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Old 04-14-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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2003 Wrangler radio replacement

I have a 2003 Jeep Wrangler with sub in the console. I need to replace my stereo since the CD isn't working and concerned that i will order the incorrect wire adapter (normal or premium)

Can anyone help out?

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I bought mine through Quadratec...came with the wire harness adapter and full installation kit.
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I bought mine through Quadratec...came with the wire harness adapter and full installation kit.
Thanks, I am trying to find out which harness to get, Did you have the sub in the center console? I have been told that with the sub i need a different harness but I cannot find out for sure.
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I've changed the deck in my 03 and as far as I know there was only one wiring harness for them. All the wires coming from the deck will need to be hooked up though mine did not have a factory sub but I'm in the process of adding one now. Your best bet is to call any car stereo shop around you and they'll have or be able to get you the correct one based on the year and model of you TJ.
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I bought mine through Quadratec...came with the wire harness adapter and full installation kit.
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Thanks, I am trying to find out which harness to get, Did you have the sub in the center console? I have been told that with the sub i need a different harness but I cannot find out for sure.
Find what you want then search in google shopping, you'll get free shipping that way. No new harness with the sub, wiring up the head unit into the provided wiring harness will take care of that.

Some head unit manufacturers even have a plug and play wiring harness. If you have a newer kenwood unit...
KENWOOD JW-DKK9702 - Kenwood In-Dash CD & DVD Receiver Installation Kit for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited - Quadratec
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #7
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wiring harness for your radio upgrade

I upgraded my head unit in December in my 04 ort with a subwoofer. I checked a couple of options from different sites and with 2 failed attempts, I ended up ordering from Crutchfield. The support from Crutchfield was fantastic, offered full money back guarantee including return shipping and answered all my questions without trying to really upsell me. I ended up getting my Polk Audio component speakers from them in February.

I have some pictures if you like. The part number from Crutchfield is 120 70-6502. I also orders the faceplate (120 99-6503) and the forum recommended an antennae extension (120 40-CR10) Glad I ordered that as it would have been way too tight to install without it.

Wiring harness was 12.99
New faceplate 12.99
Antennae extension 7.99

And the best part was the master sheet it came with. Lots of detailed instructions with diagrams that were spot on.
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I upgraded my head unit in December in my 04 ort with a subwoofer. I checked a couple of options from different sites and with 2 failed attempts, I ended up ordering from Crutchfield. The support from Crutchfield was fantastic, offered full money back guarantee including return shipping and answered all my questions without trying to really upsell me. I ended up getting my Polk Audio component speakers from them in February.

I have some pictures if you like. The part number from Crutchfield is 120 70-6502. I also orders the faceplate (120 99-6503) and the forum recommended an antennae extension (120 40-CR10) Glad I ordered that as it would have been way too tight to install without it.

Wiring harness was 12.99
New faceplate 12.99
Antennae extension 7.99

And the best part was the master sheet it came with. Lots of detailed instructions with diagrams that were spot on.
Adding links to the exact parts I ordered:
Harness - Receiver Wire Harness For select 2002-08 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles at Crutchfield.com

Faceplate - In-dash Receiver Kit Fits select 1998-07 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Plymouth vehicles (single-DIN) at Crutchfield.com

Antenna - Antenna Adapter Works with select 2002-up vehicles at Crutchfield.com
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I replaced my sub in my 05 lj with an 8", got an amp too. Mounted it under the rear seat. And picked up a nice jvc arsenal single din from crutch feild. They have great customer service and support. It's not stupid loud like you see in a civic where the box just barley fits in the trunk and makes the car rattle lol. Sorry for venting but I hate that. I have an sti and that makes us guys with actual nice cars/jeeps look bad lol. And if you call them, they will tell you exactly what you need. It's an easy instal I've done so many for people.
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With regards to Crutchfield:

- They do have great customer service, tech support and return policy

- I do shop around for price a lot. Crutchfield's prices are not always the best but they do have blowout sales where prices are much lower. The also have open box (returns) and scratch/dents with further slashed prices. I have purchased both types. All are fully inspected and can be returned.

- I have purchased my car stereos from there. The ones I have wanted were on sale (lowest around the web). Note Crutchfied also included the adaptors and accessories free where other places charge, so factor those into price shopping. Scratch/dent and open box do not always include all the freebies.
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Only if the price is right. Trust me I buy a lot from Amazon. The one I bought was much cheaper at Crutchfield (on sale)
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I do the same thing with regards to shopping price. I use EBay, Amazon, various vendors on this forum and do lots of comparisons. In my first attempt in getting a wiring harness, I did save money buying from another internet source but instructions were incomplete and it was not the right harness afterall. With a no return policy and no assistance, Crutchfield was the Easy Button and service that was remarkable. Since Tevans60 was concerned about getting the correct harness, I certainly empathize as I found out that saving $5 on a harness caused a delay and frustration. Therefore if you want almost a guaranteed positive experience, go with Crutchfield. In over 25 years and various products purchased from them, I always end up very satisfied.
There are better prices, and I have bought plenty of products elsewhere. I believe that for wiring, fit kits, and installation instructions as complete as possible, I have never found an alternative to be even close to Crutchfield. I feel I am paying for peace of mind.
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I just finished installing my head unit I got from Crutchfield. Originally I was going to get the same unit from Amazon, but after I priced unit, the face plate adapter, antenna adapter, and harness adapter, it was much cheaper to get it from Crutchfield that included all those things for free. I didn't even have to select the items, I just put in my vehicle information and they selected the appropriate adapters to send. Plus I'd heard they have great customer service. With Amazon you wouldn't get any install or setup help if you needed it, they'd only be good for exchanges. I will probably get my Polk DB's from Amazon though. Last I checked they were about half the price.
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You will sound the Polk's. My is clear all the way up to the top level of the sound and clean as it can be. I am going to add some in my sound bar
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I bought my Pioneer DEH-x8500bh from crutchfield along w/ front 5.25 speaker baffles (came with wiring harness for Chysler/Jeep & antenna adaptor free)

Picked up 2 pair of Polk DB521 & Kicker 10cvt 6.5 sub from amazon at half price for all 3 items.

Couldnt be happier with this clean factory looking setup but has plenty of clean power with the top down & doors off.

Im running a RF 300x4 to Polks & RF 300x1 to the sub.
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Im running a RF 300x4 to Polks & RF 300x1 to the sub.

What is this, wiring?
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What is this, wiring?
Amplifiers. RF = Rockfort Fosters, or something like that.

300 = power // 1/4 = # of channels. I only buy alpine amps/head unit. Plenty of good speaker manufacturers. I like the current run of the infinity kappas.
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Amplifiers. RF = Rockfort Fosters, or something like that.

300 = power // 1/4 = # of channels. I only buy alpine amps/head unit. Plenty of good speaker manufacturers. I like the current run of the infinity kappas.
Got it and thank you for the explanation. I do not have a separate amp yet. I am considering adding but so far, I am ok with the sound I am getting now and don't need much more. The Kenwood head unit I am running is very clean by itself and I don't want to overcomplicate my setup.

But thank you again for the additional background.

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