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Unread 09-04-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee 97' with the stock stereo, and im looking to replace it with a new one. I have a Zune HD that I usually use for my music, but I also listen to the radio.
I went to bestbuy to check out the stereo's they had, but they wanted over $100 to install them! I'd rather make a learning experience out of it, and try to learn myself.
I have no experience at all when it comes to cars. I've built my own computers and all that, but never worked on a car before.
How hard would it be to install it myself, and what would be the best stereo for my needs?

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Here is a really detailed guide especially for your vehicle: http://www.installdr.com/InstallDocs...PDF/533013.pdf

If you can put together a computer, a radio install will be more involved but should not be a problem

About stereos, I am not an expert on the brands but the last place you want to look is Best Buy. Someone else can probably chime in with recommendations
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Thanks for that guide! +rep

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I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee 97' with the stock stereo, and im looking to replace it with a new one. I have a Zune HD that I usually use for my music, but I also listen to the radio.
I went to bestbuy to check out the stereo's they had, but they wanted over $100 to install them! I'd rather make a learning experience out of it, and try to learn myself.
I have no experience at all when it comes to cars. I've built my own computers and all that, but never worked on a car before.
How hard would it be to install it myself, and what would be the best stereo for my needs?
Don't worry at all about installing an aftermarket Head Unit in a ZJ grand cherokee, they are a breeze to work on. I have swapped out my factory stereo for an aftermarket sony HU in the dark on a 5 minute smoke break at work with no problems. All it takes is a philips screwdriver and a 10mm socket. The wood grain trim pops right off with very little force, and you will have to lower the steering wheel to be able to get at a few screws, but there is nothing that should cost more than $20 for a competent shop to do the install. There are aftermarket wiring harnesses and adapter plates readily available at wal-mart and online for cheap, and they include instructions that should help.

I will leave the HU recommendations to somebody who knows a bit more on that subject than I do.

If you have any problems or questions feel free to post them and I will do my best to help. I have had my jeep's entire interior out more times than I can count so I'm sure I can be of assistance in some way.
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Don't worry at all about installing an aftermarket Head Unit in a ZJ grand cherokee, they are a breeze to work on. I have swapped out my factory stereo for an aftermarket sony HU in the dark on a 5 minute smoke break at work with no problems. All it takes is a philips screwdriver and a 10mm socket. The wood grain trim pops right off with very little force, and you will have to lower the steering wheel to be able to get at a few screws, but there is nothing that should cost more than $20 for a competent shop to do the install. There are aftermarket wiring harnesses and adapter plates readily available at wal-mart and online for cheap, and they include instructions that should help.

I will leave the HU recommendations to somebody who knows a bit more on that subject than I do.

If you have any problems or questions feel free to post them and I will do my best to help. I have had my jeep's entire interior out more times than I can count so I'm sure I can be of assistance in some way.
Do I have to do any soldering or crimping to attach the new HU?
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Do I have to do any soldering or crimping to attach the new HU?
You gotta crimp for everything
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I have almost no electrical experience either. And how are the Sony stereos?
This one This one
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Do I have to do any soldering or crimping to attach the new HU?
Pepboys sells these kits that actually replace the stereo harness then connect to the factory harness and even comes apart easy for future add ons. Check them out it's completly crimp and soldier free and well worth the money just to save the head ache and professional look.
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Pepboys sells these kits that actually replace the stereo harness then connect to the factory harness and even comes apart easy for future add ons. Check them out it's completly crimp and soldier free and well worth the money just to save the head ache and professional look.
Do you know what its called exactly, because that would help me a ton!
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