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Old 04-27-2013, 03:41 PM
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Headunit upgrade advice

Well due to a fellow member on here upgrading their headunit in their wk2 with stock alpine system, I guess I am going this route now. My question is what are some good headunits to pick from and what wiring accessories will I need to connect to stock wiring and RCA out to aftermarket amp?

Also, stock speakers will work with the wiring hook up?

Anybody have diagrams on how they connected the wiring harness to the stock wires?
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Well due to a fellow member on here upgrading their headunit in their wk2 with stock alpine system, I guess I am going this route now. My question is what are some good headunits to pick from and what wiring accessories will I need to connect to stock wiring and RCA out to aftermarket amp?

Also, stock speakers will work with the wiring hook up?

Anybody have diagrams on how they connected the wiring harness to the stock wires?
What fellow member is this? lol. As far as headunits, I don't think any 1 is much BETTER than the other. It all depends on preference. As long as you stick with well known and established brands like pioneer, alpine, and kenwood you will be happy. Main thing is you do your research and make sure the unit you choose has the features and interface you want. What I would do is go to every shop and big box store you can, to play around with different types and models. From there you should know what you want. PAC harnesses is basically everything you need. Just need to find the right ones to keep whatever factory options you have. A quick google search will have everything you need. Yes the stock speakers will work using the PAC harness as long as their connected correctly. You're just talking of the center dash and rear pods right?
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:25 AM
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Re: Headunit upgrade advice

why not get what they got? or how bout trying Car Selector
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Correct just the center dash and rear surround.
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Good luck. Let us know what you decide on.
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Re: Headunit upgrade advice

I have a Pioneer Avic z140 and really like it. If you go the pioneer route, the z140 can be had cheap since the z150 was just released.
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Re: Headunit upgrade advice

Greetings,

Pioneer, Kenwood Excelon and Alpine have excellent internal amps to generate the hi-level signal going into the factory system. Also consider JVC head units. Remember for the navigation and telephone sound, take the front speakers and connect them into the rear speaker output in the harness. This will give you the 2-channel signal the factory Alpine system needs to process the information in the DSP. The PAC and Metra interfaces have excellent instructions to view.

If you plan on ditching the factory amp down the road and going with an aftermarket DSP, then stick with Pioneer's AVH series and use their external navi (IGO Primo software), Kenwood Excelon and Alpine as the first choices again.

Basically, if you use any digital media, check out which DAC they use. When it comes to analog signals via audio inputs, Pioneer has always produced clean signal paths. They make two the best 1-din receives on the market.

Otherwise, the majority of the internal Mosfet amps from the manufactures are the same with different wattage between them.

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Re: Headunit upgrade advice

No matter which aftermarket headunit you get, you NEED the PAC RP4-CH11 radio replacement interface to connect the aftermarket headunit to the Jeep's data bus. You can't just hack into the Jeep wiring. You'll seriously screw up the onboard computer and then you're dead in the water.
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Re: Headunit upgrade advice

So I am stuck between the Kenwood DNX890HD and the Apline INE-W927Hd.

I saw someone on the forum used the DNX already and said it won't flip open for the CD. Wondering how much trimming is needed.

I like the look of the Kenwood better but am a Alpine fan at heart. Choices choices...
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Re: Headunit upgrade advice

subbie you're stuck between the same 2 that I am looking at right now. What made you narrow it down to the Kenwood among the Alpine? I love the Alpine since I am familiar with the brand quality, but the Kenwood seems to have EVERYTHING on it, especially Garmin nav which I am a fan of.
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The Kenwood has everything including the Garmin, and a 13 band equalizer where the alpine has 8. The only reluctant I have with the Lenwood is that I searched here on the forums and one person has it and it is such a tight fit it won't open to put in a cd. Trimming will have to be done.

I also chose the kenwood bc of the user interface. Icons and swipe. Although its startup time is slow, roughly 29 seconds.

I had an alpine in my previous vehicle and loved it. Someone on here has that model and they love or. Same price as both. Although spec for spec the Kenwood has more.
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As much as I like the features of the Kenwood, the Alpine still comes out on top to me, mostly because I think the interface looks a lot cleaner to me, and just my general liking of their products.

I really wish, based on the other write-up in this subforum, that the 8" screen Alpine unit would fit with ACC installed, but I don't want to remove one feature to add another. I am probably going to email Alpine and see if they have plans for a install kit for our Jeeps, otherwise I might have to get creative. I really am envious of my fiancee's new Dart's 8.4 screen, and I want something nice like that!
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