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Hooking an MP3 into a factory head unit??

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by JCI Trans, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    I just bought a 2006 2500HD (pics in the equipment thread). My old truck had an aftermarket head unit and i was able to plug my ipod into it directly. Is there a way to put either RCA's or any other kind of aux input into my factory unit? I was about to disassemble the dash but i figured i'd ask here first. Thanks!!!
  2. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    FM transmitter or tape deck interface were the only options I was able to find in my 00.
    Opted to pick up a new Alpine headunit with ipod cable.
  3. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    My friend uses the FM transmitter on his tahoe and it sounds horrible. I was hoping to keep the factory head for a while and then maybe put some kind of flat screen in the future. Sounds like it'll be the XM for now, i cant stand all the commercials on regular radio.
  4. 496 BB

    496 BB Senior Member
    Messages: 789

  5. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    I figured there would be better solutions, but at $120 to connect an ipod to a factory headunit I'd just swap the headunit now.
  6. Cosmic Charlie

    Cosmic Charlie Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    My Garmin /mp3 player has FM Broadcast built in, and a bunch of other stuff too.

    Works excellent on my boat , pretty good on the Silverado

    Garmin website sells refurbished units for real cheep, they are a great company ...

    just another option

    if you have GM Bose ... the WHOLE system has to be upgraded- speakers, head unit, amp ... no part is usable if you upgrade the head unit from GM Bose to whatever ...

    The best FM broadcast systems plug into the head unit antenna slot, Garmin does not do that though ...