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So I had the Sony XAV-AX5000 and had issues, so I returned it. I wrote about that here:

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/sony-xav-ax5000-purchased-installed-and-returned-2368813.html

Crutchfield offered to swap it out for me, so I took the Alpine iLX-W650.

It is probably the cheapest Android Auto/CarPlay head unit from one of the major players. It is also crazy small. The screen is 7 inches, but the depth of the unit is like 2 inches or something absurd. It makes the install super simple.

I was still having some random issues with Android Auto, I determined that was probably the built in USB in the console, so I replaced the cigarette lighter port with a dual USB port:

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/replaced-the-cigarette-lighter-with-a-dual-usb-port-2371239.html

Since then, Android Auto has ran like a champ on my Samsung Galaxy Note9, OnePlus 7 Pro, and my T-Mobile Revvlry+. Oddly enough, the Google Pixel 3a XL has some issues where it gets pixelated and freezes for a bit, but I think that is the Pixel, not the head unit itself.

For the money, the head unit is pretty great. If you are coming from a stock 430N or something, it will be night and day better. If you coming from another major brand head unit like the Sony i had, then the Alpine screen looks a bit dull.

I am also not crazy about how the front is just a flat smooth piece of glass with the buttons at the bottom. There is nothing sticking out for the buttons like the Sony had. So sometimes I hit one of the capacitive buttons on the screen when I don't mean to. The Sony has a bit of a ledge where the physical buttons are, so for the most part you don't accidentally hit a button. Whereas on the Alpine, I hit the wrong button all the time.

The sound is pretty good, and there are plenty of options to mess with the EQ. If you don't have an amp, this combo is cool looking:

https://www.alpine-usa.com/product/ilxw650_kta450_power-duo_package

you could do that and have a pretty simple audio upgrade.

It can easily be installed using a basic Metra or Scosche dash kit, but if you want to spend a few more bucks, you can get the side brackets from the Alpine Restyle i207-WRA and they fit perfectly:

https://www.pacparts.com/part.cfm?sku=820ZUD-L974-ENWV-SW

I made videos of all of this of course.

Unboxing:


Install in my 2016 JKU:


Firmware Update:


Head unit overview:


The new Android Auto interface:


CarPlay:

 

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Mike, I have a question about the install. I know you had other head units in your Jeep, but if this was a fresh install from a 430 would the dash and also the metal bracket need to be cut for the head unit to fit like it's needed for the traditional double den units.

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Mike, I have a question about the install. I know you had other head units in your Jeep, but if this was a fresh install from a 430 would the dash and also the metal bracket need to be cut for the head unit to fit like it's needed for the traditional double den units.

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You definitely would not have to remove that metal bracket. This thing is so short and stubby it wouldn't get near it.

As far as the dash being cut, mine has already been trimmed so it is hard to say if it would need to or not since mine has already been done.

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Thank you for your response. I've watched and like your YouTube videos. I really like the suggestions of getting the Alpine mounts.

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Thank you for your response. I've watched and like your YouTube videos. I really like the suggestions of getting the Alpine mounts.

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I saw that on Five Car Stereo on YouTube and it looked pretty good.

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The armrest USB doesn't work for my CarPlay either. I have tried multiple adapters to adapt the uconnect to go direct to the usb but they don't work with this radio. But my friends Excelon works with all of them. But it works flawlessly off the wire on the back.
Otherwise this radio is awesome. I'm thinking of putting the same USB thing in my armrest because I want my cord hanging out of armrest not draped across everything else.
 

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The armrest USB doesn't work for my CarPlay either. I have tried multiple adapters to adapt the uconnect to go direct to the usb but they don't work with this radio. But my friends Excelon works with all of them. But it works flawlessly off the wire on the back.
Otherwise this radio is awesome. I'm thinking of putting the same USB thing in my armrest because I want my cord hanging out of armrest not draped across everything else.
Since I have switched to the USB port in the cigarette lighter, I have had no issues at all

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Does the phone button in the steering wheel controls active the phone in Android Auto or Apple Car Play or do you have to use the button on the front of the HU?
 

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Does the phone button in the steering wheel controls active the phone in Android Auto or Apple Car Play or do you have to use the button on the front of the HU?
The phone button on the steering wheel works. And the "VR" button will bring up Google Assistant or Siri

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