Audio Receiver Mod

JeepGirl1013

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Hi everyone! I just bought my first TJ, a 2001 Sport, automatic. I am making my upgrade/mod list, which continues to grow thanks to this forum, and I’m hoping the hive mind can help me with my stero woes.

I love everything that isn’t modern about my TJ but I am a sucker for Apple carplay and actually being able to see my maps. But I hate temporary mounts- the suction cups, glue, air vent blocking. It all just pisses me off. And I don’t want to spend the $ it would take to get a stereo replacement when there are great options at a lower price point.

I am looking at a device like this:
Gegaibe Wireless Car Stereo with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Portable Touch Screen Car Radio Multimedia Player with Bluetooth, Backup Camera, Navigation, Mirror Link for All Vehicles https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CKSGD8P1?tag=wranglerorg-20

I want to permanently attach the mount to the dash. But then it will negate the need for the current stereo. So I have questions…

1. Can I wire the unit directly to my existing speakers somehow? I know I can get power easily enough. But I want to get rid of the stereo so how do I get the tablet and the speaker connected without it?
2. Is there a trim option out there that offers storage instead of the stereo? Or a blank panel there so I can move switches there, etc?
3. Anyone had success with this kind of mod before? Show me your set up :)

This is my daily driver so I want it to look nice and clean.

Thanks for your pennies!
 
Why not get a double din dash kit and a double din media player, the screen will be smaller than what you linked but it would look a lot cleaner. They have media players with every feature that you mentioned. Several people on here have done it. It’s on my short list I just need to finish some other projects first and I can’t seem to make up my mind on which media player to get.
 
By the time you got a setup like that installed cleanly and functioning without problems, it would likely cost the same or close to what it would cost to just install a budget double din headunit with the features you want. I've seen open box DD headunits at best buy, Amazon, etc in the $100-150 range.

One thing I learned long ago, especially in regards to vehicle mods, buy once cry once is the best mindset. Even if you start with a budget headunit for now, the bulk of the groundwork is done for you to upgrade to a better unit if you ever find it necessary.
 
you can do the double din in-dash for under $250 ! why would you want to put that big thing above your dash ?

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1. Can I wire the unit directly to my existing speakers somehow?
I know I can get power easily enough. But I want to get rid of the stereo so how do I get the tablet and the speaker connected without it?
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CKSGD8P1?tag=wranglerorg-20
Good question.
Let us know, because your advertisement clearly does not show how that's achieved.

I've been doing aftermarket stereos for years, and I'll tell you now that product advertisement is horsepoo
None of the videos show the consumer how it interfaces with the speakers, or allow you to see it's working thru the speakers

It must interface thru the installed stereo somehow (AUX plug) because the headunit is where the speakers draw power.
However, if your OEM stereo doesn't have an AUX input, you're not going to be able to use that based on what I can see
 
Good question.
Let us know, because your advertisement clearly does not show how that's achieved.

I've been doing aftermarket stereos for years, and I'll tell you now that product advertisement is horsepoo
None of the videos show the consumer how it interfaces with the speakers, or allow you to see it's working thru the speakers

It must interface thru the installed stereo somehow (AUX plug) because the headunit is where the speakers draw power.
However, if your OEM stereo doesn't have an AUX input, you're not going to be able to use that based on what I can see

It transmits to a fm frequency and you tune your car radio to that frequency and basically your car radio is a volume control… I had a cigarette plug version that plugged into my iPhone that gave me CarPlay on my stock radio before the double din… sound is actually not that bad… that being said, I would put in a double din instead of mounting that thing on my dash…
 
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thanks everyone! I’ll probably go the double din route. I just would love something closer to eye level. But. I don’t want to there the steep I have the screen doesn’t work so it’s not easy to use.