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Old 10-22-2010, 04:33 PM   #1
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So the CD player in my car doesnt have a line in, and I would like to add one. I am sure it can be done without purchasing a kit from someone. Any ideas?
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So you want to open it up... and hack its mainboard?

If it doesn't have Inputs... it won't happen. Just use an FM transmitter.
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There used to be a line in kit that you plugged in between your antenna cable and the head unit...but I can't find it now.

Actually couldn't find it last time I look a year or so ago for myself....but they were nice, because it was a hardline instead of a transmitter. I think it also amplified FM signal.

Just go buy a new stereo. There are $25 units out there with aux inputs.
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So the CD player in my car doesnt have a line in, and I would like to add one.
Is it a factory unit, or an aftermarket one?

A couple of folks have documented hacking the factory HU to add a line in. For the aftermarket units, there are just too damn many of them for there to be a writeup. Buy a cheap FM transmitter and hate it, or buy a cheap HU that comes with a line in (or better yet, a USB or SD-card slot.)
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Its called a direct adapter. The only ones on ebay are for satallite radio. Crutchfield has one but I would like to get a cheaper one if I can find one.


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Is it a factory unit, or an aftermarket one?

A couple of folks have documented hacking the factory HU to add a line in. For the aftermarket units, there are just too damn many of them for there to be a writeup. Buy a cheap FM transmitter and hate it, or buy a cheap HU that comes with a line in (or better yet, a USB or SD-card slot.)
Aftermarket, I found a writeup that gives a general outline of what to do, but the IC I need to solder on has very small leads and I have a very cheap soldering iron, so I dont think Im going to risk it, atleast not yet.
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There used to be a line in kit that you plugged in between your antenna cable and the head unit...but I can't find it now.
Here: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_142FMMO...02.html?tp=121

But for $50, you can get a new HU that has a line-in, or even a USB jack. (I'm assuming that the goal here is to play MP3s or similar over the car's speakers.)
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