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Old 11-04-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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Ok, so I am about to spend $2500 on a stereo system. Never did anything like this before! I would like to protect my investment somewhat. I remember hearing years ago, that you can bring your receipts for parts to your insurance company, and they would adjust your rate and cover those parts. Do they still do that, and is it worth doing it? I mean I would rather pay a $500 deductible, than another $2500! Thanks!

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Old 11-04-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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It depends on what your insurance policy is.

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Old 11-04-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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Gotcha! I guess I'll just have to call them and find out for sure.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #4
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Some companies will, some wont. If you do a search on here for insurance aftermarket mods, same would apply to your stereo system good luck.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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I think you would be better off getting an alarm. Insurance companies usually give you a discount for an passive alarm system. Then, if your radio has a removable face, you don't have much to worry about with the car stereo. No one is going to steal your flush mounted speakers and the amp is normally hidden. Not much to worry about with the stereo, if you do it right.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:04 PM   #6
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Thanks Neral, I'll try that!

Chas, that will probably be down the line, but that is only a deterrent. Nobody really pays attention to then anymore. :/ I just really want to make sure I don't want to have to fork over this much money again! LOL! The deck I'm buying won't have a detatchable face, it's a double DIN with a 7" display! Hahaha! I'm having a shop install everything for me. The components in the dash will be hidden as well. The only things that will be visible, are the deck and the box for the 10's. I can get that security plate closes off the cargo area when the tailgate is closed though. Maybe they'll just see the deck and decide it's not worth it.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:39 PM   #7
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Thanks Neral, I'll try that!

Chas, that will probably be down the line, but that is only a deterrent. Nobody really pays attention to then anymore. :/ I just really want to make sure I don't want to have to fork over this much money again! LOL! The deck I'm buying won't have a detatchable face, it's a double DIN with a 7" display! Hahaha! I'm having a shop install everything for me. The components in the dash will be hidden as well. The only things that will be visible, are the deck and the box for the 10's. I can get that security plate closes off the cargo area when the tailgate is closed though. Maybe they'll just see the deck and decide it's not worth it.
Your choice, good luck.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:16 PM   #8
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Yeah, I've just never had the opportunity to do something like this until now. I know I could piece together a system myself for cheaper, but I am faaaaaar from a speaker expert. I have no idea which speakers are best for all around good sound quality. I don't know the dynamics of a good speaker box. On top of all that, I'm gimped out and limping around from a car wreck in June, kinda hard to disassemble and reassemble my ride with one good foot! Hahaha!
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:15 AM   #9
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Ok, so I am about to spend $2500 on a stereo system. Never did anything like this before! I would like to protect my investment somewhat. I remember hearing years ago, that you can bring your receipts for parts to your insurance company, and they would adjust your rate and cover those parts. Do they still do that, and is it worth doing it? I mean I would rather pay a $500 deductible, than another $2500! Thanks!
BNB, I had the same concerns and I did go with a removable face and my 10" subs are under my front seats, amps up under the dash. Completely stealth and I leave the top off all the time while parked. No problems all summer.

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That's pretty sweet Matt! I would have never thought that the amps would fit behind he dash though!
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Old 11-05-2013, 12:29 PM   #11
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BNB, I had the same concerns and I did go with a removable face and my 10" subs are under my front seats, amps up under the dash. Completely stealth and I leave the top off all the time while parked. No problems all summer.

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Matt11, Do you have details about your subs, and how you got them under the seats?
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That's pretty sweet Matt! I would have never thought that the amps would fit behind he dash though!
I have a 4x75w for my main speakers mounted where the factory amp is and two 500w x 1 amps under the dash. One under the steering wheel and one behind the glove box.

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Matt11, Do you have details about your subs, and how you got them under the seats?
. I experimented with Three different sub locations and this was the only one that could be heard and felt with the top down at highway speeds. They are custom molded fiberglass so fairly waterproof short of being completely swamped. I didn't have any intention on building any more than these two but have done about 10 pairs so far for several different woofers (Alpine Type R, JL, RF, Kicker and my fav, Sundown) PM me if you want more details. They fit any JK 2 or 4 door 2007-2014
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:01 PM   #14
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I just really want to make sure I don't want to have to fork over this much money again! LOL! The deck I'm buying won't have a detatchable face..
Like I said, your choice. I'm sorry you can't see the problem. When, and it's only a matter of time, the thieves smash your window and your dash, and rip out your double din stereo, with the face in place, and ready to sell on the streets, you WILL spend the money again, and much more to replace your window, your dash, your vehicle wiring, and your radio.

When you install a nice stereo without a removable face plate, you are buying it for the first crack head car stereo thief, that comes along and steals it. They won't bother with a stereo without a face because they have to find and buy a face, before they can sell it. It's too much trouble for them, so they look in your window, notice it, and move on.

And, don't say that you live in a nice area where that sort of thing doesn't happen. Thieves don't target poor neighborhoods. They also go to the malls, and patrol the parking lots there. A detachable face is not a deterrent. It removes the interest.
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Thanks Neral, I'll try that!

Chas, that will probably be down the line, but that is only a deterrent. Nobody really pays attention to then anymore. :/ I just really want to make sure I don't want to have to fork over this much money again! LOL! The deck I'm buying won't have a detatchable face, it's a double DIN with a 7" display! Hahaha! I'm having a shop install everything for me. The components in the dash will be hidden as well. The only things that will be visible, are the deck and the box for the 10's. I can get that security plate closes off the cargo area when the tailgate is closed though. Maybe they'll just see the deck and decide it's not worth it.
If I were you, I would build a system around the Alpine PDX-V9. It would probably be the best system you could buy, and you can get the Alpine amp for about $300-$400 dollars. It's the best bang for the buck. Alpines are probably the best amps on the market. The PDX-V9 is a five channel amp, so it will support your subwoofer and all your speakers. Each speaker will get a whopping 100watts per channel, and 500 watts for the subwoofer. And, its clean ampage, so you won't blow your speakers with distortion, if you have the properly rated speakers.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:17 AM   #16
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Like I said, your choice. I'm sorry you can't see the problem. When, and it's only a matter of time, the thieves smash your window and your dash, and rip out your double din stereo, with the face in place, and ready to sell on the streets, you WILL spend the money again, and much more to replace your window, your dash, your vehicle wiring, and your radio.

When you install a nice stereo without a removable face plate, you are buying it for the first crack head car stereo thief, that comes along and steals it. They won't bother with a stereo without a face because they have to find and buy a face, before they can sell it. It's too much trouble for them, so they look in your window, notice it, and move on.

And, don't say that you live in a nice area where that sort of thing doesn't happen. Thieves don't target poor neighborhoods. They also go to the malls, and patrol the parking lots there. A detachable face is not a deterrent. It removes the interest.
No, I do completely understand where you are coming from and your preference for a removable face stereo. I also know what you mean about a nice area. I know both first-hand and by job profession. Years ago when I lived in Nashville I was mugged in a nice suburb of Nashville. Prior to that, I NEVER felt threatened living in Nashville. Now, I' m a Law Enforcement Officer, so I know it from both sides. I've never installed a double Din deck in anything, because I never liked the look of them. I never installed a single Din detachable face or not in my Camaro, because I thought it would look stupid and out of place. Now I have found a double Din that I like, and I can' t see putting anything else in the Jeep. It' s just really unfortunate that they don' t make removable faces for them.
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Now I have found a double Din that I like, and I can' t see putting anything else in the Jeep. It' s just really unfortunate that they don' t make removable faces for them.
Several companies make double DIN HUs with removable faces. My Pioneer AVH-8500bhs has a removable face.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:03 AM   #18
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Several companies make double DIN HUs with removable faces. My Pioneer AVH-8500bhs has a removable face.
Wow, I honestly did not know that. Maybe I just never noticed because I wasn't into the look of most double DIN decks, so I never had a reason to look any more into the features. I'll have to look in the book for my deck and see if it has a detatchable face.
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My JVC KW-AV has a removable face as well. It's an OK budget double DIN unit (sub $300).
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My JVC KW-AV has a removable face as well. It's an OK budget double DIN unit (sub $300).
Very nice looking stereo there. I wish mine had a double din slot.
Not very much choice for 1-1/2 din stereo's. I'm convinced Chrysler is a little slow.

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