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Old 12-20-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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I have a 98 and its the stock radio with the tape player. I bought a cassette that had a hook up for Ipods/mp3's until the tape deck died. Then I bought a FM transmitter and tuned my stereo to a certain channel, now the entire radio is dying. So I know I am looking to an aftermarket stereo but I do not like the ones with the removable face-plate, and I only have found the ones with the removable face-plate. I never lock my Jeep because it has a soft top but I also do not want to remove the face every single time I get in or out. I know if I leave it in it would be at risk of being stolen.

What do you do if you have an aftermarket radio?

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Old 12-20-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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The face plate is hardly a hassle, it takes less than 10 seconds to remove, chuck it in the glove box, and lock it. Either way though, it's just as easy to steal a radio with or without a face plate, but it would hopefully make a thief look elsewhere if it's not visible. If you're intent on not removing a face plate and having trouble finding ones without that feature, what's wrong with buying one that has a removable face plate and just not removing it? My head unit is 5+ years old and there are no connectivity issues with the face plate connection even after removing it every day in that time period.

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Old 12-21-2012, 09:00 AM   #3
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Do an eBay search for a '98 Chrysler radio. They were used in a lot of vehicle models not just Jeep. The one that fits covers a few years too. The one you need has the square corners not the rounded one. There are a number of types, some with the tape deck others with CD players.
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Anyone have an aftermarket HU that is weather proof like the stock radio (I imagine) is? Some people have told me if I want an aftermarket HU to look into boat radios but I see so many people on here just getting the everyday aftermarket. How do they hold up to being topless in the summer and getting rained on?
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #5
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There are plenty of head units out there without removable face plates (why you'd want this in a jeep is beyond me), look at crutchfield.com, they typically include free or discounted install kits
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My Sony head unit has a removable face plate but I have never bothered to remove it. The benefits of being able to plug your iPod directly into a USB port on a head unit like Sony makes are hard to beat, that's what I would go for. Heck Sony even has a head unit now where you can place your iPod inside it so it is out of sight & out of the way. And with units like the Sony, there is no need to touch the iPod... the iPod can be completely controlled by the head unit.

And don't forget, you don't have to remove the face plate... but it's a nice option to have should you ever need to park your Jeep in a questionable location.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:47 AM   #7
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It has a removable face plate but I love my ken wood. I'll have to look up model number but has Bluetooth, which I don't use, but has USB and audio jack connections. They run behind dash and through glove box. And unlike some that play music from an iPod/iPhone but you still control from phone (dangerous while driving) this is controlled via radio. Full list. It has has Pandora integration for iPhone. So from radio I can thumbs up/down, create stations, etc.
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It is not weather proof but has been rained on few times. So far so good.
I have a ken wood in my boat that's marine grade with same features if want something designed to protect against water.
I only remove my faceplate if in a higher crime area and doors off (like college bar area) or if parking overnight somewhere besides my or family members house and doors off.
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I got a Pyle marine radio in mine...it was like $40, so if someone jacks it, no big loss. Sounds ok - you're not going to get concert quality sound out of a $40 head unit. No tape, no cd player, but it has an auxiliary jack and a USB in the front, so I just load up a flash drive with tunes and plug 'er in...no muss, no fuss. Nice thing is it gets the weather band as well. It's been rained on several times and it works just like new. That's not to say it works great, but it's functional.
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BT-948HD is the model in my jeep. I'm extremely happy with it.
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Heck Sony even has a head unit now where you can place your iPod inside it so it is out of sight & out of the way.

i actually have that radio in my TJ & my daily driver. since i never use CD's i felt it pointless to have a CD player. this way as Jerry said, it's out of sight.

the only thing i don't like is, sony's manual says that when you exit the jeep you should not leave the ipod in the unit or it could damage it. not that i want to leave it in there overnight. but if i am going into the office for work, i have to take it out.
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...the only thing i don't like is, sony's manual says that when you exit the jeep you should not leave the ipod in the unit or it could damage it. not that i want to leave it in there overnight. but if i am going into the office for work, i have to take it out.
Knowing the electronics side of things, my opinion is that is an over-cautionary theoretical recommendation based solely on the fact the iPod has a battery inside which in theory could overheat. Personally, I would leave an iPod inside it without a second thought.
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I have an 01 factory stereo I'm selling
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I have an 01 factory stereo I'm selling
If fits, best solution maybe for OP
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Knowing the electronics side of things, my opinion is that is an over-cautionary theoretical recommendation based solely on the fact the iPod has a battery inside which in theory could overheat. Personally, I would leave an iPod inside it without a second thought.
Exactly what I was thinking
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All I know is that my $130 Sony MEX works so slick with my smartphone due to the bluetooth connetivity. Works awesome streaming Iheartradio, pandora, etc. Plus has a USB port for MP3's (I use a 8gig thumb drive)

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Knowing the electronics side of things, my opinion is that is an over-cautionary theoretical recommendation based solely on the fact the iPod has a battery inside which in theory could overheat. Personally, I would leave an iPod inside it without a second thought.
I have a Clarion with the USB port. Your right. My old ipod nano is just the jeep ipod. Been connected for two years locked in the glove box. No issues..
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I have the base model Kenwood marine HU. It was about $100 at Best Buy. Has an iPod jack and USB connection on the face. The face is removable, but you don't have to remove it.
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I'm with Jerry. I love my Sony unit. The USB port is great, as is the Bluetooth - I use the Jeep as my rolling boombox on the beach, and don't need a wire to control it since I just use my iPhone for the source. If it's a good long day on the beach, I can always plug into the USB port instead.

Mine has the option to install a small screw to disable the removable face. What I *really* wish I could still get is a completely removable stereo like the Sherwood I had back in the late 80s. It was the first CD player I knew anyone to have in a car, and I actually had a Case Logic bag to carry it in.

As for the poster who assumes (mistakenly) that the stocker is weather resistant - not really. Like many electronic devices, it'll put up with more than we often expect, but the only real way to get weather resistant is to buy marine-grade. When I ruin my Sony by misjudging the weather (or the honesty of others0, I'll replace it with either a marine head unit or just hide a small amp or two behind the dash and use a cover plate or a disconnected stock unit as a decoy. I almost never use the actual radio anyway.
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I'm with Jerry. I love my Sony unit. The USB port is great, as is the Bluetooth - I use the Jeep as my rolling boombox on the beach, and don't need a wire to control it since I just use my iPhone for the source. If it's a good long day on the beach, I can always plug into the USB port instead.

Mine has the option to install a small screw to disable the removable face. What I *really* wish I could still get is a completely removable stereo like the Sherwood I had back in the late 80s. It was the first CD player I knew anyone to have in a car, and I actually had a Case Logic bag to carry it in.

As for the poster who assumes (mistakenly) that the stocker is weather resistant - not really. Like many electronic devices, it'll put up with more than we often expect, but the only real way to get weather resistant is to buy marine-grade. When I ruin my Sony by misjudging the weather (or the honesty of others0, I'll replace it with either a marine head unit or just hide a small amp or two behind the dash and use a cover plate or a disconnected stock unit as a decoy. I almost never use the actual radio anyway.
I had an alpine tape deck pull out radio lol. Man we have come a long way
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Alpine. Is the best. Just went with Clarion because of the output for the primary speakers.. Don't need an amp. The sub is powered though..

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