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    Question CD Changer Converter for Jeep?

    Finally got my mp3-grand-cherokee up and running. I'll try to build a site for it soon, but the short of it is:
    97 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    P133, 16m RAM, Trident Providea TV-OUT
    Whistler 300/600 inverter
    Pyle 5.6" color TFT LCD
    Clarion FM100S modulator

    Question: The FM Modulator (Clarion) is okay, but sound quality definitely drops. I have a standard Grand Cherokee head unit, with CD Changer controls (but no Changer). Is there an adapter that I can get to turn the CH Changer port into an "AUX OUT"???

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    Check that, I mean "AUX IN".

    Thanks,
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    You can probably get one at www.crutchfield.com , they seem to sell one for just about everything.

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    OK, crutchfield sells a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep -> Kenwood Changer adapter. Buy that, then buy the Kenwood Aux adapter. It will cost you 120 total, though.

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    Yeah, thanks, Crutchfield was the first place that came to mind for me too. Unfortunately they don't have 'em for Jeeps (but they do carry other models).

    This can't be that hard to make. I could probably identify the L and R, POS and NEG input wires, but something tells me that one of the wires "identifies" the CD Changer with the head unit (so that the head unit knows that theere is a CD Changer there). Currently, although I have the CD Changer controls, I cannot get into CD "mode".

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    Ooooh, I had never thought of the "two adapter" approach. Any idea if the male/female schemes would work out between the two adapters?
    $120 is a little steep, but it could be something I incorporate into "phase 2", along with a GPS system.......

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    It shouldn't be that hard to decode. Just take a portable cd player out to your car, and mess around with the wires until you get a signal... that's what I did.

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    Get an amp.
    Run the stereo and sound card into a switchbox of some type and run the switchbox into the amp...

    Pretty simple and will get you much better sound quality.

    If you have the space for one in your dash, you can probably order a factory rocker switche from a dealer. I got a bunch of them from www.savannajones.com for 10$ but, sadly, they're out of business...
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    PatO,
    Sounds like I wouldn't be able to control the volume from the head unit in that case (when I'm running off the soundcard). The nice thing about the Jeep is that I have volume controls behind the steering wheel.


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    Wow, the new Jeeps have stereo controls in the wheel? I'm going to have to replace my old '91 soon...

    Regarding volume control, you can get a device called IRMan (http://www.evation.com/irman/) that will interpret any infrared device (provided that's what your wheel buttons do...) You can set the programming software to raise/lower volume and even control Winamp!

    I had an AIWA stereo with a wheel remote. About 6 months ago it was stolen, but the jackass didn't take the remote! (or the lcd mounted right below the stereo!!!) I'll simply get an IRMan to read the signals from that remote.

    How are you controlling the computer? Most Winamp keypad plugins support volume control, and it's not difficult to add volume controls to a custom app...

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