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Old 05-21-07, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to: AUX IN for 99 RL (iPOD, MP3 players, etc.)

Here is a short how-to for installation of an AUX-IN module to the factory radio in a 99 RL w/o navigation.

Important notice:
This is my personal step by step guide on installing the sound module. Although the whole installation is very easy, do it on your own risk.

What kind of a sound module is this?

It is a single AUX-IN module, which replaces the aux-in of the factory CD changer.

What do you need for this installation beside such a module?

Not much, maybe your best pal, some patience, dexterity, 20 minutes of your time and a wrench.

PREPARATIONS:
Before you start this installation, remove the disc changer magazine! Afterwards there won’t be any voltage available to take it out, so don’t forget it!


1. Turn off the engine and ignition. Apply parking brake.
2. Remove the carpet panels to the left and right of the console. Watch out for those clips! They sometimes do not hold on to the panels and might get lost.



3. Remove the select lever cover by pulling gently on both ends. The cover is mounted on four clips. Again, watch out for those clips! See the pale blue arrows on the screenshot.



4. Unplug the connectors and take out the bulb for gear panel illumination.



5. Remove the wood cover by lifting it up and pulling out towards back of the car. This cover is also mounted on clips (see the red circle on the screenshot).



6. Now we have access to the bolts holding the radio console. Unbolt the nuts with a wrench. Start with the both in front and continue with the both to the left and right of the console. See screenshots









7. The console is now ready to be taken out. Pull gently at the bottom and at the top. The console is hooked into the dashboard at the top. Be careful (blue arrows).



8. While taking the console out be very careful not to scratch the leather! The console’s edges are very sharp! See the red highlighted area. The blue arrows show the clamps which hold the console to the dashboard.



9. Now you have access to the cables from behind. Find the CD changer cable and unplug.





10. Plug in the AUX-IN adapter. Be sure the connection is tight. My adapter required to be grounded. I took the ground wire and wired it into the cigarette lighter. Follow the instructions attached to your AUX-IN adapter.

11. Find a place to put the audio wires out. I used the right carpet console. Later I will put the wires under the middle console.



12. You are done. Plug in a player (notebook, MP3, etc.), turn the radio on and switch to CD mode. The AUX-IN plays on CD01, title 01.
Have fun!

I tested my AUX-IN with my Nokia cel. phone and my IBM notebook. The sound quality with the Nokia phone was OK, much better than any FM transmitter. Then I hooked up the notebook and played an audio CD. Now the sound quality was very, very good. I was amazed.
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Old 05-21-07, 03:20 PM   #2
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Thank you LUKE!! Can we get this pinned please?
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THANKS! VERY HELPFUL!
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Thanks again RLuke, I got it done last night with my 96 RL. Slightly different, but generally the same. Music sounds great.
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As I was saying, I wish someone would pin this as this is great DIY!
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As I was saying, I wish someone would pin this as this is great DIY!
thanks for the heads up!

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Is there anyway you can take out the radio unit from 1997 acura rl and insert an aftermarket car stereo in there? Any custom dash kit you can buy which will allow you to install an aftermarket stereo? My cd changer is in the back and its really a pain in the ass to change cds and furthermore it cannot play mp3.

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I've got nav...any difference on doing it with a car with navigation?

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+1 Very nice. N/a for me, but now I know how to get that trim panel off and retrieve some lost change.
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Hi! I have a 1996 Acura RL (Non Premium and w/o Navigation) and would like to know if I have a AUX as stated above with out taking anything off? I was told by the dealership that I did not have because of my year and model, is that true? I don't have a CD changer in my trunk, and my stereo is a cassette/FM/AM radio. Thanks for your input.
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Hey Luke,

Did you need to buy anything other than the PIE HON part? like RCA Cables, etc.? or is this part is all you need?

does the part you connected to the CD changer plug have the plug at the other end that will plug into the Ipod?
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Hi,

I bought some cinch cable and a headphone plug for my MP3 player. that's all.

regarding the iPod connector: no, at least not in this case. maybe they have another modules, which are equipped with an iPod hook up.
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Im purchasing ISimple ISAS 71 adapter at best buy for $99 and have them put it in for another $50. I figure its worth it. Crutchfield has the same thing for $149 for just the parts. I guess with this, you can still use the factory controls including the controls on the steering as well as the actual IPOD itself as well as charging the ipod at the same time. Seeing as how my main relay is still dangling, I don't think I could handle your DIY write up!

This was the best and cheapest Ipod solution that I could find.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1172880156098
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