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    Default New mod - Hard wired FM stealth ipod CDC 40

    CDC 40 radio, no mp3, no aux-in. Having tried FM transmitters decided to have a go at a hard wired ipod option. I didn't want to go for the HK drive+play because I didn't want extra knobs and displays. Wanted to access the ipod through it's own screen/wheel.

    Parts were:

    The FM modulator (Clarion FM 863). This has 8 pre-set FM freqs and an on/off switch to isolate it when not in use to avoid interference when using the normal radio.


    Fakra adapters for the vauxhall aerial lead.


    RCA audio/ipod connector - also has a power input to charge the ipod.


    Started by modifying the cup holder. This is shown complete with lid but it comes apart. I needed to chop out the waisted portions (chop lines in white) to fit a classic (maybe not required for a nano) and a hole for the on/off switch.


    Power for the main box and the ipod is taken from the (switched live) cig lighter. Clarion box just sits freely below the cup holder on the 'transmission' tunnel.

    Finally, lined the newly widened cup holder with self-adhesive foam. Only been able to get blue so far but actually it doesn't look too bad. I do need to tidy up the corners slightly. The finished result.

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    Looking great bud, how much roughly for all the parts? Whats the sound quality like? Excellent work looks like a professional job.

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    that looks very neat m8 and you can hide it away

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    Good neat job, nice and stealthy!

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    Sound quality is good. If I select the radio with the box turned off, there's a bit of hiss/noise until the box is on, then it goes silent - no interference at all. Turn the ipod on and it's very clear - maybe not as good as a cd but you'd have to be picky. Only downside I suppose is you just get a 107.9 showing on the radio display, but the ipod itself is easily visible for control.

    Total parts cost was £50. £25 for the main bit, £15 for the fakra adapter and £10 for the RCA/phono/ipod charger lead - all inc vat but plus postage, so more in reality.

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    thats a great idea, is it easy to fit?

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    Nice idea,top marks.......

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    That looks the nuts mate

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    Default Aerial Adaptor question

    Hi

    i'm thinking of using the ideas here in connecting my car PC to my CD30 stereo. However I'm concerned about the aerial connections.

    I believe my stereo uses an aerial amplifier somewhere along the aerial lead (probably in the roof lining) so I also need to supply power up the aerial lead.

    The fakra adaptor shown in the pic doesn't seem to show a power connection however I have found a possible version here (http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/fakr...or-p-5632.html)

    Does anyone know if this is enough or will I need a corresponding DIN to Fakra lead as well? I can't seem to find a source for this cable though.

    Any help appreciated...

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    Presumably all our aerial leads are similar. All that adapter does is connects the co-ax type lead plug to the fakra type plug on the radio. If the Clarion had fakra-shaped terminals, it wouldn't be needed. I assume all that an amplifier does is push out a stronger signal along the aerial lead? Not sure why you would need any additional power input. Not sure exactly what kit you are trying to connect however.

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