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REC Radio Aux Input

I researched for probably four days before I pulled the trigger and never quite found a place with all the answers. This is how I ended up wiring an Aux input into my REC head unit. I am emulating the VES input. I wanted Bluetooth connectivity so I opted for an adapter that I paired my phone to. So far, three days and no problems.

What you’ll need:
1) PAC AAI-CHY Dual Auxiliary Audio Input For 2005+ Chrysler Vehicles
https://www.amazon.com/PAC-AAI-CHY-A...sler+auxiliary

2) RCA to female 3.5mm jack
https://www.amazon.com/CableCreation...le+3.5mm&psc=1

3) OPTIONAL: 3.5mm jack to Bluetooth transmitter
https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Bluetoot...5+to+bluetooth

The install of all the components was very straight forward, all plug and play. You can learn to remove the radio to plug in the PAC adapter here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=9s&v=vNB4LWa1VpM

Here is what my cabin looks like:


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I researched for probably four days before I pulled the trigger and never quite found a place with all the answers. This is how I ended up wiring an Aux input into my REC head unit. I am emulating the VES input. I wanted Bluetooth connectivity so I opted for an adapter that I paired my phone to. So far, three days and no problems.

What you’ll need:
1) PAC AAI-CHY Dual Auxiliary Audio Input For 2005+ Chrysler Vehicles
https://www.amazon.com/PAC-AAI-CHY-A...sler+auxiliary

2) RCA to female 3.5mm jack
https://www.amazon.com/CableCreation...le+3.5mm&psc=1

3) OPTIONAL: 3.5mm jack to Bluetooth transmitter
https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Bluetoot...5+to+bluetooth

The install of all the components was very straight forward, all plug and play. You can learn to remove the radio to plug in the PAC adapter here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=9s&v=vNB4LWa1VpM

Here is what my cabin looks like:
Nice work, here is a thread with a similar subject - don't know if you read it or not - or how what you did may differ:

https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...de-2006-a.html


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Nice work, here is a thread with a similar subject - don't know if you read it or not - or how what you did may differ:

https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...de-2006-a.html
I did read through that one. The main difference being that I implemented about a $70 solution that didn't involve replacing the head unit and still added the simple 3.5mm AUX jack most people want, adding Bluetooth was just the icing on the cake.

Did I mention replacing the factory head unit could cost $$$$?

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I did read through that one. The main difference being that I implemented about a $70 solution that didn't involve replacing the head unit and still added the simple 3.5mm AUX jack most people want, adding Bluetooth was just the icing on the cake.

Did I mention replacing the factory head unit could cost $$$$?
No need to mention that....I've done it twice, so, I'm well aware of the cost, probably more so than you.

I finally got tired of dealing with refurbished head units from Chrysler that never seem to last more than a year or two, so, I bought a new Pioneer AVH-X490BS CD/DVD RDS AV head unit with a Sirius XM Receiver.

It took me a while to learn how to navigate through all of the sub-menus & learn where all the different features were located, but let me tell you, it's really nice having the reliability of a brand new head unit again - vice one that was made 10 or 12 years ago.

It has Bluetooth (which my factory 430 CD/DVD/MP3 HDD MyGIG unit did not) as well as built in adjustable crossovers, a 13 band equalizer, bass boost and all the other bells & whistles, with the exception of navigation - which is an option I chose not to get since I already have a separate GPS unit that I have lifetime map updates for. It even came with a small remote control.





But anyway - back to the original point, I wasn't sure if maybe there was some information in that other link that might have been useful to you, so, thought I'd throw it out there.


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Good idea, that can help others who are researching in the future.

I’m sure the features are nice, that’s a nice unit. I like that it looks OEM like too.

I’ve been using google maps on my phone, I’ve yet to use the factory nav in the Commander and doubt it will. Wonder if Google Maps will start being integrated in future vehicles.

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Good idea, that can help others who are researching in the future.

I’m sure the features are nice, that’s a nice unit. I like that it looks OEM like too.

I’ve been using google maps on my phone, I’ve yet to use the factory nav in the Commander and doubt it will. Wonder if Google Maps will start being integrated in future vehicles.
It's probably just a matter of time before you start seeing some head units that have similar functionality to a smart phone or tablet where you can go online and the whole 9 yds.

So yes, in my opinion it's feasible that you could probably see something like that in the not too distant future.

But then again, since everybody already has those capabilities in their smart phones & tablets, it could be that car stereo manufacturers may not think it would be profitable to do it, so, who knows?

Time will tell I guess - but I don't think it would be very hard at all to do it though, since the technology is already widely in use.


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No need to mention that....I've done it twice, so, I'm well aware of the cost, probably more so than you.

I finally got tired of dealing with refurbished head units from Chrysler that never seem to last more than a year or two, so, I bought a new Pioneer AVH-X490BS CD/DVD RDS AV head unit with a Sirius XM Receiver.
So here's an update, the adapter failed like most Amazon reviews state they do. Mine is still detected by the head unit, but when selected as the audio input it produces nothing but static with a just a bit of the music coming through the speaker. If you move the aux cord around you can make it sound better or worse depending on what it came into contact with, I pulled the head unit out and found that there was some sort of internal short in the unit as touching certain parts of it to bare metal would produce better sound quality. I'm trying to see if Amazon will replace it or give me a refund.

So this leads to my question for you Blue, did you retain your factory backup camera when you put in your aftermarket unit?

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So here's an update, the adapter failed like most Amazon reviews state they do. Mine is still detected by the head unit, but when selected as the audio input it produces nothing but static with a just a bit of the music coming through the speaker. If you move the aux cord around you can make it sound better or worse depending on what it came into contact with, I pulled the head unit out and found that there was some sort of internal short in the unit as touching certain parts of it to bare metal would produce better sound quality. I'm trying to see if Amazon will replace it or give me a refund.

So this leads to my question for you Blue, did you retain your factory backup camera when you put in your aftermarket unit?
Yes I did.

The factory back-up camera is still in tact and working fine - but I do believe they needed an adapter of some sort to hook it up to the Pioneer Head unit.


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