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Unread 09-01-2002, 09:21 AM   #1
luken18r
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new CD Deck

I need a new CD deck for the ZJ. Best Buy has an Aiwa CDC-Z127 on sale this week. anyone have this deck? how is it??

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Unread 09-01-2002, 10:25 PM   #2
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Re: new CD Deck

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I need a new CD deck for the ZJ. Best Buy has an Aiwa CDC-Z127 on sale this week. anyone have this deck? how is it??
I just bought one this morning and installed it. I got the Aiwa CDC-X227, is it the same $89.99 radio?

You need a dremel to open the stock radio slot about 5mm or so and square out the corners. I mounted the radio bracket from outside the center console panel which made for a much better fit. I used the old wire harness from stock radio and spliced the wires. The old harness has labels for the speakers and the power and ground was obvious (red and black). You need the rear bracket to secure the radio in place but don't bend it too much because the metal is pretty soft. I screwed it into the plastic vent tubes.

I was going to get 4x6 speakers for the fronts but the speakers were fine, it was the radio that really sucked. Sound is great and very little distortion when the volume is high to overcome the road noise.

I'm very happy with it because it sounds much better than the crappy radio that was in there and I don't have to worry too much of it getting stolen (I won't be out too much money).

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Unread 09-03-2002, 07:03 PM   #3
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*Update*

OK, after driving it a bit more, the thing skips like a little school girl with ice cream. Any little bump, it'll skip. It might be my burned CD (haven't tried a regular store bought CD). The radio is great though.

My main goal was to get decent sound in a really, really cheap package because I don't want to worry about it getting stolen. It's a much better radio than the stock one and the internal amp helps enough that I don't need new speakers, which I thought I did.

I don't know how much better a higher end cd player would work with in the jeep since it bounces around so much but overall, I'm very happy with it.

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Unread 09-22-2002, 10:57 PM   #4
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On the ZJ's you dont need to dremel or cut anything. You will need a install kit because the hole is a din and a half. You can also use the factory brackets and get a nice flush job on the YJ and XJ's by mounting the radio behind the dash panel. There are only a few radios you cant do this with and then you have to cut.
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Unread 09-23-2002, 01:23 PM   #5
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agreed on the dremmel. i went out and got a pioneer system and just cut and spliced the wire harnesses, and threw the fit kit in. if i had a better wire stripper, it would have taken me all of an hour to do. no cuttign or modifying the dash required
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