As many of you already know, iPods are great for listening to MP3s through a set of headphones, but playing them in your truck is a bit more complicated. One simple way around this is to buy an FM modulator. However, sound quality with these systems is subpar because they send airwaves to the antenna, which allows for distortion and even static. The next best way to enjoy your digital tunes is to send them directly to your head unit via a wire harness.
The solution is to either purchase an iPod-compatible aftermarket head unit or get an interface system from Precision Interface Electronics (PIE), which allows you to play and control an iPod on the factory radio of most late-model vehicles. Since the head units on late-model trucks are decent nowadays, I opted to go with the PIE interface for my '07 Chevy Silverado Classic. The head unit on my truck is XM-ready, and this interface uses the satellite radio controls for navigation of the iPod. It's a simple component, and it can be installed in under an hour. It was so easy that I was able to hook one up to my truck in my driveway with a few simple tools.
Whats In The Box?
PIE suggested that I go with a GM12-IPOD/S interface and a GM12-R1 wire harness. Total cost: $187.90. This is a reasonable price to pay for a single piece of equipment that provides quality transfer of digital music to the stock receiver.
1. The Install In order to install the harness, the factory radio needed to be unbolted fr
2. The GM12-R1 harness has four open wires for power hookups. The two red wires are to pow
3. With the power and ground wires set on the PIE harness, I plugged it into the GM12-IPOD
4. PIE provides enough wire on the iPod plug to reach between the center console and the d
5. All that was left was to connect the OE and GM12-R1 harnesses to the radio. You can see
6. With the interface wired up, I reinstalled the radio. Then, I simply reinstalled the fa
The Final Word
After the install, I plugged in the iPod and placed it in the glovebox. The controls are overridden, and the battery charges simultaneously. Now I can use the band button on the radio to toggle between AM, FM, and iPod. From there, the preset buttons allow for navigation through playlist, artist, album, and genre. This interface works well while maintaining the factory look of the interior. The system is stealthy and should keep my truck under the radar of the evil stereo bandits.