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Ipod connector for stock stereo?

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by sandie, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. Mar 20, 2007 at 4:52 PM
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    sandie

    sandie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have the stock stereo/CD player, and i was hoping to be able to connect my ipod to it...anyone know of a connector for this purpose?

    I live in the LA area, and those FM transmitter dealeo's aren't very functional with basically a broadcast station on pretty much every number on the dial...i just want a hard connection point

    thanks!
     
  2. Mar 20, 2007 at 5:35 PM
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    CharlieX

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    try the USA-SPEC thing from Crutchfield. I see a ton of posts about it - and it seems to work great. It plugs in the back of the stock stereo and acts like a CD changer... you get a nice set of RCA connectors to plug your ipod into.

    I'm with you on the LA radio problem - there's NO good frequency to use.
     
  3. Mar 20, 2007 at 10:00 PM
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    thanks! i'll check it out!
     
  4. Mar 21, 2007 at 9:51 AM
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    OK, follow up question. I have the in dash CD changer...is there a connector that I can use that will keep the CD changer functional as well?
     
  5. Mar 26, 2007 at 7:22 PM
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    cyarbroughjr

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    I use a peripheal i-pod to car interface



    Just make sure you get the one designed for toyota stereos, it says it on the box.

    Costs like 75 dollars at best buy, hooks right into the back of your head unit and uses cd controlls (song change buttons, volume button, etc..) to scroll through ipod. Can even uses steering wheel controlls

    cd player still fully functional when ipod is disconnected!!
     
  6. Mar 26, 2007 at 8:51 PM
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    kwe1560

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    I used an FM transmitter dealeos and had the same problem, I just removed the exterior antennae and solved the problem that way....Give a spin...
     
  7. Mar 27, 2007 at 7:05 AM
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    awesome! thanks for your help you guys!
     
  8. Mar 27, 2007 at 7:21 AM
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  9. Mar 27, 2007 at 8:11 AM
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    OMG!!!! THAT is AWESOME!!!! thank you SO MUCH!
     
  10. Apr 6, 2007 at 6:24 PM
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    finally installed my ipod connector today...wow, it was SO easy to do! great and simple mod if you have an ipod!
     
  11. Apr 7, 2007 at 4:09 AM
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    Where did you place the connector, glove box.....or some place else?
     
  12. Apr 7, 2007 at 8:37 AM
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    i ran the cord along the left side of the center console (so now the ipod sits in a drink holder)...i think i'm going to attempt to figure a way to bring the cord up thru the container there and keep it there.
     
  13. Apr 7, 2007 at 9:16 AM
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    007Tacoma

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    I was thinking about running mine into the center console, but I decided I didn't want to tear into my very prestine interior... :(

    Here is my thread on it...
     
  14. Apr 10, 2007 at 1:53 AM
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    I got one of these installed last week also - the USA-SPEC one from ebay.

    Before I started, I was also thinking of drilling a small hole in the cup holder to run the cable through, then put a rubber grommet to kind of plug the hole, so I could just sit the ipod in the cup holder. But I didn't want to cut anything up, so I left it in the console.

    So after some debate, I decided to try to run the connector through one of those "U" tabs in the center console. The tab bent and stretched a little, but didn't break. So i unpeeled an RCA cable, and ran those through individually for the aux input (so now I can play songs off my phone too). So I managed to get them through without breaking the tab. And the wires fit pretty snugly since the tab didn't break, which is nice too. So I was happy. Good luck if you give it a try.

    The cool thing is the console will close without a problem with the cords hanging out. So I can leave the ipod/phone outside or inside.

    Just need to get the bass tuned a little and I'll be a happy guy.
     
  15. Apr 10, 2007 at 2:45 AM
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    Excellent. I need a picture to get a mental image on how you accomplished this. Sounds exactly how I want to do mine. Where did you end up setting the USA SPEC unit?
     
  16. Apr 10, 2007 at 7:13 PM
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    Mm... I don't have a picture or a digital camera right now. I just shoved the connect hard through the hole. Give me a week or so and maybe I'll get some pictures. I left the module below the cupholder (actually, between where the cupholders go and my shifter). I cable tied it to a bracket so it wouldn't slide around. I didn't use the screws provided.
     
  17. May 25, 2007 at 1:08 PM
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    went to a local shop and asked if they have the peripheral ipod2car. They asked me what kind of tacoma and i said a 2nd gen. they asked if i had a SAT button on my radio set. i dotn have one.
    what do you need have in order to install the ipod2car peripheral?

    i have a '05 tacoma double cab
    single disc CD changer
     
  18. May 27, 2007 at 9:41 AM
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    I don't have an "ipod" but I do have a Sandisk Sansa m250. Am I out of luck?
     
  19. May 27, 2007 at 7:09 PM
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    Not wanting to spend a lot of money on a new head unit, I opted to buy an adapter. I found one made by PIE. Website www.pie.net. The person in the tech area told me to use a TOY03-AUX for one input or a different one for two inputs. It cost me around $70. from www.myradiostore.com . Very easy to install, about 15 or 20 minutes. To switch inputs you just press the disc button on the radio. The CD player is still functional. There is no feedback to the head unit from the aux input so the radio display shows either the CD that is playing or disc 1 for the aux input. I used this to hook up an XM radio so I just look at the XM radio to see what's playing. I guess I'm happy with the end result and saved a bunch of money over buying one of the other interfaces.:D
     
  20. May 30, 2007 at 7:37 PM
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    texastaco

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    i was told by a local stereo shop that a manufacturer will be releasing an interface connector that will allow the connection of hard wiring an IPOD AND adding a couple amps while keeping the steering controls functional...Anyone heard this? The guy keeps saying it's coming,but it's been 4 months.....
     
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