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Old 12-29-2013, 05:05 PM   #1
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Stock stereo swap?

I haven't come across this question anywhere else and know no Jeep people around here to ask, but fortunately I'm a member of this forum.

Will the stock stereo/cd player from a 2005 Wrangler fit in a 99 TJ? I don't think the connectors are the same, but that's not a big deal -- what I'm most concerned about is actual fit in the dash.

Can it be done? I'm dying to get rid of the pitiful tape deck my Jeep currently carries.

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Have you considered just going to Crutchfield and taking a look at your options there? You can input your year, make, and model into their site and they'll give you options that fit.

Most options include free mounts and wiring harnesses specific to your Jeep.

Seriously, give it a shot. It might be a lot less of a headache than trying to shove another weak stock stereo into the dashboard.

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I know the 2005 radio faceplate is curved and the 1997 face is square.
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You want an aftermarket CD player? I just took one out from my 97. It's a clarion, works fine, I went blue tooth mod, no more CDs in my jeep!
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You want an aftermarket CD player? I just took one out from my 97. It's a clarion, works fine, I went blue tooth mod, no more CDs in my jeep!
I dumped the CD's years ago with an iPod adaptor (~$100) that works with the stock radio CD Changer. Fits behind the glove box. 80+ cd's that I control from the stock radio. (I have a Peripheral iPod2Car, now known as iSimple iPod Adapter) I can skip tracks, or albums. FF, REW also work. Downside of it is that it does not display the track name on the radio.
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I dumped the CD's years ago with an iPod adaptor (~$100) that works with the stock radio CD changer. ... Downside of it is that it does not display the track name on the radio.
I'm not sure why you'd buy an expensive adapter like that. You can get an aftermarket stereo that has USB inputs, AUX inputs, displays the song name, puts out more power than the stock stereo -- along with a laundry list of additional benefits over stock -- and easily keep it under $100.
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X2. Bought one online recently from Best Buy that had all the above listed features for $89. Included HD stereo which is awesome locally.
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I'm not sure why you'd buy an expensive adapter like that. You can get an aftermarket stereo that has USB inputs, AUX inputs, displays the song name, puts out more power than the stock stereo -- along with a laundry list of additional benefits over stock -- and easily keep it under $100.
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I got an Alpine HU from Crutchfield with all those goodies and BT for phone & audio too all for under $100 and they throw in a wiring harness, faceplate adapter, antenna extension and offer live assistance if needed too!
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:10 PM   #9
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I'm not sure why you'd buy an expensive adapter like that. You can get an aftermarket stereo that has USB inputs, AUX inputs, displays the song name, puts out more power than the stock stereo -- along with a laundry list of additional benefits over stock -- and easily keep it under $100.
I installed it when I bought the TJ in 2004.
Didn't make much sense to trash a brand new factory radio when a $100 adaptor gave me what I wanted.
(And a thief would pass my over stock radio, and steal the aftermarket radio from the Jeep in front of mine
— which, btw is what happened to me with my `88YJ when I put in one of those nifty after market stereos)
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I installed it when I bought the TJ in 2004. Didn't make much sense to trash a brand new factory radio when a $100 adaptor gave me what I wanted. (And a thief would pass my over stock radio, and steal the aftermarket radio from the Jeep in front of mine — which, btw is what happened to me with my `88YJ when I put in one of those nifty after market stereos)
To each his own, but saying you don't want it stolen is a moot point. Detachable face plates are an industry standard. If your stereo is stolen, you were lazy.

I still don't understand why you'd buy that thing. You could've had a better unit with a ton of features (including the standard detachable faceplate) for up to $30 less than your adapter.
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To each his own, but saying you don't want it stolen is a moot point. Detachable face plates are an industry standard. If your stereo is stolen, you were lazy.

I still don't understand why you'd buy that thing. You could've had a better unit with a ton of features (including the standard detachable faceplate) for up to $30 less than your adapter.
Why trash a brand new factory radio for bells and whistles? Worth the $30 to get iPod interface though the stock CD changer w/o having to replace brand new unit.

What are these "tons of features" that you speak of? (I don't need flashing lights from my radio, nor do I need it to tell me what song is playing from the iPod that I loaded)

PITA to have to remove the faceplate every time I exit my Jeep. Did it with the YJ, and that didn't stop some a-hole from trashing my dash trying to remove the head unit. (If aftermarket stereos is what everyone wants, I'll stick with my stock unit )

Faceplates are not a deterrent when they can bought on eBay
(…I wonder how this guy got his hands on 21 faceplates)
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Why trash a brand new factory radio for bells and whistles? Worth the $30 to get iPod interface though the stock CD changer w/o having to replace brand new unit. What are these "tons of features" that you speak of? (I don't need flashing lights from my radio, nor do I need it to tell me what song is playing from the iPod that I loaded) PITA to have to remove the faceplate every time I exit my Jeep. Did it with the YJ, and that didn't stop some a-hole from trashing my dash trying to remove the head unit. (If aftermarket stereos is what everyone wants, I'll stick with my stock unit ) Faceplates are not a deterrent when they can bought on eBay (…I wonder how this guy got his hands on 21 faceplates)
Haha... That is hilarious, or how about this guy that is local in my area.



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To each his own, but saying you don't want it stolen is a moot point. Detachable face plates are an industry standard. If your stereo is stolen, you were lazy. I still don't understand why you'd buy that thing. You could've had a better unit with a ton of features (including the standard detachable faceplate) for up to $30 less than your adapter.
Am I suppose to carry my face plate around with me in my man purse or just remove it from the dash and store it somewhere "safe" in my "jeep"?
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What are these "tons of features" that you speak of?
Why do I get the feeling that you really just want a list of features to discredit?
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Why do I get the feeling that you really just want a list of features to discredit?
I thought that I already discredited them (for me)
("I don't need flashing lights from my radio, nor do I need it to tell me what song is playing from the iPod that I loaded")

If you want to remove a factory radio from a brand new Jeep to replace with an $70 Sony/Panasonic/etc, I say
go for it. Doesn't make sense to me, but it's your Jeep
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Am I suppose to carry my face plate around with me in my man purse or just remove it from the dash and store it somewhere "safe" in my "jeep"?
This is funny. You're acting like you're carrying around a cinder block. You can keep the faceplate in your manpurse next to your tampons!

Underseat lockbox. Fifty bucks. Plenty of room, even after storing your faceplate. It bolts between the tub and the driver's seat. Most importantly, it deters a thief because they can't even see it.

You can spend $70 on a good stereo, $50 on this lockbox, and only spend a few bucks more than a "~$100" adapter for a crappy factory stereo.

Sorry, but I just don't see why you'd spend "~$100" to bandage a stereo when there's so many other great options out there.
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Am I suppose to carry my face plate around with me in my man purse or just remove it from the dash and store it somewhere "safe" in my "jeep"?
I just put mine in my front pocket. No "man purse" is needed. Some of them come with cases, which can be a little bulky, so I just skip the case, and try to separate it from everything else that can scratch it, such as my keys. I don't wear really tight pants, so it isn't a problem.

You really don't want to remove it and place it in your glove box, or console. Thieves watch for these sort of things. I had a work colleague who told me that they stole his radio, only on the day when he left his faceplate in his glove box. Of course, his faceplate was gone too.

At one time, I had a pull out stereo, which came with a shoulder bag. I guarantee you that no thief can steal your car stereo when you carry the whole thing with you. Was that little inconvenience worth a 100% guarantee that no thief would break into my vehicle and steal my car stereo, smash my windows, and do all other sort of possible damage? YES!
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… $50 on this lockbox
Better to get the Tuffy for $100. And get it with the combo lock (so you can lock your keys when you hit the surf )
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This is funny. You're acting like you're carrying around a cinder block. You can keep the faceplate in your manpurse next to your tampons!
lol. Yeah, don't be a whinny Biatche. (Sense of humor intended.)
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This is funny. You're acting like you're carrying around a cinder block. You can keep the faceplate in your manpurse next to your tampons! Underseat lockbox. Fifty bucks. Plenty of room, even after storing your faceplate. It bolts between the tub and the driver's seat. Most importantly, it deters a thief because they can't even see it. You can spend $70 on a good stereo, $50 on this lockbox, and only spend a few bucks more than a "~$100" adapter for a crappy factory stereo. Sorry, but I just don't see why you'd spend "~$100" to bandage a stereo when there's so many other great options out there.
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I just put mine in my front pocket. No "man purse" is needed. Some of them come with cases, which can be a little bulky, so I just skip the case, and try to separate it from everything else that can scratch it, such as my keys. I don't wear really tight pants, so it isn't a problem. You really don't want to remove it and place it in your glove box, or console. Thieves watch for these sort of things. I had a work colleague who told me that they stole his radio, only on the day when he left his faceplate in his glove box. Of course, his faceplate was gone too. At one time, I had a pull out stereo, which came with a shoulder bag. I guarantee you that no thief can steal your car stereo when you carry the whole thing with you. Was that little inconvenience worth a 100% guarantee that no thief would break into my vehicle and steal my car stereo, smash my windows, and do all other sort of possible damage? YES!

All I'm saying is, if somebody wants in a vehicle removing the face plate will not stop them. The lock box is "unique" and "savvy" but will that also prevent a thief from stealing it? The answer is no.
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lol. Yeah, don't be a whinny Biatche. (Sense of humor intended.)
It's ok. I will ship both of yall some midol... Lol
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I thought that I already discredited them (for me) ("I don't need flashing lights from my radio, nor do I need it to tell me what song is playing from the iPod that I loaded") If you want to remove a factory radio from a brand new Jeep to replace with an $70 Sony/Panasonic/etc, I say go for it. Doesn't make sense to me, but it's your Jeep
You're missing the point. Features aside, you could've saved at least $30 by getting a brand new aftermarket stereo for $70 instead of spending "~$100" for a cable.
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This is funny.
Underseat lockbox. Fifty bucks. Plenty of room, even after storing your faceplate.
So, lemme see if I understand. Don't spend $100 for an iPod interface for a factory radio, instead, buy a bottom-of-the-line head unit for $70, and a lockbox for $50 to store the faceplate.

…think I'll stay with my factory head unit with the upgraded speakers and iPod interface
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The lock box is "unique" and "savvy" but will that also prevent a thief from stealing it? The answer is no.
First, thieves don't steal what they can't see.

Second, even if a thief knows it's there, do you really think he's going to put forth the effort and time required to pull it outta there all for a $70 car stereo?
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I was able to purchase my iPod interface for $25. Just saying...

Not all are $100 or however much TOny T paid.
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You're missing the point. Features aside, you could've saved at least $30 by getting a brand new aftermarket stereo for $70 instead of spending "~$100" for a cable.
If I bought a used Jeep, then maybe, but to trash a brand new factory radio for a bottom-of-the-line head unit does not make sense. If I were to replace the stock radio, I would not buy the cheapest one available.
BTW, that cable gives me full control of the iPod (hidden behind the dash) from the factory stereo.
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So, lemme see if I understand. Don't spend $100 for an iPod interface for a factory radio, instead, buy a bottom-of-the-line head unit for $70, and a lockbox for $50 to store the faceplate. …think I'll stay with my factory head unit with the upgraded speakers and iPod interface
"Bottom of the line" is a hilarious argument coming from a guy who bought a $100 cable for a factory head unit!

I have a refurbished Pioneer head unit in my Jeep. Sub connections, USB connections, AUX jacks, digital readout, you name it. Ran me $80.

Do the math. In fact, if you really want to compare features with your "upgraded speakers" and "iPod interface," I'd be more than happy to compare my system to yours and show you how mine was still both less expensive, better equipped, and more powerful.
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First, thieves don't steal what they can't see. Second, even if a thief knows it's there, do you really think he's going to put forth the effort and time required to pull it outta there all for a $70 car stereo?
You know we both can go on and on and on, but is it worth it?

First, a normal thief would look in common spots, for instants in a jeep it would be, cup holders, middle console, under seats, and glove box.

Second, how is this "thief" gonna know what exactly is in the lock box? If you ask me and if I was a thief that would spark my curiosity just a little.
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"Bottom of the line" is a hilarious argument coming from a guy who bought a $100 cable for a factory head unit.
The fact that you continue to call it a "cable" weakens whatever argument it is you're trying to make.
(and you're comparing 2013 Head Units with a 2004 iPod interface.)
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I thought that I already discredited them (for me)
("I don't need flashing lights from my radio, nor do I need it to tell me what song is playing from the iPod that I loaded")

If you want to remove a factory radio from a brand new Jeep to replace with an $70 Sony/Panasonic/etc, I say
go for it. Doesn't make sense to me, but it's your Jeep
So, why did you ask? lol.

To answer your other question, I got the cheapest stock radio in my Jeep. I did this because none of the other options had any sort of security features. I refuse to have a radio with features that would attract a car stereo thief, such as CD player, big DVD screen, etc. If the new premium Jeep radio's are selling for $2,300.00 and have no security, what's the point in getting it just to have some thief to steal it, and do $5,000.00 dollars damage to my new Jeep? I think Chrysler and other vehicle manufacturers do this on purpose. It is more business for them. If a thief sees a complete radio, they could care less about getting the code. Heck, those thieves could retire on $1000 sell, when they normally make $40 on a radio.

Therefore, it makes perfect sense to me to replace a stock radio with no security or theft deterrence with a radio with some sort of security or theft deterrence. If you only have ONE stereo stolen, you'll know exactly what I mean.

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