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Old 12-05-2019, 09:41 PM
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So I'm entry-level when it comes to mechanics but I wanna do my own work on my jeep. so my first mod is installing a new radio. I have seen a couple of youtube videos and i believe its a simple install. any advice or don't do's when it comes to installing a radio?

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So I'm entry-level when it comes to mechanics but I wanna do my own work on my jeep. so my first mod is installing a new radio. I have seen a couple of youtube videos and i believe its a simple install. any advice or don't do's when it comes to installing a radio?


Quadratec has decent radios and for an extra 7-10 dollars you can get a plug and play harness so there pd no need for splicing, of course check yo see of your factory harness is still intact


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Old 12-05-2019, 09:47 PM   #3
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I got a Kenwoood with the shroud and harness for my tj for 89.99... Bluetooth, usb, aux


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On some Jeeps there is a ground strap on the back of the factory unit that is kind of hard to get to that has to come off before it can be removed.
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I have done MANY head units in many different vehicles over the years. My '06 Wrangler is probably the easiest one I've ever done. If you go with someone like Crutchfield all trim parts and wiring harnesses will be included with detailed instructions. There is really no better way to do this if you are tackling a project like this for the first time...in my opinion.
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Old 12-06-2019, 03:42 PM   #6
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If you're removing a factory radio, you might have to remove the glove box to access the nut on the back of the radio brace in order to pull it out. Also, if your new radio doesn't go all the way in, radio brace might have to come out. It's held in by two nuts on either side of the defroster center vent and could be a bear to finagle out without resorting to bending it.
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Not a difficult job to do. You'll have to remove the vent screen on the top of the dash. This gives you access to a couple screws you need to take out to remove the center dash panel giving you access to remove the radio. I got a new radio (Kenwood) from Quadratec for around a $100. It comes with everything you need to install it. You'll need a removal tool (for the Chrysler products, it consists of 2 bars that slide in alongside of both sides of the radio and that releases it so it slides right out). Disconnect the harness from the back. Plug into the new radio and reinstall radio by sliding back into the metal cage/carrier in the dash. replace the front dash panel, remember to replace the screws in the top, and the vent screen.
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okay, bet yall I'm doing it today. how long yall think it should take me ??
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I switched out my factory unit with a JVC single din that I picked up on crutchfield. It came with the adaptor harness, antenna extension and filler to go from the 1.5 din factory unit to the smaller 1 din. All for about $80!

I made all of my on splices to mate the adaptor harness to the JVC wiring -soldering and shrink-wrap each connector took about 45 min. That's the hardest or most time consuming part which can be avoided by paying a little extra and having Crutchfield do it for you.

Then to install: Mate the mounting sleeve that come with the new radio to the filler/single din adaptor, pull the defrost cover off--it just snaps in. Remove the two screws in the top of the center pod and then the center pod snaps out. Remove 4 screws holding in the factory radio. Unplug antenna--that connection is behind the glove box and the factory wiring from the back of the OEM radio. Then do it all in reverse. I had it done in 20min, maybe less, Oh and I had a hands-free mic to run up to my steering column. It's super easy, which is a very good reason to stick with an el-cheepo head unit. Because a thief, who doesn't give a shit if they break stuff, can get your radio out in probably less than 3 min.

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I used the Crutchfield parts to connect everything. I connected the ground wire to a screw behind the glove box. I think it's making a fuse blow

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