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Old 11-03-2019, 06:22 PM
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Anyone who upgraded radios form OEM

Do you regret it, was the install process hard?

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Old 11-03-2019, 06:40 PM   #2
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I upgraded to a pioneer nex with an integrated pac machine to be able to use wheel controls. Wasn't hard and didnt have to cut oem wires since i used a harness. I have most of my diagram work, where cables go ect... i can send to you if youd like. It really wasn't that hard with a little bit of homework
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A little and no.

I'm one of those rare birds who actually like uConnect. I know, crazy, right?

At any rate, the 430N started to work intermittently a few months ago so about two weeks ago I finally bagged it and replaced it with a JVC head unit that is actually works all of the time. I didn't spring for the steering wheel control module -- I might do that after the winter.

So I regret it a little because the 430N did pretty much what I wanted it to and I actually liked out it worked. It wasn't hard to swap in the new unit.
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I'm one of those rare birds who actually like uConnect. I know, crazy, right?
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I bought an Alpine iLX-W650, through Crutchfield. They built the "ready harness", which means that they specifically set the harness up for installation in your vehicle. That was easily worth the $25.

The only really pains were trimming the stereo opening to fit a double DIN and reinstalling the stupid UConnect Hands Free box. That part straight sucked. There is this tiny little bolt, waaaay down at the bottom. Don't drop it, or it free falls to Never Never Land and you have to fish it out, with an extendable magnet

A 1/4" 7mm socket will be your best friend. Figure on about 3-4 hours and keep a beer at the ready.
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Done it twice and no regrets. Did a NEX-4100 and and ran it until it got soaked.

Now run a Seicane and still happy with it.
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Running my 4100-NEX in mine, transferred from my old car. Love it over OEM radio in every way, especially with Android Auto/Apple Car Play. Install was easy, but you do need to do some trimming behind the dash to fit a large Double DIN radio like this one. I also wired up a front and rear camera for good measure since it had 2 camera inputs.
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Replaced my 130S with a Kenwood DDX-9903S and I haven't looked back. The Kenwood's bluetooth system is lightyears ahead of the JK uConnect system, and Android Auto is a daily companion, not to mention the back-up camera add-on that I have bolted to an AEV CHMSL. Eventually I'll add a trail cam to the secondary camera input as well.

There are no factory JK radios worth keeping, when aftermarket blows it out of the water in both features and sound quality. The 130S was plagued with bad attenuation that distorted at moderate volumes. My Kenwood fixed that and it took maybe an hour from start to finish, including soldering up the wire harness (Crutchfield will do this for you, for a small fee).
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Do you regret it, was the install process hard?


Regrets? Zero
Install? Super easy

You get lots success and horror stories here. Depends on what you’re trying to accomplish.
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Do I miss my crappy stock radio, no it was basic, do I regret installing something different, no not really, just wish it fit a tad better but overall it works, running the Seicane android unit…
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Very satisfied with a new Kenwood DMX7706S I just installed. Used thei Datalink Maestro RR Interface Module and iDatalink HRN-RR-CH1 Factory Integration Adapter and all my steering wheel controls work. Also bought the ready made harness from Crutchfield which made the install pretty easy if not a big time consuming. The Maestro unit must be flashed via the net for your particular vehicle. Pretty easy except Maestro software can no longer be flashed with the new Apple OS Catalina because Apple switched to 64 bit! Even Crutchfield didn't know that until I called to inform them. Fortunately I had another spare PC running Windows 10 so was able flash the Maestro unit for my vehicle. Everything works and now have a backup camera, Car play etc. Very happy with the over all change to after market unit.

FWIW I used the install kit from Crutchfield and the unit fit almost perfect.
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Easy Install. Only regret is I miss the volume knob. Finding the push button is a PIA.
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What kind of trimming was involved to install an aftermarket double din radio?
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No regrets and as long as you are competent with tools and wiring you should be fine. I went from stock to an Alpine Restyle, changed all the speakers, added an amp, sub, and back up camera. Cutting the dash was a little tedious but not bad. Take your time and you will be fine.
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Replaced my 130S with a Kenwood DDX-9903S and I haven't looked back. The Kenwood's bluetooth system is lightyears ahead of the JK uConnect system, and Android Auto is a daily companion, not to mention the back-up camera add-on that I have bolted to an AEV CHMSL. Eventually I'll add a trail cam to the secondary camera input as well.

There are no factory JK radios worth keeping, when aftermarket blows it out of the water in both features and sound quality. The 130S was plagued with bad attenuation that distorted at moderate volumes. My Kenwood fixed that and it took maybe an hour from start to finish, including soldering up the wire harness (Crutchfield will do this for you, for a small fee).

What camera did you use?
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Installed Alpine iLX-107 with iDataLink Maestro. Alpine was simple, Maestro was a nightmare due to requirement to set up with an ancient version of Windows.

Not a day go buy where I don't think it was a great upgrade. Probably more because of CarPlay than the radio itself though
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What kind of trimming was involved to install an aftermarket double din radio?
Depends on the radio, some will have you widen the opening a little or take a sliver off the dash plastic that holds the stock radio in place. None of the trimming I had to do is visible once new radio is installed.
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What kind of trimming was involved to install an aftermarket double din radio?
In my case, it was the top of the opening. I used a Dremel and just ground off a little more than 1/8" and filed it smooth. None if it will be visible, as it is all under the radio's bezel.
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Replaced stock with 4500NEX

I bought my 2011 JK Sport used and it had an old Pioneer double din. THe touchscreen eventually bubbled and peeled so I replaced with a 4500NEX. I got it on sale at BestBuy with free installation.

The 4500NEX has a removable screen so the BestBuy tech wanted to make sure it fit and would operate in my Jeep.

Looks great, runs great.
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Do you regret it, was the install process hard?

Hey there,

I upgraded my radio in my 2012 JK after it would stop working every so often.

I went with a Sony radio and with our radios we offer a full plug and play wiring kit to make it super easy!

With our kits all you have to do is remove the dash cover and take the old radio out and plug the plug and play kit into the new radio and the Jeep. It will also come with new mounting brackets. The install took about 30 minutes.

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Kenwood's basic camera.
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Done it twice and no regrets. Did a NEX-4100 and and ran it until it got soaked.

Now run a Seicane and still happy with it.
You just inspired a Google search and a purchase, I hope you still like your Seicane.

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I upgraded to an Alpine x209 WRA-OR about a year ago. I specifically ordered my Jeep with the basic radio based on the intent of upgrading. I went ahead and splurged on the top dog, water proof, DVD playing, multiple cameras, Sirius XM radio, drive your Jeep for you model. Now that you have the backstory as to what I have and why, I'll go ahead with my answers to your questions.

1) Was it worth it? No, mostly because of the price and amount of effort required for the install. The screen size is pretty cool, but beyond that I'm not even a fan of the interface. For 3 Grand it's just not worth it.

2). The install? 3/5 in difficulty. Lots of harnesses, wires, dash cutting, trim painting, securing accessories in random and hard to get to places, etc. I've installed quite a few car radios and this one was one of the more difficult and time consuming. That being said, the average person can still do it with a lot of time invested. I also went a little above and beyond on some of the stuff, but I wanted the best and wasn't going to settle or cut corners.

If I was to do it again, I would've probably gone with the pioneer AVIC 8500 NEX for about a quarter of the price and had wireless Android Auto/Apple Carplay.

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Yes, I'm still very happy with the Seicane. I get a lot of compliments on it and having on screen, GPS enabled maps is the bomb when wheeling. Even the park maps that are not GPS enabled are really nice to have up on the screen in a convenient place to view them. The radio is a bit quirky but it works. I usually just plug in a USB stick or an SD card for music though.
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Yes, I'm still very happy with the Seicane. I get a lot of compliments on it and having on screen, GPS enabled maps is the bomb when wheeling. Even the park maps that are not GPS enabled are really nice to have up on the screen in a convenient place to view them. The radio is a bit quirky but it works. I usually just plug in a USB stick or an SD card for music though.
I'm an IT guy by day, and the fact that it's running a version of Android that's highly modifiable gives me some awesome ideas.
As far as music goes, I'm probably the only person in my family that still listens to plain FM radio, with all the streaming services available these days it's hardly an issue, but good to know it can be finnicky.

Quick question, does your implementation retain the use of the steering wheel buttons to control it?

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I'm an IT guy by day, and the fact that it's running a version of Android that's highly modifiable gives me some awesome ideas.
As far as music goes, I'm probably the only person in my family that still listens to plain FM radio, with all the streaming services available these days it's hardly an issue, but good to know it can be finnicky.

Quick question, does your implementation retain the use of the steering wheel buttons to control it?

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Yes, it does. It came with a CANBUS module which works just fine.

I don't have an EVIC so I don't know if the other functions integrate with the radio.

When I say finicky, I mean in mapping things like the presets, etc. It so far has always worked as a basic radio.
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Yes, it does. It came with a CANBUS module which works just fine.



I don't have an EVIC so I don't know if the other functions integrate with the radio.



When I say finicky, I mean in mapping things like the presets, etc. It so far has always worked as a basic radio.
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The upgrade was easy. My first upgrade was a Pioneer 4200NEX in my 2016 w/Alpine Sound and iDatalink Maestro to keep Uconnect , Alpine Amp, and all the buttons. It sounded Awesome! After 2 1/2 years the CANBUS was hanging up preventing the dashboard to shut off And whenever I went over a bump the radio would switch the sound source and go to the AV Menu screen. It appeared that the detachable face had an issue. I take my wrangler off road often and it appeared the detachable face connector had problems. I swapped it out with the factory RES130S for about a week. The OEM stereo sounded horrible next to the Pionner. I installed a Pioneer AVH2500NEX, fixed face.. similar features but a newer radio. It sounds incredible. The latest Pioneer and iDatalink firmware actually allows me to adjust the front, rear, and subwoofer crossover settings. My Rock and Blues collection sounds awesome.. I did have to disable UConnect and use the Pioneer's bluettooth and USB input. Apparently there's a nasty idatalink bug. If you have a sound device connected to the console usb port or paired to Uconnect as a sound source the Pioneer sound source would always default to it. Pain in the ass. Another bug with the Uconnect / Maestro configuration is that Uconnect Phone could hang the CANBUS.. It can hang the radio.. no controls work.. only way out is to pull the 30Amp radio/amp fuse. So I disabled Uconnect and paired the phone direct to the
Pioneer and reprogrammed the bluetooth phone button on the steering wheel to pull up the bluetooth menu.

I tend not to use Android Auto and only use it if I need GPS. Most of the time I Navigate old school with a map. My SSD connected to the Pionner USB port with my music encoded in FLAC just sounds so much better than playing off my phone.

No regrets. My sound systems sounds incredible.
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No trimming. You just need to cut the bottom of the read dash D Bracket.
To get it to fit flush with the Metra kit I took my dremel tool to the front inner edge of the Metra bracket and notched it out. The faceplate is flush with the dashboard. It looks great.

If you are good with a hacksaw and file, you can reshape the D Bracket with no problem. Some people remove them.. I wouldn't because I go off road with my Wrangler.
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