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Adding a auxiliary input jack?

This may sound dumb but Im not a radio guy. Is there a way to add an auxiliary input jack to an OEM radio? Right now I use a FM bluetooth transmitter which works fine for playing music from my phone but Id like to have a wired jack instead. And no I absolutely do not want to replace my factory radio with an aftermarket unit. I like my big ugly grey box with 4 buttons and 1 ****!
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No, there is no where on the circuit board to add an input.

If your soldering skills are good, you could high jack the radio circuit BEFORE the volume control, and add a switch and plug in so you could select between Radio and AUX

I wouldn't but you "could" do that.

There are Wired FM injectors, so you could use one of those, powered and tuned to an unused station in your area, then add a dash plug in for that.
FM tuner could be under dash so you don't see it, but I would leave it accessible in case you go on a road trip and get interference from other areas FM channels
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RonD is correct... I used a unit made by USA Spec, connected to a 20 pin connector behind the radio, I mounted it behind the radio with a few ty-wraps and had three wired connector setups for connecting Older iPhones/iPods/iPads, and an RCA/3.5mm Plug.
They are not cheap but if you have a radio you like and do not want to change out then this could fill the bill.

From my point of view, I used an older iPod for digital Music, no sense throwing it out, and with decent speakers, it sounded so much better than jus the OEM Radio it wasn't funny. I was able to hear highs that were never there before and the bass came in too !

Not sure what they have for the older Ranger but if it is for the 2011 good chance it will be older Ranger Too !

https://www.usaspec.com

I did notice a Bluetooth/Phone/Music Adapter,but again, I think it is for the Radios with a 20-Pin Connector, check it out !
Can't hurt to check it out; although from my searches, I didn't come up with a reference for my '03 Ranger, but if you see something you like, maybe you can contact them and see what they have !

Good Luck, and please post your findings, this might be something others ay want too !

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https://www.radioshack.com/products/...ereo-modulator

i bought 2 of these when local radioshack was closing - looked promising as it interupts the radio antenna when its on so clear as day id imagine. I haven't installed them yet (need to install on a 1980 chevette but something about the big chunky manual preset buttons on that thing make the radio fun).

then get a 3.5mm to rca cable and route it wherever u want.
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