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Old 03-24-2012, 02:58 AM   #1
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CD deck install?

I know this is a stupid question. First off , im not very mechanicall inclined and Ive always wanted a jeep. I figured this would be a good opputunity to get a better understand of all things automotive and its worked so far. Ive never messed with anything elecetrical before thoug. I have the day off tomorrow and want to go buy a cd deck for my tj to hook my ipd too.. Is this a difficult task? and tips for me?

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No it's really rather simple and straight forward. Start by removing the vent on the top of the dashboard, pry up with a small screw driver and the ends of the vent so you dont break it. There are 2 screws holding the center bezel in place on top. Then remove the ashtray and there is a screw behind it(remove.)
Then you remove the 2 screws holding the radio, pull it out, disconnect the wiring harness and the antenna.
Splice your new wiring harness together with your factory radio harness by mathcing the colors together. I always solder my radio connections as opposed to crimping(my opinion.)
Then slide your new trim ring around the radio, plug in the antenna and wiring harness, you can also attach the support bracket to the rear of the deck and try to locate where it screws into dash, but i never have and never will, only because and can be a PITA to get my hand in there.
From there bolt the radio back in, replace the center bezel, screw in, carefully press the vent back into place.

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I suggest you get everything from Crutchfield audio. Their prices aren't the cheapest of them all, but they provide you with great instructions specific to the jeep and all of the harnesses and wiring you need.
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It's not a stupid question, first off, because if you've never done it, it can seem intimidating. But it's actually quite easy. I installed a Kenwood deck about a month or so ago, will likely take a couple hours at the most, and that's taking your time. I will say, however, that I ordered mine from Crutchfield, mainly because they include mounting bracket, wiring harness/adaptor, etc at no additional cost. The instructions they include (called Master Sheet, I believe) are vehicle specific and pretty detailed, WITH PICTURES. If you're buying locally, not sure what you might encounter, but if you can wait til your next day off, I'd highly recommend Crutchfield. Received my order in 3 days. Had a slight issue with installation (my fault, misread one of the instructions) and tech support pinpointed it almost immediately via the 800#. Just my thoughts, not everyone will agree. But I like the results, looks like factory installation with the bracket they included, more power, and best of all, I can connect my iPod. Entire system (also replaced the dash and sound bar speakers, stock sub in the console) was under $300. Now I can actually hear music with the windows out and the doors off. Hope this helps.
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I actually just put a new system in my '97 TJ on Wednesday afternoon of this week. I put in a sony sytstem

Previous posters are correct - while intinally it may seem overwhelming - it's not.

you can buy wire connector kits from anywhere but be willing to spend the time splicing the matched color wires togeather -OR - you can go to Qudratec and order a "Plug -N - Play" wire harness and save an hour or so in time

you can spend as much money as you want (or how much your wife will let you spend) My only reccomendation - - spend the extra money for all the plug n play harnesses for the unit itself and for the speakers

If you have questions - you can IM me if you want and we'll go from there
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:43 AM   #6
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I suggest you get everything from Crutchfield audio. Their prices aren't the cheapest of them all, but they provide you with great instructions specific to the jeep and all of the harnesses and wiring you need.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:52 AM   #7
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This is the scariest part right here. It really isn't bad if you know how to splice wires and as long as you don't force anything. I had to bed that metal bracket back in the dash to make the new head unit fit though.



And the completed project



If you get it from Crutchfield, spring for the splicing caps or whatever they're called for an extra $6.00. Made splicing super clean and easy. This is what they look like.



Supposedly water resistant, but atleast makes everything nice and tight.
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Lifted TJ has everything correct, EXCEPT this

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Splice your new wiring harness together with your factory radio harness by mathcing the colors together
Most of the time, but not necessarily. You've got to follow the instruction guide that comes with it to figure out what wire is what. Don't just judge it based on color. Keep in mind, there are probably some wires that won't be used. Other then that, GREAT write up!

The job is really straight forward. It's one of the first things I did on my truck and it's a straight-forward process. Definitely order from Crutchfield. May seem pricier, but they're customer service and usually free installation kits make it well worth it.
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Lifted TJ has everything correct, EXCEPT this

Most of the time, but not necessarily. You've got to follow the instruction guide that comes with it to figure out what wire is what. Don't just judge it based on color. Keep in mind, there are probably some wires that won't be used.
There are. If anyone has the instructions and can let me know what wires splice for the dash illumination I could use that info btw. Do not rush wiring, the PO of mine did
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Lifted TJ has everything correct, EXCEPT this

Most of the time, but not necessarily. You've got to follow the instruction guide that comes with it to figure out what wire is what. Don't just judge it based on color. Keep in mind, there are probably some wires that won't be used.
That is right. Every one of my wires matched up except there were two blue ones, one for if there was a factory sub to turn on the amp, and the other for steering wheel controls if they were there. Definitely best to double check the wiring diagrams.
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No it's really rather simple and straight forward. Start by removing the vent on the top of the dashboard, pry up with a small screw driver and the ends of the vent so you dont break it. There are 2 screws holding the center bezel in place on top. Then remove the ashtray and there is a screw behind it(remove.)
Then you remove the 2 screws holding the radio, pull it out, disconnect the wiring harness and the antenna.
Splice your new wiring harness together with your factory radio harness by mathcing the colors together. I always solder my radio connections as opposed to crimping(my opinion.)
Then slide your new trim ring around the radio, plug in the antenna and wiring harness, you can also attach the support bracket to the rear of the deck and try to locate where it screws into dash, but i never have and never will, only because and can be a PITA to get my hand in there.
From there bolt the radio back in, replace the center bezel, screw in, carefully press the vent back into place.

Isn't there alsa a nut on the backside of the radio that attatches to that bracket in the picture? Don't forget about that or you will pull your hair out tryin to figure out why it's not slidin' out. I think it was a 10mm nut
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Isn't there alsa a nut on the backside of the radio that attatches to that bracket in the picture? Don't forget about that or you will pull your hair out tryin to figure out why it's not slidin' out. I think it was a 10mm nut
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See that metal bracket in the center, with the 3 holes? There are two rods that hold that bracket to the top of the dash (no need to mess with them). On the right most hole, there is a 10mm nut that hold the factory radio in place.. if the radio has NEVER been out, most likely it is there and needs to be removed IF you cannot just pull your radio out. the ONLY way to get to it is to drop your glovebox off and reach up behind the radio from there.

I just did this last night.... it's not that hard. I do suggest buying the Plug-n-play harness for those with less-experience in wiring... it will save you TONS of time.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:09 PM   #13
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Here's what it took in my 02 TJ; Metra 99-6700 install kit ($12 amazon.com), scosche BBCR01AB harness ($5 amazon.com) I paid $44 at best-buy and then researched the products and quickly went back to best buy and got my money back from the crooks. Havnt purchased a deck yet, still looking around. Probably going with pioneer deh 33hd head unit, or similar. Bluetooth would be handy in a 5speed.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:19 PM   #14
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As stated above Crutchfield is one of the Very Best places to buy from,All detailed instructions & Installation stuff is included free with your purchase + they have a support staff should the need arise,I recently upgraded My TJ's Head Unit & added XM as well went with the Alpine CDE-123 it has both front & rear USB jacks and supports Pandora Too it's on sale & if you google "Crutchfield Coupon" you can usually get another $20 off.Alpine CDE-123 CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:50 PM   #15
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Just did something similar and while you aren't installing this locking stereo vault, steps 2 and up will help you get your dash apart. It covers 1997 to 2006 wranglers. Hope it helps.

http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/150315.pdf
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I got a unit from Crutchfield last week. I know how to install stereo's, but their instructions were very good. Everything I needed was in there(dash kit, wiring harness, antenna extension, instructions for wiring harness and how to take the dash apart, etc...). I solder all the connections though, I dont trust those crimp connections.

Maybe somebody is local to you and can do the install for you. I know I would if you were closer to me.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:04 AM   #17
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i bought speakers from crutchfield and can vouch for the directions they supply..i had never installed any car audio either and they were good. has anyone bought from sonic electronix? they say they include all the instructions and equipment to install as well.
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There are. If anyone has the instructions and can let me know what wires splice for the dash illumination I could use that info btw. Do not rush wiring, the PO of mine did
My suggestion is to never use the illumination wires out of the Jeep, as soon as an aftermarket head unit is powered up, it will illuminate, easy to blow a fuse or have parking light issues when using these wires. I know, i know, 14 guys will say they did it and have had zero issues, well for every one rookie who has had issues, i think the advice is sound. We always capped off the illumination and dimmer wires out of the vehicle.
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Bought my new Sony and speakers from Crutchfield. Talked to their rep and he set me up with an entire system, radio, speakers, harnesses, bezel. Everything fit perfectly and the instructions were complete and easy to follow.
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I went to Best Buy and was able to actually compare different stereos. Went back to their road shop and asked for a complete install kit. Bought a New Kenwood head unit and install kit for under $150. Took it home and installed on a Saturday morning. Wires are color coded and kit directions are vehicle specific. Very easy and fun. Oh and I stuffed some polyfil into the overhead speaker boxes and behind the dash speakers 10xs better

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