This is a little spin-off of the Tape Deck Hack
created by Ali SC3. I give him mad props for figuring out where all the lines lead to and what not. But after following his instructions, and reading the circuit board a little further, i figured out a much easier way, without the scare of soldering off your capacitors. And, with this method, it alters NOTHING
. No soldering to the board, nothing that you cannot easily remove. This method requires very basic soldering skills.
First off, you will need a couple of things:
Soldering iron, i used a cheap 30 watt one from RadioShack
Phillips head screwdriver
Fine, precise, little screwdrivers
Smaller drill bit for a pilot hole
1/4 drill bit
1/8" Stereo Panel-Mount Audio Jack
1/8" Male to Male audio cable
(make sure you get one that's relatively long)
Servo Cable with plug
(this is the secret weapon)
I would put a disclaimer, but it's so easy. You really shouldn't mess this up.....
So we begin with disassembling the center console, and remove the factory head unit. You all know how to do that right? If you don't, please refer to this
. Or something of the sort.
Now, once you have the stereo removed, strip it down similar to how it is in Ali's thread Tape Deck Hack
Now, once you've gotten the side off (the side closest to where the capacitors are located), you'll notice, right behind those two capacitors that Ali highlighted, is actually a test location. Three prongs with a white base. Left, Ground, and Right. Instead of splicing into the capacitors, and finding a place to solder your ground, you can simply, solder 3-wire Servo Plug, to the 1/8" Audio Jack. The middle wire of the plug will be your ground. And depending on how you stick your plug in, will determine which side is Left and which is Right. Just make sure you don't mix them up or your sound will be screwy.
After you have the Servo plug wired to the Audio Jack, drill a hole in the stereo's chassis to mount the jack. Drilling with the smaller bit first, then the 1/4". After you mount the jack, plug in the servo plug.
With all of that done, reverse the dis-assembly process and put the head unit back into the frame and plug in your Male to Male cable into the Audio Jack. Put the stereo back in, bolt it down, and route your audio cable beside your shifter, under the cup holder, and to the armrest container.
You'll have to remove the 3 bolts underneath the felt cover, and the two screws near the end of the hinge. After those are removed, you'll have to push up these to points underneath the compartment, right under the two coin holders. After the compartment is removed, cut out the rectangle of your choice, and put it all back, with your audio cable routed through it.
And voila, once it's all back together, it looks COMPLETELY
factory, and retains all the features of your factory stereo system
, with the added benefit of a crystal clear aux input.
In order to use this, you must get an old cassette, and rip out all of the tape, or use a crappy audio quality tape adapter, cut the wire off, and stick it in. Hit tape, plug in your favorite audio playing device, and off you go. The one problem with this is that if you want to listen to the radio, or a CD, or even a cassette, you must hit pause on your player, or disconnect it, as this line goes directly to the speakers.
So enjoy, happy modding.