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Unread 10-01-2009, 03:08 PM   #1
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2005 REF radio, single disk...How do I connect an Ipod?

So I have the super basic radio in my '05 WK, the REF with the single CD player (Not the 6-disk)

Is there any way I can hook up a AUX port so that I can play my Ipod through it?

I know they sell kits for Ipod (or any MP3 player for that matter) use, but most of the kits I find online say that the radio needs to have the 6 Disk option..

HELP!

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Unread 10-25-2009, 02:30 PM   #2
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Just did this with the single disc REF and bought the PAC AAI-CHY and IS75 iSimple kit. Bought from Ritz Camera, of all places after a bit of googling. Ordering the two pieces separately from Ritz was only $83 with shipping, compared to $119 for some of the car audio specialists.
Works perfectly with my iphone 3GS- charges it and I control the ipod from my phone, not with the head unit or steering wheel controls. You do lose your satellite radio, if you care. Another pain is that you have to disconnect the satellite radio receiver cable where it connects into the Sat receiver at the back right quarter panel. A little fussy to get to without taking off 10 pieces of trim.
Well worth it and saved $60 over doing the same thing for my wife's Ford.
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Unread 10-25-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
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Problem with adding your own aux input, is you have to install a jack that breaks the connection back to the radio. you dont want to back feed into the radio.look for a replacement radio...

Res Am/Fm Stereo Radio With Cd/mp3 Player w/o Satelite Radio
Part # 05064410A

you can probably get one of these cheap enough.
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Unread 10-26-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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Not sure I understand what you mean- "don't want to back feed into the radio"... Obviously the best case is having an internal, hard wired AUX input, but I have no problem with the audio quality having the setup I described above. I was also looking at getting a new stereo, but would have spent more on it than the aftermarket kit, and I now have the connector fed to the center console, rather than dangling off the face of the head. Comes with both an iPod 30 pin connector and a 3.5mm stereo input jack, BTW.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 12:10 AM   #5
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Not sure I understand what you mean- "don't want to back feed into the radio"... Obviously the best case is having an internal, hard wired AUX input, but I have no problem with the audio quality having the setup I described above. I was also looking at getting a new stereo, but would have spent more on it than the aftermarket kit, and I now have the connector fed to the center console, rather than dangling off the face of the head. Comes with both an iPod 30 pin connector and a 3.5mm stereo input jack, BTW.
If you are using an after market unit to add the device to the radio, that's fine.
If you simply spliced a jack onto the speaker wires, to play through the speakers, the ipod or other player would also run back into the radio. Not good.

You can get other factory radios, like the one I listed fairly cheap, 25 -50 bucks. it has a built in jack for your mp3 player.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 02:15 AM   #6
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I think I get what you're saying. The AAI-CHY and IS75 wire into the SAT port, which is why you can't use SAT afterward.
The main draw for me was being able to have the cable hidden and charge the iPod/iPhone, which obviously a front mounted stereo AUX input won't do for you.
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Unread 06-30-2010, 12:27 PM   #7
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Yes but if the SAT cable is disconnected in the back of the REF unit, would you still be able to at least pull that mode up on the screen?

I have no ipod connected but I have a satellite ready jeep but cant bring up satellite on my REF radio.
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