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b10010011
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join:2004-09-07
Bellingham, WA
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Re: Connector strengthening

Quite frankly you do not need to wrap the connector it's self. The breaks caused by flexing are usually right near the part where the molded anti-flex part is. Just a few layers of a stiff heat-shrink should make it last longer. But in reality it's always gong to break so you need to look into other ways of preventing the flexing. Like find a better location to put the iPod. I assume this plugs into a car stereo that controls the iPod. So there is no reason the iPod could not be placed in the glove compartment in such a way that the cord does not need to be bent sharply.
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Hall
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Finally got around to ordering that cable and then went over to Parts Express to see what I could do. A guy there thought the same as you, that the heat-shrink will help but won't stop the problem in the long run. He proposed a great idea though....

-- Buy an iPod extension cable

This way, the expensive ($30), proprietary cable remains tucked away under the dashboard and if the connector on the extension breaks, it's a $7 part to replace.


Camelot One
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They make docks for cars. Its basically just a 30 pin (or whatever the ipod connector is) passthrough connector built into a plastic dock. A friend has one that bolts to the dash and has a little back plate to support the iphone. He picked it up from a street vendor in NYC, so no idea on the make or model, but I'm sure they are out there.


Hall
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And how would I connect that to the head unit ?

b10010011
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said by Hall:

-- Buy an iPod extension cable

This way, the expensive ($30), proprietary cable remains tucked away under the dashboard and if the connector on the extension breaks, it's a $7 part to replace.

That is a good idea.
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Camelot One
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said by Hall:

And how would I connect that to the head unit ?

»www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-pro···g35.html
That is a really old article, but the concept is the same. The special cable that runs from the head unit to the iphone/ipod would plug into the back of the dock instead, then the iphone/ipod would sit in the dock. Its just a piece of plastic with a 90 degree adapter inside. female on one side, male on the other.