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Old 03-17-2014, 06:16 AM   #1
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Advice and pic request - aftermarket head unit

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I'm ordering a new rubicon this week and ave been going back and firh between getting the base head unit and installing an aftermarket NAV/media head unit or just adding the 430.

I know I can probably get a better quality unit aftermarket, but want your thoughts. Also, some pics to see how they look (fit and finish of install). The factory unit of course fits seamlessly.

I plan to add a camera, but I'm pretty sure I can do that with either option.

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Old 03-17-2014, 03:20 PM   #2
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Mine is here.

2013 JK New Audio Install...

I will be adding the back up camera soon, and with the JVC KS-U30 you can use Nav like this,


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Old 03-17-2014, 09:25 PM   #3
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I would go with the Premium Head unit from the factory and get a good car alarm the first day you get it. What you said about seamless is true, and you will loose some of the functionality with an aftermarket Head unit, because of things like the steering wheel controls. The speakers will be horrible from the factory and this includes the subwoofer. But, you can easily switch them out. One good thing about aftermarket Headunits is that you can get a detachable face, and there is a lower chance that someone would rip it out of the car, if it has no face.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:19 AM   #4
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ChasUGC -I'm a little confused here with your suggestion about getting an alarm on the first day. I thought an alarm was a standard feature? Am I wrong? and are the factory units stolen often?
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ChasUGC -I'm a little confused here with your suggestion about getting an alarm on the first day. I thought an alarm was a standard feature? Am I wrong? and are the factory units stolen often?
I am wary of any accessories that comes stock on a Wrangler. It is known to be crap, most of the time(Ex. Speakers). Maybe, the alarm system has continued to improve, that is up to you to determine. I would look to see that there was a actual alarm horn, and that all the points of entry are protected, as well as an ignition kill. Contact protection is another thing that good alarms come with, so that someone can't just smash your window, to gain entry, and steal your radio. I remember that at one point, only the ignition was protected. And, at another point the radio had a code. I am not sure of how good the alarm system is in 2014.

Radio's are the number one thing stolen in vehicles, I am sure that you know this. And, new Wranglers themselves are a very hot item, especially north of the border. I am just saying that just because the Wrangler has an alarm, don't ASS-U-ME it is a very good one.

There is nothing worse than buying a $40,000 vehicle and having it stolen because someone didn't spend a few hundred to protect their investment.
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:24 PM   #6
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Check out my stereo rip out and replacement thread. Lots of pics and you can see exactly what it takes to do it. I wouldn't do a factory stereo. I had the 430n on my 2012. I stopped using it after Sirius expired and just use my iPhone (waze) for Nav. The factory systems are a waste of money in my opinion.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:57 PM   #7
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I've been goig back and forth so many times here PRO: seemless intergrated look. CON: subpar performance.

As for the conectivity group option? Is that worth getting regardless of the route I go?
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I've been goig back and forth so many times here PRO: seemless intergrated look. CON: subpar performance.

As for the conectivity group option? Is that worth getting regardless of the route I go?
I would get it. I would get every option that you think you might want, rather than trying to get it later. It will cost you twice as much to add it later. Convenience in a daily driver is very nice. It's also fun to play with all the gadgets. Options also raise the resale value.
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Here is a better pic of my install. I was like you when I bought my first Jeep - I wanted that seamless OEM look... until I installed this unit.

This is the second Jeep its been installed in, and with the addition of my 10" sub, it ROCKS! Much louder than the factory HU's. And I can take my faceplate with me in hopes it deters prying eyes.
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Here is a better pic of my install. I was like you when I bought my first Jeep - I wanted that seamless OEM look... until I installed this unit.

This is the second Jeep its been installed in, and with the addition of my 10" sub, it ROCKS! Much louder than the factory HU's. And I can take my faceplate with me in hopes it deters prying eyes.

That looks very nice. You can see why no one would want a stereo without a faceplate. It looks like nothing without the face plate. But, with the faceplate, it looks awesome. A very clean install too. Congrats.
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Thanks guys. Get pics too! An toughs on connectivity group option if I end up oing aftermarket head unit?
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That looks very nice. You can see why no one would want a stereo without a faceplate. It looks like nothing without the face plate. But, with the faceplate, it looks awesome. A very clean install too. Congrats.

I like it. It's got everything I need and then some. I bypassed the parking break so the DVD players works at all times. I retained my steering wheel controls with the PAC harness, and I've got blue tooth connectivity and hands free calling. It took me weeks and weeks of deliberation over the 430/730n units and this JVC unit. I'm glad I went with the JVC though. Saved myself about $600 on the unit, and about $150 doing the install myself.
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I like it. It's got everything I need and then some. I bypassed the parking break so the DVD players works at all times. I retained my steering wheel controls with the PAC harness, and I've got blue tooth connectivity and hands free calling. It took me weeks and weeks of deliberation over the 430/730n units and this JVC unit. I'm glad I went with the JVC though. Saved myself about $600 on the unit, and about $150 doing the install myself.
What can I say, but excellent!? Every point you mentioned is just excellent!

1. I love playing DVD concerts while driving, and looking at the screen only while at a stop. It will absolutely thrill a date.

2. Parking break bypass? Excellent.

3. Pac Harness to retain steerng controls? Excellent.

4. Blue tooth and hands free calling? Excellent.

5. Economic savings during a touch economy? Excellent.

I must say, I'm really impressed by all your points.
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