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Old 11-11-2018, 09:56 AM
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Stereo questions

My 2007 Sahara Unlimited has a stereo that needs to be replaced for multiple reasons; no Uconnect, no Bluetooth, no nav, and the CD changer won't accept CDs no matter what I try. A backup camera would also be nice but that's a luxury, not a necessity.

Would it be better to find a unit from a newer JK that would fit just like the current one or do I need to buy an aftermarket system? If it's an aftermarket, what do y'all recommend?

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Old 11-11-2018, 10:37 AM   #2
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I'm a fan of "the stock look". I upgraded my basic 130 radio with the more advanced 430 model. But, I already had Uconnect, and Bluetooth with the 130. I also had the Sirius/GPS antenna, as well as the factory installed microphone and the steering wheel controls, so it just was a straight simple radio swap.

If I were in your position where I had to add all the extra stuff, I'd go for an aftermarket radio. Since I have an iPhone, I'd definitely get something with Apple Carplay.. If I had an Android phone I'd get a radio with Android Auto. Both those features make Uconnect look pretty crude.

Plus, adding a backup camera to the stock radio is a pain. To get one to work requires either dealer programing or the addition of an external adapter. With most aftermarket radios, you just plug the camera in.

I've never shopped for an aftermarket radio so I can't really give you an idea of which one to get, but I'm sure others will chime in with their experiences.

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You are better off going aftermarket. Better sound more functions and will cost you less depending on what you get. Some of the Android Radio options from Joying and Seicane are like having a full Android tablet in your dash. Both have a plug in play version for the Wrangler that looks pretty close to stock as well.

Search for a few threads on them here you will find them.
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I say go aftermarket. While the Seicane and Joying units offer some tempting features for the money, I still think QC is a crapshoot for chi-fi products in general. Maybe you get a good one that works flawlessly, and maybe...not.


However, the stuff from Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine is generally pretty reliable and will have the features you want once you get above $400 or so (maybe minus the camera). Add a Maestro box and you'll keep your steering wheel controls and possibly gain some OBD features you didn't have before.


side note: It got cold the last few days and my tire pressure dropped significantly. It was nice being able to monitor the psi on my Pioneer diagnostics page as I put air in the tires.


Start with Crutchfield to compare features and prices. They'll also give you kit and Maestro recommendations to make installation relatively easy.
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Thanks all! I'll definitely be checking out my options now. I want a decent system but it doesn't need to be high-end so I don't have to spend a fortune.
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I had a Pioneer, I now have a Seicane. The Pioneer had it's own set of problems and the integration cost a couple of hundred extra. When it worked, it worked well. When it didn't it was totally useless.

The Seicane was plug and play. I had a few fitment issues that I was able to overcome without a lot of effort and so far, the only problem I had with it was self induced.
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I'm thinking of something like this just so it doesn't seem so attractive to some crack head trying to jack a radio:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/7-1-Din-Car...97.m4902.l9144
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Still looks like an after market radio though. That's why I like my joying when it's off you would swear it was the factory 430

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Still looks like an after market radio though. That's why I like my joying when it's off you would swear it was the factory 430

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I don't mind it being aftermarket I just don't want it looking like some expensive deck.
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Highly recommend an Android auto/Apple Carplay deck. The hands free integration through your smart phone is awesome.
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And with the 07 you don't have to worry about steering wheel controls. Factory Infinity system?
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I bought one of those Pumpkin Units off Amazon for like 250 dollars and added some rockford fosgate speakers and the quality is amazing. I'm not an audio file but I can appreciate a good audio system with great speakers and I pulled it off. My Android Unit is amazing as it acts just like a phone so I can install any apps that i want from the play store. It has bluetooth, video, a 20g stick full of music, about 4 nav apps, pandora and many others. One thing I found out since they don't have a very large research and development department heat can destroy these cheaper units as one of mine burned out in 2015 in the heat of summer above 100 degrees with top off and screen at the brightest setting ....now i don't do that just to be safe.

Don't disregard these cheaper units they are worth the $$$$

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