A while back I posted asking for help and
advice on how to get a direct connection with the stereo without the
compromise of a tape adapter or FM transmitter.
were two main ways of getting a direct connection, as far as I know.
You can get it at Autotoys.com. They have a TERRIBLE website from a usability point of view, but I found the part, ordered it, and it got here UPS ground in about 5 days or so. Around $75 with UPS ground shipping included. According to Jeff Bipes and others, this is a Blitzsafe cable, sort of a custom made thing by the company. Look it up on the forum search page if you are interested to learn more, but suffice it to say, this works. Here is a picture of the adapter connector:
How does it work? It essentially tricks the head unit into
thinking that there is a cd changer there, so when you push the CD changer
button on your radio, it will actually listen in. You still need this even
if you want to splice into the line-in wires into the head unit. Again,
check out Jeff Bipes post on that.
Notice the little nib thing at 3 o'clock on it; That is some sort
of catch, and you have to push it to slide the 13 pin adapter onto it. It
doesn't seem like you have to push it to get it off.
3. Plug in your cable into the adapter. The adapter cable RCAs are thin enough that I don't think they get too crimped when you shut the cubby door on them, as shown in the photo below.
As you can see, I am guiding the cable along the edge of the
trunk, but under the carpet.
So, that's what kept me from sliding off the side of the road today!!
5. Looking from the cabin into the trunk (seats folded down), I have threaded the cable between the seat and the trunk. I am holding the carpet up.
6. You can thread it enough, and then grab it from the other side and pull it through.
7. This is a "heel's view" of the cable coming out of the seat. Notice the light colored foam, the leather on top, and the felt below that is where your feet go. Make sure your cable is flat here, because it will get a bit crimped, though I think it won't be too bad. Hey, it's only a $25 cable. Also make sure that there isn't one of the wire supports laying on it, and also make sure that the cable isn't where the seat locks into the car (see the ESP shot; the black thing at the lower left is where the seat locks into the car).
8. Move your seat forward all the way. I threaded the cable under the mat, inside the mat-locking post. This keeps the cable more or less in place. I then thread the cable up along the center, squeezing it between the chair and the center. It is really, really tight there.
9. And Voila!!
You can play with the amount of cable you want coming out of there. What I did was stuff any extra cable underneath the seat belt clip, between it and the center. When you or your passenger wants it, you can pull out as much as you need. See the photos below to see just how far I can pull it out.
See how the cord is completely stuffed between the seat and the center
I have an iPod case and car
charger from Xtrememac
They were very friendly and responsive to my emails, and have a lot of
different colored cases. Since the iPod supposedly scuffs easily, a case
is a must. It also helps for when it gets banged around.
Some notes: I find that
there is a hiss in the stereo, and the louder I put it the louder the
hiss. I don't think much comes from the iPod because I can hear the hiss
during the silence between tracks on the CD player, and on a lower stereo
volume setting, if I pump up the iPod volume, I don't get hiss.