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Ebb 08-19-2012 08:58 AM

Concealed bluetooth radio installation
 
Howdy Jeepers,

Two weeks ago some low-life, scum of the earth crackhead stole my 1-month old in-dash radio. And I have no one but myself to blame for this.

After being fed up with the ugly stock radio that came with my 2002 TJ, I had decided to "invest" in a top of the line Dual Electronics radio (Radio, CD, bluetooth enabled, with microphone to make and receive calls, remote control, removable faceplate with USB and aux connections.) Bottom line, if you're considering a new radio, I'd highly recommend the DUAL XDA6xxx.

Any way, mine is gone... it's probably resting in some crystal meth dealer's Oldsmobile Cutlass. I swore from this point that i wouldn't replace

One morning on my way to work, while staring at the large gaping hole in my dash, I decided that I didn't need a radio. All I needed was a way for me to stream Pandora from my iPhone to the speakers in the soundbar.

So here's what I did: I wired a bluetooth receiver to an amplifier and hid them behind the dash of the TJ. Then I covered the hole in the dash with a piece of black plastic.

Here's what I needed:
1x marine amplifier (because they're water proof)
1x bluetooth receiver
1x RCA-to-3mm audio connector


Here are the parts i used:

Now for the wiring which is quite simple:

Connect your jeep's radio wiring harness speaker wires to the wiring harness provided with the amplifier. RF+ & RR+ to R+ , RF- & RR- to R- , LF+ & LR+ to L+, and finally LF- & LR- to L-.
Connect the Amplifier's Power wiring harness to your jeep's Switched battery. I recommend that strongly that you use the Switched Battery power so that you don't drain the battery. Remember that your ignition with serve as the On/Off for your new concealed bluetooth stereo. Connect the Amplifier's ground wire to your jeep's chassis.

Make sure to turn the volume gain on the Amp to the maximum.

Now connect the RCA cable and the USB cable from the Amplifier to the Bluetooth adapter and Voila!

Now time to pretty things up, by zipty-ing things together and hiding the assembly where ever you'd like.

From this point on, you'll have to pair your iPhone or bluetooth enabled phone to your car and play your sweet tunes.

I'll try to take a video and pictures and post them on here as soon as I can.

I hope this helps.

hagler123 08-19-2012 09:48 AM

That's smart! But I like Haveing a radio in my Jeep. I have a 2001 and replaced the stock one last Christmas its a Kenwood excelon with Bluetooth and mic, remote, it can change colors and other features. I always remove the faceplate and lock it in my glove box whenever I'm parked at school for awhile so I haven't had mine stole......... yet!

scwalls 08-19-2012 11:17 AM

I'm curious as to if there's a sound quality difference b/w the Bluetooth and having your iPhone plugged into a radio w/ an aux cable...

pickupman2500 08-19-2012 07:46 PM

where do you go to school that radio sounds nice. just kidding

hagler123 08-19-2012 08:06 PM

Hahahaha I'm sure you wouldn't wanna drive across the country to find it!

pickupman2500 08-19-2012 10:22 PM

not really man i am far to lazy for that. and you would have to be a big doush to steal shit from another man. its just messed up

Derp 08-19-2012 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by scwalls
I'm curious as to if there's a sound quality difference b/w the Bluetooth and having your iPhone plugged into a radio w/ an aux cable...

Their always is. Ask yourself this. Why is hardwired internet connection faster than WiFi?

Ebb 08-21-2012 03:49 PM

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Originally Posted by hagler123 (Post 2699913)
That's smart! But I like Haveing a radio in my Jeep. I have a 2001 and replaced the stock one last Christmas its a Kenwood excelon with Bluetooth and mic, remote, it can change colors and other features. I always remove the faceplate and lock it in my glove box whenever I'm parked at school for awhile so I haven't had mine stole......... yet!

Thanks Hagler123.
I'm not fortunate enough to live in a town as civilized as yours. Just like you I did remove the facepate and locked it in the glove box....

Ebb 08-21-2012 03:56 PM

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Originally Posted by scwalls (Post 2700149)
I'm curious as to if there's a sound quality difference b/w the Bluetooth and having your iPhone plugged into a radio w/ an aux cable...

I was surprise! The sound quality is pretty great and might just be slightly better than via an Aux cable. Of course I'd recommend a more powerful amp (maybe even a 4 channel Amp) if you plan on connecting a subwoofer and such...

Besides It's sort of neat to be able to sit a few yards from my jeep while camping and controlling the music and volume from my iPhone.

Dextreme 08-21-2012 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Ebb (Post 2699799)
After being fed up with the ugly stock radio that came with my 2002 TJ, I had decided to "invest" in a top of the line Dual Electronics radio (Radio, CD, bluetooth enabled, with microphone to make and receive calls, remote control, removable faceplate with USB and aux connections.) Bottom line, if you're considering a new radio, I'd highly recommend the DUAL XDA6xxx.

So, you still have the faceplate for it correct? Or because you didn't remove it, it got stolen?

I have been very happy with my $130 Sony MEX model (Bluetooth as well). I always remove the faceplate if I am not within pistol range of the Jeep.

Ebb 08-22-2012 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Dextreme (Post 2708772)
So, you still have the faceplate for it correct? Or because you didn't remove it, it got stolen?

I have been very happy with my $130 Sony MEX model (Bluetooth as well). I always remove the faceplate if I am not within pistol range of the Jeep.

Unfortunately I don't have the faceplate. Hosers broke into my locked glovebox where I kept the faceplate and took it, then stole the radio unit and my ashtray... Why would anyone steal an ashtray (unless you have a similar jeep and need a replacement ashtray)

Enemy 08-22-2012 03:43 PM

I like that bluetooth adapter thing, might have to pick one up.

Jodfie 08-25-2012 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Enemy (Post 2712825)
I like that bluetooth adapter thing, might have to pick one up.

theres several companies now making those kinds of systems...one of which being kicker...

Kota7x 08-25-2012 10:34 AM

Could you hardwire the phone into the amp instead of wirelessly into the bluetooth then into the amp?

eboven 08-25-2012 11:24 AM

Yes, you could. Bluetooth audio quality has improved over the last few years, but it is not as good of quality as a direct connection. The frequency response in BT audio has gaps, certain frequencies that get diminished or lost altogether. It wouldn't really matter if all you listened to was Pandora, as that is highly compressed music that already has similar gaps in it. If you wanted to listen to your uncompressed FLAC files, using BT streaming should be your last resort.

jaw1959 06-13-2013 12:21 AM

I just got myself an 83 CJ7, and it has no stereo at all at this point. It has a cutout in the dash where I assume someone installed a CB at some point. I was looking for a waterproof stereo to install, but now I'm thinking I'll install a CB in the dash, and just do this for tunes (I only listen to my iPhone anyway, and have some way of doing so in all of my cars. In fact, I may also do this in my 1959 GMC Panel truck so I can keep the look of the stock radio while listening to the content I want. Thanks for posting!

n00g7 06-13-2013 12:32 AM

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No radio = no blasting rush near yuppies at stop lights. Unacceptable.

That said, I get the cheapest model with iPOD hookup and amplifier connections. Also, I have considered this exact mod for playing music away from my jeep (e.g., at a tailgate).

mrpotatohead 06-13-2013 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by n00g7 (Post 3855884)
No radio = no blasting rush near yuppies at stop lights. Unacceptable.

^^This. My favorite is when they roll up their window but won't make eye contact... So they stare straight ahead as their window awkwardly goes up.

Just once I wish I could catch them before their window goes up and say "Sorry for making you feel uncomfortable, nice minivan bro!"

ChaddG 06-13-2013 06:09 AM

there should be a lock bar designed to keep radio's in place, like a radio version of the club. ;) put that on the invention list.....

Jaxon1023 06-13-2013 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by ChaddG (Post 3856168)
there should be a lock bar designed to keep radio's in place, like a radio version of the club. ;) put that on the invention list.....

Quadratec beat you to it lol

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