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Swapping Sirius unit for Ipod adaptor?

Hi all, I have the 6disc head unit (no nav system, no dvd player) and the sirius interface. Not too keen on sirius, and was wondering if any of y'all knew if the sirius unit could be swapped out for a direct-in ipod adaptor (I know they make them for head units that can control cd changers and the like) or if it uses a direct audio-in on the back of there that I could just unplug to run an audio cable out to my ipod?

I've gone the 'wireless' route before, both self-contained modulators and antenna-attached, and I can't say that I was really impressed w/ either.

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Re: Swapping Sirius unit for Ipod adaptor?

You need a relay to kill the FM antenna when you are transmitting to it. The mopar kit should do that. This one on Quadratec might also work with the XK: http://www.quadratec.com/products/96080_94.htm

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You need a relay to kill the FM antenna when you are transmitting to it. The mopar kit should do that. This one on Quadratec might also work with the XK: http://www.quadratec.com/products/96080_94.htm
You're right, that kit would work and will do for you everything that the factory kit does. you just don't get the nifty little glovebox cradle. Other than that it is essentially the same thing. The on/off switch doesn't "kill" the FM antenna when in use, it simply turns on the FM modulator to start transmitting the input signal onto whatever radio station you have it set to. You can still tune in any other radio station when the switch is on, it simply transmits on one frequency only.

Remember back in the day when you were playing your atari and you had to hook up the video selector box to the cable hook-up on the back of the TV? Well, that was the first real world use of the FM modulator. You were simply taking a very low voltage input signal and amplifying it onto the correct frequency to match channel 3 or 4 on your tv.
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Re: Swapping Sirius unit for Ipod adaptor?

Ah, I thought it would kill the antenna.

Sirius has a relay that I have hooked up to my unit in my Cherokee. When audio is coming out of the unit then the relay is tripped and the connection to the FM antenna is cut. It is a $19 part, but I am not sure if it is Sirius specific.

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Re: Swapping Sirius unit for Ipod adaptor?

Hmm, I'm not really fond of putting my ipod in the glovebox and just having to live with whatever happens to be playing at the time. I've seen the plug-in FM modulators that you mount up under your dash and such....

I guess my exact question would be:

Does the Sirius unit installed from the factory use a PIC interface to the head unit, or a proprietary one? If it uses a PIC, no problem, I can simply swap it out for an iCruize or the like, and control the iPod from the head unit its self. Because, let's be honest - it may sound "ok" over fm, and even better sending a powered modulation signal directly into the antenna, but there are _no_ truly unoccupied frequencies in the metropolis I live in, meaning there will always be some interference. (Not to mention, how cool it would be to control the ipod with the steering wheel controls.)

I guess this is a question for jeep directly, unless anyone is familiar with this head unit.

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Re: Swapping Sirius unit for Ipod adaptor?

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Hmm, I'm not really fond of putting my ipod in the glovebox and just having to live with whatever happens to be playing at the time. I've seen the plug-in FM modulators that you mount up under your dash and such....

I guess my exact question would be:

Does the Sirius unit installed from the factory use a PIC interface to the head unit, or a proprietary one? If it uses a PIC, no problem, I can simply swap it out for an iCruize or the like, and control the iPod from the head unit its self. Because, let's be honest - it may sound "ok" over fm, and even better sending a powered modulation signal directly into the antenna, but there are _no_ truly unoccupied frequencies in the metropolis I live in, meaning there will always be some interference. (Not to mention, how cool it would be to control the ipod with the steering wheel controls.) I guess this is a question for jeep directly, unless anyone is familiar with this head unit. !c
If you are saying can I remove the sirius unit and install an Ipod interface then the answer to that is yes. You can even use the factory stereo to control and charge the ipod. But the ones I have seen require that you do actually remove the sirius unit and put the ipod in its place. You can't have both. There is one of these on ebay now for something like $109 (if I remember correctly).
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If you are saying can I remove the sirius unit and install an Ipod interface then the answer to that is yes. You can even use the factory stereo to control and charge the ipod. But the ones I have seen require that you do actually remove the sirius unit and put the ipod in its place. You can't have both. There is one of these on ebay now for something like $109 (if I remember correctly).
That's exactly what I'm looking to do - thanks for the info!

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