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Old 05-22-2019, 08:35 PM
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Alpine i207-WRA - how much cursing will be required for install

Hi folks - Can anybody who has done the i207 install comment on how much I'm going to hate it? I have the box in my garage and need to set some time aside to install it. Where does this fall on the frustration scale? I've never been behind the dash of the Jeep, so I don't know how hard it is to navigate. I've read the installation instructions, just curious on a first hand take.

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Hi folks - Can anybody who has done the i207 install comment on how much I'm going to hate it? I have the box in my garage and need to set some time aside to install it. Where does this fall on the frustration scale? I've never been behind the dash of the Jeep, so I don't know how hard it is to navigate. I've read the installation instructions, just curious on a first hand take.
I'm an amateur DIYer who can sometimes get in over my head, but this one wasn't bad. The toughest part is removing the heated seat module (if you're so equipped). Stuffing the wiring harness back behind the unit also requires some finesse. Finally, be careful when you glue down the GPS antenna that you leave enough slack to get all the way back to the head unit.
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I'm an amateur DIYer who can sometimes get in over my head, but this one wasn't bad. The toughest part is removing the heated seat module (if you're so equipped). Stuffing the wiring harness back behind the unit also requires some finesse. Finally, be careful when you glue down the GPS antenna that you leave enough slack to get all the way back to the head unit.
Thanks. Anytime I have to dig around for wiring harnesses that were installed while the car was on an assembly line, I always worry. I did the remote start system on my F-150 and I was cursing in my garage for like 4 hours.

How long did you spend installing it?

Thanks for the tip on the GPS antenna.
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How long did you spend installing it?
About an hour at the kitchen table, taking inventory of the parts, flashing the Maestro, and matching up the wiring harness. Maybe 3-4 hours in the Jeep taking it slow. I was worried about giving up my OEM UConnect mike location, but the generic mike in the kit (Mounted to the left of the mirror) seems to work just as well.
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About an hour at the kitchen table, taking inventory of the parts, flashing the Maestro, and matching up the wiring harness. Maybe 3-4 hours in the Jeep taking it slow. I was worried about giving up my OEM UConnect mike location, but the generic mike in the kit (Mounted to the left of the mirror) seems to work just as well.
Yeah...I had the same worry. That stock mic location works well even when topless. Hope the same for the new mic. I am excited to get CarPlay and dump the craptastic user experience of UConnect and Garmin.

Thanks for sharing your experience.
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For a first time person installing this and you have zero issues, then 2-4 hours. 4 course if you have trouble routing the mic and GPS antennas and that takes the longest.

The i207 is plug and play. Flashing the maestro takes 10 mins, pulling dash off 5-10, removing rear bracket and installing new Alpine, 15-20 min.
Adding side brackets to i[email protected] and plugging in Mastero, 10-15.

The hardest parts is putting into the dash, tucking wires through, around and over the rear bracket to get it to fit. 10-30 min depending on you.

No add in breaks, issues with matters flashing properly, setting up headunit to liking, settings, 20-60 min. Adding SirusXM, 5 min.

Get the Alpine bypass thing before installing. takes 5 min with some post-locks to install and its great.

Now my install, 26 hrs with returns, issues, etc.

Now first time installed and I have experience, took me about 90 min from unboxing to last bolt in dash.

Watch eh video by Alpine on YouTube and it easy. Again hardest part is getting the GPS and mic routed.

I REALLY wish Alpine made an adapter for the OEM mic. It was awesome. But tier solution is clean, unobtrusive and works great over rear mirror.
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For a first time person installing this and you have zero issues, then 2-4 hours. 4 course if you have trouble routing the mic and GPS antennas and that takes the longest.

The i207 is plug and play. Flashing the maestro takes 10 mins, pulling dash off 5-10, removing rear bracket and installing new Alpine, 15-20 min.
Adding side brackets to [email protected] and plugging in Mastero, 10-15.

The hardest parts is putting into the dash, tucking wires through, around and over the rear bracket to get it to fit. 10-30 min depending on you.

No add in breaks, issues with matters flashing properly, setting up headunit to liking, settings, 20-60 min. Adding SirusXM, 5 min.

Get the Alpine bypass thing before installing. takes 5 min with some post-locks to install and its great.

Now my install, 26 hrs with returns, issues, etc.

Now first time installed and I have experience, took me about 90 min from unboxing to last bolt in dash.

Watch eh video by Alpine on YouTube and it easy. Again hardest part is getting the GPS and mic routed.

I REALLY wish Alpine made an adapter for the OEM mic. It was awesome. But tier solution is clean, unobtrusive and works great over rear mirror.
No fair! You had extra installation "practice" due to replacing faulty units.
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No fair! You had extra installation "practice" due to replacing faulty units.


LMAO, yeah! No seriously even a newbie doing this fir the first time, its not a hard install. Again its plug in and that it.
Hardest part is running the mic and GPS. If you familiar with removing auto panels, even easier.
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LMAO, yeah! No seriously even a newbie doing this fir the first time, its not a hard install. Again its plug in and that it.
Hardest part is running the mic and GPS. If you familiar with removing auto panels, even easier.
Should be 2 hours max, really.
Thanks for sharing the experience.
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Yeah...I had the same worry. That stock mic location works well even when topless. Hope the same for the new mic. I am excited to get CarPlay and dump the craptastic user experience of UConnect and Garmin.

Thanks for sharing your experience.
I removed the trim around the factory mic and disconnected it. Took the mic body out of the plastic assembly and glued the new mic to the top of it, then put it back into the trim. Sounds better than stock (at least according to others) and can't even tell it's been modified.

It really is the best place, being inside the trim really cuts down the wind noise.
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I had a retailer install one in my wife's 2dr Rubicon, then I upgraded speakers, installed jl stealth sub and amplifier, it sounds great.

I like it so much I put one in my Unlimted Rubicon with the factory Alpine system. made a world of difference. I did the install my self. just have to be patient and follow instructions from youtube video. take your time and you'll be ok.

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