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01-09-2014 07:13 PM
dewey7015 could the new u-connect button be put in one of the stock locations? maybe beside the hazard switch? I am taking my 2014 in, to have the u-connect module, mic, installed, and wondered where they are going to put the switch...wonder if I can tell them where?
09-28-2012 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by actualsize View Post
I installed this unit and it works very well. My base radio now has Bluetooth phone and audio, and the voice control phone dialing is pretty smart using the U-connect button that came with the kit. (The new backlit U-Connect button sticks onto the dash, wherever you want. I chose a spot out of sight just to the right of my knee.)


Could you post a photo? I just bought a '12 RES head unit WITH the buttons but depending on the looks I'll have to decide if I want to swap HU's or not.
09-27-2012 11:40 AM
xsdbs Thanks for your results with this kit. Glad that I could pass on the information.
I have heard several people say that they called around for the Flashing cost. They let the dealer know that they knew it didn't take an hour to perform the flash and ended up paying a 1/2 hour labor.



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Originally Posted by actualsize View Post
I installed this unit and it works very well. My base radio now has Bluetooth phone and audio, and the voice control phone dialing is pretty smart using the U-connect button that came with the kit. (The new backlit U-Connect button sticks onto the dash, wherever you want. I chose a spot out of sight just to the right of my knee.)

Instead of saying "phone" then "dial" then "Bob Smith" then "mobile" waiting for prompts in between, I can go straight to "call Bob Smith Mobile" in one go (If Bob Smith is in my phone directory, that is). The sound on my end is quite clear through the stereo speakers, and it auto-pauses whatever I was listening to during the call.

I spent the $35 for the USB/iPod cable that plugs into the back of the unit and puts a cord in the glovebox. With this the U-connect voice controls are smart enough to respond to "Play Artist Pink Floyd" or "Play Song Sandman" or "Play Playlist Whatever". But the RES radio doesn't have much of a screen if you want to browse, so if you can't get where you want with voice commands then Bluetooth Audio streaming works great using the controls on the face of the iPod. In this case the USB cord is still of use for continuous iPod battery recharging.

The instructions led me astray, though. On picture suggests that only one plug on the new harness gets plugged into the back of the radio while the second is taped back on itself and unused. Don't believe it: plug both of them into the back of the radio. I found out the hard way. Also, DIY installers still need to take the Jeep a dealer so they can initialize it (and add the option to the VIN profile) with their Starscan tool. It turns out the one-hour minimum labor charge I paid for the reflash was the same they would have charged for a full install, so there's no benefit to the DIY approach except the fun of it.

Crutchfield has other stuff that'll do the job, to be sure, but I like the kit because it's fully integrated into the audio system and yet my Jeep still looks like it has the crummy base radio that isn't worth stealing--an important consideration for me because I run a soft top or no top at all.
09-27-2012 11:33 AM
xsdbs very true, but you need a kit & adaptor harness, then you also have a nice radio setting in the dash that will also fit in most vehicles with a dash kit. Awful inviting to thiefs.
Other aftermarkets hands free kits will have you cutting into your factory wiring harness also and not much cheeper.




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This is helpful, but I wonder whether it's worth it. For just $150 more I could get something like this, which has GPS, DVD, options for rear-view cam, etc... Axxera AXVN825 Navigation receiver at Crutchfield.com

Heck, there are probably similar solutions for even cheaper. And if all I wanted was bluetooth, I could get something like this MUCH better head unit for the same price as the bluetooth upgrade: Pioneer DEH-80PRS CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
09-24-2012 08:16 PM
actualsize I installed this unit and it works very well. My base radio now has Bluetooth phone and audio, and the voice control phone dialing is pretty smart using the U-connect button that came with the kit. (The new backlit U-Connect button sticks onto the dash, wherever you want. I chose a spot out of sight just to the right of my knee.)

Instead of saying "phone" then "dial" then "Bob Smith" then "mobile" waiting for prompts in between, I can go straight to "call Bob Smith Mobile" in one go (If Bob Smith is in my phone directory, that is). The sound on my end is quite clear through the stereo speakers, and it auto-pauses whatever I was listening to during the call.

I spent the $35 for the USB/iPod cable that plugs into the back of the unit and puts a cord in the glovebox. With this the U-connect voice controls are smart enough to respond to "Play Artist Pink Floyd" or "Play Song Sandman" or "Play Playlist Whatever". But the RES radio doesn't have much of a screen if you want to browse, so if you can't get where you want with voice commands then Bluetooth Audio streaming works great using the controls on the face of the iPod. In this case the USB cord is still of use for continuous iPod battery recharging.

The instructions led me astray, though. On picture suggests that only one plug on the new harness gets plugged into the back of the radio while the second is taped back on itself and unused. Don't believe it: plug both of them into the back of the radio. I found out the hard way. Also, DIY installers still need to take the Jeep a dealer so they can initialize it (and add the option to the VIN profile) with their Starscan tool. It turns out the one-hour minimum labor charge I paid for the reflash was the same they would have charged for a full install, so there's no benefit to the DIY approach except the fun of it.

Crutchfield has other stuff that'll do the job, to be sure, but I like the kit because it's fully integrated into the audio system and yet my Jeep still looks like it has the crummy base radio that isn't worth stealing--an important consideration for me because I run a soft top or no top at all.
09-07-2012 03:32 PM
THW This is helpful, but I wonder whether it's worth it. For just $150 more I could get something like this, which has GPS, DVD, options for rear-view cam, etc... Axxera AXVN825 Navigation receiver at Crutchfield.com

Heck, there are probably similar solutions for even cheaper. And if all I wanted was bluetooth, I could get something like this MUCH better head unit for the same price as the bluetooth upgrade: Pioneer DEH-80PRS CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
08-06-2012 06:55 AM
xsdbs Thank you, hope it was helpful.



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great info again. xsdbs you rock man.
08-01-2012 08:21 AM
lee indy great info again. xsdbs you rock man.
08-01-2012 08:02 AM
xsdbs Bump back to the top.
Moderators, would it be possible to get this placed as a stcky? There have been questions about the RES radios & Uconnect. The answers aren't found because this thread is buried. Thanks
06-05-2012 08:15 AM
xsdbs I have just found out that this kit will work on any year RES radio without the Uconnect buttons on the radio. This appears to go back to 2009 vehicles. I have placed the installation guide at the link below.
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Sorry, it just dawned on me that I didn't add the kit PN's:
Low Speed CAN BUS vehicles --82213219
High Speed CAN BUS vehicles --82213221
05-24-2012 11:42 AM
xsdbs Sorry, it just dawned on me that I didn't add the kit PN's:
Low Speed CAN BUS vehicles --82213219
High Speed CAN BUS vehicles --82213221


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If you have a 2011-2012 vehicle with the RES radio that has no Uconnect buttons, there is now a MOPAR kit available. They have had it for a few weeks now. The kits consists of:
the module, wire harness, external mic, a small UCI touch pad that has the Uconnect buttons and instruction disc. (approximate cost $349)
After the installation of the kit, you'll need to have the vehicle flashed to code "RSP". The kit is an easy installation and flashing needs to be done by the dealer. They'll try to charge you for an hr labor, it takes less than 1/2 hr so tell them that you're willing to pay $50.
You will also want to purchase the iPod / USB cable (about $35) PN 82212160, this will be needed for any Uconnect SW updates as well as iPod/ USB media playing.
05-24-2012 09:59 AM
xsdbs
RES radio / no Uconnect buttons Info

If you have a 2011-2012 vehicle with the RES radio that has no Uconnect buttons, there is now a MOPAR kit available. They have had it for a few weeks now. The kits consists of:
the module, wire harness, external mic, a small UCI touch pad that has the Uconnect buttons and instruction disc. (approximate cost $349)
After the installation of the kit, you'll need to have the vehicle flashed to code "RSP". The kit is an easy installation and flashing needs to be done by the dealer. They'll try to charge you for an hr labor, it takes less than 1/2 hr so tell them that you're willing to pay $50.
You will also want to purchase the iPod / USB cable (about $35) PN 82212160, this will be needed for any Uconnect SW updates as well as iPod/ USB media playing.

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