to Alpine CDA-9847 Integration
Vehicle: 1998 4Runner
Precision Interface Electronics
Tools & Supplies
Drill with 8mm socket heat
I am providing this write up for illustrative purposes only.
Perform at your own risk. Any mods (including this one) you perform on your
vehicle is your responsibility. Commercial use of this write up may result
in legal action.
This mod is very easy and doesn't require an extensive writeup, but there
were a lot of "little things" that novices might not get the
first time, so that is why I'm documenting this in a writeup. Also, while
this information might be useful now, I'm sure it will be outdated within
a matter of months. For example at the time of this writing, VW is already
creating OEM headunits that have input jacks for iPods. But if you have
an aftermarket Alpine stereo like I do and want to integrate your iPod
to it, read on.
are many different hardware solutions for integrating your iPod to your
Versalink-capable (Ai-net) Alpine headunit using either Alpine hardware
or third party hardware, I'd like to spend the time explaining the pros
and cons of the PIE ALP/AI-3.5M only. For starters, one of the reason
why I chose this cable is that I was looking for a cable or hardware solution
that would still allow me to control the song selection and other menu
options through the ipod. The PIE cable does that for you at less than
$30.00 shipped. In addition, it is a simple solution that does not require
alot of space like the Alpine-built hardware.
one of the greatest limitations of the cable is that it does not have
the capability to recharge the ipod while you are using it. Now there
are PIE hardware solutions that do both, but I'll leave that up to you
to research it.
that, if you'd like to integrate your iPod with your Versalink-capable
Alpine CDA series head unit, this is a high quality, cost-effective solution
that you should consider looking into.
Step 1: Removing the Radio Panel Fascia
Begin by removing the bottom shifter panel. Pop up the shifter panel by
grabbing the bottom portion and pulling upwards. Note: You do not actually
need to remove the shift knobs, but if you'd like to remove them all to
make it easier to access everything, be my guest.
cover by pulling upwards and forward
remove shift knobs (K)
the knobs and dials from the HVAC control face by simply pulling them
off. Stick you finger in the center hole and pull forward. By doing so,
the AC control button will slightly pop out. Remove that and then carefully
unsnap the HVAC control panel face. After removing the panel face, remove
the two philips screws located on either side of the now-removed panel
knobs, dials and AC buttons (A, L and D)
the radio panel fascia, lift from the bottom and unsnap the panel upwards.
Next, remove the three harnesses behind the upper left side. Tilt the
panel off to the right to expose the Alpine stereo. Using an 8mm socket,
remove the four bolts that hold the head unit and pull out head unit.
radio panel fascia by pulling towards you and then upwards
Dewalt extension was really handy when used with the 8mm socket
Step 2: Setting Up Your Auxiliary Feature and
There are a few hardware and internal "software" settings that
must be correctly set in order to allow the integration to work. On the
bottom of the head unit, make sure the switch on the bottom is set to
the Ai-NET switch to "NORM"
follow the next steps to activate your headunit's "Auxiliary"
the F-Setup button on the head unit until you get menu options.
2. Using the or
arrows, scroll until you get to the "AUX ON/OFF" setting and
select "AUX ON". Finalize your choice by pressing "Source"
3. Using the or
arrows, scroll until you get your AUX display name choices (AUX, TV, DVD).
I selected 'AUX'
Now that you've set up your headunit, plug the Ai-net plug from the cable
and snap it into the Ai-net port. Next, run the cable downwards towards
the bottom of the ashtray and run it through there. Of note, this is the
only area in the radio panel that has a large enough hole to run the 3.5mm
input cable towards the cabin area.
(P) goes into your iPod and plug (A) goes into the Ai-NET port
Step 3: Mounting Options and Playing Your iPod
To use the iPod, plug in the 3.5mm plug into the bottom of your iPod's
input port. Next, press "Source" until you reach "AUX".
Now using the iPod with the headunit is just like using your iPod with
headphones. Thus, consider your headunit as a giant headphone. Meaning,
if you press "Pause" on your iPod, the headunit will not receive
audio signal and not play music. Moreover, if you jog the dial to increase
the volume, the headunit will directly relay that action by increasing
the cable (C) through this opening below the ash tray
where I hid and store my iPod
Nano is small and light enough to manipulate the dial while still safely
operating the vehicle. One possible area to mount the iPod might be the
radio panel itself. However, there is not a single flat surface on it
that has a backing that can support the iPod while pushing the dial. So
for now, I am not creating a custom mount for it and only storing it in
the DIN pocket below the Alpine head unit.
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