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oh .............. well now im completely interested
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Spo what does this do...hook up ipod to factory head unit? If so how much does it cost and where do u get it!

yep aux in to factory stereo. cost is usually about 100 or so. my dad and I got ours for $14 and $19 respectively when they were switching to the new model. It just plugs into you CD changer port in the back of the radio.
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Ok, I have the basic 1 disc cd player/am fm radio; no auxilery or anything, does it still work on my unit?
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Ok, I have the basic 1 disc cd player/am fm radio; no auxilery or anything, does it still work on my unit?
thats all I have is the single disc am/fm one of them will work you just need to match your year with their model guide. not sure if the 06 is a 20 pin or the lesser pin count. so yes it will work.
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Im not going to put a deck in my truck cause it MIGHT get stolen? Thats a terrible reason not to upgrade... **** happens, thats what insurance is for (ask me how I know lol).

You can get an Ipod ready head unit for less than $150 these days and its probably easier to install than this Ipod adapter thingy, PLUS it will make your stock sound system sound better among many other things
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Im not going to put a deck in my truck cause it MIGHT get stolen? Thats a terrible reason not to upgrade... **** happens, thats what insurance is for (ask me how I know lol).

You can get an Ipod ready head unit for less than $150 these days and its probably easier to install than this Ipod adapter thingy, PLUS it will make your stock sound system sound better among many other things
sorry to contradict you, but i just bought a 650$ jvc deck, (didn't pay that) and it doesn't sound THAT much better than stock... it does and it doesn't... the main reason i upgraded is so i have sub outputs, because i got a 10" sub and amp for christmas
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So in my 03 stock radio (no 6 disk changer or anything) would this work? and how would i switch to the ipod or aux? its just the plain AM/FM Single CD deck...
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BUT the aftermarket decks have a significantly higher power output than the factory unit. The stock one is what? Around 5 watts per channel? Compared to 25-50 from most aftermarket units PLUS better EQ controls, its a significant upgrade.

Obviously the pre-amp outputs are the biggest advantage, but not everyone is interested in running amplified speakers and subs. Ipod controls, better EQ, and higher power from the head unit is enough of a reason to upgrade IMO
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IMO the stock units look so much cleaner than the single dins though. I would rather keep the stocker and get one of these than come tacky single din. Thats just me though
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Wow, I lot of replies overnight…

I like the OEM Unit, the sound is good enough for my tin ears and the look is Ford so its OK.
Don’t like Single Din Units so would have to get a Double and a good deck start at over $400, don’t need that, especially right now. (No Job)
The USA Spec Unit will hook up both an iPod , which was my main thing, and an AUX hookup of audio thru two RCA Type connector but I got the adapter cable that converts the RCA Plus to ⅛”/3.5 plug-in Jack. What I will be using the AUX for is another thing which I will have to see.

The Cost is $100 w/ the 5V Charging for the new iPod (I think) and 12v for the older models, free shipping from “ iPod Car Pros - iPod Car Adapters: Directly Connect iPod to Car - iPod Car Pros “, a Black Friday Special.
It is now $109 + Shipping, “ PA11-FORD1 USA Spec iPod Adapter Interface for Ford Mercury Lincoln Vehicles iPod Car Pros “.
The unit I got for my ’03 CD-6 Unit is #: PA11-FORD1.



RCA Plugs to 3.5 (⅛”) Plug





You need the 20-Pin connector on the rear of the Radio, best thing to do is pull the radio and take a look.



USUALLY, if the connector is there the unit will work.
The CD-6’s use the tracking changing buttons to work the iPod but the iPod still retains all of its own function; I think the iPod controls may be easier but we will see.

Dixie, I do not think the standard deck with one CD/AM/FM will work with this device but pull the radio and check out the back first then either call or e-mail these guys and see what is happening with your unit.

High Power is something I do not need nor want. The sound level on my unit is set to low and that is where it is most of the time. Someone wanting high power then yes a DD Unit would be nice the Pioneer 4100 or the Nav Unit 110 are both nice units.

My unit has the SHUT (?) and the COMP buttons, it was a requirement on another site, most CD-6s have them.
in a note it said the 04 and newer CD-6s won’t work, not sure best thing to do is contact the supplier.

Now if someone wants to play Santa Claus and send me a Pioneer DD Unit either of the ones mentioned above and include a Theft Protection System too I would be glad to install it in my truck and produce a write up for you but this will work for me, (I THINK) but only time will tel.

To all that put in info thanks for the input I was hopping the unit was a quick 5 minute install and it sounds that way.

Here is a couple of other pics from the site.





AND don’t forget the tools, it will make the removal and install of the Radio a lot easier; no coat hangers don’t work well…


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I dropped my Sat radio in favor of the Ipod adaptor. BEST thing I ever did. Here's the install on the Rubicon...

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Old school ipod mini haha
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Old school ipod mini haha





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I dropped my Sat radio in favor of the Ipod adaptor. BEST thing I ever did. Here's the install on the Rubicon...

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While that is a *****in set up, if you leave your ipod in the vehicle overnight and it gets below freezing, the cold can damage your battery. Mine is fried...
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While that is a *****in set up, if you leave your ipod in the vehicle overnight and it gets below freezing, the cold can damage your battery. Mine is fried...
Two years in VT, -40F and no problems so far. I did not use it while it was that cold, but it's survived so far.
The adaptor actually powers it and charges it, so maybe battery is not even an issue?
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IMO the stock units look so much cleaner than the single dins though. I would rather keep the stocker and get one of these than come tacky single din. Thats just me though
not if you only have a tape deck on your stock headunit LOL....so lame not even a single disc



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Two years in VT, -40F and no problems so far. I did not use it while it was that cold, but it's survived so far.
The adaptor actually powers it and charges it, so maybe battery is not even an issue?
Yeah i leave my ipod in the glove box an i don't have a problem either. ive been taking it inside now because i usually charge it since i use it all day haha
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What generation of ipods is this good for? With my pioneer HU I leave my 30GB video Ipod in my glove box and the head unit charges it. I also have a 16GB nano for other purposes and it works with the head unit but it does not charge. Is there some kind of pin adapter you can buy?
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I have one that has 2 aux inputs. I used it to send my DVD player sound to my HU, but I fixed all that with an upgraded deck. I have it laying around if anyone is interested in it.
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What generation of ipods is this good for? With my pioneer HU I leave my 30GB video Ipod in my glove box and the head unit charges it. I also have a 16GB nano for other purposes and it works with the head unit but it does not charge. Is there some kind of pin adapter you can buy?
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I have one that has 2 aux inputs. I used it to send my DVD player sound to my HU, but I fixed all that with an upgraded deck. I have it laying around if anyone is interested in it.
Thats the same one I have, works great.
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The unit comes with a pwr cables for both the old and the newer (5V) charging, so i have been told, so the USA Spec Unit is for both old and new iPods.
If you hook up an iPod using an Aux input then there is no charging.

I was thinking an iPod on its own hookup for charging and listening and maybe one of those MP3 Players that uses Memory Cards, what’s it called - Slot Radio; up in the air here so any suggestions would be appreciated.

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IMO the stock units look so much cleaner than the single dins though. I would rather keep the stocker and get one of these than come tacky single din. Thats just me though
Agreed. That's why I just saved my money for a little while longer and went ahead and went with the double din. Glad I waited too.
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I got the unit, it plugged in as other have stated and worked.

there is a little getting used to the radio vs iPod buttons but it makes the iPod sound so much better than the FM Modulator .

i can hear some high and lows that weren’t there before and this is from the OEM CD6.

I haven’t cleaned up the iPod and AUX Input Cables yet because I don’t know where I want to put the iPod.

Any suggestions ?
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I like my stock deck.


If it ain't broke why fix it?
because mine didn't come with a CD player, or ipod dadptor
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next question. When its installed, how do you select the ipod? do you just not have a CD in and hit the "CD" button; I'm asking because i dont have an "AUX" button. i take it you control next song and everything just like you would a CD?
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Me too on the AUX button.
I believe if you have the “SHUF” and the “COMP” buttons you are good as gold. (I can not locate the site where I found the two answer so i can’t verify it look around.
No CDs can be in the Radio.
There are two switches on the US Spec Adapter you can select before install, for the iPod it allows different way to control it and for the AUX input to the US Spec Unit there is only on /off.
I put the iPod to “Playlist Mode” and the AUX input to “on”.

Plug in the wire per the instructions, straight forward nothing special, and turned on the radio.
Gave the unit a minute to setup and pressed the CD button a couple of times per instructions and whamBam it works.
i am still getting use to the buttons so I am not completely sure of them but that will only take some getting use to.

To answer your question directly, “Just press the CD Button and seek” per the instructions.

If your iPod isn’t setup per the instruction with five playlist, ie FORD1 - 5 then it will take a little longer to fin the data but everything works as per advertised.

Just a thought, maybe you should download the instruction first and read the info on the US Spec Site.

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