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I recently purchased a '99 LT with cassette and no cd changer. What are my options for connecting my phone to the factory stereo? We would like to also add an intercom system so we can talk to each other while riding. My girlfriend and I usually listen to Pandora through her Iphone when we are together so an easy interface for that would be nice. I typically go with bluetooth to connect my windows phone to the stereos in all my other vehicles, and I'd like a bluetooth interface here if it is reasonable enough to do. Up until now, I would use headphones connected to my phone when riding solo, but obviously that is a bit of a pain.

I'm not sure if such an animal exists, but I'd prefer an intercom system that might also allow us play music from external sources over the factory radio and mute things when, well, when they should be muted. Does that make sense, and is there something like that for use on the earlier '99 radios? Is it possible to swap any part of the radio so that it is compatible with the interfaces that are available for the later radios? How difficult is adding a factory intercom? Would I want to?

I don't tend to listen to much FM radio, and I only have the tape that was in the bike when I bought it. I'm about to go nuts.

Thanks in advance!
 

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There are a few Bluetooth options, scala g4, and sena , each will let you listen to music from your Bluetooth phone, iPod etc. One needed for each headset. In other words, you have your phone and music and she has hers. Both give around 8+ hrs before charging, and you have intercom between you, passenger and another 2 headsets as long as they are the same brand.

There are wired options but they can be a pain dealing with wires. Your choice on what you want to spend.
 

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I can't help much with most of your questions, but on my 05 (no intercom) I was able to find a cable from Ebay that plugs into the back of the stereo head unit that plugs into the headphone jack on the iphone so the iphone can play through the aux on the stereo via the speakers.

My preference though is to use my Sena bluetooth unit on my helmet and to just Bluetooth the music to my helmet. This way I can also receive and make calls and talk to my passenger (also with a Sena) or my brother and his wife on his bike, also with Sena units.

This way too, regardless of the bike I am on, or a change of helmets in the future, my system goes with me and is not locked into any one platform. No wires too, very nice.

Good luck and have fun with the bike. They are great.
 

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You can get an inexpensive cassette adapter, and it will plug into your iphone. For intercom, looks like bluetooth is the way to go anymore...
 

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I have an Autocom and have had one for years. While I have bluetooth capability, I have my helmet connected to the bike via a cable because of battery life and other factors. Phone, GPS, bike radio, iPhone, iPod, radar detector, and bike-to-bike FRS/GMRS all come through the one cable and I can ride 12-16 days or longer without worrying about charging.

I have a spare Autocom unit you can have for the price of postage. You would have to obtain headsets and the connecting cables, which are available online from various sources or maybe someone on here.
 

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As far as getting sound into the stereo your only option on a 99 is a cassette adapter. The base radio unit does not have the connector on the back for an AUX input cable.
 

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What plug ins do you have on your sound system. What phones do you have? I have a 99 and I was able to connect my phone, and then I decided that I didn't want phone calls when I was on my bike so I stopped using it.

I was able to get it to work but you will need a full face helmet with speakers and microphone.

Why not just use a blue tooth piece under your helmet. there are some pretty small ones.

If you don't wear a helmet I don't know of anything that will work through the road and wind noise.
 
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