All of the 2006 Suzuki Products from Japan (Grand Vitara, XL_7 and Aerio) have an AUX input prewired under the dash. You do not need a CD changer for it to work, it does not require the use of the ce-net.
It Requires a special adaptor cable to active it and tell the stereo something is attached.
Suzuki does not offer this cable.. but.. I have figured out the circuit required to active the input.
I now have cables available for anyone interested. It has a plug, with the circuit built in to activate the "AUX" option on the deck, and fits into the factory connector under the dash . The cable is about 3.5 feet long and has a 3.5mm male stereo plug on the end
Once the cable is installed, you can press the CD/AUX button and it will cycle between the 2 options and the Display will say "AUX LOW". If you press the Seek up or down, it will change the input gain from "Low"- "MID"- "HI"
It takes less then 5 minutes to install. I have tested this in all models and it works perfectly.
Please e-mail me if you are interested tim(dot)mccabe(at)sympatico(dot)ca for details.
This cable gives you an AUX input into the stereo, so you can listen to an MP3 player, DVD player, Sat radio... what ever you want, as long as it has a headphone jack to plug into.
There is a plug behind the glove box that my cable plugs into, this activates the AUX function in the stereo. The other end of the cable has a headphone plug that you plug into the audio device you want to listen to.
Here is a picture of the radio display in my Aerio with the cable installed..
Please let me know if you have any more questions.
There is a plastic damper attached to the right side of the glove box (a small arm comes out of a plastic piston), just pop the arm off the pivot. Here is a picture of the damper (my Aerio, but it's the same as the XL_7) :
You can then squeeze the sides of the glovebox to allow the stoppers around the edges of the dash. The glovebox will now flip all the way down. Lay on your back and look straight up into the glovebox opening towards the airbag and you will see the connector.
Alright, Tims Aux cable showed up last week, finally got around to installing it today. Very nicely made, simple to install. If routed into the glove box, it's probably a 5 min job.
I wanted it in the center console cubby, a little more involved.
I pulled the cubby out of the console, along with removing the glove box. I tend to be meticulous about these things, so I broke out some extra zip ties and the electrical tape. I cut the plug loose, flipped it over and re-taped it to the harness. I then plugged the cable in, and taped it to the harness too. Using several zip ties, I routed the cable up the side, and across up under the dash along some existing wires. I then fished the wire behind the side panel of the center console, and out through the hole for the cubby. I used one more zip tie at the back of the cubby hole.
The cubby itself looks to be set up for a light. There is a removable dome like piece on top, with a hole for a light bulb socket. This piece coveres a hole in the top of the box. It would be easy to just take the dome piece off and stash it, leaving the hole open to run the cable through. However, I chose to leave it in place, and slightly enlarge the hole on the dome piece enough to fit the stereo jack through. I have a clip type holder for my ipod nano which I affixed in the cubby with sticky backed velcro.
With the cubby shut, nothing is visible. With the cubby open, I can easily turn the ipod on and off, and hit next, without removing it from its mount. Nice.
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