P.I.E Aux Input Adapter For Ford

Connect a portable music player, satellite radio tuner, or DVD player to your factory Ford/Lincoln/Mercury receiver (Model FRDR-AUX)

Item #: 469FRDRAUX

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Got a portable music player? Then you probably know that a direct connection to your vehicle's radio will give you the best possible sound quality. The Precision Interface Electronics FRDR-AUX adapter lets you convert the CD changer port on your Ford, Lincoln, or Mercury factory stereo into an auxiliary input, suitable for connecting an add-on satellite radio tuner, portable music player, or other audio source.

Just plug the 13-pin speaker/power cable and the 14-pin data connecter into the factory radio's changer ports, connect your portable player to the adapter's RCA inputs, press "CD" on the radio, and go. (See "Hands-on Research for full installation details.) This adapter uses the CD changer port — once connected, you can't use a changer with your factory radio. Warranty: 90 days.

Please enter your vehicle information or call a Sales Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to find out if this adapter is compatible with your vehicle.

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Well worth the 70 bucks

Written By phil, ypsilanti, MI on Saturday, July 14, 2012

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Sound is great much better than the casset adapter. Quick and easy to install.

Pros: I would def get it if i had a taurus or sable with no cd player

Cons: none


Written By ELLIOT, NEW JERSEY on Saturday, June 16, 2012

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After my cd changer died I want to install an MP3 solution in my 2000 Ford Taurus. After checking and searching several websites for an MP3 solution I discovered the P.I.E Aux Input Adapter. Some websites had this unit for the same price as Crutchfield but I didn't trust them - so I stuck with Crutchfield. They truly go above and beyond. With your purchase you get a master install sheet and a DIN removal tool free of charge. I didn't need the tool but the master sheet did come in handy. The install took me about 4 hours because it wasn't easy running the speaker cable (purchase separately) from the trunk to my center console. I also drilled a custom hold in my center console with a grommet to hide the RCA to mini adapter cable. Now I can play my iPod through the factory stereo and it sounds great not to mention my audio cables are out of sight when not in use.

Pros: Great product.

Cons: Not a quick install if you want to do it right. Some basic tools are needed and common sense.

Great Buy

Written By Andrew, Lebanon,PA on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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Best purchase I had made for my car so far.

Pros: Easy to install and a way better sound quality then a transmitter.

Cons: None so far.

A great, easy fix for Ford's less than ideal audio setup!

Written By Brian, Kansas City, KS on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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I'd always used a tape deck converter to listen to my iPod in my car despite it being a less than ideal setup. I got a junk yard replacement for the center audio/climate console in my '98 Taurus when the tape deck broke down and when the second console broke down a year later, I was really glad to find this solution. This converter plugs in easily and with an RCA-3.5mm headphone jack converter, I can listen to whatever I want in my car without losing audio integrity as with through the tape deck converter. Sounds as good as Ford's factory speakers were ever meant to sound.

Just what I was looking for

Written By Tonyfishn, Monroe, MI. on Sunday, May 06, 2012

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Can't play CD's anymore but who needs em. Plug my phone in and get any radio station I want. Love Iheart radio just like having XM for free.

Pros: Easy to hook up

Cons: Not to east to run wires from trunk to center console.

Excellent sound & installed in 10 minutes

Written By Abdul Alatawi, Morgantown, WV on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Once I received the adapter about two weeks ago, I was eager to install it on my 2003 Ford Taurus right away, and it took me less than 10 minutes. I have a CD single disc which can be connected to a 6 disc CD changer in the trunk. To install it, I opened the trunk and found on the left side (The driver side) a box with three outputs, two are connected and the third one is free. I just looked up the cables and the pins and how they formed and connect each of the Four ends of the cable that came with the adapter to the three ports of the box in the trunk. Then connected the two audio ports on the adapter with a Y audio cable the ends with a male end which I connected to my iPhone. The sound is excellent. The adapter has good price comparing to professional installed product. I went to an audio shop in my town to compare the prices. The technical said that he would need to order the adapter for me and it will arrive in 5 days then he will charge me for the adapter then a lot more for labor and needed cables. However, when you buy the adapter from crutchfield.com you will pay less and wait about 3 to 5 days and install it easily in 10 minutes. So, Thank you very much crutchfield.com team for this amazing product.

Pros: Easy to install, Excellent price comparing to provisional installed product, Excellent quality sound. You save money.

Cons: You need to buy about 10feet Y audio cable.

Great Alternative to FM Transmitters

Written By r. d., NH on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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This product was easy to install (once I found the box in the trunk) and running
a cable from the trunk to the front cabin is easy enough. I'd recommend having
someone install this device if you're not comfortable with the DIY and OEM
nature of this part.

Worked As Expected

Written By MTBuilder, Houston, TX on Monday, April 11, 2011

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It installed easily in my 2003 Taurus. I originally had the CD player in the
dash but no changer. This plugged in and worked without problems. I've been
using it nearly everyday for about 10 months to play music from my phone or
ipod. Running a cord under the carpet up to the center console was the most
unpleasant part of installation.

Great Option for SiriusXM radio

Written By Kevin, Grand Island, Nebraska on Monday, February 07, 2011

Easy to install, plug and play, easily removable if you plan on selling or giving the car away.

Best purchase i have made in my 19 years of life, this product saved me hours of headache, and having to go buy a new cassete adapter every 4 weeks (they lose magnetism and start to sound very staticy).

the price could be lower, but it is worth every penny. Most...well, all of them anymore, with the introduction of the "connect" technology, Sattelite Radio instalations have gotten so simple, you'd have to be crazy to get it wrong.

but, this kit here provides an awesome alternative to tape or FM adapter kits to ford taurus owners, get it

Great product

Written By Kevin J, Spokane, WA on Sunday, January 30, 2011

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I got this for my 1998 Taurus SE. It has one of the worst stereo designs ever, and I cant
think of why Ford did it. The environmental controls are built in with the stereo unit, which
means your stuck with that stereo, no after market options. Annoying. Thankfully it had a
6 disk changer in the trunk, and double thankfully that barely worked. With this device
and a long 1/8" (I think) cable ran up to the console somewhere you are able to plug in
any or portable music device. This basically bypasses the CD Changer to your portable
music player. For my vehicle I just press the CD button on the stereo. Works very well. I
used to use a tape adapter but on my long 1 hour commutes it would over heat and
when you are listening to audio books it gets very frustrating, to the point where I would
pull out headphones. It is a relief to not have to worry about any of that anymore. And I
am thankful again to have music instead of crappy radio when I am in the mood for
music. I am really happy with this purchase.

P.I.E Aux Input Adapter For Ford

Written By spaceman_spliff, Nashville, TN on Sunday, January 09, 2011

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Sounds great on my 2005 Mercury Sable. Very easy to install <10mins setup. Sadly, the right
channel has stopped working after a year. the warranty is only 30 days. I will likely purchase
another one as there is no alternative solution near this price, and replacing the head unit in
a our taurus/sables involve replacing the climate controls, bypassing the rcu, and $$$.

Perfect Solution

Written By Outdoor Willy, Havertown, PA on Sunday, November 28, 2010

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What an easy solution to update your wheels!
The CD changer connection wa easy to find and the connection
of this adapter took less than 10 minutes.

I now play my Sirius and Ipod directly from the radio.

I would recommend this solution to
anyone looking to direct connect your music through your radio.

They break! But still a decent option...

Written By FordFan, Boston Ma on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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Installation was ok, and the sound was fine with the stock speakers. I loved it! But after 11 months (out of warranty of course) the left channel failed abruptly. I will probably buy another and cross my fingers, but be aware. They should give a longer warranty since so many of them break.

So Far...So Awesome!

Written By Ford Taurus Fun, Roanoke, IL on Thursday, August 12, 2010

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My dad installed a 6-CD changer in my Taurus, and I have an iPod...yeah. I wanted something better. I found a mod that involves soldering into your CD changer that would cost me $10, but then again, if it failed I could screw something up with my headset. So after reading the reviews, I bought this. Oh my goodness, what a quick and easy install! Literally 20 mins, and that's probably because I was fumbling around and trying to be gentle with my car. I had to push really hard to get the input to go into my stupid tuner; the connector literally made a snapping noise when it went in all the way! And I thought, "Well, either I made it WORK or I broke it." Fortunately, it works. The sound is so clean and wonderful. Thanks, Crutchfield. Great product, great install.

1999 Ford Taurus w/ MACH stereo

Written By Justin, DFW, TX on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

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Just wanted to add my piece to the pie - this thing is AWESOME. Took literally 15 minutes to install in my 1999 Taurus (with MACH stereo) and it sounds great! The only 'hard' part is trying to hide the cable that you have to run from the trunk to the cabin of the car.

Note - Crutchfield says: "Factory radio must have one preset button labeled "COMP" and another preset button labeled 'SHUFFLE'."

I didn't have either one of those buttons - but it still worked. You just hit the 'CD' button and it will switch over.


Written By Anonymous, Sanford, NC on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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I picked this up for the wife's '07 Taurus SE. Basically because we have mp3 hookup in my car and she was envious. First off, the box from Crutchfield came amazingly well packed. The unit mounted into the trunk very easily (I had to use one of my one screws/bolts to mount to the inside wall of the trunk) and it all plugged in very nice.

I then routed to the front of the vehicle a 1/8 inch headphone jack (I used a RCA to 1/8 jack converter back in the trunk by the module). I ran the cable in through the back seats, under the back seat and then through the sill trim and under the front seat into the center console via a small hole I drilled. I stashed extra cord in the armrest and so when its not being used it can be stowed into the center console for a clean look.

I am REALLY happy with the audio quality. There is no noticeable signal loss from sending the signal all the way to the trunk. Everything that was included was fantastic, and very useful (except for the stereo removal tool, I didn't need it with it being mounted in the trunk).

Shipping from Crutchfield was super fast, and I am very happy with the overall purchase. Anyone with a previous gen Taurus (not a rebadged 500) should pick one of these up.

Thanks Crutchfield!

Excellent Product

Written By Clay, Winchester VA on Thursday, September 24, 2009

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This product is great. Took it out of the box and was hooked up in 10 minutes. My product mounts in the trunk, so you may need cable to run from trunk to dash. Only place I could find something for my car was at Crutchfeild. Thanks Guys!

Nice Product

Written By Mark, Gasport, NY on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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I just purchased this adapter last week and installed it on my 2004 Sable
over the weekend. Everything was included (except a cable to connect to I-
Pod, which I purchased also) and it plugged right in without any problems.
The sound quality is a quantum leap over the FM Modulator I was using
before. I hope I don't experience the channel cutting out like I saw in the
other reviews, so far so good. Also, hats off to Crutchfield for the prompt
service I received. I ordered the unit Thursday afternoon and had it in my
hands as of Saturday afternoon, with the basic shipping. Pretty good. I
would definately recommend Crutchfield and the adaptor to everyone.

A Must-Have for any Taurus Owner

Written By Neal, Grand Blanc, MI on Saturday, March 14, 2009

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I recently purchased this product for my 2000 Ford Taurus SE.

Installation took under 15 minutes, and yielded a practical aux input for my vehicle.

My only gripe is that it currently produces feedback when used with my Sirius Satellite radio. I'm not sure if this has to do with my Sirius radio, or with this product.

Every car should have an aux input. Purchase this for your Taurus today.

P.I.E. Aux Converter

Written By Dave, Houston, TX on Monday, September 08, 2008

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A breeze to install, it took only a few minutes to install the aux unit on my 2007 Ford Taurus SEL w/CD changer. The CD changer is in the center
console but the controller is mounted on the left rear fender well in the trunk. Its a large silver box behind the carpet on the wall. Just disconnect
three of the four connections and replace them with the AUX unit connectors. Once installed press the "CD" button to activate the AUX unit.

I installed a Sirius Stratus 4. I ran the AUX cable up the left side door moldings to the dash, I ran the Sirius antenna up the right door moldings to the dash for a really clean installation. Also, you can plug the AUX cable into a Y cable and have the ability to alternate between the Sirius receiver and an I-Pod at the same time (although only one at a time should be plugged in), The whole install took about an hour and sounds GREAT!

Works Just Like It Should and Easy to Install

Written By Monte, Hendersonville, TN on Thursday, July 31, 2008

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After reading some of the reviews, I was a little leary but upon arrival,
install was very easy even without instruction and the sound quality is
phenominal! I will wait to see if one channel or the other dies but so far, so

P.I.E Aux Input Adapter For Ford

Written By DP, Michigan on Sunday, March 02, 2008

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Order was quickly shipped by Crutchfield. Installation was pretty easy and the PIE device is working as advertised. Have been using it for a month or so now with no problems. Much better sound than the cassette adapter I was using before.

FRDR-AUX, Sirius Satellite Radio

Written By Greg, Oklahoma on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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I used the FRDR-AUX pigtail to integrate a Sirius Satellite head unit into my 2001 Ford Taurus. Installation was easy, and the results were phenomenal. The sound quality went from mediocre to as good as a CD. The installation instructions were good, and I wouldn't hesitate to use Crutchfield again.

Excellent Product

Written By Mark, Milford, NJ on Friday, January 25, 2008

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This is the ticket for adding Sirius, Ipod, or any other portable music source into your factory radio. I was using the FM transmitter to tune my Sirius in and decided I needed something better one day when I almost drove off of the road trying to reduce the static on the FM method! This was very easy to install on my 98 Taurus and is a huge improvement in sound quality. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because I thought the price was just a bit too high. Maybe $10 - $15 cheaper would be more appropriate but this is really what I needed.

Seems like one channel inevitably fails!

Written By michael, NJ on Saturday, January 05, 2008

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I had the same experience as at least two other reviewers of this product -- it was easy to install, sounded great for a while and then one channel failed. (In other cases it seems to have been the right channel; in my case it was the left.) And I was out of warranty when it happened, unlike the others.

Based on three identical failures of this product, I'd strongly recommend against anyone buying it, ever!

Excellent Product!

Written By kpj, Fenton, MI on Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I bought this for my 2000 Ford Taurus. Installation was really easy. The factory amp was located in the trunk on the driver's side wheel well. Plugged in the unit, ran the RCA to Stereo cable connection... Installed in about 20-30 mins. The sound is superb! Much better then the FM transmitters, or Tape adapters. I can now listen to my Sirius and Zune in the car without using FM and getting stations that bleed through. Highly recommend this product!

Works Great!

Written By G, Boca Raton, FL on Friday, May 25, 2007

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I got this for my 2006 Taurus. The factory amp is installed in the trunk on the rear-driver's wheel well, it looks like a silver box, very unimpressive looking. You unplug one of the connectors that is in the amp already, plug it into the supplied cable harness and then plug the harness into the factory amp in two different places. You then hit the CD button on your factory stereo twice and start playing your mp3 player/ipod/satellite reciever or whatever. It works great. You need to route the cable from the converter (that is in the trunk) to the front of your car though which is the only hassle, and a minor one at that. Next... new speakers!

P.I.E Aux Input Adapter For Ford

Written By John, Allentown, PA on Friday, May 04, 2007

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This device was easy to install. I installed this one month ago and it has been working fine. Good sound quality with IPOD. You have to adjust the IPOD volume to match the volume of the radio stations. I had to equalize the volume of the IPOD songs so that they played at the same level.

Great For Taurus

Written By mdb, Leesburg, VA on Sunday, January 21, 2007

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I had a problem with the first PIE aux. adapter (lost left stereo signal). Crutchfield was fantastic and had a new unit out to me in two days. The second adapter is working with no problems. I have it installed in a Taurus and use it for a Sirius Sportster Replay. The sound is very good (no fuzz and not over driven). The adapter was easy to install and I would recommend it to anyone.

Sounded great while it worked

Written By Jfass958, Rochester, MI on Wednesday, November 29, 2006

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I had this product for about 1 month and it worked flawlessly until one day the right channel just stopped working it went out completely. I was still under warranty so I got another one and about 3 months later that one lost the right channel now I'm out of warranty and will be going with a different company.

2005 Ford Taurus

Written By Elizabeth, Lynbrook, NY on Tuesday, November 14, 2006

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A breeze to install for a 2005 Ford Taurus (connections in the left side of the trunk). Just "Plug and play" basically. It works and sounds great with my factory car stereo system.

Good sound, bad build quality

Written By Kevin, Kansas City, KS on Sunday, November 12, 2006

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I had the same problem as another reviewer where the right channel just all of a sudden quit on me. Before that for about 90 days (same as the other reviewer) it gave good sound, but now I'm weary as to whether I want to buy another of these.

P.I.E Aux Input Adapter For Ford

Written By swimrenegade, camas, wa on Saturday, July 01, 2006

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This works amazingly i really wish i didnt buy all that other stuff like the fm tuner and the cassete player nothing worked as great as this. It was pretty easy to install in my 97 ford explorer with jbl audio system. GREAT PRODUCT AT AN AMAZING PRICE!!!

So much better then FM Modualtor

Written By Gene, Boston, MA on Saturday, May 13, 2006

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No static, no tuning and clear reproduction. Well worth the time to wire it up.

Great Product. Poor Warranty

Written By markpink, Nashua NH on Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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I really loved this product. It worked great in my 2005 Ford Taurus SEL. Except! The right channel stopped working 97 days after I bought it. It has a 90 day warranty. So I must buy another one or something else?

A Must Buy

Written By Ed O, North Kingstown, RI on Wednesday, February 08, 2006

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If you own a Ford and this item is compatible to your car, buy it. Don't go they way I did to have my I-Pod play thru my radio. I bought both the I-Trip and Monster FM; however, due to reception I was not pleased with either item. The Monster was better than the I-Trip by the way. I also had a price quote to connect my I-Pod to my car stereo and the quote was $240. A friend at work did some research when we were talking about how he had his I-Pod connected to his truck. While checking the Crutchfield site, he came up with the FRDR-AUX by P.I.E. Easy to install and has CD quality sound with zero interference at all. I just have to toggle my CD button and I'm good to go. For $69.95 you cant' go wrong! P.S. Great service by Crutchfield I received the unit in 3 business days.

An easy functional solution.

Written By Jonathan, Chester, VA on Saturday, June 18, 2005

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Like most others, I have been dissapointed by the limited number of options iPod users have to connect their unit to their car. FM transmitters, and tape adapters don't cut it.

I have no need to skip tracks and fast forward songs with my factory radio so whit spend twice as much for two additional features.

This product provides an easy and inexpensive way to connect my iPod while maintaining great sound quality. The PIE Ford adapter was a quick and effortless install and made me a happy customer. I recommend this product to any Ford/Mercury owner looking to connect their iPod to their factory system without making any modifications.

Thanks again for this great product!

Ford Taurus Owners, This is the one for you!

Written By Scoot0903, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, May 25, 2005

I originally ordered the USA SPEC DF-FORD1 Adapter, despite what the review said below, the customer service department guaranteed me the USA SPEC DF-FORD1 Adapter would work with the Ford Taurus. Well it did work, however only played in MONO and sounded terrible. I called tech support, which was very helpful, and they sent a replacement. The replacement came quickly, however still sounded awful and again in MONO. I called and asked to return them both and upgrade to this model. Tech support suggested that it may be the wiring inside the vehicle, but I decided that I would upgrade anyway.

This unit just arrived, hooked up in all of 5 minutes and sounds incredible. No more cassette adapter and this is in STEREO. Save yourself a big hassel and just order this product to start with. The USA SPEC DF-FORD1 Adapter in my opinion is junk!

P.I.E Aux Input Adapter For Ford

Written By tychobrahe1911, fowlerville Mich on Thursday, April 21, 2005

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I ordered the USA SPEC for my 2001 Taurus and unfortunately as I and others have found out it won't work with this vehicle. Crutchfield sent me the P.I.E. and it worked as soon as I plugged it in with no hassles. Very clean signal. I'm very happy with this interface.

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  • Aux input adapter
  • 42" Cable
  • Instructions

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Overview: DPX Auxiliary input converters by PIE (Precision Interface Electronics) are designed to convert the CD Changer port of the OEM radio (with CD Changer controls) into an auxiliary input. Devices such as Satellite Radios, DVD Players, VCRs, MP3 Players, and Game Systems can be added the the OEM radio without an FM Modulator. DPX Technology maintains full function of all factory steering wheel and rear seat controls.

Compatibility: The FRDR-AUX allows you to add an auxiliary input to the factory radio in select Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. The adapter plugs into the factory system using the supplied cable, avoiding wire splicing and modifications.

Note: The adapter takes the place of the CD changer, so you cannot have a CD changer and the adapter connected to your factory radio at the same time.

Connections: The adapter has two RCA (left and right audio) inputs on one side. You'll need an audio cable (sold separately) to connect your audio source to the RCA inputs of this adapter. On the other side of the adapter is a rectangular 10-pin jack that interfaces with the supplied cable. The adapter end of the cable has the 10-pin plug and the other end has a harness which connects into the OEM Tuner/Amplifier module (location of which varies by vehicle). There is also a set of jumper harnesses attached to the included cable that are inserted between the Tuner/amp and the cable run from the radio in the dash.

Note: Please take note of the length of cable you'll need, particularly if the adapter will be trunk mounted & your audio source near the front of the vehicle.

Mounting: The adapter can be secured to any flat surface.

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