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Unread 02-23-2013, 05:56 AM   #1
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Patriot/Compass Radio Install How To

2011 Jeep Patriot
Navigation Head Unit Installation




Head Unit Information
Manufacturer: Astrium Electronics
Model: GEE-0809( Low Speed CANBUS )
Mfg’s Website: http://www.astrium-electronics.com
Purchased From: Trustigo( EBay )
Seller’s Website: http://stores.ebay.com/trustigo
Warranty: Yes( 1 year standard )
Plug-N-Play: Yes

Tools & Materials Needed
10MM Box Wrench
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Small Thin Flat Head Screwdriver
Dash Trim Tool
Utility Knife/Scissors
Zip Ties
Alcohol Swab
GPS Antenna



Introduction
This “How To” is specific to a 2011 Jeep Patriot with SiriusXM using an Astrium GEE-0809 head unit. However, Astrium is an authorized Chrysler builder and these head units use the OEM housing and all OEM connections. These steps can be applied, with very minor modifications, to the installation of most factory MYGIG/Media Center head units as well due to the factory design of the Astrium head unit.

The Astrium GEE-0809 is fully compatible with all factory options and features( UConnect Button, Steering Wheel Volume/Channel Controls, The 9-Speaker Boston Acoustics Premium Sound Package, etc... )EXCEPT for SiriusXM radio. The head unit does not support satellite radio service. No adapters or harnesses needed for factory options/features to work. The head unit is backup camera ready( uses the factory plug/location ). A MOPAR camera kit or an adapter with a factory plug to RCA input is required to use aftermarket cameras.

The GEE-0809 is a Low Speed CANBUS model and can be used in any Chrysler brand vehicle capable of running a MYGIG/Media Center Low Speed CANBUS head unit( use GEE-3012 for High Speed CANBUS applications ).

NOTE - I have done this How To in a PDF as well if anyone is interested. Just PM me with your e-mail address and I will send it to you.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1 - Disconnect your negative battery cable( 10MM box wrench ). Wait 2 minutes to allow airbags to discharge before you proceed. You need to remove the air-box inlet tube to disconnect the cable.





Step 2 - Using a plastic dash trim tool, pop the bottom corner of the radio bezel out so you can get a finger in behind. Use the special tool designed for this purpose so you do not damage your dash or bezel. Work along the bottom of the bezel, while pulling towards you until free, then work up each side to the top until bezel is 100% free. Don’t go crazy pulling but you will have give it a good tug to free it.

Once the bezel is free carefully lean the top back towards you so you can reach down behind it to unplug the AC/HVAC controls. Make sure you depress the tab on the green plug before trying to pull it out or it will not come free. Set bezel aside where it won’t get damaged.







Dash Trim Tool
Mfg: Pro-Fit
Model: DM-40-22
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Price: $5.99 + shipping


Step 3 - Remove 4 screws holding head unit. Slide head unit out and disconnect AM/FM antenna(white) and if equipped the SiriusXM antenna(yellow). Unplug radio harness( depress tab on bottom ).





Step 4 - Install GPS antenna. Follow the antenna mfg’s mounting instructions if provided. I mounted my GPS antenna on the windshield, above the rear view mirror and next to the headliner. It doesn’t show unless you look for it and it receives an unobstructed and clear signal.

Clean windshield with alcohol pad and when dry attach GPS antenna using double sided 3M tape. Tuck the antenna lead up and into the headliner to hide it as you work towards the passenger side of the vehicle( lead shows in photo below but is hidden now ). Using a trim tool or small flat screw driver pop the A-Pillar screw cover plug and take out the phillips head screw inside. CAREFULLY pop the trim piece off and set aside where it won’t be damaged.

Route the GPS antenna lead down the A-Pillar to the dash and secure in a couple spots with zip ties. Use caution routing and securing the antenna lead inside the A-Pillar trim if you have a sunroof so that you do not damage the sunroof drain tubes. Open the glove box and squeeze sides in like you would do if changing the cabin air filter so you can lower it all the way down out of the way.

Feed the antenna lead down through the gap on the side of the dash and into the opening behind the glove box. Feed the GPS antenna lead across and into the radio opening. Secure the antenna lead in a few spots with zip ties. Carefully coil up any extra antenna lead, leaving enough to attach to the head unit with it slid out and secure with a zip tie so it stays coiled up.

You will not be using the factory SiriusXM antenna(yellow) as this head unit does not support that feature. Use a zip tie and secure it to the GPS antenna lead so it does not fall down inside the dash. Make sure the GPS and AM/FM antenna leads and the radio harness are not tangled and have slack.

NOTE - I am lacking some photos here as they didn't come out good due to lighting and/or poor focus. Sorry. I hope my explanations are enough to make it clear.









Step 5 - Plug the blue GPS antenna lead to the blue GPS input on the GEE-0809. Plug the white AM/FM antenna lead to the white AM/FM input on the GEE-0809. Plug the factory head unit harness into the GEE-0809 in the same location you unplugged it from on your factory head unit.

Being careful not to pinch/kink any wires or antenna leads slide the GEE-0809 head unit into place. Reinstall the 4 retaining screws into the stock location. Before proceeding any further reconnect the negative battery cable so you can verify proper function of the new head unit.

Once you verify the new head unit is functioning properly, and that you have adequate GPS signal strength, reinstall the radio bezel and pop the glove box back into place. CAREFULLY reinstall the A-Pillar trim and you are done.













Install Complete

Extra Finished Photos...











Hope this helps you out.

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Unread 02-23-2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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Unread 02-24-2013, 08:33 AM   #3
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nicely done! how much did the unit cost you?
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Unread 02-24-2013, 10:28 AM   #4
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It was $996.00 for the unit w/ free shipping( included the GPS antenna ) and a standard 1 year factory warranty. I paid $129.99 extra for a 3 year extended warranty. So $1125.99 w/ 3 year EW.

The warranty is great they will...

Repair( if it can be )
Replace( if it can't be fixed they replace it )
Refund( if it can't be fixed, and can not be replaced, I get a full refund )

Should be noted this is a brand new unit not used and is OE quality. The mfg( Astrium )is an approved Chrysler builder and makes head units for them sold outside the US. This unit uses the OE case, face plates( different button features but same layout ), plugs on the back, etc...
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Unread 02-25-2013, 06:16 AM   #5
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$1125.99 holy *BEEP* well it looks great!
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Unread 02-25-2013, 07:59 AM   #6
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$1125.99 holy *BEEP* well it looks great!
Remember, $1125 is w/ a 3 year extended warranty plan. The head unit itself was $996 and came with a 1 year warranty which is within $100 of used Nav MYGIG units that have no warranty or at best 30-90 days. A new Nav MYGIG unit( 430N-730N models )will set you back $2500 +/-. This head unit is comparable to an OEM MYGIG not a regular aftermarket head unit.

I paid extra vs regular aftermarket options for OE quality, true plug and play, and OE fit and finish. No harnesses needed, no dash fillers, all factory options work plug and play, etc... A comparable aftermarket head unit( Pioneer, Clairion, Kenwood, Sony, etc... )would run you at least $600-$900 just for the head unit and that doesn't include all the harnesses you would need for everything to work. Most aftermarket head units don't work with Premium Sound or if they do only partly( example - no front to rear fade ability ).

IMO for what I got overall I think the price was very reasonable.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 08:09 AM   #7
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i hear ya. With mine i didnt buy the lastest pioneer navi head unit (if i did it would have been $1000). i was able to buy my radio used + parts for just under $400.... but i dont have any warranty. lol plus i have the basic sound system
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that radio looks physically identical to the one that chrysler uses save for the text on the buttons, even the plugs on the rear are the same. did you need a wiring harness (i'm guessing not)? i wonder if they're made by the same company...
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that radio looks physically identical to the one that chrysler uses save for the text on the buttons, even the plugs on the rear are the same. did you need a wiring harness (i'm guessing not)? i wonder if they're made by the same company...
It looks identical because it is.

Astrium is an authorized Chrysler radio builder and apparantly builds the non US MYGIGs for them. It uses an OE case and faceplate( different button functions as you noticed but same physical button locations and number )and it also uses the factory connectors on back. It is basically a no name MYGIG.

The only thing that was needed was a GPS antenna and that was included with the head unit. Otherwise you just use the 4 factory screws, the factory AM/FM antenna, and the factory radio harness. Works with steering wheel controls and premium sound too. It can even use a backup camera but to do so you need the factory plug that goes in on the back where it would on a MYGIG. It has no RCA inputs for an aftermarket camera. The MOPAR camera kit would work.

The one big difference really is these Astrium head units are not Sirius satelite radio capable like a MYGIG is. They do not support it. Other than that they are pretty much the same basic thing. Oh, and they have a built in Parrot Bluetooth hands free setup( Mic is upper left button )like UConnect. Works GREAT!

It works a little different than the OE setup does and you don't get the vehicle brand logos at startup but pretty much it is a MYGIG for over $1000 less.
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Im just glad Jeep/Chrysler stuck with a standard rectangle for the radio. Silly as it sounds that is something I consider buying cars. Is how easy it is to fit an aftermarket deck in.
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Unread 02-25-2013, 09:48 PM   #11
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Here is some video of a few of the features( Radio, USB, CD, DVD ). I will get some of the Bluetooth hands free and GPS later. Click the direct link to go to the video. If it won't let you view that page then click on the picture below it to download and then play video...

NOTE - I am sorry about the video moving especially near the end where the camera was sort of resting against me and thus was moving because of my breathing. It makes the video look like I am on the ocean. I was trying to do everything one handed so I could hold the camera and it made it tough. And yes, I realize I forgot to push the USB cover back on.

EDIT( 04/07/2013 ) - my Photobucket account had a major crash and I lost almost everything including all the photos and videos in this How To. I just redid the photos for the How To this morning but it will be a while before I get any videos. I will try and do it soon however.
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Nice install. i am looking for something like this which also has SiriusXM built into it. Anyone know of anything?
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