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Old 03-22-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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What aftermarket stereo headunit are you running?

Hi all,

The bluetooth stream dropping out on the 430 factory head unit is driving me crazy, especially considering the 7 year old head unit that I've got in my other car streams bluetooth from my iPhone 5 without any dropouts at all.

What stereo headunit are you running in your JK, and how does it work for you?

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Old 03-22-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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I run a Pioneer AVH-X4500BT. It works flawlessly so far.


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Old 03-22-2013, 06:12 PM   #3
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:14 PM   #4
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Pioneer AVH-8400. Looks like the first pic and it's detachable face
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Joining the Pioneer club here with an AVH-3400BH. I have kickers and polyfill in the sound bar + backup camera input. Sounds good. Make sure you get the module to retain your steering wheel buttons.


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My brother has the AVH-X4500BT. Biggest pain in the ass to install. I have a Clarion CX-501 that is simple and works great. I don't need anything fancy.
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Pioneer AVH-8400. Looks like the first pic and it's detachable face
How does that work? Does the entire screen come off?
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Pioneer for me too. The AVHP-8400.



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How does that work? Does the entire screen come off?

The faceplate does, yeah. (old photos of when I first had it installed)



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So it looks like most are running double DIN models now?

This looks like a good list for me to start me research with.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:09 AM   #12
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Do these HU reuse the mic and USB port in the center storage included in Connectivity option?
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I have a 2012 JKU. Which dash kit did you guys use? I've read some kit will require trimming some might not.
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Will these work on the infinity system, what's needed for the amp and steering wheel controls?
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[QUOTE="unusedusername;3541091"]So it looks like most are running double DIN models now?

Single DIN on my 2011 JK and Just wanted to keep it simple.
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Just installed Alpine INE S920HD required me to modify the metal bracket that supports the stereo at the back, no biggie. Very happy with the sound quality and volume. Also used the KTP 445 power pack by Alpine to push power to the speakers.
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I lovemy 8400. Clean screen, good response, and user friendly. I have an entire aftermarket setup after wasting about $1300 to rip out the infinity stuff and the kicker and fosgate speakers and amps I went with after the infinity. Now it's all JL and I'm very happy.
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I also went with the Single DIn set up with a Pioneer DEH-P9400BH. I had a DD unit in my last vehicle and intended to re-use it. However I wanted a removable face and a cubby underneath to store my phone and wallet in.

At the time, this was the best Single DIN unit that Pioneer had. 3 sets of RCA pre-outs, 2 rear USB, 5-ban EQ, etc. And it worked with my existing Sirius tuner SC-10. Made life easy to plug and play with that.
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JVC KW-AV60BT. Like Dmactampa's Pioneer it is slightly unusual in that it's a double DIN unit with a removable faceplate; loads of features including Bluetooth, Sirius, Pandora, DVD playback, USB (in the glove box), support for back up camera etc. Currently available for less than $300 on Amazon (I paid $266).



Install was a breeze using the PAC RP4-CH11 harness to retain steering wheel controls and the Scosche dash kit; no modification of the dash is required. I see some people saying that they modified the metal bracket, but I just removed the whole thing. Seems to be fine although at some point in the future I might fabricate something to support the back end of the HU, but it isn't exactly a heavy unit.
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and those with the connectivity package, are you still able to sync your phones to the new HU's?
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and those with the connectivity package, are you still able to sync your phones to the new HU's?
I'm only guessing here because I don't have the connectivity package, but I would say probably not - as I understand it the Bluetooth capability of that package is a module that links into the factory radio, and if you don't have a factory radio you presumably won't get the screen prompts to follow the pairing process, even if it's still technically operational.

It isn't really a big issue though, a lot of modern stereos have integrated Bluetooth capabilities. Mine does despite being far from the most expensive unit on the market, as well as connecting the phone and muting the stereo for calls it also supports phonebook integration, voice commands, audio streaming etc.
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and those with the connectivity package, are you still able to sync your phones to the new HU's?
Yes. Sort of. If you get a PAC or Metra Harness, and you add a SWI (Steering Wheel Integration) you retain the wheel buttons on the back. You do lose the phone button on the front but I re-mapped that to a different function for the HU. The HU itself is BT capable so you just re-pair your phone to the new HU.

You do lose the factory microphone and USB connection in the center console. But you can wire in the factory microphone to the HU I believe. I haven't yet. My HU has 2 USB int he back that I ran to the glove box so Im not worried about the one in the center console.
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Hi,

I just bought a Jeep Wrangler and i want to change the stock stereo for a pioneer like the ones in the pictures above, can you please tell me where or how do i get the pieces that fill the sides of the pioneer screen?

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I just bought a Jeep Wrangler and i want to change the stock stereo for a pioneer like the ones in the pictures above, can you please tell me where or how do i get the pieces that fill the sides of the pioneer screen?

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Amazon.com: Scosche CR1291B 2007 Dodge Nitro/Jeep Wrangler/Chrysler Sebring: Car Electronics

Metra also make one, I couldn't tell you how good or otherwise it is but the Scosche version I linked to fit perfectly first time with no need for trimming or grinding, as you can see from the picture of my install a few posts up.
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You do lose the factory microphone and USB connection in the center console. But you can wire in the factory microphone to the HU I believe. I haven't yet. My HU has 2 USB int he back that I ran to the glove box so Im not worried about the one in the center console.
I'm looking for how to wire the factory microphone to the standard 3.5mm microphone connector if you know any information.

For the USB, doesn't the factory cable from the center console has a USB mini-B male plug? A $1 USB adapter should allow you to connect the center console USB to your HU.

I just got a JVC KW-KX1 but have yet to find time to install it and also waiting for the rear camera and the usb adapter. Also need to borrow a Galaxy S3 to try the mirrorlink.
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^^ Not sure on the microphone wiring. The Pioneer wire for the microphone is so tiny I don't want to cut it to see how it could work withe the factory microphone.

Interesting info on the USB. I haven't pulled apart the center console to map it out. I have both USB leads from my HU in the glovebox currently.
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^^ Not sure on the microphone wiring. The Pioneer wire for the microphone is so tiny I don't want to cut it to see how it could work withe the factory microphone.

Interesting info on the USB. I haven't pulled apart the center console to map it out. I have both USB leads from my HU in the glovebox currently.
You don't need to pull apart the center console.
I think this is the usb cable its connector that goes into the factory stereo, a standard mini-B USB.



and this is the USB adapter I've ordered. My new HU has a USB A female out.
USB A Male to Mini B 5 Pin Female Adapter Converter | eBay



Will see if that works after installing my HU.
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this is the USB adapter I've ordered. My new HU has a USB A female out.
USB A Male to Mini B 5 Pin Female Adapter Converter | eBay



Will see if that works after installing my HU.
Finally got my HU installed.
With that USB adapter, I could reuse the stock USB connector in the center console. It took me some time to find out where the U-Connect module. I took out the whole U-Connect module and harness which seems not needed with aftermarket unit, the EVIC is working without it.
Seems there is no way to reuse stock microphone so I rewired the new microphone next to the stock.

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