post #1 of Old 01-03-2013, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Radio Upgrade Questions

I am new to the world of Jeeps and recently purchased a JGC 2013 with the base radio without Uconnect. I would like to upgrade so that I can get a rear camera.

I figure I have two options: Purchase a used Jeep radio off of eBay (although I do not know what to look for or what is comparable) or go aftermarket.

Going aftermarket has the advantage in that I can get HDRadio.

How can I find out if I have the separate amplifier? Or are the speakers directly powered by the head unit?

Crutchfield recommends the following:
Pioneer AVH-P3400BH
Wiring interface PAC PR4-CH11
Antenna adapter 12040EUID
Double DIN Kit 120956513B
Rear camera Pioneer ND-BC6

My concerns are that the wiring interface and Crutchfield assume that I have the separate amp and that I will lose fader control. That is a big negative. If my base radio does not have separate amp, then I should keep the fader, but I am not sure that the wiring interface will work.

While I have installed aftermarket before, never one this complex nor have had to run a wire for a camera. Anyone have experience with running a camera to the head unit? How about installing Bluetooth mic for phone? Where is the mic installed in factory models?

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post #2 of Old 07-16-2013, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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Just for documentation: I successfully replaced the stock 2013 radio with an aftermarket Pioneer double DIN. I also installed a rear view camera and a mic for a Bluetooth connected phone. There were a few glitches, but it is up and running perfectly now.

Crutchfield tech support was fabulous. I am pretty good with electronics, but there were a few surprises and they patiently walked me through them. Their prices are great when one takes into account the discounted harness plus the free dashboard and antenna adapter.

With the rear camera, I can now see the hitch when backing up to connect to my travel trailer. The camera is much clearer than those displayed in a mirror.

This Pioneer (it is the 3500 model) plays DVDs, so I can burn 4GB of MP3s on a disk and run random play. This unit has rear USB and audio plugs. I ran the included USB connector into the center consol, along with an audio mini plug connector. I can control a iPod or iPad on the radio via the USB while it is being charged. Bluetooth allows me to connect my phone for hands free operation or play music. The radio has HD.

The harness adapter allows me to retain steering wheel control of the radio. It also notifies the radio when I shift into reverse which automatically turns on the camera.
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