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 )
Tools & Materials Needed
10MM Box Wrench
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Small Thin Flat Head Screwdriver
Dash Trim Tool
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
- 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.
- 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
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Price: $5.99 + shipping
- 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 ).
- 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.
- 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.
Extra Finished Photos...
Hope this helps you out.