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PIE FRDN-AUX 1998-up Ford Auxiliary Input Converter
The FRDN-AUX is an Auxiliary Audio input adapter for specified OEM Ford/ Lincoln / Mercury 1998-2005 radios that provides a direct audio input through the CD changer port of the radio. This audio input uses RCA connectors and is perfect for adding an iPod, satellite radio tuner, video game system, DVD, or other device without the poor quality of FM transmitters or tape adapters.
Compatible with the following Ford / Lincoln / Mercury OEM Radios with 20-pin radio connectors and are CD Changer capable. Check for compatibility with your vehicle on the PIE website before placing your order.
Provides Auxiliary input to vehicle's factory radio
RCA audio inputs
Provides best possible sound quality
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Great little unit, but be prepared!Aug 09, 2012
By Gerald Lutz
I purchased this unit along with PAC IS335 3.5 Audio Input to be installed in my 2002 Ford Explorer. Based on what I'd seen on various message boards, it seemed like just the ticket to allow me to plug in my iPhone or any other device with a headphone jack and get great CD-quality music out of my factory stereo! Once I had it in hand, it looked simple enough to install so, instead of paying another $100 or so to get it professionally done, I took it upon myself to get that thing in there.
As it turned out, the parts I was was worried about (getting behind the dash and pulling the stereo out) were actually the easiest parts of the process. Similarly, getting the wires run out to where I was going to hook up my phone and plugging in the the adapter into the stereo was a piece of cake and required no consulting of the instructions. However, once it came time to hook up power and ground, I ran into issues. There were no wiring diagrams in the packaging and I spent the next 45 minutes scouring the internet on my iPhone for anything that could help me. Every page I came across seemed contradictory or was difficult to read. Talk about frustrating! Eventually, based on some rationalization (e.g. the thickest wires are likely power lines) combined with aggregated knowledge from the sites I'd reviewed AND some dumb luck, I got the power line plugged in and turned on the stereo to try it out. ...sweet, sweet music was heard! Eureka!
Unfortunately, I wasn't out of the woods. It may be tough to tell in the photo, but this converter is no small unit. Trying to squeeze the additional wiring, box, and stereo all back into the tight little space it came out of took some creative cramming of parts into nooks and crannies under the dash and some strong arming while I tightened up the head unit's install screws again. Eventually everything came back together and I'm the proud owner of a 10 year old vehicle that can now play MP3s.
- Easy operation.
- Great sound!
- The price was right
- Can be installed by even a Luddite like me.
- The instructions could have been a bit clearer and/or included either a wiring diagram or some suggestions on where to find a good source of them.
- Does it really have to be that big?!?
- Including the RCA to headphone cables would have been nice, but I can understand why they didn't (so you don't end up with wiring you don't need)
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
************If I could give it ***** ***** I totally would!**************Aug 23, 2011
By El Jefe
I purchased this unit somewhat blindly. I am the 1st review on this particular model of the PIE unit, however other models were reviewed well so I decided to give this unit a shot. Good thing I did because it is an awesome little unit that once I figured out how to properly install (the instruction page is very vague and helpless) but still pretty easy to figure out. I just extended both extra wires (green and purple) green for the ground and attached behind the gas petal somewhere and ran the purple wire behind it all to the fuse panel there's an unused aux spot there for the power. Overall, besides the lousy instructions that came with the unit it was simple to figure out and once properly installed sounds great...CD quality. If I could give it 10 stars I would because its that good Ive recommended similar units to a few friends as well.
Works with 6 disc changer Ford Explorer RadioMay 12, 2013
Despite the manufacturers statement that this converter does not work with the 6-disc changer radio of my 2003 Explorer Limited, it actually does! Some forums on indicated it would, so I first did a radio self test (3&6 button of the disc player pressed simultaneously).
The self test noted that it can not test the DJ, since it was not connected, thereby indicating my radio had the necessary input.
So I connected the FRDN-AUX adapter and after pressing CD TWICE (!!!), I heard the sweet sound of my iPad.
Removing the center console was easy (one screw and a firm pull up&towards rear) and to get out the radio are plenty of helpful videos on youtube.
Makes you get over the fact that they instructions that come with the FRDN-AUX are rubbish. Plus, the connectors for ground and 12V are useless, but that's easy to fix (permanent 12V for my 2003 Explorer was a yellow cable. Make sure you have a multimeter to verify.
JunkMay 03, 2013
By Andrew A. Zajackowski
This company produces junk and wouldn't answer question about unit when it was draining my battery also the unit then failed completely in less than a year no response from them at that time either. Save your money and look for something that will last and don't kill your battery. It did sound very good when it did work I let it hang under the dash so I could disconnect the thing when I shut the car off to save the battery it would kill the battery overnight and the vehicle was an SUV with a big V-8 and had a battery with plenty of reserve.
Great!Jan 02, 2013
By D. Williams
Installed easily and works like a champ in 2002 Ford Sport Trac. You do need special tools to get the factory head unit out, but that has nothing to do with this converter.
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