post #1 of Old 03-01-2012, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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I want a big, clunky, ugly aftermarket head unit.

I want a new head unit. The knob in my 98 TJ's stock unit only works half the time, and I also really want an aux in. So it's time to find an aftermarket unit. However, I HATE every head unit I've found. They all have tiny buttons, obnoxious and bright displays, and are so complicated that I can't figure out how to change the station without fighting with it for 5 minutes. They are all apparently designed for people with Barbie doll-sized fingers who don't mind looking down from the road for a solid minute to change the station, and who never ever drive over a bump. Oh, and they're also designed for people who can get away with a flashy head unit, because their cars actually lock.
Now, what I want is a huge head unit that's actually easy to use and not flashy. I want it to have big clunky buttons that I can find without looking away from the road and a simple display and an aux in. That's all I want. Are there any head units made for people like me, who want the quality of aftermarket, without all the BS on most aftermarket units? Or maybe there's even an OEM unit out of a different vehicle that is relatively cheap and good quality? Please help!


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post #2 of Old 03-01-2012, 12:23 PM
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Put another stock head unit in. Nobody wants that massive POS, so it will never get stolen. Infact, there's probably 10 of them on eBay right now.

If you want a better head unit then you are going to have to get used to pushing buttons. Once you're acquainted with a HU, it's not hard to change stations or songs while driving. Plus, if you took the time to read the manual then you could understand how the entire unti works

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post #3 of Old 03-01-2012, 12:35 PM
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Put another stock head unit in. Nobody wants that massive POS, so it will never get stolen. Infact, there's probably 10 of them on eBay right now.

If you want a better head unit then you are going to have to get used to pushing buttons. Once you're acquainted with a HU, it's not hard to change stations or songs while driving. Plus, if you took the time to read the manual then you could understand how the entire unti works
X2 and just about every aftermarket HU has something called a "Detachable faceplate" so you can remove it when you park your Jeep and render the stereo almost useless to a thief

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Try looking a the DVD in dash players. Most still play CDs or have aux in but not much for a screen readout. You could look at nakamichi but for the $ id just learn to deal lol. Edit: I see one at woofersetc.com for $160.

I feel ya tho...my alpine has a search button that when hit freezes everything to search. I've accidentally hit that button so many times trying to mute or just turn the volume down. Frustrating!

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I have two stock head units...both are RBK single cd units. One is an 03 and the other a 05...I'll sell them cheap....LMK.

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post #6 of Old 03-02-2012, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips. Not interested in a stock unit unless it has an aux in though. I have 2 extra stock units sitting in the garage, don't need another unless it has aux in.

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post #7 of Old 03-02-2012, 09:45 AM
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this one isnt to flashy and has some beefy sized buttons not priced to bad either there are tons to choose from on this site
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...oss-822UA.html

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Check out the Jensen Heavy Duty line of head units. I'm considering them because I dislike other head units for many of the same reasons you do.
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I ran a Jensen in my yj...surprisingly for its $ it was a good solid unit.

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this one isnt to flashy and has some beefy sized buttons not priced to bad either there are tons to choose from on this site
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...oss-822UA.html
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according to your own links, neither of these units will fit a 98 TJ

I recently put one of these in, love the Bluetooth feature and if you don't like the buttons on the faceplate you can always use the remote
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^No aftermarket radio is a direct fit into ANY vehicle. You always have to buy an adapter or use a special sleeve to get it to fit in.

DIRECT fit as in just pop it in and it magically works, like a seatbelt is a direct fit into its clip.

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^No aftermarket radio is a direct fit into ANY vehicle. You always have to buy an adapter or use a special sleeve to get it to fit in.

DIRECT fit as in just pop it in and it magically works, like a seatbelt is a direct fit into its clip.
that's true but those radios do appear to be too tall to fit within the space that the factory radio occupies ... so you may need more than an adapter, like a Sawzall
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post #14 of Old 03-02-2012, 09:53 PM
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Or using a different trim piece. Since TJ's are rather popular, someone out there has one.

All about that unibody life.
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To my knowledge you cant run double DIN in tj.. 1.5DIN would be max... so yes sawzall would be in order unless your getting custom bezel, moving ac knobs down or trimming ac vents up.. Sounds like a bit too much work for double din.

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