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    Hi,
    I am looking to buy an FM modulator (rather than transmitter) to listen to my ipod in the car (only have a CD30 unit).
    I have removed the CD30 out to have a look at the back and I can see where the aerial goes and the constant 12v and ground (on the back of the CD30).
    However, the dension also requires a Switched 12v as well and the iConnect only requires a Switched 12v. I understand that the best switched live to use is on the cigarette lighter - question is: how do I get to it?
    I have removed the ashtray "tray" but that doesn't give me enough room! Any help would be gratefully received as the cheapest fitting cost I have been quoted is £55!
    Many thanks,
    Neil

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    If your near London fella I'd be happy to install it for you for free. Also have a CD30 and was looking to do this mod later on on mine.

    Pull the tray below the fan controls out and also the gear stick surround to give your self more room to work.
    If you reach down there is a two pin connector on the underside of the cig lighter that pulls down and off. Not much slack to make the connection on the wire, but easy if you have the right tools and a good soldering iron.

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    Why don't you get the Parrot MKi9200, it will give you far better connections and allow you to make calls as well
    currently £150 at Halfrauds

    http://www.parrot.com/uk/products/hands-free-car-kits
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra2 View Post
    If your near London fella I'd be happy to install it for you for free. Also have a CD30 and was looking to do this mod later on on mine.

    Pull the tray below the fan controls out and also the gear stick surround to give your self more room to work.
    If you reach down there is a two pin connector on the underside of the cig lighter that pulls down and off. Not much slack to make the connection on the wire, but easy if you have the right tools and a good soldering iron.

    Chaz
    Hi,
    Sadly I am in the Midlands! Thanks for the offer though!

    I will have another look later to see if I can get to where I need. Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merikiito View Post
    Why don't you get the Parrot MKi9200, it will give you far better connections and allow you to make calls as well
    currently £150 at Halfrauds

    http://www.parrot.com/uk/products/hands-free-car-kits
    I have thought about a Parrot but was hoping for a cheaper (easier to install) option. I can use my TomTom as a handsfree when needed so I figured an iConnect/Dension would be the less costly and simpler way. With installation the Parrot would be £170.00 vs £40.00 for an iConnect (assuming I can fit it!).

    Neil

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    Are you near Northampton?
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    Not really - live in Walsall (just updated profile - didn't realise it was saying "UK") so about 65 miles away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra2 View Post

    Pull the tray below the fan controls out and also the gear stick surround to give your self more room to work.
    If you reach down there is a two pin connector on the underside of the cig lighter that pulls down and off. Not much slack to make the connection on the wire, but easy if you have the right tools and a good soldering iron.

    Chaz
    You will need to pull out the ashtray as well and could use scotch locks (not the blue ones but the next size up,red I think). There is just enough room to get some pliers in to close the scotch locks. Also I think you need an aerial adapters as well as the plugs are different unless you get them with the modulator. There is a metal bar that runs under the tray below the heater controls which you could strap the modulator to.
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    *Shudders* Can't stand Scotchlocks, although my hate for them comes from working on motorcycles where they allow the elements in and cause oxidization (spelling?) of Copper wires leading to faults.

    Neil: What I would do is cut the connector off leaving a good inch or two of wire. Solder and heatsink new wires on to that connector and loom them off towards the glove box area to find a fused Perm Live in the fuse pannel on the side of the dash. It's always handy to have the cig socket constant live so you can charge or use items with out running the engine.

    Solder and heatsink new wires on to the 'switched power' and ground from the cig lighter to one of these.... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-Way-Circ...item27bec27e49
    And mount that in the space below the gear stick. This way if you add further gadgets (Speed cam detect, Satnav, extra internal lighting, invertor etc) you won't need to mess about and can connect straight to this fuse box.

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    If you don't want to cut the conector off, this is the tool that allows you to strip (or part) the sleeve so you can wrap and solder an feed wire directly on... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HD-AUTOMAT...item35bb4048df

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