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CD6 Aux Input ideas

Ok I just got another CD6 and it doesn't have the sat or aux button. It's the normal one that would come in a Ranger. What I would like to know is if there is any way to add an Aux input. I've checked out PIE but their adapter requires the headunit to be able to control a cd changer. Is there anything else out there?
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Nope. I isn't designed to do anything other than what it does out of the box that you see in front of you.
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I have the CD6 out of my F-150 sitting in the garage, it has an aux button on it. If you want to find out if it will work in your truck I will trade with you. It has the speed volume and all that jazz too. I don't know if the aux button is for a line-in or satellite though.
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You can get the adapter for the F150 stereo, that's the same one I have with sat radio. But it is a true double din while the ranger is a din and a half I believe. Or is it?
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I have the CD6 out of my F-150 sitting in the garage, it has an aux button on it. If you want to find out if it will work in your truck I will trade with you. It has the speed volume and all that jazz too. I don't know if the aux button is for a line-in or satellite though.
Trent you have to add the pie adapter for the aux button to work on the f150. Then I added this also for a more factory look:

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Trent you have to add the pie adapter for the aux button to work on the f150. Then I added this also for a more factory look:

I actually got another dash tray the other day with a line in adapter. I think its from the factory because it has line in on it and everything.
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Ok I just got another CD6 and it doesn't have the sat or aux button. It's the normal one that would come in a Ranger. What I would like to know is if there is any way to add an Aux input. I've checked out PIE but their adapter requires the headunit to be able to control a cd changer. Is there anything else out there?
Where did you get this CD-6??

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I have the CD6 out of my F-150 sitting in the garage, it has an aux button on it. If you want to find out if it will work in your truck I will trade with you. It has the speed volume and all that jazz too. I don't know if the aux button is for a line-in or satellite though.
That will work either way. Aux or satelite I can get an aftermarket adapter. Just let me know if you really want to trade. I'd be good for it. How does yours mount though since you're an 04-08 F-150?

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Where did you get this CD-6??

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Teehee! Thanks again Justin! You are the man!

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Oh it mounts totally different than the Rangers, I didn't think about that. It bolts to the dash instead of sliding into the bezel.
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Update on this. I went out on a limb and bought the PIE FRDN-AUX even though it stated the headunit had to be able to control a CD changer. Obviously the CD6 doesn't, but I had faith that it would miraculously work.

So I bought the box on eBay for $65 shipped. I was nervous that it wasn't going to work and that I had blown a bunch of money on nothing. My CD6 had the correct port for the unit which is the reason I went ahead and bought the box.

I plugged everything in as directed and didn't know what to do next. The instructions for the headunits that control a CD changer just say to hit the CD button...well on the CD6 that only selects the actual CD because it's still connected (CD changer units require the changer to be unhooked). So on a whim I hit the CD button again!







GREAT SUCCESS! The display showed "DJ" and sound started playing from my Zune which I had hooked up. It's almost as if Ford had the provision for an Auxiliary input from the factory back in the day. But all in all I'm happy and the sound quality is leaps and bounds better than an FM modulator.
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Update on this. I went out on a limb and bought the PIE FRDN-AUX even though it stated the headunit had to be able to control a CD changer. Obviously the CD6 doesn't, but I had faith that it would miraculously work.

So I bought the box on eBay for $65 shipped. I was nervous that it wasn't going to work and that I had blown a bunch of money on nothing. My CD6 had the correct port for the unit which is the reason I went ahead and bought the box.

I plugged everything in as directed and didn't know what to do next. The instructions for the headunits that control a CD changer just say to hit the CD button...well on the CD6 that only selects the actual CD because it's still connected (CD changer units require the changer to be unhooked). So on a whim I hit the CD button again!







GREAT SUCCESS! The display showed "DJ" and sound started playing from my Zune which I had hooked up. It's almost as if Ford had the provision for an Auxiliary input from the factory back in the day. But all in all I'm happy and the sound quality is leaps and bounds better than an FM modulator.
That's awesome. I've been wanting a good way to hook my ipod up for a long time but didn't think it could be done without one of those fm transmitter things. Do you have a link for this thing?
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That's awesome. I've been wanting a good way to hook my ipod up for a long time but didn't think it could be done without one of those fm transmitter things. Do you have a link for this thing?
PIE Precision Interface Electronics Online Store - DPx+ AUXILIARY AUDIO INPUT FORD

You'll have to check the back of your CD6 to check if it has a 20 pin plug next to the 16 pin plug. If it does, it should work no problem. The manufacturer's website lists them for $85 but eBay is your friend and has them for $66 shipped.
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PIE Precision Interface Electronics Online Store - DPx+ AUXILIARY AUDIO INPUT FORD

You'll have to check the back of your CD6 to check if it has a 20 pin plug next to the 16 pin plug. If it does, it should work no problem. The manufacturer's website lists them for $85 but eBay is your friend and has them for $66 shipped.
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Like this?

Yes exactly like that.
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yes, that's (the one labelled in blue) the connector to which the PIE adapter connects.
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Oh man, I wish I would have found this 6 months ago, before I decided to go back with my old setup!
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I bought my AUX input adapter about a year and a half ago... it has 2 AUX inputs (2 sets of L-R RCA inputs), and they're indicated on the radio display as DJ 1 and DJ 2 ...I've currently got my mp3 player connected to DJ 1 ... but may connect a satellite radio to the second input at some point.
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I bought my AUX input adapter about a year and a half ago... it has 2 AUX inputs (2 sets of L-R RCA inputs), and they're indicated on the radio display as DJ 1 and DJ 2 ...I've currently got my mp3 player connected to DJ 1 ... but may connect a satellite radio to the second input at some point.
Did you buy the USA SPEC one? The PIE one I bought only has one auxiliary input.
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to be honest, I don't remember what brand it was... I do remember that it was around $75 or so.
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I know this is an older thread BUT I need some assistance.

I have an ’03 Ranger EDGE with the CD-6 Radio.
I want to hookup an aux input for my iPod.
I see there are two devices mentioned but is there any way to determine if I have the right radio (vs left) without pulling the radio ?
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The only way to know if you have the correct radio is by pulling it out. It takes three seconds with a tool you can buy at Walmart. If you have two plugs you can use the PIE or USA SPEC adapter with your radio to make it work. I had mine in my truck for a couple months and it worked great.
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OK thanks.
USA SPEC adapter, you liked it and its sound is OK ?

I want to get one for my daughter’s Mazda as well as my Ranger EDGE.

Crutchfield’s listing say it fits the ’03 EDGE and they include the tools free to remove the radio.

Wal-Mart near me doesn’t have much electronic stuff… didn’t even have an iPod holder.

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I personally bought the PIE one. It worked very well. Sound quality was very good since it was a direct input. And if Crutchfield says it works, they're usually right. I would still pull your radio out to check.
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I'm using a USA Spec on our mustang, works great. You can still use the CD changer too.
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I'm using a USA Spec on our mustang, works great. You can still use the CD changer too.
The one internal to the radio ?
Can you control the iPod from the radio ?
Did everything come with the unit that was needed ?

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