AURORA CONVERSIONS INSTALLATION NOTES

Physical Installation:  It's the same radio; put it back where it was.  Not always easy with certain cars, but the good news is that some sets are smaller -- with heat sinks or power supplies gone.  BIG recommendation:  before installing, note the locations of all the connectors -- original antenna jack, input/output jacks, Bluetooth microphone, etc.  Consider making your connections before setting the radio in place.  Bluetooth options have a jack marked PB -- ignore it.

By the way, this should go without saying but I suppose I need to say it -- we cannot be responsible if the radio is hard to install, or doesn't fit.  We did not build the car, and we make no physical changes to the size/shape of the radio aside from removing unnecessary components.  If you purchased the radio at a swap meet or wherever, and it is not the exact model for your car, please check for fit before sending it for conversion!

Wiring:  Wiring is similar to most newer stereos, with one notable difference:  there is no "Memory Wire" that connects to the battery.  Some installers habitually connect the blue wire to the battery and wonder why they can't turn the radio off!  Blue is switched power, for power antenna or accessories.  If you don't have these things, don't connect the blue wire to anything.  The Black wire is ground; yes the radio is grounded through the case, but this wire often improves performance, particularly in plastic-bodies cars like Corvettes.  Also, certain Corvettes, Cadillacs, and possibly others have an original power connector intact -- which means no red or orange wires.  The fuse is inside on these, but this is virtually never a problem.

Speakers:  Original speakers are generally not compatible with this, or any, new car stereo.  Why?  The biggest reason, most original speakers have one terminal grounded to the case.  Modern stereos have a DC voltage on the speaker wires, and an original speaker will short out the power amp.  The FMR Stereo has protection; you will not damage the radio but it will not work either.  Newer car stereo speakers are full-range, are 4 ohms (recommended), and are isolated from ground.  You can buy new speakers from any stereo store, or keep in mind that we have speakers designed specifically for older cars.  We'll gladly answer any questions you have.

Operation:  You need a volume control, a tone control, and a tuning knob.  Amazing, some radios don't have all of these!  Early 1950's Cadillacs don't have a tuning knob; you have to depend on the automatic tuning.  Some radios don't have a tone control but a switch.  All the way CCW, the volume is normal.  Click it over one notch and the volume becomes a tone control.  Click it back when finished.  Sometimes the tone switch is a pushbutton.  You'll have to try each position -- hey, I didn't design the radio!  Sets with NO tone adjustment will have a control on the back somewhere.

Balance/Fader, Bluetooth Pairing:  Once in awhile we get a call from someone saying he can't adjust balance or fader, or can't connect to Bluetooth.  These and other functions (in sets without balance/fader controls) are performed by flicking the volume or tone control twice in one direction.  It's easy; really it is.  However sometimes people mistake the volume fo the tone, or whatever.  Sometimes they do it slowly, or not enough, or whatnot.  Below is a link to a video made by Aurora, that describes operation of the stereo, Bluetooth, and USB.  It shows exactly how to perform these functions.

Note that Balance/fader starts at 11:30 and Bluetooth pairing is at 18:00.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw5hNDkLEY4&feature=player_embedded

Note that the video describes the FMR-1.  If you have a newer FMR-2, Bluetooth pairing is slightly different -- flick the volume in the upper direction, not the lower.  For Bluetooth functions you'll get a voice response, while the version 1 gives you beeps.

USB-1, USB-2:  Once in a great while I get a call saying the flash drive doesn't work.  With early USB-1's and some early BTU-1's, sometimes you need to make a folder in the drive itself.  No need to put anything IN the folder, just make a folder.  This minor glitch was fixed as soon as it was discovered, so most USB-1's and all USB-2's don't have this issue.  But there's something else:  don't go hogwild with folders.  The USB-2/BTU-2 looks two generations deep for music.  If you make a folder called ~music~, it will go there and THEN two generations.  If you make a folder called tunes, click on it and find another folder called 1960's music, click on that and find another folder called The Beatles, click on that and find another folder called Abbey Road, this is a neat arrangement but unfortunately the USB adapter won't find your Abbey Road album.  Remove a couple of generations and it'll play fine.  The Manual is a bit misleading; it says you can have an unlimited number of folders, but it doesn't say is only goes two generations deep.

 

WARRANTY INFORMATION -- IN CASE OF DIFFICULTY

Aurora conversions are warranted for one year from purchase.

To be honest, the Aurora PCB's themselves don't even NEED a warranty; failures are virtually nonexistent.  So this is more of a warranty for service to the RADIO'S original components.  Once in awhile we get a return for trouble -- hate to say it, but most sets work perfectly on the bench.  The problems we DO see are broken controls/switches or mechanical tuning issues.

There is also the disclaimer -- if the radio is damaged or modified without our consent it may void the warranty.  Also, we don't do sets converted by someone else, unless approved in advance.

Common sense prevails here.  If you are having a problem, it's wise to check power to the radio, speakers, antenna, and other externals before immediately concluding the radio is bad.  Remember, the radio is fully tested, and components are brand new, but the CAR is 50 years old!  If you have questions, we can help, and of course if you DO need to return the radio we'll cover it.  For warranty service, please include a copy of the original receipt.  For ANY service, we need a description, detailed as much as possible, of the exact problem.  If it's intermittent, we need to know that.  If we put the radio on the bench and it plays, it can be helpful to know what exactly to look for.

Something else to be aware of:  portions of the radio are original -- namely the controls, switches, and tuning mechanisms.  These are self-cleaning with use, but if it sits in the storage shed with the bumpers, transmission, lawn mower and snow shovel for three years, these components will dry out, corrode, and rust.  Then I get a call, "I'm just putting this radio in for the first time and it doesn't work properly!"  Best to put it to use right away, but if you must store it, bring it inside where it's climate controlled.

Our goal of course is for you to enjoy your new stereo for years to come.  Following instructions always helps, but if we need to help get you going, we'll do what's needed.