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Old 02-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #1
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HELP: Concerns with installing aftermarket stereo

I have come across some unsettling info regarding the installation of aftermarket stereos. I have read there can be some serious issues with the functioning of electronically controlled systems in the vehicle. I have a new 2014 Wrangler Sport S Unlimited. Does anyone have any info on issues? Some of the info I read stated a dealership service tech said removing the factory radio "severed the ability to communicate with several systems in the Jeep". The forum poster went on to mention issues that came up few weeks after and brought in the Jeep again.

"After dropping it off, the service manager called and told me that my Jeep needed several software updates, however they were seeing several communications failure codes and not sure how many of the updates they were going to be able to install. Apparently, Jeep indeed made a vehicle that routes several system communications through the stock stereo system."

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Old 02-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #2
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Well this is definitely concerning as I just purchased a 2014 Wrangler Sport S as upgrade from my 2010 Sport and wanted to put my system (4 x 6" JL Audio Door/Bar, 2 Tweeters, 2 x 10" JL Subs w/ a 900w JL Amp) into the 14. The biggest concern I had was the Integrated Controls (Volume, Bluetooth, etc) not working but this is even a larger concern. Hopefully you're able to uncover some additional details, I'll start some research myself and post anything I find.

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Sounds like crap to me. A lot of us out in new head units. Never heard of this issue.
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I install a Pioneer AVIC-Z150BH Navigation/DVD/Radio and have had no problems. I used this: Amazon.com: Axxess XSVI-6522-NAV Non-Amplified Non-OnStar Harness to Retain Accessory Power: Car Electronics to interface with Can-bus("computer") of my 2014 JKU.
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:49 PM   #5
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:24 AM   #6
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in the middle of my upgrade to the head unit on a 2014 sport with base jeep stereo. I just wanted the basic..no power upgrades, etc. I've done many car audio upgrades in the past including THX systems, stock and aftermarket amps, etc. I was thinking the Jeep should be simple as it gets, right? not so much.

Clarion CX501 head unit (no nav-my phone's nav is much better); MB quart (old school Q series in dash, PCE-216 in soundbar) with JL audio HD/600; Jl audio 12" w3v3-2 with JL Audio JX 500-1/D.

W/O consideration for speaker wiring (done from RCA through amps):

The radio wiring connector from the jeep basic. 12v power (batt & ignit), ground, amplified antenna feed and 2 CAN connectors. My head unit wiring seems simple as well: 12v (batt & ignit), ground, brown (phone mute for bluetooth), blue (12v power antenna), blue/white (amp out); and orange/white (12v illumination).

Based on some research, it looks like there is no way to get around NOT using the xsvi-6522-nav (even if you don't need nav hookup). Also, you're going to need ANOTHER component to retain steering wheel controls (ASWC-1, $45 on amazon).

so add a minimum $90 to your upgrade cost (unless you pay retail at $59 for each axxess piece; then you're at $120).

anyone try to connect directly w/o the xsvi-6522?
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