '03 Sport with the CD6 Premier factory system and I successfully installed the PAC audio Ipod adapter even though I was told it would not work with the factory in dash changer. Here is my post summarizing the install (no pics). This may or may not be useful in helping install a aux input. Cheers.

      http://explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=297089
       
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      Got one of these on line as suggested by IZwack and put it in today after Christmas.

      Tapped into the Lt Grn/Vio (always hot wire) and grounded to the chassis of the Radio HU. Had to play with the two freq options as one of them had more local interference. Used my IPod shuffle to ops test the system and it sounded pretty poor. This was based on the quality of the MP3s on the Shuffle. When my son brought out his Media-Player (Cowan S9) with much cleaner rips and better settings the music was much more crisp and clean. This was a very good $30 solution. PM me with questions
       
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