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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-31-2014, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Can I Add an Aux Input to My 2006 LTZ?

So here's a picture of my stereo. I'm wondering if it's possible to easily add an Aux input so I can plug my phone in to listen to music. I've seen various people adding it through XM Radio, which I don't have, and things like that so I'm just wondering what would be the best for my specific car.

Any info, tutorials, etc would be great.

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UPDATE: Or I guess if there's a way that I could do this via Bluetooth, that would work fine too and might actually be easier.

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The cleanest way to do it is to add an iSimple gateway. Your radio is capable of XM radio which is required to install one of the iSimple gateways. Your "band" button is how you'd toggle through the different sources. Basically, you hook up the "gateway" with a car specific harness. It plugs into your stock radio harness, plugs into the gateway and also plugs into your radio.

They make a few kits depending on what you want. If you are just after aux inputs, those kits are the cheapest. you can get one for as low as $65. If you want iPod/iphone and aux input, those kits sell for around $100. eBay is your best bet for finding the cheapest price. simply go the iSimple website and put in your car info. It will tell you which kits are compatible with your car. Search the kit model number on eBay.

I have had one in my car for several years now with no problems. Installation is a breeze. If you opt for the iPod/iphone gateway, it will also show song text on your radio. also, you're able to cycle through songs with the head unit and steering wheel controls. It basically tricks your radio into thinking there is a factory XM receiver installed. I also have an aftermarket XM receiver installed in my trunk that hooks into the gateway.

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both make these kits and I think they are the same company to be honest.
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I installed mine the way rains_crusader is talking about. Mine works great as well, when you put in a custom aux port you can mount it anywhere you like. I mounted mine opposite the 12V power by the shifter, it looks factory and personally I like it there more then up by the radio.


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I installed mine the way rains_crusader is talking about. Mine works great as well, when you put in a custom aux port you can mount it anywhere you like. I mounted mine opposite the 12V power by the shifter, it looks factory and personally I like it there more then up by the radio.

looks good there! I had mine beside the other charge port in front of the cup holders in the center

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looks good there! I had mine beside the other charge port in front of the cup holders in the center

I like that spot too, looks good.

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Sheesh. I thought no one had responded to my post since I never got an update email. Apparently I somehow didn't get subscribed to this one.

Thanks for the info. Yes, I'm just looking for the Aux port and nothing else. I'll check out iSimple's site and see what I can find.

Once I hook it up will the Band button show more than it does now? I'm pretty sure all I get now are FM and AM.

UPDATE: I looked at the iSimple site and the only Gateway device I could find was this one:
http://www.isimplesolutions.com/list...lect-gm-c.html

It mentions iPod controls form the radio and thins like that which I don't need. Their site is really pretty crappy to figure out what you're looking for so maybe I just missed it. Is there a more simple iSimple option?

---------- Post added at 09:42 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:30 AM ----------

Or I guess if there's a way that I could do this via Bluetooth, that would work fine too.

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So I emailed the iSimple people and they apparently run a whole bunch of sites. They wrong back and said they recommended this specific item for my car.
Pac-Audio.com Product Details | iPod Integration for your car and More by Pac-Audio - Connecting you to the future

$130 on their site and looks like around $80 on eBay. Does that seem like the right option or are there any others people have used?
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So I emailed the iSimple people and they apparently run a whole bunch of sites. They wrong back and said they recommended this specific item for my car.
Pac-Audio.com Product Details | iPod Integration for your car and More by Pac-Audio - Connecting you to the future

$130 on their site and looks like around $80 on eBay. Does that seem like the right option or are there any others people have used?
That's the one I used on mine, only thing I would check before you do it is that your radio can support XM. It needs the plug on the back of the radio that the XM module would use.

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So then I guess my next question is, where can I find a tutorial on taking it apart to see what's inside?

Nevermind. This looks like my car...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu4oRqvvzQ4

Too bad I'm in WI and it's like 20 degrees out. Guess I should wait until spring so nothing snaps off... heh

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that kit is what I'm using as well. your radio has the band button if thats your radio in the original posting. you should have the extra plug on the back of your radio (even if there isn't anything connected to it)

edit: I'm actually using the 573 model. but the only difference is the iPod/iphone connectivity.

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