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Hi Pete.

I created a how to on the FreshAlloy forums on how to connect up an AUX in using a pre-wired harness located under the center console for those without the rear DVD Entertainment system.

This allows you to use a 1/8" stereo jack or if you want RCA inputs to connect up any audio device you want!

The link is here.

http://forums.freshalloy.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=FX45&Number=67687673&Forum=FX45&Words=IPOD in FX&Match=Entire Phrase&Searchpage=0&Limit=25&Old=allposts&Main=67413729&Search=true#Post67687673

Pictures to the install are here:

http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4289142773

Sorry for the seperate links. The site hosting the original photos started charging to host and I haven't gone back and uploaded photos to my server.

I'll probably get around to doing that and make a DIY for everyone to make it easier when I get the time to.

If you have any questions on how to get this done do PM me and I'll help you out. It's real easy and all u have to do is hit the 'rear av' button to activate your AUX in!

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-Ak1nza
 

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GTXJoe,
I have no issues with my volume on my IPod being lower than the FM/AM or CD. Have other people reported this as well? I don't remember reading about it.

Well let us know if amplifying the signal helps!

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Ak1nza said:
GTXJoe,
I have no issues with my volume on my IPod being lower than the FM/AM or CD. Have other people reported this as well? I don't remember reading about it.

:)
Ak1nza, I had the same low volume issue as QTXJoe. I'm thinking that maybe I didn't wire something correctly or maybe the RS headphone jack is restricting the volume level. I'm no expert, plus I've been too busy to mess with it yet.
 

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Maybe it's just me. When my IPod is on I usually leave the volume around 12. What volume are you guys leaving yours on? I don't remember changing my volume when I switch over to FM or CD but I will check tomorrow morning and get back to you.

:) Even then it's no big deal for me, I hardly use the FM or CD anymore now that my IPod is in my car 90% of the time.
 

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Installed the PAC Turbo1 line driver tonight and it fixed the low AUX input volume issue. My MP3 player volume now matches the FM and CD audio levels.

BTW, I am not using an IPOD, just a Panasonic MP3/CD player. Previously, I had the volume on it cranked to max (25) and the volume would be about half the output of the FM/CD levels.

I have the PAC Turbo1 gain set to MAX (18 db) and my MP3 player at (22). The Turbo1 just goes between the AUX input plug and the DVD harness plug. I took 12V power from the power socket and grounded it on one of the bolts down there (using a socket driver and a long 10mm socket). I secured it with some velcro, so it doesn't rattle around. I bought it here: http://www.audiooutfitter.com/cgi-bin/store/TURBO1.html

Here's some pics:



 

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looks good gtxjoe.

I tested out my volumes and my IPod and my FM are pretty closely matched in volume. I think I know why I have no issues though. To use the LINE OUT function on the IPod in the car you have to buy the Belkin car power adaptor. This adaptor actually has a volume knob on it so you can tune the line out volume to match the FM/CD of the HU.

The power charger for the IPod actually acts as your amplifier device. :) I had forgotten it even had one till I went and checked.

So those using the new version IPods will not have any issues with volume matching with the HU.
 

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Does anyone know where the tread is of the guy that modified the ipod and put it in the silver panel right by the clock? If so can you please send the link.

Thanks
 

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How are the wires placed in the wiring harness? Did you use pins?

Anybody know if we could buy the plastic clip off the dvd player somewhere?

And I also need to buy the Belkin car adapter?

thanks!!
 

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Yesm I crimped some pins (from work) on the wire, wrapped them in tape and pushed it in. You can sort of see it in the top left of the first pictures.

Someone else bought a 9-pin D-shell connector from RadioShack and used those pins. For my initial mod, I just twisted the bare wire, and put some solder on the wire - instant pin :)

You can use any portable device with a headphone jack or line out. The volume will be lower without a pre-amp line driver (PAC Turbo1 or Belkin kit for IPOD) but it will still work.
 

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ak1nza.. dude, wanted to thank you for your mp3/ipod posts.. did the mod over the weekend.. works like a dream.. fantastic..

been following your other posts.. where do you get the time to do this stuff? i think its already been said, but you are indeed the mod king.. i'd love to attempt the ipod remote thing, but i think i need to draw the line firmly under my actual abilities.. :)

thanks again.
 

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ak1nza.. dude, wanted to thank you for your mp3/ipod posts.. did the mod over the weekend.. works like a dream.. fantastic..

been following your other posts.. where do you get the time to do this stuff? i think its already been said, but you are indeed the mod king.. i'd love to attempt the ipod remote thing, but i think i need to draw the line firmly under my actual abilities..

thanks again.
You're welcome!!! :D I think you're the first FX in Tokyo, Japan to do my IPod mod! He he. Glad to hear i'm helping people all over the world!

Anyways I'm still in college so I got quite a bit of free time to fiddle here and there. I'm not an engineering student or anything tho, studying finance. LOL. I wish I could do some engineering courses (interests me) but I go to a business-only college. So yea, my car is as much engineering as I know. he he.

You're welcome again!
-Andrew
 
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