Install radio in jeep wrangler

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Going to upgrade my aftermarket single din radio with a double din from Crutchfield. Currently it has a Kenwood aftermarket radio in it. Here is the radio I’d like to use. I’d also get the double din faceplate kit.

Navigation receiver

I have a few questions hoping someone can help.

1- Radio specs. State if using factory amp change speakers to 4 ohm to prevent overheating. How do I know if factory amp is still installed? Was it part of the OEM radio Which is gone?

2- Radio requires to be wired into “reverse “ to enable some features (camera, dvd). Where would this be tied in?

3- Any recommendations on making this install theft resistant? Is there some kind of bezel, vault set up I could install over it?

Any other recommendations, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.




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I am still not sure why these guys let me do this stuff. This time, they took their newest company-owned Jeep, a $ radio (Sony XAVHD), and a few adapters and gave it all to me. Then they said, “Install this. Make it all work. And make it look good when you are done.” I mean, the “install this” and the “make it work” parts, I’m pretty good at that stuff—I get there eventually. But make it look pretty? Um, after all these years I would think they would know me better.

But, I do like a challenge, and to keep the editor guys happy, I decided I’d give it a shot. I gotta tell you, installing one of these is more complicated than installing a regular head unit. There are USB inputs, auxillary TomTom navigation units, video inputs, an extra USB plug that I used for satellite radio, and more. And that is all without putting an amplifier in the Jeep.

Trasborg likes his satellite radio for when he’s out in the middle of nowhere, because he can get the same stations no matter how far he is from civilization. While the radio claims to be “satellite ready,” what it doesn’t tell you is that you need to buy another $80 box to make it actually work. However, it also does say that it does navigation, and as delivered from Quadratec, it includes the auxiliary TomTom navigation unit.

Finding places for all those boxes and wires was interesting, but it’s nothing we haven’t talked about before in these pages, so I’m not going to bore you with that here. I’m just going to talk about the things I learned doing this so that if you are planning something similar, you know what you are getting into.

After taking the factory radio out and unplugging it, I quickly learned that I couldn’t fit the new unit in the dashboard. It turns out that with this unit, as well as other large chassis sat-nav units, you’ve got to take this metal cage out of the dash. I thought I’d be able to squish it and pull it out. Nope. I ended up going in there with a Dremel tool and a reinforced cutoff wheel so that I could cut it in half and get it out.

Once that was out, the Sony fit in the dash, and it was time to put the mounting brackets on it to see how it fit with the outer dash panel. I laid it down next to the original head unit to get a rough idea of where the mounting holes had to go. Next step is to bolt it into the dash and reinstall the outer panel. Even with matching the new head unit with the factory one, it took me two or three tries to get it in there correctly so it looked good like they wanted it to.

Quadratec includes this box as part of the kit, but make sure before you order any new radio for your ’and-up Wrangler that the company you order from includes a box like this. I tried figuring it out, but I don’t see a way to even get a new radio to turn on in one of these Jeeps without one of these boxes. It talks to the factory computer to allow the new head unit to turn on. I was going to mess around with trying to go around it, but I was scared I’d fry the computer.

The Sony included wires to get from the back of the unit out about 6 feet, so that you can plug in all your little gizmos and doo-dads. It has HDMI and USB cables in the box, but you might have to get an extra wire to hook up and leave in the Jeep for your cell phone or iThingy. These plugs are in the dash behind the head unit, so to keep them from vibrating loose and forcing me to pull the dash apart again, I taped them up. That should hold for as long as I need it to.

Broken Music
Maybe it is something I did, but I just don’t know. I called TomTom, Sony, and Quadratec, and they all had never heard of this problem before. The problem is, when the navigation is active, the music from either the satellite radio or streaming over Bluetooth is broken. It plays for several seconds and then goes completely quiet for one or two seconds. That gets super annoying really quickly. The only solution I found was to just unplug the TomTom if I wanted to listen to either of those two music sources. It isn’t a great solution, but it’s all I could come up with. If anyone has had this problem before and knows how to fix it, please let me know.



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How to Install Aftermarket Radio (Jeep Wrangler 2011-2017)

How to Remove a Factory Radio in a Jeep Wrangler

While the radio is still on, eject any discs from the CD player, if so equipped. Turn off the ignition, set the parking brake and remove the keys from the ignition.

Pry up on the vent trim panel at the top of the dashboard with a panel tool to remove the panel.

Remove two Phillips screws from the top edge of the trim panel that surrounds the receiver and climate controls.

Pry around the edge of the trim panel to remove it from the dashboard.

Remove four Phillips screws from the perimeter of the radio. Remove two Phillips screws from the climate controls located below the radio.

Open the glove box and loosen the strap that holds the door. Drop the door down as far as possible. Reach behind the radio by sticking your hand behind the right side of the radio through the glove box. Use a mm wrench to remove the nut holding the back of the radio.

Pull out the radio, unplug the harnesses and antenna and remove it from the dash.


  • "Car Stereo Cookbook"; Mark Rumreich;
  • "Jeep Wrangler thru (Haynes Repair Manual)"; Max Haynes;


  • Panel tools are available at auto parts stores.

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Radio jeep wrangler in install

Our client brought us their 2-door Jeep Wrangler with the typical complaints: the sound quality was poor, the volume too low, and the radio “too lame” (that’s a direct quote by the way). After some consultation and a quick evaluation of the system, we were prepared to rock their world.

The Audio System

The first (and perhaps most important) item on the agenda was the new touchscreen radio. We used the tried-and-tested Kenwood DDXS " CD/DVD Touchscreen Receiver ( model: Kenwood DDXXR " DVD Touchscreen Receiver) complete with Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth and WiFi built in to deliver the sound quality and feature set our client was after. She uses an iPhone so getting Apple CarPlay into the mix was a must. CarPlay allows her to use Apple Maps, Waze, or Google Maps for navigation while handling phone calls, text messages, and music streaming services (such as Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, etc.) right through the large ” screen or via voice control through the supplied microphone.

We tied the existing steering wheel audio controls into the new Kenwood stereo using an iDatalink Maestro RR module. And, as a bonus, our client would now also be able to view vehicle information such as tire pressure and battery voltage right through the interface on the touchscreen.

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