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Old 09-14-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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Bluetooth and In-dash USB

With the older non MOST bus radios, its a simple cable to add and AUX input or even a phone connection. You can just plug into the CD changer connection on the radio. That is not possible with the CDR-23 from 2002 on

Since the CDR-23 does not have an AUX input or Bluetooth, I have been searching for a low cost solution to add Bluetooth for hands free phone and streaming audio.

I was using a JABRA Freeway Bluetooth handsfree on my visor and it has a FM modulator in it. Worked pretty well, just had to keep remembering to charge it.

In searching I came across this little Bluetooth FM modulator that was not integrated into a lighter plug. I use that for my GPS unit


I came across this
Amazon.com: Rii ® Geartist GB01 Wireless Bluetooth Car Kit FM Transmitter with LCD Screen and Hands Free Calling

I ordered it and it works great.

I mounted it just to the right of the gauge cluster




I did not want to have a cord dangling and have to plug it in every time I drive the car, so I searched for a USB converter. At first I was going to go with one that had a single USB output, then thought it would be cool to have a 2nd one as well . I found this one that looked perfect for what I had in mind.
I powered it up from the switched 12V in the phone connector under the console

Amazon.com: DROK® 8-22V 12V to 5V/3A DC Power Transformer DC Buck Voltage Converter Volt Step Down Module with Dual USB Cable Connector

Then a light bulb went off and I thought it would be great to have the USB port dash mounted rather than just dangling

Had a spare older style switch blank and saw that a USB connector would fit nicely. You want an older style as they are not sculpted on top like the newer ones

The older part number is: 996.552.425.00. the newer one is 996.613.425.10
You can see the difference below. The top one is the newer style




I used a dremel to cut out the switch blank for the USB connector and then JB Weld to glue it in place







I had to move the rear window defogger switch to the other side as I did not want a plugged in USB cable to interfere with the gear shift

I ran the cable from the Bluetooth thing around the back of the cluster surround and underneath the horseshoe. You can see a little bit of the cable in the pic




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Old 09-14-2015, 05:41 PM   #2
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Nice mod . Looks good.
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:26 AM   #3
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Good idea. The MOST makes things very difficult. I recently installed an iSimple bluetooth adapter that sounds similar to what you put in (link below). The iSimple uses an app on my iphone to set the frequency, so I don't need the display that you put on the right of the instrument cluster. I have one small button to initiate contact with the unit, and i located it on the center console just to the bottom left of the radio (easy to tap when my hand is on shifter).

I might try to add a USB input similar to what you did. Right now I have a cigarette adapter, but it sticks out of the cigarette lighter pretty far.

http://www.amazon.com/iSimple-Hands-Free-Calling-Streaming-Smartphones/dp/B00FRU5UNA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1442655069&sr=8-3&keywords=isimple
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Old 10-08-2015, 07:29 PM   #5
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^^^
I have a bunch of those
I use the power socket for my GPS. I much prefer having the USB in the dash
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Thanks for posting this. I did end up ordering a small ciggy plug in thing as it was easier and I can be a bit lazy at times...
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:22 AM   #7
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Thanks for posting this. I did end up ordering a small ciggy plug in thing as it was easier and I can be a bit lazy at times...
I don't think lazy is a good word to describe you based on your threads
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