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Old 07-26-2015, 10:38 PM
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retrofitting a 2015 Alpine stereo into earlier JKU

I have a 2013 Sahara JKU. When we bought it, for whatever reason, the 430N Stereo had been replaced with a Kenwood Unit. It has pretty much the same features as the 430N, but it sucks.

I have noticed that the 2015 JK's have the Alpine option and have seen it firsthand and I like it. I am tempted to rip out the entire stereo/system and replace it with the 2015 system, subwoofer and all.

Has anyone retro'ed one into their earlier JK?



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I think you'll be better off investing in a good aftermarket system installed by a reputable local audio shop. First, I don't think Jeep will just sell you the Alpine system. If you do manage to get your hands on a system, I doubt a jeep dealership would install it for you....I know this because I asked about upgrading to the Alpine system on a jeep already on the dealer's lot and they said no way. I had to order my jeep to get it.

It's not just a matter of swapping out the speakers. The Wrangler Alpine system was designed as a complete system specifically for the Wrangler. There are additional components like amps that are mounted in the dash and such, I think, so if it wasn't installed during construction they aren't going to tear the dash open to retrofit it.

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It's not an issue of finding the individual parts for the 2015 alpine system, it's an issue of the wiring. Since you have a 2013 that previously had an Alpine system, everything might work except the woofer. The one in 2013 was a dual voice cool woofer, the one in 2015 is a quad voice coil woofer. The problem is the wiring harnesses are not available as a part from Mopar or anywhere else. If you want to go back to stock, you'll have to go back to the 2013 components and they are terrible. I'd invest in aftermarket amps, speakers and a sub and you'll be very happy. The good news is you already have an aftermarket head unit which is what most people are reluctant to replace even though the stock radios are the weakest link.
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As said, an aftermarket system would cost loss and be a better system. I sold the 430N from my Jeep for $800 on eBay, and paid under $900 for an AVIC-8000NEX. That's an excellent radio that blows away the 430. It's also reliable with my phone, where the 430 sometimes gave me issues.
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Yeah, with the current set up, it kinda sucks. I think the dealership took more than just the head unit when the replaced it with the kenwood. Maybe I will look into a better amp and speakers. I had toyed with the idea of putting in the 2015 soundbar with those speakers. We'll see.
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Hard to say which part sucks. The sound system in my 2013 was pretty crappy. The Alpine in the 2015 is better. In both cases, using my head unit's auto-tuning feature made a HUGE improvement in quality. (This is where you put a microphone in the vehicle, and it analyzes sounds in the actual vehicle/system to tune itself.)
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Hard to say which part sucks. The sound system in my 2013 was pretty crappy. The Alpine in the 2015 is better. In both cases, using my head unit's auto-tuning feature made a HUGE improvement in quality. (This is where you put a microphone in the vehicle, and it analyzes sounds in the actual vehicle/system to tune itself.)
Auto tune? Which HU?
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Auto tune? Which HU?
his previous posts state which radio he has. There's several units coming out that will use center placed mic to listen to the vehicle then the head units software adjusts from there. My only experience with this is in home units. They worked pretty good. After that I only changed a setting or two to fine tune to my tastes. Basically it did the heavy lifting in setting up the sound stage. When you turn the volume up it will individually control each speakers volume and frequency for best overall sound.
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his previous posts state which radio he has. There's several units coming out that will use center placed mic to listen to the vehicle then the head units software adjusts from there. My only experience with this is in home units. They worked pretty good. After that I only changed a setting or two to fine tune to my tastes. Basically it did the heavy lifting in setting up the sound stage. When you turn the volume up it will individually control each speakers volume and frequency for best overall sound.
Ok, I read that like he was saying the 2015 Alpine option did that. Makes more sense now. Like you, I've played with that at home (Yamaha receiver), and had the same experience.
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I missed that too when he said "in both cases", but I'm open to suggestions. I'm going to look into this a little more before I just start over.

Honestly, I wish that it had the same setup as my F150, better HU, with better features and lots better sound...for a factory setup.
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Auto tune? Which HU?
Many of them. I've had that feature many times over the years. In my case I have an AVIC-8000NEX. Sorry about the unclear language. The stock head unit in both sucked. The rest of the system was OK, and much better with the 2015 Alpine.

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