Interesting to go through this. I too am just in the midst of changing my factory head unit. I chose the Pioneer DMH-C2550NEX from Crutchfield (I am VERY pleased with their customer service and tech support). It is NOT a capacitive screen, but it works/looks better than other manufacturers capacitive screens. Yes, it would be nice if it was brighter, but no one seems to make a convertible-friendly screen. Just read the Jeep forums...
I had to nibble a corner out of the radio box to clear the USB connection. It just fits without cutting the metal support. Note: When I took the screw out to carve the plastic, the dash became VERY flimsy, so I would avoid cutting the metal at all costs. I could probably take 1/4" without negatively affecting it, but my Dremel bit broke...
I chose this unit as I THOUGHT it could be assembled with the "radio" portion (single DIN section) at the top of the screen section unfortunately it cannot. The depth of the radio section is almost identical to the lower half of the Bose radio, except for the aforementioned USB.
This unit does not have a CD/DVD slot (can't remember the last time I played one). It doesn't have Sirius either (yes there is a module; no, you couldn't pay me to take it). I have found that if I can't stream Spotify, Sirius is cutting out, so off to HD/FM radio I go. I prefer Waze for navigation and it automatically downloads the route map in case it loses cell signal. This is primarily an Android Auto/Apple CarPlay unit with an HD/FM/AM tuner.
I'm waiting on an AUX/USB socket and backup camera's arrival before I button everything up. I was going to put the socket in the ashtray, but after using it for a few days I will be putting it in the glovebox or console. No loose cords that way. The camera is going to be drilled into the bumper. The exact position will depend on the field of view and depth. I suspect it will be centered above the license plate in that 2" raised section, but it may need to be higher.
Fixed a couple of loose vent fins (nightmare with my fat fingers) while everything is apart.
I read that Mercedes and BMW put their microphones on the steering columns in their convertibles. I tried it there and can use the phone, or talk to Google at 60mph; top down! GM mounts theirs on the A-post in The convertible Corvettes, but I had a terrible time with my sun-visor mounted bluetooth phone adapter in that location. It was useless with the top down, and I don't drive with the top UP! I think the microphone will get permanently mounted on the column, or tucked in the gauge cluster. Still undecided.
What a pile of cables! I soldered and shrink wrapped everything then wrapped in hockey tape to prevent vibration. Steering wheel controls work EXACTLY like factory. I could not add a long press control, as Pioneer uses long presses exactly like the Bose unit. The Bose amp is integrated as well.
I also played around in Photoshop and made the background fit the layout of the radio screen. I likey!
Now, these speakers sound like poop... Next project!
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