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Old 07-18-2010, 03:14 PM   #1
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Upgrading the Sound System between model years

Out of pure curiosity... is it possible to remove the stock radio cassette of a 2001 wrangler and replace it with the radio CD player of a 2003 wrangler IF I properly splice the wiring harness? The purpose of this is I found a really cheap IPOD interface that works only with 2003 stereos and newer. Also, I want to stick with OEM.

I do know, that removing the radio cassette player from 2001 and replacing with a radio cd player from 2001 matches the wiring harness perfectly and only needs to be plugged in. I might just have to deal with the older OEM player and continue to use the IPOD cigarette lighter FM interface just for simplicity's sake.

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Why not just put a new stereo into it? I have an 05 and I use an FM interface to run my MP3 player (don't have an MP3 player jack on my radio and I have the upgraded premium sound system).

Thinking about upgrading. Then again maybe I could add an MP3 jack to my radio (it could have the jack in the back and just need to have something plugged in). I really need to check into it but I still havent' figured out how to take the radio out.

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I was concerned with putting a 3rd market stereo in there because of theft. It's summer time and I'm riding to the beaches with no top/doors on often. I feel like OEM doesn't have as much of a theft lust to it. I can just settle with a 2001 stereo, put it in less than an hour blast a few death metal cd's. I just wanted the convenience of hooking up the IPOD to it not worrying about the battery dying and locking it up in the glove box still connected to the interface.

The interface i was checking out was ebay Item number: 270272730763
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Why not just put a new stereo into it? I have an 05 and I use an FM interface to run my MP3 player (don't have an MP3 player jack on my radio and I have the upgraded premium sound system).

Thinking about upgrading. Then again maybe I could add an MP3 jack to my radio (it could have the jack in the back and just need to have something plugged in). I really need to check into it but I still havent' figured out how to take the radio out.
its actually very easy to get the factory unit out. there is a sticky in the communication section.

all you need to do is pop off the defrost vent cover(3 clips) using a flathead screwdriver with some electrical tape around the tip to keep from damaging anything cosmetic. next is 2 screws on top of the bezel and a third behind the ashtray, next is the 2 screws holding the unit in. takes a few minutes.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:32 PM   #5
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Hey I have a pioneer cd player in my jeep and when i have the volume up the backlight flickers when the bass beats and i don't even have a sub or amp. just an aftermarket cd player and 4 speakers. what would cause this? i tried grounding it directly to metal and it didn't make a diffrence.
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Out of pure curiosity... is it possible to remove the stock radio cassette of a 2001 wrangler and replace it with the radio CD player of a 2003 wrangler IF I properly splice the wiring harness? The purpose of this is I found a really cheap IPOD interface that works only with 2003 stereos and newer. Also, I want to stick with OEM.

I do know, that removing the radio cassette player from 2001 and replacing with a radio cd player from 2001 matches the wiring harness perfectly and only needs to be plugged in. I might just have to deal with the older OEM player and continue to use the IPOD cigarette lighter FM interface just for simplicity's sake.

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Just a thought, Quadratech sells a lockable steel in dash stereo unit. Its $60 bucks. You could even get you're stereo from them with the harness, Sony Deck with Auxilary input for and Ipod and this steel lockable dash piece for about $160 I think.

Keeps that new stereo from getting stolen.
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'02 or '03 was the first year of the rounded corners on the radio-if memory serves me right,it was '03.I was the manager of a car audio shop until 2004,and really enjoyed challenges such as this!I totally get your point about o.e.m. head unit-wish mine were,but PO already installed aftermarket Kenwood.You would likely need to change radio housing/center dash panel to accomodate the rounded corner style head unit.Mine is an '03,and definately has rounded corners.If memory is correct,the wiring harness is the same.
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Just a thought, Quadratech sells a lockable steel in dash stereo unit. Its $60 bucks. You could even get you're stereo from them with the harness, Sony Deck with Auxilary input for and Ipod and this steel lockable dash piece for about $160 I think.

Keeps that new stereo from getting stolen.
I've seen posts from people that have it and it's a POS.
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Wiring is the same between the two, just check the mounting. I am 90% positive it will fit physically
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:48 PM   #10
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i just used an aftermarket with aux ports in the back and got a aux to head phone jack convert from radio shack and ran that up through the defrost vent and it works great in my 97. i can put my i pod on the dash. worked great when i went to XM too. after a few summer rains the unit is fried so im wanting to put a marine radio and speakers in. anyone try that?
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Just got a factory CD/Cassette Combo from an 02, or 03 Town and Country from the local pull-a-part yesterday. I knew it had the rounded corners, and my 98, doesn't, but I got it anyway. My reasoning is the same as the original poster with the factory look, and lower theft deterrent, PLUS I really wanted the RDS, after driving my father-in-law's Pacifica for the weekend. Took the aftermarket Kenwood that keeps losing the power to the faceplate out, and checked out the wiring.

First, the newer radio had a different, single plug. Totally did not match the new radio. No problem, I had the aftermarket plug that the old Kenwood had been hooked up with, and I also clipped the wires from the junkyard deck long enough to splice the two together. The wiring diagram is printed in the top of the new factory deck. A little time with my soldering iron, and all connections were made. Plugged in the Frankensteined cable, and everything worked perfectly, that is except for the RDS. The antenna is different on the newer Chryslers, and I think Fords and Chevys. SO...

Second, luckily I had clipped enough of the old antenna off, and had an old deck in the garage to cut an old-style motorola female antenna end off of. Careful soldering made me a temporary test hybrid, reverse antenna plug to use until the one I ordered arrives.

Plugged antenna in, and everything works great electronically, ESPECIALLY the main feature I wanted from the radio, the RDS. I slid the radio in it's place, and the lower driver's side corner of the radio mount hits my Jeep dash, and won't let it slide in far enough to mount. No problem, I removed that corner of the radio mount and slid it in.

At that point, I tried to attach the bezel, and it was hitting the new radio, and none of the mounting holes lined up with the 2 dash holes. Have to fab up some little tabs to hold the radio in place, and trim the dash to fit. May fiberglass the corners and repaint the bezel, but it was already too dark and late.

Also, I took the rest of the wiring harness with the radio, and it had been attached to a 6 disk DVD changer in-dash, under the radio in the van. I think, looking at the wiring diagram on the radio and the picture of the DVD changer diagram I took on my phone, I can make the harness into a line-in, if it does not require any signal to detect, other than sound. Good times.

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