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Old 03-02-2013, 12:08 PM
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Re: Anyone install aftermarket Nav unit?

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If you're bothering to upgrade the speakers and install an aftermarket amp, then don't use the small OEM wiring. If you're going new, go all new.

I ran all new, 14 gauge, wire to each door. It's a pain in the you know what, but highly recommended. The wires go to the amp, RCA cables from the amp to the headunit. Voila!

Tools I highly recommend, heck you can't do it without these:

-Multimeter
-Trim removal tool (Like this)
-Door panel removal tool (like this)
-Wire grabber/puller (like this)
-Wire stripper
-Pliers
-Heatshrink
-Soldering kit
-Dielectric grease

Not to hijack this thread, but any advice on running new wires into the doors? Right now, I have an Avic z140 installed but plan on adding an amp and replacing the speakers. How hard was it to run new wires into the doors? Did you have to drill through the molex connectors? Not sure on the process as I haven't take the door panels off yet. Ideally, I would like to run 2 pairs of 14 guage wire to each of the front doors in case I ever decide to go active, do you think there is room for two pairs?. Any advice or pics would be helpful.

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-Raj
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:04 AM
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Not to hijack this thread, but any advice on running new wires into the doors? Right now, I have an Avic z140 installed but plan on adding an amp and replacing the speakers. How hard was it to run new wires into the doors? Did you have to drill through the molex connectors? Not sure on the process as I haven't take the door panels off yet. Ideally, I would like to run 2 pairs of 14 guage wire to each of the front doors in case I ever decide to go active, do you think there is room for two pairs?. Any advice or pics would be helpful.

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-Raj
It's somewhat difficult to run new wires to the doors. The flexible boots that the wires go through are tight. I had to lube up the wires with cooking spray to make them slip through somewhat easier. No drilling required as there are holes in the molex to run the wires through. There's room for 2 wires for the front doors, but there's barely room for 1 wire in the rear doors.

You'll need the tools I listed in my post to do this project. You also need patience, a lot of it. You'll also need the Interior Trim Removal guide: http://wk2jeeps.com/interior/2011_wk...moval_001E.pdf

edit: here's some pics of a fellow JG member's speaker upgrade: Upgrading the audio in my 2011 GC - full overhaul need opinions....
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:55 AM
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It's somewhat difficult to run new wires to the doors. The flexible boots that the wires go through are tight. I had to lube up the wires with cooking spray to make them slip through somewhat easier. No drilling required as there are holes in the molex to run the wires through. There's room for 2 wires for the front doors, but there's barely room for 1 wire in the rear doors.

You'll need the tools I listed in my post to do this project. You also need patience, a lot of it. You'll also need the Interior Trim Removal guide: http://wk2jeeps.com/interior/2011_wk...moval_001E.pdf

edit: here's some pics of a fellow JG member's speaker upgrade: Upgrading the audio in my 2011 GC - full overhaul need opinions....

Thanks for all the info!

Worst case, I'll only need a single wire for each rear door......day one i'll use the factory speakers / amp but may throw in a pair of coax speakers should I need them. I'm one of the few that likes a bit of rear fill.

I have all the tools you listed, have done installs in past vehicles but always tapped the factory wires. Patience is another story.....lol.

-Raj
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You're welcome. I changed out everything in my wk2. New speakers, wires, amp, headunit. I'm not done though. In the coming months I'll be upgrading the amp and headunit I put in.

I've thought about putting in a stealth box, but the Alpine type r speakers I installed give plenty of bass for my needs. Will see...
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