USB Port Hidden on 2010-2013 Res 130s with UCONNECT

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  1. D Schroeder

    D Schroeder Junior Member

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    :banana-mario:One of the best things Dodge did with the Ram truck in recent years is too make a unified wiring system for most all of their basic functions. Which means if you have a 130res radio with UCONNECT you can hookup the USB Port that is hidden in the dash. All you need to do is pull the glove box out, remove the one screw that holds the top empty hole for the upper glove box it will pop out very easily and to the left hand side on the wiring harness you will see a bundle of black wire and in that lies your USB connector. I had a USB extension cable and hooked it to the factory connector and dropped it down into my glove box where I plug in which ever USB flash I want to use. Also works the IPOD my friend had. I will post pictures tonight. Have to take it apart again to show. Nice thing also it plays folder list you can make and it reads my 16 gig flash I have in it now. I will also put up link for the free software you can use to make compatible play lists you can read from the radio screen. Nothing like FREE STUFF they charge you for anyway HA HA!
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    UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL POSTING:
    Picture 1. Upper left picture shows how i sliced longways down the black tape CAREFULLY and exposed the black plug you can see under the cross member. REMEMBER!!! This wiring is done by human beings or so they say so each cable is going to be a inch or two different in its location. I did hookup two other Ram trucks for friends who have the same truck as mine and each with the UCONNECT installed had this cable buried up in the dash.

    Picture 2. ( RIGHT) Is a picture of the USB PLUG and what's even more outrageous is that Dodge installed one that Light's up when the Accessory is turned on to power the radio.

    Picture 3 & 4 . (Bottom 2) Are the pictures of my extension plugged into the factory USB cable. Bottom glove box below with the extension cable attached to the trucks usb port with an 8 gig flash in it. I have used a 16gig without any problems. ONE THING it takes it a while to figure out whats on the usb drive after that it works fine so have some patience. Now the final thing. You can make playlist which appear under list functions on the radio when the usb is installed. You need some software to make these playlist and a very good working FREE version is (PLAYLIST CREATOR 3.6) do a GOOGLE SEARCH FOR THE TITLE. it saves your playlist in a .m2u file which your 130res or even the touch screen units can read and play. If you have any questions text me.

    ENJOY

    Derek
     

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    Great info
     
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    THIS thread needs to be a sticky! This is huge for a lot of people IMO.
     
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    MoreOvalteenPlz Senior Member

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    Is this the connector you are talking about? I've got a 12 with the res 130 and uConnect and this is the only connector I can find. It looks a lot like a USB connector but it's not. It also had a red tab in the bottom half that I removed to see if a USB cable would fit.
     

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    I think that might be the connector for the optional upper glove box light.

    Check and see if it's a continuous 12v and ground.

    Ray
     
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    My USB is already in the glove box, but, I haven't been able to get it to read anything as of yet.
    At one time, I tried to transfer music from a 8GB stick, but, the stereo did not read it at all.
     
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    I have two USB's in the Center console, one is strictly power, the other is hooked to the radio. Do I also have one in the upper console? It'd be a lot cooler if I did...(dazed and confused reference)
     
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    USB Port ?

    I have accessed the USB port, and when the key is on it lites up but will not work a USB unit when pluged in.I have the Res with u-connect in a 2012.Is there something else i have to do to get this working turn radio on, get it flashed or check or put in another fuse? Funning thing is it lites up around the port so there is power there. I don't want to plug in anything to expensive in case I missed something and blow the unit.Is there something you guys checked the port with?
     
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    looks like its missing the usb portion of the connection, you might have to buy one.
     
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    I installed a used UConnect system from a 2009 Ram 1500 SLT into my 2010 RAM SLT. The install was easy (no instructions).
    However I am curious if the USB connector is in the older harness.
    Bigjohn
     

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