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Old 08-26-2013, 10:54 PM
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Question TJ Stereo upgrade suggestions?

Ok Jeepsters, I have a 2002 Wrangler and want to change out the stereo for an aftermarket. Why? Because my local stations suck and I want satellite and my aux satellite receiver is dead. Now I guess my question is this. The space is supposedly a 1.5 din? is that possible?? Ive seen 1 and 2 din receivers but nothing that would fit in between. Any suggestions on what would work best? Anyone have info on stereos that are the same size as OEM? At this point Im assuming I have to go with a 1 din and IM looking at the Kenwood KDC-x595. Thoughts? Warnings? Suggestions?
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I have a similar model in my '00. I love it especially when using iphone. Charges and plays at the same time thru the charge port. I bought the install mount and wiring harness at walmart for under $35. The only issue i had was one of the speakers (front left ) didnt have a dedicated negative on factory harness. I taped into another line and everyrhing worked. Install is super easy on TJ's

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Agree with above. However, if you order your heady unit from somewhere like crutchfield, you will normally get the required mounting and wiring accessories free of charge.

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Several years ago Pioneer made a 1.5 DIN stereo for Chevy/ GMC and I believe Chrysler. Did not go over well with the aftermarket public. Did not have all the capabilities of today's receivers. Any install kit made for your Jeep will be made to fit a 1 DIN. If you want to find that Pioneer, just google 1.5 DIN Pioneer.
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I agree. Buy a single din radio. There's a few threads on here about installing a double din, but it involves buying a new bezel and doing a lot of cutting and fiberglass and paint work. Someday maybe. But I ALWAYS change out the stock radios for aftermarket ones when I get a new vehicle. I also use Kenwood radios. Also, I always buy from Crutchfield. You can save a bit of money getting one somewhere else, but by the time you buy all of the stuff that Crutchfield includes for free, you'll end up spending more. Crutchfield has awesome customer service and super fast, free shipping. I've used them lots of times and they are absolutely fantastic.

I just bought a Kenwood KDC-BT755HD radio for my TJ. It is HD radio ready with Bluetooth. It has USB and aux inputs on the front. I have a similar one in my S-10 and it's awesome. The Bluetooth is awesome. I get in and the radio immediately detects my iPhone. If somebody calls, it goes to the radio with the person's name and number on the display. I press one button on the radio to answer and I can hear them on my speakers. There is a microphone that you can mount anywhere. The people I'm talking to can't tell I'm in my vehicle. The Bluetooth audio streaming is okay, but it sounds better if you plug directly in to the radio. If I'm listening to MP3s, I can control the radio from either my phone or the radio. Very easy either way. It is also an HD radio. HD radio is kind of a fad that I think will die out, but you get more stations for free if they have them in your area. When I lived in Anchorage, there were no HD stations. There are a few here in OKC though. I don't see what the big deal is. Also, this radio is satellite ready. You just need the box and an antenna and a subscription. I love my Kenwood radios. JVC is probably my second favorite. Clarion is good too. Kenwood works the best with iPhone though, which is what I have. I think a JVC might work better with an Android phone.

Whatever you get, will be a big improvement over the stock radio. It will sound better right off the bat even with stock speakers. You get a lot of great features as well. You can't go wrong with Crutchfield. These things are super easy to install. I've had lots of Kenwoods and they have all been fantastic. You also get a remote with most of these radios. Sounds dumb, but it's a great feature. Especially in a Jeep. I don't usually use presets for radio stations. I like to scan. It's a pain in the ass to hit that button over and over while you're bouncing down the road in your Jeep. There's nothing really to rest your hand on. Sounds dumb, but I use my remote all the time.

Here's the radio I have in my Jeep.
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Thanks for the info guys. I went with the single din Kenwood kdc-x597. It has all the bells and whistles and has a great sound. My main thing was I wanted the detachable face. I was going to replace the front speakers for an upgrade but after hearing the difference just because of the new head unit, I changed my mind. The stock speakers actually put out some incredible sound with the right receiver. Thanks again and happy Jeepin'!!!!

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