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RangeDrive 11-06-2013 04:29 PM

Whats a good after market radio?
 
Ok so someone broke into my jeep and stole my radio/ cd player lol..So whats a good replacement radio THAT FITS the slot?...Im not looking to spend a ton of cash but i want it to have a cd player and and somewhere to plug in a mp3

Winger67 11-06-2013 04:37 PM

Not too many (if any) companies make 1.5 DIN radios any more. And then they're usually more expensive for the features you're getting. I went with a higher end Kenwood since I wanted Bluetooth in the Jeep. In my TransAm I went with an Alpine. The Bluetooth and display works better on the Kenwood but overall I like the Alpine better for MP3 operation and build quality. Crutchfield offers free adapters for the radio and wiring harness and their service is great.

Gearhead31 11-06-2013 05:16 PM

best bet, get single din and use a faceplate/adapter IMO. there's a lot of really cheap options(under $20) for the faceplates and single din will open up huge amounts of choices.

misfit77 11-06-2013 05:30 PM

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I'm happy with Walmart JVC kd-s79bt. Mp3. Bluetooth phone and audio. Bluetooth adaptor included. USB play too. I think it was 98 dollars

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Gearhead31 11-06-2013 05:49 PM

From what I've seen, a lot of the 1.5 din run as much as upper level double din and that runs into a couple hundred starting cost, but I haven't looked much into it as of yet. take that with a grain of salt if you must. Just my limited experience in it. I just went JVC with a double to single din adapter faceplate. didn't match up perfectly for me but it was a $9 adapter so why complain?
Mine looks about the same as misfit77's, but an 8yr old jvc cd player. My kenwood blew something inside, never bothered to spend another $200+ for the radio I want.

KJK 11-07-2013 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by RangeDrive (Post 17494313)
Ok so someone broke into my jeep and stole my radio/ cd player lol..So whats a good replacement radio THAT FITS the slot?...Im not looking to spend a ton of cash but i want it to have a cd player and and somewhere to plug in a mp3

Here ya go!

I haven't purchased one but if I need a new stereo This is where I'm going. I'm not an audiophile so I don't need anything super fancy that screams "steal me!".

Price seems good and they have wiring harnesses so it's plug and play.

They have Grand Cherokee specific mounting kits.

peyton 11-07-2013 10:05 AM

I bought this one a few years ago for my xj and I love it. I plan on getting the same one for my zj. If you order it from this site they give you the install kit, wiring harness, and antenna adapter for free plus they usually beat everyone on prices. http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...X-GT660UP.html

somebody5788 11-07-2013 01:18 PM

I've got the older version of this http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...ion-CZ702.html Probably the best radio I've had.

timmayham 11-08-2013 07:15 AM

I say go single din too. There is not much room for the wiring harness and it was tough enough jamming it in behind my single din head unit. I would think that anything larger may not be real fun. As for head units, I am partial to Alpine (have owned about 5 or 6 of them, also have had 3 JVCs, 1 Sony, and a Clarion... The Clarion was a stud, but it was back in 1997 and I paid something stupid like $500 for it). It is hard to go wrong with Crutchfield too, they include installation adapters, wiring harnesses and instructions free of charge.

KoltenZJ 11-08-2013 12:35 PM

I run a Pioneer X6500BT it's awesome. $130 at Best Buy. Definitely worth the money. Check out my build thread for pics if you're interested in it. You would also need a Deck trim kit and wiring harness to get it all to fit and run. Not too much work at all and really straight forward.

RoldGold 11-08-2013 01:06 PM

A previous post by me:

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Originally Posted by RoldGold (Post 17027202)
I have this head unit installed in my Jeep GC 96 Limited (very similar to the first one listed by you) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I am very pleased with this radio. I think its wonderful. Screen is a little bit bright and I miss having the display dim with the dash lights, but the audio quality through the USB port is so much better than the tape adapter I was using before. Even with the stock front speakers and some cheap Dual's in the back doors.

You need to use a bezel to have it fit in the opening from the old radio (which is 1.5 dins, and most new radios are 1 or 2 dins. Obviously a 2 din won't fit). I used this one so that way I have a little storage slot: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1. However, mine isn't centered perfectly in the opening, so it looks a little tacky, and its a different finish, but for like $15 I'm happy enough.

I also bought this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 so I could do the soldering and heat shrink tubing outside the Jeep and not risk getting molten solder on any part of the interior.


Exdecuk 11-12-2013 05:25 PM

Any of these utilise the steering wheel controls?

RoldGold 11-12-2013 07:47 PM

The one I posted can accept the controls, but you need an adapter. It's on my "to buy" list, but I haven't gotten around to purchasing or installing it, so I can't provide much more insight. I'd wager that most of today's aftermarket radios accept steering wheel controls; I know for a fact Crutchfield lets you filter out radios that don't accept the signals.

SchizophrenicMC 11-12-2013 07:53 PM

I bought a $16 install kit (1.5 DIN to 1 DIN adapter with mounting tabs) and put a Pioneer DEH-X65BT into my ZJ. It's a neat little bluetooth-equipped single-DIN unit that cost $120 a year ago. I would do it again.

SDHarleydad 11-12-2013 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by misfit77 (Post 17495809)
I'm happy with Walmart JVC kd-s79bt. Mp3. Bluetooth phone and audio. Bluetooth adaptor included. USB play too. I think it was 98 dollars

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What I got ...$100 installed. Sounds good


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