Aftermarket options for replacing the 8.4 Nav. Unit in the TH?

Discussion in 'Renegade Modified Tech' started by renegadegirl, Oct 29, 2021.

  1. renegadegirl

    renegadegirl New Member

    Jan 22, 2018
    central new york
    Has anyone replaced the 8.4 Uconnect with a suitably sized aftermarket head unit? I have the 2021 Trailhawk, and while I like the larger screen, I no longer have Sirius and I have a Garmin GPS that works fine for me for when my Nav. ends in January. I would love to get a similar sized unit with AA,Carplay, Bluetooth and maybe a CD player. I've searched Crutchfield, but no luck. Just looking to see if anyone has recommendations of where to look, or has done th swap.
    ( I had a 17 Latitude and had the 5.0 head unit changed to an Alpine, so I understand a harness needs to be added).
  2. zuke

    zuke Active Member

    Jul 16, 2018
    The Kenwood DMX706S would be my choice, but as you saw if you looked on Crutchfield, All the Kenwoods are hard to get right now because of the chip shortage... I've got the DMX7706S in my Rubicon right now, and love it...

    You need a specialized Metra kit to make it fit right in the Trailhawk, 95-6532B, an Antenna adapter for the radio, and an I datalink 794ADSMRR, This is not an easy installation, you have to program the idatalink with a computer, but the software you download you walks you through all that, and then gives you the wiring diagram for hookup and it preserves all the functions of your head unit, like the uconnect and USB connections (Not the NAV though, that will be gone)

    If you're patient, and are doing the installation yourself, I'd go with using the "email me when available" on Crutchfield, and get all the installation gear from them as well as use their harness wiring service (Well worth not having to splice all those connections yourself!). The discounted gear Crutchfield gives with the stereo purchase is well worth it.

    If you're not going to do the installation yourself, I'd visit a respected and reputable stereo installation shop in your area, and go with their recommendation for a head unit, You'll get the best installation if it's a unit they like installing! Go to a local cruise in or Cars@Coffee, and ask the people there who they use, That's usually how you'll find the best shops!
  3. topwired

    topwired New Member

    Nov 16, 2021
    There is so many screen available ay amazon but yeah the quality is not as high compared to the original one.

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