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Successfully installing aux input converter for iPod

I am pretty new to this forum and have been reading up how popular the radio to ipod install is. I decided to do it finally and it was a great success. If you have any questions or comments please let me know anything. And what you think of my post too. Thanks and I hope this helps anyone interested in this project, enjoy!


This is a step by step process of what I did to successfully install the auxiliary input connector for an ipod. I have a 2006 Accord EX with just a CD/AUX button. No navigation or XM radio are in my car, but this is the same process you would take even if you have navi or XM. However, if you have XM, you will have to disconnect the cable for XM to use the input for your ipod or MP3 player. If you don't care about XM and rather would have an auxiliary connect, then you're in luck. If you have Navi, then you may need to buy another connector cord.

The necessary auxiliary input converter I purchased is part # HON03/PC-SON. It is by PIE (Precision Interface Electronics). It says Honda to Sony and mentions it can be used for an external Sony Multidisc player. You are able to use it as that, but it also can be used for the aux device like i did. I got it off of amazon for about $70 from Audio Connections. $70 is a pretty good deal because most of them are between 60-120 depending on where you go. I believe Best Buy sells a whole kit to convert your car but it is well over $100. By doing it this way you save a lot of money and can do it easily yourself. The only other cord you will need is a simple RCA cable. The one that actually goes into the iPod device.

Necessary things:

Grab some zip ties to keep it all clean, some double sided thick tape to mount the converter box, scissors, screwdrivers (phillips and flathead), and also a couple different sized rubber gromits to put in the hole so it looks professional and clean (Not pictured). The gromit size will depend on how big the hole you drill is. Also, it is good to disconnect the negative part of your battery. Make sure you have your radio code handy for reconnection otherwise you can't use it!!!

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Pull up on the front of the gearshift cover and there are 4 snaps that will pop it out pretty easily so you can expose the ashtray screws. It is easier to put the gear shifter in the low gear so it is out of the way. Just pull the parking break. Turn the key as far as it will go and keep it in.

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Unscrew the two screws to allow the removal of the ash tray unit.

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You will be able to pop up the ash tray unit with the removal of the two screws.

(I am posting the rest of the steps in seperate posts so I can include all of the pictures.)




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There are also 2 screws behind the ash tray. In order to unscrew them you should use a flathead screwdriver to pop out the ash tray. Make sure you do not remove the rubber lining in the ash tray casing because it is extremely difficult to put back and make flush again.

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Pull up the whole ash try unit and it should come out. Some people recommend unplugging the power socket, but it is not a necessary step. By laying the unit on the passenger side it is out of the way enough without unplugging it. Your decision to unplug it or not.

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Once you have the ash tray unit out of the way, there are 2 more screws now exposed holding in the storage compartment. Take them out, then push upward inside the unit with a decent amount of force and it will pop. This is to get it positioned so you can pull it straight out towards you.

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The storage unit has 2 plastic pieces that hold it in place. One on each side. When pulling out the compartment close it first. Then, pull it parallel and directly towards the back of the car. It takes a little bit of wiggling and can be a little struggle.

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Now you have everything exposed and need to locate where to plug the converter into! It is located in the middle and is a white plug. Fairly easy to see, just stick your head in there.

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Simply plug in the cord you purchased to the back of the radio. It should be an empty plug if you don't have XM. If you do, then you will need to unplug the XM cable. Now, plug it into the converter and then the RCA cable into the red and white plugs. (Pic below I have plugged in the cable so you know what it looks like.)

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Feel free to connect your battery temporarily to see if it works. Turn on your car, enter the radio code to unlock it, and then test it out. Push the CD/AUX button until the car shows a screen that says CDC. Now play your iPod and rock out!

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If it worked, congrats. But there are still a few important steps left in the mod. In order to have a clean looking mod you will need to drill a hole in the storage compartment and feed the cord through that. It is a great place to store you iPod or MP3 player as well. I decided to use the right side just because the angles looked better and it seems like a more popular place to do it.

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After fiddling around with different drill bit sizes, I ended up using a 11/16 spade bit. It sort of tore up the previous hole that I drilled earlier because it was a spade drill bit and jumped around. The hole was not perfectly circular, but ended up working in my favor because I could fit a rubber gromit in, and more importantly, the cable wouldn't fall back through like it would if the hole was bigger. So it was a little bit of trial and error.

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I put the converter box on the right side as well. Put double sided tape on the box and stick it to the right side. I stuck it to the insulation, but it worked perfectly and was out of the way. Also it is a good time to decide how long you want the cord to be. Just pull through what you think will be an appropriate length and zip tie the rest so it will be clean and out of the way. Remember, just because no one will see it doesn't mean it shouldn't be a clean job. Plus, someone will see it eventually, is my philosophy. The yellow box is where the converter box is located. It is against the right side hidden perfectly out of the way where you want it so there are no future problems. Also, make sure all of the connections are secure and you can use electrical tape to secure a connection that isn't perfect.

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Time to put everything back. I skipped a couple pics because it is just putting everything back in the opposite order you took it apart in. This picture shows where all the screws go.

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Now that everything is back reconnect your battery and enter your radio code. You will have to reset your clock and presets, but it was well worth it and you can now use your iPod!

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I hope this was a helpful post for anyone interested in doing this project. It was easy and well worth it. Let me know if you have any questions at all. I am fairly new to this forum, but like it more everyday. Let me know what you think of my step by step process. Sorry some of the pics are blurry. It was also a pain to post more than one part, but I wanted to include as many pictures as possible to make it more clear. Comments and questions please!! Thanks!!



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Nicely done. Some choose the center console for an installation location. My 2003 Accord already had two pre-cut holes in the center pocket, in the bottom at the rear. If you look at the bottom of the pocket, you would see them. When I installed my XM radio, I just had to push down on the felt lining to expose them. Not sure if those holes disappeared in later year models.
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Hi,

I am a new member. I have 2005 Accord LX and I already ordered the HON/PCSON adapter. I am planning to install it this weekend.

I only have a regular CD player(Single Disc, No XM). Will the adapter still work for me OR Should I have CD changer? I see the white plug underneath the factory stereo.

When I usually press CD/AUX nothing happens..I just see CD all the time.Not sure after pluging the adapter its gonna show CDC.

Can you please clarify?
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Hi,

I am a new member. I have 2005 Accord LX and I already ordered the HON/PCSON adapter. I am planning to install it this weekend.

I only have a regular CD player(Single Disc, No XM). Will the adapter still work for me OR Should I have CD changer? I see the white plug underneath the factory stereo.

When I usually press CD/AUX nothing happens..I just see CD all the time.Not sure after pluging the adapter its gonna show CDC.

Can you please clarify?
If you have a CD/AUX button it should work just like my review. I have the same button and before I installed the converter the "CDC" label wouldn't come up either. It will work the same way as you see in the pictures. Hope this helps.



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If you have a CD/AUX button it should work just like my review. I have the same button and before I installed the converter the "CDC" label wouldn't come up either. It will work the same way as you see in the pictures. Hope this helps.
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Also, where Can I buy the grommets?
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Also, where Can I buy the grommets?
You can get grommets at any local hardware store. Just make sure you get a couple different sizes or check the sizes first. They are about 10 cents anyways.



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You can get grommets at any local hardware store. Just make sure you get a couple different sizes or check the sizes first. They are about 10 cents anyways.
Thanks, I did the install today. I didnt have to cut the hole as I had 2 holes at the bottom as someone said in this thread. I used one of them. At first nothing happened when I pressed CD/AUx. I was disappointed. I switched off the ignition and restarted, then it recognised. Felt happy.

However, I could not install back the storage box properly..for some reason it would fit in properly. May be the location of the adapter is not good, i just left there, without sticking it to the sidewall. Will try that this weekend. Your detailed post with pics was very helpful. Thanks again!!!
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Hey bitnbyte, Im happy you did it successfully! Thats awesome! As far as putting the compartment back in just make sure the adapter doesnt prevent it from opening and closing. It just takes a couple estimates of room and looking, pretty simple overall. Nice!!



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Stick the module to the side panel with double-sided tape and the pocket will re-install properly.
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Stick the module to the side panel with double-sided tape and the pocket will re-install properly.
Exactly what I did. Works perfectly and still haven't had any problems!




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