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Old 04-14-2008, 05:23 PM   #1
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okay so i just got my jeep and it still has the stock radio in it to there is no cd player in it and its killing me. but i have NO IDEA about anything with radios and things like that...what do i need to get to poyut a cd player in and a new head unit? what about new speakers? and a new sound bar? i need so much help its not even funny. and i dont want to spend a trillion dollars either.. :]] thank youuuu

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Old 04-14-2008, 05:32 PM   #2
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You could always just look for a stock CD player radio model. That would be the easiest install and on your wallet since it's just plug and play. They are all over Ebay.

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thank youuuu. okay but what if i wanted like an actaull head unit...like a kenwood of something? ahh.. i have no idea.
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You would have to get a wiring kit that matches up with the wires from the jeep. It's not that hard to do and all of the wires will match in color for you. It just takes a bit to put them together. Then the TJ radio is not a standard size so you will need to get the little adapter piece that lets you fit a standard aftermarket deck into the hole for the Wrangler. It's not hard nor very expensive depending on what head unit you go with.

As far as the speakers go there are a couple different sizes you can fit in the front and the sound bar. Stock fronts are 4" oval I believe and you can buy cheap adapters to put a 5.25" round in there. and I think guys talk about fitting 6" rounds in the sound bard without much trouble. I have just kept mine all stock because it's a trail rig only and just something I don't have to mess with.
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:42 PM   #5
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Best bet is www.crutchfield.com, they come with all the installation stuff you need to connect the radio to the harness without cutting plugs and such. I picked up a jense am/fm/cd with built in bluetooth for my XJ and ordered one of these for my TJ.
http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...5KDBT1&tp=5684
I like the built in bluetooth so my phone calls come in over my stereo.
The harness kit takes about 20 minutes to solder and shrink tube the wires, then it's plug in and play. As for the speakers, you can also get the plug adapters for new speakers, I put pioneers in my stock sound bar and in the dashboard, the adapters plug right in and that way if you sell the jeep you can pull the speakers and radio then just plug the old stuff back in. When you cut stock plugs that becomes an issue.
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I would get a pioneer or Alpine head unit. Remember you get what you pay for. I have a JVC head unit and I just installed it today in my TJ. It was very easy to install. I wouldnt buy from Crutchfield. To give you an Idea. Crutchfield wanted 600$ for my head unit and I looked around and got mine for 400$ brand new in the box. I went to walmart and got a scosche wiring harness and dash install kit. But I would Say Pioneer is the best unit for you money. Ive had Pioneer, Kenwood, and JVC and so far the pioneer has been the best head unit. hit me up if you got anymore questions. I love messing with stereo systems
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I have the OEM cassette radio.. Bought a stock CD player off Ebay and found out the disc player didn't work.. I went back to the user and found the small print that it was sold as-is.. Kinda sucks, I really want the stock OEM CD Player as I'm not a huge aftermarket audio fan
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look around crutchfield.com for a head unit and speakers that you like and then go to ebay, this will save you lots of money. the stock front speakers are 4x6" and the speakers in the rollbar are 5.25". to make an after market head unit to fit you need what is called a dash kit, this helps hold the head unit in place while also filling in all of the extra space. the second thing you will need is called a wiring harness, the wiring harness plugs into the factory harness that the factory head unit was plugged into. every head unit will come with the wire harness to plug into the back of the head unit, all you need to do is match up the wires from one harness to the other and everything is color coated.

when it comes car audio stay very far away from sony, "it is a mistake many people make". keep with some of the larger naned companies such as pioneer, alpine, kenwood, clarion.

how much are you looking to spend? are you looking for just a head unit and frond and rear speakers or a full setup(head unit, speakers, sub, amp)?
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Order the products you want online, and find a friend who's a somewhat experienced installer (you don't need expert skills to do a jeep install.) You'd be surprised, you probably know a few people who could install all this for free (or for a few beers.) Box stores like bestbuy/circuit city etc.. make all their money on the installation charges... Every major brand of stereo has a similar 150-200$ model that will suit you just fine- 50 Watts X 4, maybe a iPod plug on the front and a few Pre-amps on the back for an amplifier... Don't go too crazy on speakers either. Get mid-range major brand speakers and they will sound fine- after all, it's a Jeep, not a BMW- so the interior noise is so compromising that buying high end speakers is really a waste of money. good luck on your search.
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