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Old 03-19-2007, 03:19 PM   #1
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Stereo suggestions ?

I'd like a CD player. My tj has the stock AM/FM cassette. I'm tired of searching out cassettes I would listen to at truck stops and gas stations.

I'm simple, don't need my stereo to hook up to an ipod or satellite. I currently only have the front dash speakers. AM/FM with CD player is all I want, with more speakers.

What are everyone's suggestions for replacing the stereo ?

Should I get an upgraded stock stereo from the dealer ?

I already tried the cassette adapter to portable CD player, lousy sound quality. I've quit using it because it's so dissapointing. Gave the walkman to my kids.

I have a '98 SE.
Are there stereos that will just switch out ? Or will they have to have an adapter plate to fill in the difference in space on the dash ?

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Old 03-19-2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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More often enough youll need an install kit for the dash to get an aftermarket stereo to fit properly. I'm sure you can find a used OEM CD player for super cheapon craigslist or something.

But for aftermarket stereos, I've always had Kenwoods and will continue to do so. The current one on my wish list is the Excelon X591... might be a bit more than what you want, but it'll suit me for what I'm gonna end up doing.

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Old 03-19-2007, 04:05 PM   #3
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That was the first thing I did when I bought my TJ. I don't know why they came with cassette players. I had Circuit city install an alpine CD player. It lasted almost 5 years. I bought the least expensive one that had enough amps (45amps x 4). I knew the rain and condensation would get to over time or someone would steal it. I wouldn't send to much on one.
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I just replaced it with a stock unit with CD. I actually got it from a member on her for like 50 bucks. That way no one wants to steal it and I can still listen to CD's. For your 98 you need one from 02 or older. They changed it in 03 to the round corner version.
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Word of caution......

Dust and sand here in southern California ruins CD players. My Pioneer crapped out after 2 years, my buddy has an 03 with the factory CD. His crapped out in 05/06 time frame. Dust is the reason they stopped working. Though, keep in mind we live in the desert and run bikini tops 8 months out of the year. Your location may not be as dusty.

What we have found that works good is an MP3 player going through an FM transmitter. Goes through my original AM/FM only radio like a champ. Take the MP3 with you and no one wants to steal the factory radio.

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Old 03-19-2007, 06:22 PM   #6
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i put a pioneer in mine that the face plate pops open to insert cd,s.maybe this will keep some dust out of mine? got it at circuit city, installed for $200?
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If you want a factory CD player you might try your local radio shop. I found one for $100. A lot of teens will have the factory CD players replaced and add amps and larger speakers. Most aftermarket CD players require a $25-$30 wiring-harness & a $25-$30 mounting plate. Most all Chrysler factory CD players will plug right up to the two existing plugs. Good Luck!You may also want to check your local junkyard for a rear soundbar out of a wreck. It's cheeper if you go take it out yourself (most will let you).
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:28 PM   #8
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That looks pretty easy and cheap.... I went with a higher line Head unit but only cause I had to hook it up to a 10" sub



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I've been running the same Sony Xplode head unit since 2001. Still works great, and was nice and cheap. Got a free installation deal at Circuit City.
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changing out a deck is pretty easy...order a deck from somewhere like crutchfield and they will throw in the mounting bracket and harness for free. Plus give you tech support for installing if you need it.


ps...say i sent you and they give you 20 bucks off
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The only thing that really stinks about getting a stock CD player out of an older TJ is that they won't play burnt CD's. So if you burn your own CD's you might wanna go ahead and get you an aftermarket player. There are tons to choose from all having there up's and downs. I agree with everyone though, if you go lots with no top, or stay where theft is any type of problem I would just go cheap and easy!!
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The only thing that really stinks about getting a stock CD player out of an older TJ is that they won't play burnt CD's. So if you burn your own CD's you might wanna go ahead and get you an aftermarket player. There are tons to choose from all having there up's and downs. I agree with everyone though, if you go lots with no top, or stay where theft is any type of problem I would just go cheap and easy!!
Hmmm, I wonder if that's only like the 98's or something? I have a burnt Lamb of God cd in mine right now and it plays like a champ. (Or at least as good as the sound on my stock speakers )
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Old 03-20-2007, 01:23 AM   #13
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No, not just the 98's. It could however just be some of them. One friend from work had a 99 that wouldn't and another had a 00 and it wouldn't either. I assumed they changed it when they changed to the rounded corner radios because my 03 plays them fine.
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No, not just the 98's. It could however just be some of them. One friend from work had a 99 that wouldn't and another had a 00 and it wouldn't either. I assumed they changed it when they changed to the rounded corner radios because my 03 plays them fine.
That's very possibly true what you say. I'm pretty sure that my CD player came out of an 01 TJ. I know 98 was the first year they put them in there and wouldn't surprise me if it took awhile for them to catch on that they needed to make some changes.
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Old 03-20-2007, 01:37 AM   #15
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Yeah big companies are usually kinda slow on the draw when it comes to changes like that. I was really shocked when they wouldn't but back in 99 and 2000 people didn't burn their on CD's as much as they do now. I would say I saw it in 03 and was like what in the world!!
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My 01 plays my older burnt cd's but not newer ones due to the copy protection crap they stick on them now. Pisses me off I burn back-up so I don't have the originals get scratch or stolen and now I can't even do that. I think I'm going to get one of those mp3 deals that brodcast on fm like someone mentioned earlier.
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I have a couple of old Alpine units. One is a few years old, Alpine CDA-7893, but it does have 3 sets of preouts (front, rear, and sub) which would be ideal for you. It doesn't have any AiNet interface for iPod or sat radio connectivity.

It does have the gearing to adjust the angle of the faceplate. I do have the wiring harness for it too. Manuals are available online, but I may have the original manual for it too.

PM me if you want any details.
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I would just get a tape adapter and have something else like a little portable cd player hooked up to it. The tape costs like 10-15 bucks and you wont have to install anything. If you want you can get a new cd player with an install kit and if you want even better one you can try to look for a 3.5" lcd cd player. Its really up to you how much you want to spend. If you want to go the cheapest route i would get a tape adapter with a portable cd player (mp3 player is also possible). Basic portable cd players can be found for around 20 bucks.
As for more speakers goes you can conect the rear speakers to the front.
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I also have an ALpine. I worked for CC for about 5 years installing.I have owned many of the the name brands and so far the Alpine is the best about skip protection. You will need a wiring harness(it will plug in your old harness and plug in the new stereo.) and you will need an adaptor kit for the fit of your aftermarket radio. If you like the look of your stock stereo, go to Best Buy, Circuit City, etc... and see if they will hook you up with a factory radio laying around the shop. I used to have a box of factory radios that people didn't want and they were still good so i kept them. Might get one real cheap. If you have any questions about how to intsall just pm me and I can help you out. Shop around to get the best deal. Alot of Companies will offer free install(no labor just parts) and other companies will match it.
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Word of caution......

Dust and sand here in southern California ruins CD players. My Pioneer crapped out after 2 years, my buddy has an 03 with the factory CD. His crapped out in 05/06 time frame. Dust is the reason they stopped working. Though, keep in mind we live in the desert and run bikini tops 8 months out of the year. Your location may not be as dusty.

What we have found that works good is an MP3 player going through an FM transmitter. Goes through my original AM/FM only radio like a champ. Take the MP3 with you and no one wants to steal the factory radio.

Just an option.

I looked at these, do they really work well ? It sounds like a good way to go.
Have you ever had sound quality issues with it ? For example, not being able to turn a song up loud enough, or losing the signal and having the sound go in-and-out.
Is there any difference in brands with this system ?
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Mine works great, though I do have the factory sound bar.

MP3 player is the Zen Vision M from Creative Labs. It has a feature that allows the music to play at the same volume as others, regardless of the recording volume. For example, song A records (rips) at a volume 10 and song B rips at volume 18, the Zen will equalize the volume (weather boosting or decreasing) upon output. Nice feature so you don't get blasted by changing volumes.

As for the FM transmitter, it plugs in to the cigarette light and the headphone jacks. I heard mixed reviews on these things, but I wanted one and tried a cheap one off eBay. Mine has worked great with no problems. In my house it works from the back computer room with a 12v inverter and my stereo in the living room picks it up just fine.

The biggest thing is that I have 3000 songs at my fingertips and only takes up the space of a deck of cards. I take the player with me (I leave the transmitter under the seat) and it never gets stolen.
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Thank you guys for all your input. I appreciate it !
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Compshooter what fm transmitter do you have (picy or linky)? I bought one from ebay and i BARELY got any sound from it Since it didnt work i wanted to see whats inside so i opened it up just so i can brake it lol.. i still have the circuit board on my desk lol
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Nicest thing would be to purchase one that plays mp3 in the cd format so as to be able to put 100's of songs on one disc. A fellow I know did this and is able to drive for hours just listening to the same disc.

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Last month I installed a new cd/mp3 player. I bought the dash kit from Quadratec (fit right in perfectly 19.xx~25 to my house) and i bought a wire harness from autozone 10 bucks. so ~35 to cleanly install it. I bought a nice pioneer 5900IB and i love it. I've heard Pioneer 3900IB and it sounds just like mine (just has low volt amp outputs and less extras such as fruit bowl berry controls and i think xm ready and liquid screen or whatever its called and animations and more stuff that i never even tested). Basically to compare the stock one sounded like mono while this one is Dolby digital. Honestly I'd highly recommend getting a head unit first and then upgrading speakers since now i know the difference.

mp3 is great but DVD is the best ^ i have mp3 player and love it (i have 1 case of cds ~10-15ish and enjoy listening to music instead of having to flip though cds every couple of songs) a buddy of mine has a cd player that plays dvds.. he adds mp3s to dvd disks so now instead of 700mb of mp3s its now couple of gb
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Check out Kenwoods Excelon series of stereos. The have built in USB ports so you can plug in an mp3 player and go at it.
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I've been through 4 CD players in the last 3 years. 2 alpines, 1 Pioneer, and 1 Panasonic. I really hate when it has a problem reading discs. All due to the dirt. The next CD player I buy for my junk will be a marine unit made by Clarion. I guess I will test it out and see!
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I'd like a CD player. My tj has the stock AM/FM cassette. I'm tired of searching out cassettes I would listen to at truck stops and gas stations.

I'm simple, don't need my stereo to hook up to an ipod or satellite. I currently only have the front dash speakers. AM/FM with CD player is all I want, with more speakers.

What are everyone's suggestions for replacing the stereo ?

Should I get an upgraded stock stereo from the dealer ?

I already tried the cassette adapter to portable CD player, lousy sound quality. I've quit using it because it's so dissapointing. Gave the walkman to my kids.

I have a '98 SE.
Are there stereos that will just switch out ? Or will they have to have an adapter plate to fill in the difference in space on the dash ?
Do you have a cell phone ? is the cell phone a newer one and does it have bluetooth. If so Pioneer and JVC both make AM/FM/CD/Bluetooth head units. With this setup your phone calls come and go thru the stereo system.
I have Jensen bluetooth units and am going to upgrade the TJ to one of the new JVC's, both have seperate mics that you can mount over the sunvisor. My jensen has it built into the face plate which is OK in the XJ but not good in the TJ with wind noise.
This is the one I'm getting next month
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with the free wiring and install kit it takes about 20 min to install the stereo, plug and play. Most of your time will be spent taking your old radio out.. It also has a USB port that you can route to the front of the dash. Pick up a 4 gig USB memory stick and there you go..
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oh ya my pioneer also has the blue tooth Mr C let us know how that marine works

basic steps..
remove the plastic strip by the front windshield defroster - use a flat screw driver and pop it out.. its held by clips

Next remove the 3 screws that hold the dash around the cd player.. 2 on top and 1 in the hole of the ashtray

pull the dash piece out.. its held by the same clips as that first piece.

Remove the 2 screws that hold the cd player (there is 1 in the back which is a bi4h to get to (i removed the whole metal bar because i couldn't get it loose) this is it..

When pulling the stock radio disconnect the antenna by the glove box to give you slack.
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i bought the pioneer dph -2900 and it works awesome. I also added sony explode speakers and a pioneer amp / sub great replace for stock stuff. I didnt need to go crazy with this stuff but with what money i did spend it was well worth it!

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