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Audio Jack Installation for MP3 Players...

Discussion in 'ICE (In Car Entertainment)' started by Intuit, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Intuit

    Intuit FEOA Member

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    Universal Converters Universally Suck in audio quality.
    Your player/radio may not support bluetooth integration.
    Above being true, this might be for you.

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    Just passing along the idea.
    Installed this jack 7-10 years ago.
    The nice thing about this is, you can keep the portable player underneath the passenger seat where it stays cool, out-of-sight yet connected and is easy to reach. Don't have to disconnect to hide. When in use, simply set it in the little insert on top of the console above the jack.

    All that is required is an installable 1/8" stereo headphone jack, (gold-plated recommended,) phillips #2 screwdriver, drill, adhesive, some wire and soldering iron. Wired the jack to the RCA auxilliary inputs on my stereo. Install time is about 1-2 hours. (just don't use the jack until the adhesive cures) Radio Shack also carries the short 1/8" stereo jack patch cable that you'll want; for connecting to the portable player.

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    Oh, you may find that the plastic wall is too thick to allow the head of the jack to come through like it shows in the above photos. In that case, use an oversized drill bit, or blade, to *CAREFULLY* reduce the thickness of the plastic surrounding the hole. Eventually you'll have thinned it out enough, to get good protrusion. Don't worry, the wall will still be plenty thick when done. The drilled hole was small enough that it required, screwing the jack into place. Careful not to allow adhesive in the jack. Should just be on the base of the jack, better securing it to the wall. Threading it alone, won't be enough.

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  2. mrchyzy16

    mrchyzy16 New Member

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    Thats a cool idea but why not just install it in the glove box? Either way thumbs up to you for being creative and different.
  3. Intuit

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    Thanks. In there, an actual jack wouldn't be necessary. You could simply secure a loose wire/plug to the inside of the glove box. 1/8" stereo to RCA adapter cables are sold in Radio Shack.

    Main reasons I ruled that out though, was the wire and convenience/location. Have enough stuff up there by the change tray and cup-droppers... I mean "holders." Leave the glove box open while driving and everything comes out. Inconvenient to access the player if have to constantly open/close the glove box. Shut the wire in the box and it will have trouble staying closed over bumps. Inconvenient to have the wire running out of the back of the glovebox where it'll be conspicuous if not repeatedly pulled back up into the glovebox after each drive.

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