Originally Posted by xchrisx
Hi guys - hoping someone can help me out. I searched through the forums and online and didn't see an answer to this particular question.
One of the vehicle options I'm looking at is a standard Laredo E with nothing extra. I want to add the 730n down the road and am wondering since it comes with uConnect in the head unit, what would I need to add to get that working at the same time? I would need to add a mic, anything else? Would I need to replace the rearview mirror?
Also, my main question.. The base model will not have remote USB in the armrest - if I upgrade to the 730n afterwards, is it possible to add this, or at the very least in the glovebox?
I mainly want the uConnect for the iPhone/iPod connectivity and from what I've read you cannot control the iPod by plugging it into the face of the radio, it has to be the remote USB plug. Is this true? If so, do I just need to buy an extra cable to go from the HU to the glovebox or armrest?
Trying to decide between a basic model and paying an extra $3000 for one that comes with Security & Convenience and 20" wheels and Nav. Much better bang for my buck on the 20" model but would be stretching our budget thin.
Thanks for any help/suggestions/feedback!
I did this exact upgrade you are wanting to accomplish, I bought a base model Laredo and installed the 730N, Uconnect, backup camera and sensors and remote start. If you are somewhat tech savy, you can actually do some of the work yourself. (as far as the installation of the stereo and uconnect)
The cheapest oem parts I found are at stevewhite motors - These are the parts you will need for the uconnect if you are upgrading to the RHR-
RAM Dodge Chrysler Jeep Uconnect Microphone Mygig Rear Mirror RER RHR Mopar | eBay
RAM Dodge Chrysler Jeep Uconnect Navigation Jumper Harness Mirror RER RHR Mopar | eBay
You will need both the mirror and the wire kit. The other uconnect kits are for radio's that come with a module are stereo's that do not have the integrated bluetooth.
You can easily remove the benzel around your stereo and you will find four screws. After removal of these 4 screws the radio comes right out. If you have the connection for the uconnect you can run the wire from the mirror along the top of windshield and down the A pillar, underneath the steering column and then into the stereo housing.
Connect the new 730N to existing wiring and plug the new bluetooth in as well. You will need to get the vehicle flashed, but this part of the install will take roughly an hour and will save you a few hundred dollars.