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I've been thinking....first off, apparently no one has figured out how to tap into the AUX inputs, AFAIK, so this would be an experiment at the least.

I was thinking I could purchase a standard DIN mount in dash Pioneer car stereo with MP3 playback. I think this will fit into the area that would normally occupy the factory MP3 player. Hook up the line outs to the AUX-IN (provided I can find it) on the factory radio, and it should work. Of course, I won't have steering wheel controls to change tracks, but I can live with that.

BTW, does ANYONE have the factory MP3 player installed? Please, tell us about it if so. I normally encode my CDs into an OGG format. It's a GPL open source project that sounds better than MP3, at a given bitrate. A lot of players support it, although it's not usually included in the specs.....anyone?
 

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I have a 30GB Dell DJ that holds 15000 songs. I currently have 1000 songs on it. I had no way to hook it up to the stereo in my ridge until I found out about the Belkin FM transmitter. I ordered one from Dell along with a car charger ($47.00). I was told it will transmit in CD quality. I will have it in about a week. I will post the results. This may be my best alternative for mp3 playback. What do you think? :cool: I know this doesn't answer your question but I thought it may interest you.
 

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Just googled it. The Belkin FM transmitter might just do the trick! Please post how well it works, and the distances you can get from the dash before FM reception starts to fail.

There's been an entire thread on the poor FM sensitivity of the Ridge. That might be a factor here.
 

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I find that FM Transmitters are dog shi_t. What might sound good for the moment, as soon as you get in an area where that channel might have some interfearance, it always gets distorted. I am curious to read your results.

Mike
 

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Would you consider going all aftermarket?

If so, all you need is to get a wire harness adaptor.

http://bestkits.com/SearchResults.aspx?mk=Honda&mkid=12&md=Ridgeline&mdid=1148&yrg=2006 - Present

From there, you can hook up a separate adaptor to work with your steering wheel controls.

http://www.pac-audio.com/swixprogra...mmSearch=Honda&Submit2=Search+Vehicles&ID=383

If your aftermarket deck supports it, add a CD/MP3 changer as well.


Also, don't bother spending money on the Honda optional MP3 player face plate/adaptor thing. It's not worth the money. Just cut out the pocket on the existing face plate.

Before doing all of this, take the dash cover off and have a peek at what is behind. You will get an idea of what needs to be done. You will have to go with an ISO mount and not DIN.
 

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If you are afraid of cutting into the faceplate, check this site out.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com

It'll give you an idea how much replacement parts cost......... in case you screw up.

I wasted money on the MP3 plate from Honda. The original pocket faceplate is more suited for my needs.


Anyway.............
 

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Thanks for all the info. I will follow all those links.
 

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mugen1 said:
If you are afraid of cutting into the faceplate, check this site out.

http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com

It'll give you an idea how much replacement parts cost......... in case you screw up.

I wasted money on the MP3 plate from Honda. The original pocket faceplate is more suited for my needs.


Anyway.............
Would you happen to have the part number for the MP3 faceplate? My Honda parts guy couldn't find one. I'd really appreciate your help.
 

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For those who want to hook up an Ipod to the factory radio with XM the following links might help.
http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=857
http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=856
http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=793
You have to use the Ipod to control itself. You can't do it through the radio but you will be able to hook up three inputs plus charge the Ipod and keep your XM. If you don't have XM or are willing to give it up use this link:
http://www.discountcarstereo.com/detail.aspx?ID=765
These aren't available yet but will be available by early next year.
 

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I received my belkin fm transmitter today and it works. That is all it does. It doesn't work well. Very dissappointed.
I am going to send it back. It was worth a try. The problem with it is I have to turn the volume all the way up on my Dell DJ and I can still here some slight background hiss while the music is playing. There must be a better way. :cool:
 

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Don't feel too bad I have the same problem with my IPOD and the wireless transmitter.
 

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does anyone know if the honda radio has RCA jacks on the back of it?
there is something you can hook up to the rca jacks on the back of the radio that will then let you hook your ipod to the radio using a din cable...
 

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don't mean to thread jack but i'd like to install a pioneer nav system in my rt, so would I be able to put it where the mp3 attachment goes and hook it up to the aux on the factory deck. I'd like to keep both in.
 

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hijack204 said:
don't mean to thread jack but i'd like to install a pioneer nav system in my rt, so would I be able to put it where the mp3 attachment goes and hook it up to the aux on the factory deck. I'd like to keep both in.
I was planning on doing something similar with a video monitor. When I got into the dash I saw that the mount was so specialized I would need to re-engineer the entire thing. I'm thinking the answer may be to pull the stock mount and cut an weld it to fit. I'm not convinced I want to do that. It might make more sense to pull the stock head unit and go completely after market. If I can't cut a deal with XM for a reasonable rate I may do that.
 
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