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Looking to Implement your 4th-gen with MP3 Connectivity Without Having to Swap Out the Head Unit?
Our 2002 Trans Am WS6, Project Phoenix, has been getting quite an update in recent weeks, thanks to our friends at 6LE Designs and GTOG8TA.com. While we do have a lot of plans up our sleeves in regards to improved performance, and an increase in horsepower there are just a few things we’d like to address in the aesthetics and overall functionality department.
One of which includes the ability to connect our iPhone to our stereo. You see, many of us have become accustomed to newer cars with their iPod/USB connectability, that when it becomes time to slip behind the wheel of our 4th-generation F-bodies, we’re suddenly transported back to an earlier era when compact discs were considered cutting edge.
There are numerous ways we could remedy this, including swapping out the factory head unit for something newer, flashier and a heck of a lot cheesier. But there’s just something we enjoy about the factory Monsoon head unit that we feel looks right at home in our Trans Am – particularly the fact that while raci- I mean, cruising at night, the radio matches the rest of the interior display. It’s always been a peeve of your author whenever someone had installed a $99 Sony stereo with the ridiculous flashing lights and displays that provide a stark contract to the rest of the red Pontiac gauges.
Plus, with ten speakers and 500 watts of output, a stereo upgrade is the least of our concerns. We just would prefer to control the tunes emitting through our speakers on the way to the daily grind in the morning, and not have to listen to those AM talk shows.
Luckily, our friends at GTOG8TA.com offer a very easy and affordable solution. Called the MP3 ME Adapter, it’s designed as a direct plug and play kit that hides inside the dashboard, behind your factory head unit plugged into your antenna lead. Not only does it allow you the convenience of listening to your favorite Pandora, Spotify or iTunes station, but it also acts as an in-car phone system.
Now you’re probably thinking that this is some gimmick we ordered off of eBay, right? Wrong. The amazing team over at GTOG8TA.com proudly stand-by the MP3 ME as a reliable and functional alternative those those problematic pieces of junk you find at retail electronic stores and the popular auction site. We also saw it as a perfect alternative to an aftermarket stereo system, as mentioned earlier.
We’ve taken the time to install this into our personal WS6, Project Phoenix, and showed you step-by-step just how to install it. We even included the install video, that walks you through the process as well. You can check it out above.
It should be said that MP3 ME is also available for ’93-02 Camaro, ’04-06 GTO and even your girlfriend’s 1994-2004 Mustang. You can check out the install video, courtesy of MAX Performance’s youTube channel, here.
Be sure to pop in next time, for the latest update on our WS6 – we have some serious hardware in store for it!
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.