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2016 JKU Stereo Questions

(Originally posted in general forum, realized it probably belongs here)

I need to be incremental about my upgrades due to cash flow, but this stock radio (with UConnect) is unbelievably crappy in so many ways. The one positive that I'd like to keep (surprisingly) is the factory Bluetooth. Even with the sunrider open and back window rolled up, I can talk at 70 MPH no problem.



-I recently saw a YouTube video that suggests wiring for premium audio is in place whether I have it or now. If this is true, that makes my life REALLY easy. I already have a sub in a cabinet with an amp attached that I built for my TJ. Can anyone confirm or deny this? They showed a plug in the right rear.

-it kills me that power is interrupted when the starter engages. I travel a lot for work, so I often stop to make calls, answer emails, etc., so currently I leave it running to keep BT connected. What a waste! I dug up a wiring diagram that showed there's a gray wire in the harness labeled "starter interrupt". It would be too easy, but can I just cut that wire to eliminate this "feature" and keep power to the radio when the starter turns?

-If I can get my hands on a Wrangler with premium audio, aside from just the speakers, is there an external amp somewhere if have to pull? I work in the car industry, so it's quite possible I could do this on the cheap as long as I do the labor.

-Are the two notches in the back of the center console actually noise cancelling microphones for the BT as I've been told? That would explain a lot about the unexpected clarity of calls.



Thanks, in advance!



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Re: 2016 JKU Stereo Questions

Edit: YES, the wiring is there for the factory sub (at least in the back). One 8-wire plug and one three-wire plug (though only two wires). I did a current test with and without ignition on, and the two wires do not have power. I'm going to check the fuse box to see if there's just a missing fuse since I didn't check that box on the order sheet.



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