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Are Alpine Restyle dash kits and receivers worth it?

Transform your dash and keep the factory feel

Heads up!

Welcome to this article from the Crutchfield archives. Have fun reading it, but be aware that the information may be outdated and links may be broken.
Alpine Restyle X009-RAM dash kit installed

This Alpine Restyle System for 2013-up RAM trucks is a 9" multimedia marvel that doesn't clash with the surrounding dash

Alpine's been in the car audio business for a long time, and they know how to anticipate trends. So when Alpine saw a demand for car stereos which go beyond the standard 7" display, they rushed to satisfy it with their Restyle line (originally known as Alpine Perfect F.I.T. solutions). 

The Restyle series of 8”, 9", and 10" receivers are custom-fit stereos and dash kits for specific vehicles — mostly trucks and SUVs, but also some Jeep models. Additionally, Alpine offers a few "universal fit" receivers and bezels that can work in some other dashes with a bit of modification.

Either way, a Restyle solution offers great sound, GPS navigation (in most cases), and touchscreen control through a massive display that’ll make everyone on the block just a little bit jealous.

Alpine Restyle receivers are big and beautiful

Restyle navigation receivers offer a bevy of road-friendly features, regardless of their screen size. Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Accurate guidance, including traffic reports (except in some Jeep models)
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • an easy-to-follow touchscreen interface
  • SiriusXM satellite radio compatibility and a built-in HD Radio™ tuner
  • iPhone® and iPad® control
  • Pandora app control for iPhone® and Android™ devices

And with most Restyle kits, an external Bluetooth microphone comes in the box.

Plenty of connections other devices

The on-board connections include an HDMI input, a rear USB input, a front auxiliary input, and a rear digital optical output. These receivers will even have connections for one or two cameras for added safety. Trademark Alpine-quality audio and sound-shaping tools come standard as well.

Included iDatalink Maestro extras

Each vehicle-specific Restyle stereo also includes an iDatalink Maestro module. This module lets you keep many of the factory extras that you love, like Ford SYNC and steering wheel controls. Depending on the vehicle, iDatalink also offers a nice set of “bonus” features. From the stereo’s touchscreen, you’ll get:

  • parking sensor integration
  • tire pressure display
  • read and reset "check engine" codes
  • customizable on-screen vehicle information including gauges for speed, RPM, boost, engine temperature, and more

Factory fit and feel for Silverado, Sierra, and more

Alpine Restyle dash kits don’t replicate factory dashes exactly, because of their larger screen sizes. But they do come as close as possible. In most cases, they retain the factory climate controls and other features, or they make them available through the touchscreen. A finished installation will look seamless and attract attention for how awesome the screen looks.

Alpine X110-SRA Restyle System with 10" receiver and dash kit installed

The Alpine X110-SRA Restyle System for 2014-up GMC Sierra trucks offers a 10" display and keeps the factory climate controls

Restyle dash kits feature bezels with large physical buttons which run either along the bottom or the sides of the receiver. These buttons include controls for volume, Bluetooth calling, audio source selection, and track forward/back.

Alpine X110-SRA Restyle System dash kit

The bezel for the X110-SRA Restyle System fits perfectly in the Sierra's dash for a factory look. The buttons between the disc slot and the screen offer quick access to music, navigation, and user favorites.

Pull up your favorite functions quickly

The most useful button might be the “Favorites” button. Use it to store your most-used destinations, radio stations, phone contacts, sound settings, and much more for quick access.

Favorites button

The "Favorites" button is always in a prominent position on every Restyle kit.

Basically anything you can access through the stereo can be stored as a favorite. The stereo remembers each user’s list of favorites through their phone’s Bluetooth profile. Multiple drivers can maintain separate favorites in the same vehicle and have them come up automatically when their phones are paired.

Plug-and-play installation…

Alpine designed the Restyle kits to be plug-and-play. In most cases the challenges of wiring are eliminated by pre-wired vehicle, stereo, and interface harnesses. They take the guesswork out of the process. They’ve even pre-wired the navigation outputs (speed sensor, brakes, and reverse light).

…with some exceptions

Most Restyle kits with 10” screens don't need any modifications to the dash. Most of the 9” Restyle kits do require a small amount of dash modification to make the stereos fit properly. The exception is the kit for the Ford MyPlay replacement. In most cases, a cutting tool will be necessary, so a professional installation might be a good idea for that one.

Alpine also provides video tutorials for installing each Restyle model. Check them out to see if you're up to the task — I bet you are.

Restyle kits are available in 8” configurations for select 2007-up GMC/Chevrolet, Cadillac, RAM, and Toyota trucks, plus a few Toyota car and crossover models. Owners of select Ford, RAM, GMC/Chevrolet, and Toyota trucks and plus Jeep Wranglers should be able to add a 9” Restyle kit.

Right now, the only vehicles compatible with the 10” Restyle stereos are select 2014-up GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado pickups, but more should be coming soon. See below for more info about Jeep Wrangler Restyle kits.

Alpine X009-GM Restyle System in a GM truck (before and after)

This X009-GM2 Restyle System transforms the dash of a 2007-up Chevy/GMC truck from ho-hum factory (left) to attention-grabbing aftermarket (right) by adding a beautiful 9" color touchscreen with navigation.

Alpine Restyle Jeep Wrangler solutions 

Alpine offers a handful of Restyle kits for Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts, with a few twists upon the standard receiver capabilities. The X009-WRA Restyle system is similar to the packages mentioned in above, in that it has a navigation receiver and a 9" screen.

The other Wrangler models feature Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, but they don't all include a disc player or built-in navigation. Be sure to check each model's feature set.

Like to drive with the top down? The newer Wrangler Restyle kits are protected against water and dirt. You can hit the trail without fear of losing your favorite tunes or worse. Each Jeep Wrangler Restyle kit does require a small bit of dash modification for installation.

Alpine i209-WRA Restyle digital media receiver

Alpine's i209-WRA Restyle System for Jeep Wranglers adds a weather-resistant 9" touch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to your toy's dash. There's no CD player but you still have plenty of audio options.

For more information on which Alpine Restyle stereos might fit your vehicle, use our Outfit My Car tool or contact an Advisor via phone, chat, or email.

  • Sterling C Poteat from Clinton

    Posted on 11/28/2019

    Besides the 10" screen size and the plug-in-play installation, what features that this model have that other models have and can justify that price point? Does it have internet capabilities as in a built-in hotspot, or storage capabilities as SD Card holder (an attached USB devices is not the same)

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    on 11/29/2019

    Hi Sterling - thanks for your question. I'm not sure which Restyle unit you're referring to, but I have to assume it's either the X110-SLV (for Silverado) or the X110-SRA (for Sierra), since those were the only ones with the 10" display. They were admittedly sold for a premium price when they were first introduced in late 2015, but Alpine heavily discounted them before they were discontinued in 2018, so the price point was eventually much lower. That said, justification is up to the purchaser, and the market eventually decides what succeeds and what does not.
    To address your specific questions, these systems did not have internet capabilities, nor did they have an SD card holder. These might be dealbreakers for you. For others, the lack of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay might also be major negatives - it's entirely up to each customer! I can tell you that both units got solid reviews (4- and 4.5-star averages), so some folks thought they were worth the investment. Their reasons include the ease of installation, the way they looked factory, and how great they sounded, among others. Feel free to read the reviews at the links I've provided, or get in touch with one of our friendly advisors to discuss the options available for your vehicle - they're ready to provide valuable insight based on your needs.
  • Rex in S. Tx. from S. Tx.

    Posted on 3/17/2019

    Well, I looked this item over. While it may please some, I prefer my ho-hum 09 Sierra center stack to the Alpine offering. Of course, I am a hard sell. I do not prefer a tv like screen in my rides.

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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    on 3/18/2019

    Rex - thanks for your comment. One great thing about shopping at Crutchfield is that we don't typically apply hard sell tactics. Our advisors are trained to help folks find the right gear for them, not just pressure them to buy something they might not want or need. We did this article for those who might be on the fence, and because our advisors were getting a lot of questions about the perceived value of these kits from potential customers. At the time we posted this article there wasn't much information available online, but now customers can look at other customer reviews of these kits to help them make a decision. And they can always contact a Crutchfield advisor if they have any questions.
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    Dominic DeVito from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/22/2018

    Hi Dave - As an authorized retailer for every vendor Crutchfield carries, we have to honor MSRP agreements. This can mean that sale pricing is sometimes out of our hands. It may also mean that other sellers offering items for less are probably not authorized dealers — you can find out more about that on Alpine's warranty page. Since the i209 is a current model, it may not be going on sale any time soon (but you never know!). Finally, if you see that any item you purchased from Crutchfield has dropped in price within 60 days of your order, we'll refund you the difference if you get in touch with us.

  • Dave from Chanhassen

    Posted on 10/21/2018

    When is the i209 going on sale? Waiting for it to go on sale to buy it.

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