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After looking at these Android head units for over a year, I finally pulled the trigger:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IB8V2AO/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_psMKxbQQQ1S36

Should be in on Friday, I will post pics and let you all know how it turns out.

I chose this since it was Jeep specific, should be relatively plug and play. Most of these Android units are from China and just sold by various different resellers like Joying, Auto Pumpkin, Eonon, RoadNavi.com, etc.

I chose Joying based on reading all about these on XDA, Reddit, and various car forums (like Wranglerforum.com) Joying seems to fair better than the rest. And it was fulfilled by Amazon and on Prime. So I figured if I had any problems, Amazon would help out.

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What factory unit do you have? Have the factory amp/sub?
I have a 2016 JKU Freedom Edition with the 430N with the base 8 speaker system, not the 9 speaker premium Alpine system.

I have replaced all 8 speakers, four with the 77Kick10 speakers, the 2 dash speakers with the Super Tweeters from Quadratec, and the 2 in the soundbar with some Kickers. However I think I am going to remove the Kickers (that are not the 77kick10) in the soundbar.

I do have the 10 inch Mopar Kicker subwoofer and amp which ties into the front drivers side speaker. Kicker said their VSS upgrades would only work with a factory head unit. So that is a concern.

I did ask the lady from carstereochick.com and she said she didn't see any reason why it would not work with the Kicker sub.

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I think the main issue is with the factory amp that runs off canbus so with out that I would think you should be fine. I am in the process of getting this same type of upgrade done but have the factory amp. Had to order a pac adapter for the canbus amp/steering wheel controls
I have seen other threads where people had the premium Alpine system and it had no sound with the Joying units. But I saw somewhere that someone contacted Joying and they sent a different CANBUS adapter and it worked properly.



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Gonna keep an eye on this. Does any one know where the factory amp is located?

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Gonna keep an eye on this. Does any one know where the factory amp is located?

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it used to be just above the steering wheel in the 3.8Ls not sure if it moved with the 3.6 era revamp
 

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Just got an email from Joying, sounds promising:

"The item you ordered should come with two different harness, one is for models with basic configuration, the other one is for the models that have factory amplifier. Please use the right harness for your car. And if your car have can-bus system, please remember to connect the can-bus decoder to the harness which you use."

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Ordered some parts from Amazon to help with the install:




Got this hoping I could just reuse the Jeep factory GPS:

Pc-case 0.5ft Rf Electrical Wire Connector Fakra "C" Plug to SMA Male Straight Assembly Extension Coaxial Cable Rg174 15cm for GPS Antenna https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OOD2TGW/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_dA8MxbK62KCZG

And this hoping to run an extra USB port or 2 to the glove box area:

AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Extension Cable 2-Pack - A-Male to A-Female - 3.3 Feet (1 Meter) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NH13Q8W/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_lB8MxbDFPE5A4



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I was looking at putting one of these units in my Tiguan. I really couldn't pull the trigger. I'm interested in hearing how you like it.

The fact that it is built to fit the car is awesome. I love that it's android and you can add apps. These features alone really put the mainstream head unit manufacturers to shame. They are way behind.

What put me off is that people were saying they have a 30 second boot up time and that the radio reception is terrible.
 

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What put me off is that people were saying they have a 30 second boot up time and that the radio reception is terrible.
Well I plan on using the remote start as I walk up to counteract the 30 second startup delay. And I literally never listen to regular radio. So I don't care about that. I will probably only listen to Google Play Music, Pandora, or something over Bluetooth


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Well it arrived, but it is not installed yet. I had ordered an adapter from Amazon to keep the USB port in the console, but it did not arrive.

It also was overcast and thundering, and I thought it was going to rain, but it did not. I will probably not wait on the adapter, and go ahead and install it in the morning. Here are some pics of the package:




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I bought the low end radio planning on upgrading. I bought a CD slot mount and a cheap $80 8" Android tablet that links either with the Bluetooth or via the 3.5 mm plug. The tablet has GPS and I use Waze and Locus Map. That ought to hold me over while trying to figure out some short of the $3000 JVC unit.
 

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Easy installation, super simple. Hardest part was getting the stupid clips holding the stock radio and GPS onto the 430N off the 430N.

I used an adapter from AMAZON to use the existing Jeep GPS

http://imgur.com/Jcn7VOi

I got it hooked up and tested the internal mic and it was ok, but callers on the other end said I was louder with the external mic. I put it on the Mopar Jeep handles, and ran the cord down the pillar and over the instrument cluster, way easier than I expected

http://imgur.com/tf6670i

http://imgur.com/tU7sIun

http://imgur.com/6wZkqyQ

I did not need my USB extenders I purchased, the ones that came with it were long enough to reach in the glove box

http://imgur.com/HotjKFl

http://imgur.com/jpVT8S0

http://imgur.com/h3WVB4x

Put the iPod in there and it does get recognized by the Music app, but it does not show the song titles, just iTunes jibberish titles:

http://imgur.com/FufsjgG

In the advanced settings I found a way to add an iPod app, but it crashes immediately.

RAM:

http://imgur.com/gvyJIsj

Flash memory

http://imgur.com/fe9k3HZ

It recognized a 128 GB microsd card I put in, Samsung Evo Plus

http://imgur.com/qpOrCDp

Not sure what format it needs. I just out it in my computer and added MP3s, but it did not recognize it. From the head unit I wiped the card and then it recognized it and showed the full 128 GB available.

Easily changed the boot logo to Jeep

http://imgur.com/HqqpGot

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