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I have a 2005 Forester with factory radio and 6xCD. Is there any way to connect an ipod to this? The little FM transmitters provide very poor quality. Anyone done it?

TIA for any suggestions.

Keith Busby
 

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I still use an FM transmitter or a tape adapter here and there.. but I'm also interested..

AUX imput?
 
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Apparently non-existent in the factory radio, according to my research. It may be possible to disconnect the CD and use that connection, or put in a splitter. I have a couple of specialist places working on it and will post any info I get.

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I'm planning on trying that mod as soon as I have a chance. It says it's for the XT only, I'm not sure of the difference in radios on other models.

Truely silent, very compressed (lossless compression 4KB total) tracks here:
http://duramecho.com/Misc/SilentCd/index.html

Just got the cable today, the pre-soldered cable listed halfway down. I'll report how it goes.
 

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No surgery involved in the scoobymods suggestion. It plugs right into the back.
 
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Broadbean,

Your FM antenna is is in driver's side rear window, correct? And the quality and volume of the sound through the Kensington is comparable to what you get from radio and the CD player?

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kbusby said:
Broadbean,

Your FM antenna is is in driver's side rear window, correct? And the quality and volume of the sound through the Kensington is comparable to what you get from radio and the CD player?

Keith
Yup, the antenna is on the left rear window (Australia's right hand drive :)), maybe a touch quieter. You'll really need to test it out or rely on user reviews. The good thing about doing this rather than tagging on to the antenna cable is that when the iPod is on, it doesn't drown out the other radio stations.

The trick however, is to get a frequency with little interference, which from what I've read, is indeed very tricky in the US.
 
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Took your advice and bought the Kensington as a last desperate measure before surgery. It was better than the awful Transpod but I was still disappointed until I redid my music on I-tunes at a higher recording volume. I am pleased with the result and may try further tweaking with the equalizer. Podcasts seem to download at a higher volume than music transferred from CD through I-tunes. Finding an empty frequency in the Milwaukee area doesn't seem to be a problem so far, but we'll see when I take it on the road to Madison. Thanks, mate.

Keith (Pommie ******* in Wisconsin)
 
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prurient software?

The full phrase, which seems to have been censored by some over-zealous and puritanical bulletin board software, is "Pommie b-a-s-t-a-r-d", an affectionate (?) term used by Aussies of us Brits. But then the software doesn't know that. Obviously.
 

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Installed Cable, Small Problem

I installed the direct connection cable as described in the link to scoobymods above, it's 90% fantastic, but there's a small problem. When I charge the ipod at the same time as listening there's a bizarre hum which goes through about a 10 second cycle of fast and slow humming. Also when I rev the engine there is a very high pitched squealing.

I installed two ground wires, one from the black wire of each lighter plug (center arm rest, and ash tray) and connected the other ends into the radio chassis ground (black w/ yellow stripe). All connections were with wire taps. Unfortunately I did not test before installing the ground wires, so I don't know if they had any effect at all. I have never modified the electronics of my car before, so I may have made some sort of stupid beginner mistake.

Also i used the solderless 1/8" plug from radio shack, the connection seems a bit weak because it is held in by the four very thin wires.

Overall it is way better than the fm transmitter I was using before, if the grounding doesn't work I can get by charging for an hour, then listening till the battery runs out.

For reference, I have an old 2nd gen. ipod, pre dock connector. I have a monster cable firewire ipod car charger. Also my Forester is a 2005 XT.
 

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That's exactly what I tried to do, I'm not sure if maybe my wiretaps didn't connect, or if it was a mistake to try to ground both lighter plugs, or if I messed something else up, or if it maybe works better with a dock connector ipod and the belkin kit? I'm not very knowlegable on the electronics so any suggestions on techniques to troubleshoot would be great.
For the wiretaps I used 14 gauge wire, and 14/16 gauge wiretaps, put the wires in the 2 channels and squeezed down the metal thing with pliers, then closed the plastic cover.
 

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Fixed the Grounding Problem

I'm going to answer my own question. I purchased an isolation transformer from radio shack
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062214&cp=&kw=isolation+transformer&parentPage=search
and put that in between my ipod an the radio and my noise problems are gone, actually sounds like there's a better audo connection than before, perhaps because my ground loop was interfering with the signal in addition to creating noise. There are other isolation transformers, probably better quality, but this seemed to do the trick.

What I actually did what cut off the long end of the rca cables on the isolation transformer and used butt connectors to connect stright into the 13 pin cable referenced in the mod above. I did this because the connection seems more solid, and the number of adaptors and couplers is reduced. Also the 1/8" plug that didn't quite fit around the large wire is eliminated, which seemed to be a weak point that would eventually break. I used some heat shrink around the splice and you can hardly tell it's there, (plus it's hidden under the cupholder). Then I used the rca to 1/8" (headphone) adaptor that came with the transformer, and put a short headphone extension so that I have just a thin wire running to the ipod. It all goes through my armrest extension, and I mounted the transformer itself under the cupholder. Went for a short drive, and absolutely no probems, plus the tidyness makes it managable to use while driving. (i don't actually look at the ipod, but i can adjust volume, skip tracks, etc.)

Eventually I hope to get an ipod with a dock and add in the belkin adaptor so I just have a single exposed wire for charging and listening. Maybe I'll run it through the ashtray and get a dash mount.

Does anyone know of a good ipod dash mount for the forester? I'd prefer not to block the vent, ideally it would be right next to the radio.
 
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I just had a Pro-Clip ipod mount put in my 2005 Forester. You'll need a VSM (Vehicle Specific Mount) and a doodad (forget it's name) to attach to that if you're going to clip the ipod on (I have an ipod case with clip on the back). To do it yourself, you'll need to remove the bezel and radio and drill two holes. I didn't trust myself and had my dealership do it. It doesn't block the vent, but be careful it's put it in so the passenger side glove box doesn't hit it. The mount swivels in all directions. I'm happy with it.

http://www.proclipusa.com
 

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I did the Scooby mod a cople of year ago, works great. I didn't do the charger connections, didn't want to open up that can o' buzzing, though it would be nice. Guess I can buy a charger.

It was a little scary to pry off the dash pieces, but it all worked w/o issue.
 

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phillie72 said:
The shop that installed my audio system uses Peripheral products for iPod interfaces.
Does that work with MY06 FXT?!? Subaru is not listed in the applications list?
 
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