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Unread 02-28-2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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Radio replacement

What are some plug and play radio's for the REN mygig. Mine is a 2008 model with boston acoustics speekers and back up camera.

Mine seems to be overheating, the console around the radio has been getting pretty hot lately. I think it may have to do with my superchips 93 tune because i started to notice it a little after i switch from the 87 tune. it sounds like a fan or something is constantly running(and yes i did have the radio off before installing the tune). I'm gonna switch back to the 87 tune for about a week and see if that changes anything. Just want to price out some options in case i have to change it.

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Unread 02-28-2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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I also have an '08 with same head unit......my original failed at about 20,000 miles, I was unable to find any "plug and play" aftermarket head unit that retains ALL of the factory features (back up camera, steering wheel controls, BA amp control, etc) so I got a re-manufactured OEM head unit.....it failed after just 2.5 years.....so again I searched for a true plug and play aftermarket unit that did not require me butchering up the original wiring harnesses to retain all factory features.....zero luck.....so I am now on my 3rd head unit, which is a re-manufactured OEM head unit.


i would LOVE to find an aftermarket head unit just like your post asks for!!!! but, they do not exist unless you are willing to either give up many of your factory features, or, if you are willing to cut up and butcher the OEM wiring harnesses. even the so called wiring adapter kits require butchering of your OEM wiring.
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Unread 02-28-2015, 04:45 PM   #3
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I just found this via youtube: http://www.seicane.com/aftermarket-o...x-usb-sd-k6061

It looks like it would be a great replacement. Only thing it doesn't have is sirus radio (which isn't all that bad), and an integrated HDD (which really doesn't matter because it has a SD card slot). It has programmable steering wheel settings. I dont think its plug and play though, Ill do more research on it after I finish my homework
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Unread 03-01-2015, 03:00 AM   #4
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based on the views of the back of this unit I would say it will not be plug and play at all, you are going to need a wiring adapter kit which require you to cut apart your factory wiring bundles and re-configure new connectors to receive this unit.

also the price. you can get an OEM Jeep unit re-manufactured for a lot less that the price shown for this unit and of course the beauty of the re-man OEM unit is it is truly plug and play.
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Unread 03-01-2015, 07:00 AM   #5
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where? every time ive tried looking for a re-man for the REN I consistantly find it for $500+
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Unread 03-01-2015, 07:34 AM   #6
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call United Radio 800-448-0944, they do the re-man for $300, you send them your head unit, you get the same unit back, 1 yr warranty.

good luck.
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Unread 03-01-2015, 08:18 AM   #7
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thanks, Ill check them out if the head unit continues to over heat. I switched back to the 87 tune yesterday and I didn't hear the fan noise like before.
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Unread 03-01-2015, 01:36 PM   #8
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Kind of like to replace the REC in my '06 but must have lifetime sat radio which I would have to start paying for as the sat receiver is only compatible with OEM head units.

But have you looked into something like this?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AOGZ19U/...I3S3ORQ8OU560C

more info here

http://wwv.crutchfield.com/p_541RP4C...-CH11&skipvs=T

Understand with some (not sure about this one) you may lose fader control but the steering wheel controls will work with aftermarket units and there is no wire cutting needed.
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