PAC AAI-NIS AUX INPUT INSTALLATION
Before I get into this, I have to say that without the write-ups and pictures provided by people like gtxjoe, ak1nza, grmensz and FXngolf there is NO WAY I would be even attempting this. The fact that this forum exists to share ideas and experiences is so incredibly helpful, so thank you dmtalon as well. In fact, I had my laptop with me in the garage (wireless internet!) and was looking stuff up while I was doing the install whenever I had a question. So thanks everyone.
And this should be encouragement to all budding radio modders out there - if I can do it, so can you. This is the first time I have done anything like this, let alone to my brand new car. Here were my requirements:
1. At a minimum, provide a way to hook up an MP3 player directly to the car's audio system.
2. As a bonus, provide a way to hook a portable DVD player directly to the car's audio system.
3. Do not solder and do not cut, or as little as possible.
4. All parts necessary must be easily obtained, commercially available parts. No DIY home-made contraptions and no no-name, buy-it-on-ebay, never heard of them before components.
5. Finished product has to look consistant with the fit and finish of a luxury car, can't be a hack McGyver-like job.
I have a FX35, non-tech, no Sat Radio, no rear-DVD player. gtxjoe and ak1nza references in their write-ups a harness underneath the armrest console for the DVD that if there you can tap into. My FX was built in June 2004 - I don't have it so I was SOL.
So with that in mind, here are the parts I used:
1. Pacific Audio AAI-NIS2 Satellite-to-Auxiliary Input converter, $79 + shipping = $83.50 from someone on eBay
2. Pacific Audio Turbo1 Line Driver, $24 +shipping = $28.50 from someone on eBay
3. Monster Cable Interlink 101XLN Car Audio Interconnect, 1x0.5m length and 2x1m length, 1x$10,2x$12 = $34 from Fry's, a local electronics store
4. Pass-through, panel-mount RCA jacks, 2 pairs, $4.50 ea. + shipping = $16.35, from Parts Express online store
5. Motormite Quick Splice, 16-14 guage wire size, package of 3 - $2.99, from Kragen, a local auto parts store
Total spend ~ $165.34
Other stuff you need
1. Wide flathead screwdriver (ok) or plastic putty knife (better)
2. Medium size philips screwdriver
3. A drill with a 3/8" drill bit
4. Wire cutters
5. A ratchet/socket set
6. Pair of pliers
7. A plastic cup, pair of scissors, some electrical tape, some velcro strips and cable ties