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#1 JTill

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:45 PM

Hello All
Thought Id share my very minor mod for a 3.5mm jack socket. Ford wanted it put in the glove compartment how ever I wanted to be able to plug in/out whenever I wanted and didnt want a wire coming out the glove box looking messy etc.
I have instead put it in one of the blanking panels by the rear/front screen heater switches
I think it looks pretty smart!

The car did not come with the lead already installed so after a bit of research I found one on Ebay that went straight to a 3.5mm Jack. I simply cut that off and soldered it onto a socket instead. Purchased for about £3.
The cable was about £13

this is first mod. I want to now go for footwell lights...a bit of research is going to be needed I think!

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#2 NorthSussex

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

An alternative is to buy a 1.5 mtr 3.5mm jack plug to 3.5mm jack plug extension lead and carefully route it from the glove box aux socket to the centre console, you can route it coming out under the glove box and under various bits of trim, no leads showing, works a treat.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

Ford don't often think clever , putting USB and AUX in the glove box is a prime example.

My old Mk2.5 had them in the arm rest along with a 12v Aux socket , fantastic location .
Mk3 back in the stupid glovebox , but i use a memory stick and bluetooth., 12vAux in the middle of the center arm rest , what a total stupid place to put it if you had a Satnav , the wire would be trailing near gear stick and hand brake , well done Ford on that one.

On my nephews ST i moved his Aux from the glove box and into the garage door section , where he can fit his Ipoo touch in there as well.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 06:18 PM

On my 2.5, Ford put the Aux socket in the glove box, but the extra 12v power socket in the centre armrest, (no 2 Foci are the same). I agree, the centre armrest is the best place for all plug in accessories, re-routing these sockets to a more sensible place makes things a lot neater and removes the risk of snapping something off. Having something poking out of the dash board is just asking for trouble.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

I've bought one of these panels in black:

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http://www.ebay.co.u...=item337e51a3dc


And the Ford USB music box:

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So I can have the 3.5mm and a new USB connector easily accessible. :)

(I've also got the smallest >USB memory stick< to put in it that protrudes about 5mm!)

I would have changed my head unit to one with dedicated USB connection, but as I've got the >Sat-Nav / integrated dual zone climate control<, it would have been an absolute mission!

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

That will work a treat, looks tidy when done too.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

I've bought one of these panels in black:

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http://www.ebay.co.u...=item337e51a3dc


And the Ford USB music box:

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So I can have the 3.5mm and a new USB connector easily accessible. :)

(I've also got the smallest >USB memory stick< to put in it that protrudes about 5mm!)

I would have changed my head unit to one with dedicated USB connection, but as I've got the >Sat-Nav / integrated dual zone climate control<, it would have been an absolute mission!


What does the ford USB Media Box do? Also the wiring harness looks odd. On the rear of my CD6000 facelift there is only one quadlock? I noticed in the picture it shows two? Does this mean it wont fit or am I missing something? Does the USB Just charge or will it play for instance from an Iphone or other USB Media Device etc?
I love the look of that panel with both the USB and 3.5mm it looks really nice and would be great to have both available in the car!

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

Also where do I get hold of the headunit you have? How much etc? I love the look of it!

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:34 PM

The two plugs in the picture - One connects to the back of the radio, the other connects to the cars wiring harness meaning the USB box is connected between the two. That's how it inputs it music.

The USB media box lets you play music from your USB stick through your OEM Ford radio. But only if you have steering column controls.

See this thread for more info with PDFs etc...

http://www.fordowner...-usb-music-box/

The Radio / Sat Nav I have was an expensive option from new on my ST2 - glad I didn't have to pay for it!

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:38 PM

I have the controls on a stalk under the steering wheel. will it still work? does it just come on when "aux" is selected?Where do I pick one up from?

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 04:42 PM

Look at the link I posted above for more information including the fitting instructions. You can get them from Ford but check on the manufacturers site as to which kit you need:

(Ford should be able to tell you which one will work too)

http://www.ford-musi...roducts&group=1


MBX01 - Part number 1746768
MBX02 - Part number 1775643
MBX03 - Part number 1775644

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 10:14 PM

Jtill, where did you get that aux switch panel from ? would be really useful to have one of those so I can do the same.



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