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Old 08-19-2012, 08:58 AM
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Lightbulb 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:
  • Marine Amplifier Kinter MA-150 Amplifier from AliExpress $14


  • Bluetooth wireless receiver 2.0 A2DP from AliExpress $15

  • RCA to 3mm audio cable $6 from radioshack


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.

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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!

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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...
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where do you go to school that radio sounds nice. just kidding
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Hahahaha I'm sure you wouldn't wanna drive across the country to find it!
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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
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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?
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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....
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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.
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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.
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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)
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I like that bluetooth adapter thing, might have to pick one up.
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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...
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Could you hardwire the phone into the amp instead of wirelessly into the bluetooth then into the amp?
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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.
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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!
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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).
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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!"
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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.....
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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.....
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Love the idea. Have a question about the Bluetooth receiver – does it automatically connect to your phone? I got one made by HTC and I had to hit a button on it every time I got in the car even though it was already paired to my phone - really annoying after a while. Now someone stole that so I'm looking to do the same thing you are.
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Love the idea. Have a question about the Bluetooth receiver – does it automatically connect to your phone? I got one made by HTC and I had to hit a button on it every time I got in the car even though it was already paired to my phone - really annoying after a while. Now someone stole that so I'm looking to do the same thing you are.
I am waiting for a Boss MC900B that I ordered a while ago. It is a 4 channel amp with Bluetooth and a wired remote that will auto pair with an IPhone. I'm going to tuck it under the dash and splice it into the speaker system.
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I know I am necroing an old thread, but this is a really good item. Anyone know if there is a double-din version?
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I know I am necroing an old thread, but this is a really good item. Anyone know if there is a double-din version?
It would of been smarter to just Google i than bring up a several yr old dead thread.
I have yet to understand why people have become scared to use search engine's these days.
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Well actually I'm glad he did for it has given me some ideas. As for the Qtec vault, I saw it on their website. I hate to be a pessimist but if you use the removable face place and lock it in the console, they then break into the console for they know the face plate is somewhere handy. If you use a Qtec vault, they will tear the dash apart to get in there for they know you have something valuable. Better to leave the old crappy radio in it's hole and hide the good one. They see the POS radio and go to the next vehicle.
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It would of been smarter to just Google i than bring up a several yr old dead thread.
I have yet to understand why people have become scared to use search engine's these days.
Because the search engines track what we search for and save that so that skynet will know how to find us and kill us when it takes over. But obviously they can't track who posts what on forums!

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I remember "back in the day" when they had pull out stereo's and you would put it in a shoulder bag. I had one of those in my Mustang Convertible. It was an awesome stereo with a built-in remote.

I had a work colleague who always took his faceplate with him as I do. Then, the one day he didn't, bam, it was stolen. I always take mine with me and I leave my storage unlocked.

I am also getting front and rear cam, and I would actually like four cams, and event notification via android so that I can come out packing, as they say.

Once, again, back-in-the-day, which led to my buying the pull out stereo, I woke up to find my dash smashed, radio gone, EQ/AMP underneath glove box gone, and souvenirs from the thief. The souvenirs were a handful of bullets all over the car, a crack pipe and crack screens. I guess the thief spilled the contents of his pockets at some point.

I borrowed my brother's Uzi and his shotgun automatic for awhile after that. I was crazy back then. The thief actually silenced my alarm system by cutting my alarm wires at the battery cable from underneath the car without opening the hood.

And, I lived in the suburbs, or at least what I thought was the suburbs, behind a security gate, with my Mustang not visible to the street.

You really feel violated when this happens, and they don't just steal your radio, they do hundreds more dollars damage to your dash. This is why I always take my faceplate with me and I leave the console unlocked. I use to even leave my doors unlocked when I had my convertible so that they wouldn't slash my top.

Another time in the same town, no longer living there, but it was North Hills in the San Fernando Valley, I went to visit a friend with my top down, and before I could even get to the gate when I parked on Van Nuys Blvd., someone had set off my alarm and was trying to rip out my stereo. I ran back to the car and the thief had stopped in the street with his car and his passenger had jumped out to do the theft. These people are really brazen. The thief was a hulking guy, obviously a felon with tats all over his body and bodybuilding in prison, and I nearly caught him. I probably would have been beaten, but I was ready to go down with a fight. But, the thief jumped out of my convertible and jumped into the waiting car and was gone. That was 20 years ago.

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