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Old 01-01-2014, 02:03 AM   #1
Notmare
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Installed a new head unit this year, JVC KW-R900BT, but couldn't stand that one of it's two USB ports was up front and that one needed to be occupied by the included Bluetooth adapter. I drove with my iPod connected to the front USB port until I changed out my speakers this weekend, when I decided to turn the front USB port into another rear.

I removed the front panel, two screws on the side, and then the pull tabs. Drilled a hole in the back and ran my cut up USB extension through the rear.


The front USB port is surface mounted to the circuit board so I soldered onto the backside of the leads.


Continuity tested okay so I put it all back together and used silicone as a gasket between the cable and chassis, and added a zip tie to help with any stress if the cable is pulled on.


It all tested okay in the car before buttoning it all back up. Notice that the input on the JVC reads "iPod - F" for Front USB port.


What do you guys think? I'm pretty happy not to have cables constantly hanging out of the front of it anymore, and it's still functional up front if need be.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:24 AM   #2
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So the bluetooth adapter is in the back, correct? Do you have a link to the bluetooth adapter? I like what you did. I would never have the steady hands or nerve to start soldering in my head unit.
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:25 AM   #3
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I always hated the front USB craze, here is a write up for the pioneer 3200bt model.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ght=3200bt+usb

Nice work OP.
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:56 PM   #4
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is what lives in my front USB, it's small (I think there are smaller ones now) so it's not a problem for me.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:18 PM   #5
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So the bluetooth adapter is in the back, correct? Do you have a link to the bluetooth adapter? I like what you did. I would never have the steady hands or nerve to start soldering in my head unit.
Manual says the adapter is a KS-UBT1, it was supplied with the head unit. As for steady hands the real trick is to use tweezers to hold the smaller wires in place, and prime the tips of each wire with solder before you get started.
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:28 PM   #6
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Manual says the adapter is a KS-UBT1, it was supplied with the head unit. As for steady hands the real trick is to use tweezers to hold the smaller wires in place, and prime the tips of each wire with solder before you get started.
Thanks, never thought of the tweezers. I seem to always try to use my hands in 4 places at once...and it never works that well.
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