Best gear for your Jeep Wrangler
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In this article, we’ll show you some of the different ways you can outfit your Jeep for better sound and other enhancements, with a particular emphasis on newer models and Wranglers.
Jeep owners love to customize their vehicles and you’ve never had more options when it comes to audio, video, and accessory improvements. Whether you drive a classic CJ or a brand-new Gladiator, we can help you find the gear that fits your ride and delivers the performance you're craving.
To see what fits your Jeep, enter your vehicle information in our vehicle selector and let our database show you what works. If you don't see anything for your specific model (rare, but it happens), just give us a call. Our experts can help you find a new stereo that'll fit nicely, sound great, and stand up to whatever you get into.
Custom-fit Jeep stereos
Most Jeeps are designed for off-road use, and custom-fit stereos for your Jeep typically meet the same criteria. Alpine offers a handful of big-screen options to make your dash much more attractive.
Built-in GPS navigation, a 9" screen, and much, much more
The Alpine X409-WRA digital multimedia navigation receiver offers a rugged weather-resistant 9" capacitive touchscreen and bezel with factory fit and feel, and it lets you incorporate your phone and boost the sonic goodness of your Jeep. Built-in navigation for on- and off-road destinations ensures you won’t get lost, no matter where you roam. This receiver is available for select 2011-2018 Wrangler JK models or 2018-up Wrangler JL/Gladiator models.
The Alpine X409-WRA-JK navigation receiver works in most 2011-2018 Wrangler JK models.
Got a 2018-up Wrangler or Gladiator? Beautify the dash with Alpine's X409-WRA-JL navigation receiver.
These receivers work with both Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. An included iDatalink module lets you keep your steering wheel controls and Jeep Uconnect® features. Alpine includes an HD Radio™ tuner, HDMI input, and satellite radio compatibility. Every Jeep owner knows about their vehicle’s acoustic challenges, but the gear in this article can complement this receiver for improved listening, and you can use Alpine’s TuneIt app to dial in the receiver’s EQ, crossover, and time correction settings.
Custom Alpine options without navigation
The Alpine i207-WRA digital multimedia receiver brings a 7" touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and more to your 2007-2017 Wrangler's dash.
Alpine's i209-WRA digital multimedia receiver boasts a 9" display that'll survive a healthy dose of nature (namely water and dust) in your 2011-2017 Wrangler.
Alpine's i207-WRA and i209-WRA digital multimedia receivers for select Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited models offer similar upgrades but with a few key differences. The i207-WRA gives you a 7" screen that's not ideal for heavy precipitation or dust. The i209-WRA brings a bold, weather-resistant 9" touchscreen to your Wrangler's dash. Neither model offers built-in navigation, but chances are you know how to read a paper map pretty well and come prepared for the worst whenever you go off-roading.
Alpine accessories make it easier to control your add-ons
All four of the Alpine receivers mentioned give you plenty of room to expand your system with sound enhancements and accessories. Alpine’s optional multi-camera selector interface gives you the freedom to add up to three cameras and quickly switch the view on the radio screen. Alpine's truck accessory controller (sample screen shown below) lets you command up to eight different 12-volt accessories through the stereo, including lighting kits, winches, and more. You can label the accessories for quick access, and keep your dashboard clear of multiple switches.
Marine-rated receivers for your Jeep
If your Jeep spends as much (or more) time in the dirt as it does in rush-hour traffic, you need audio gear that's designed for life in the outdoors. Most of it is listed as "marine" gear, but it's also totally suitable for your Jeep.
Marine-rated receivers look and perform like regular car stereos, but they're engineered to live in moisture, dust, and muck. Conformal-coated circuit boards, water-resistant faces, and special covers for CD openings and/or USB and AUX ports ensure that these receivers will stand up to whatever you can dish out.
We recommend digital media receivers for off-road use, because who wants to put up with CDs that skip when you're rolling through the rough stuff? With a DMR, you can plug a flash drive into the USB port or use Bluetooth® to play anything on your phone or other device. Secure the device in a cubby or a jacket pocket, and you're ready to go anywhere.
Gauge-style receivers for older Jeeps
Speaking of digital media receivers, a standard stereo isn't always the best solution. For older Jeeps, including CJs, a gauge-style receiver might be a better choice.
These digital media receivers are designed to fit into standard-size (3") gauge openings, so they'll give you the functions you want in the space you have available. And they're every bit as tough as their single-DIN cousins. You can find them listed with our other marine-rated stereos.
Custom-fit Jeep speakers
You already know that aftermarket speakers are better than whatever the factory installed in your Jeep, but the speakers you choose should reflect the way you use your vehicle. If most of your driving takes place on the tarmac, we stock a huge selection of high-performance aftermarket car stereo speakers that'll sound fantastic in your Jeep. You can put together your own system, or step up to a system that’s designed for your Jeep. We also offer speaker pods and roll bar speakers that are designed to work in the Jeep environment, as well as subwoofers to bring the bass to your adventures — more on those below.
Weatherproof and extremely versatile JK speakers
The above custom-fit 6-1/2" Alpine speaker set lets 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK owners configure the included woofers and tweeters separately or as coaxials, depending on the factory setup. Alpine includes brackets to help with the installation. Crutchfield photographer and Jeep enthusiast J says the tweeters clip right in to the factory locations of his 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (below).
Custom-fit speaker upgrades for the whole system
Alpine offers a number of custom-fit Restyle speaker systems for Jeep Wranglers. Depending on the system, these could include speakers, tweeters, amplifiers, and powered subs. These systems offer direct-fit replacement for your Jeep's non-premium audio system.
Replace your overhead factory speakers for bigger sound
Soundbar speaker adapters from SSV Works let 2018-up Wrangler and Gladiator owners replace the factory overhead speakers with their own 6-1/2" speakers for a full-size revamp. With larger speakers that can handle much more power than the factory ones, you'll hear the difference immediately.
Custom-fit Jeep speaker pods
Speaker pods are an attractive option to adding speakers in non-factory locations in your Jeep, and they're usually designed to handle the elements.
Weatherproof 180° pods
These SSV Works swivel-mounted 6-1/2" speaker pods mount to your 2017-up JL's factory cage mounting points and let you hear your tunes inside or outside of your Jeep. They're available unloaded or with SSV Works or Kicker marine speakers installed.
Select Increments offers a wide array of unloaded speaker pods for various Jeep makes, including the Centra-Pod, Mod-Pods, and XJ-Pods (from left).
Speaker pods for classic Jeeps
Select Increments speaker pods overcome wind and road noise in Jeep models dating back to 1955 without taking up much room — you just need to add your own speakers.
Custom-fit Jeep subwoofers
When it comes to improving the bass in your Jeep, you have plenty of options. If you want to go seriously big, you can pop a couple of component subs into a box and secure it in the cargo area. If you want a sub that's already in a marine-rated enclosure, we have those, too. And there are also compact powered subs that are tough enough for off-road use.
The Alpine 10" weatherproof sub enclosure (shown installed above) fits under the passenger seat of 2007-2018 Wrangler Unlimiteds, so your precious leg room and storage area stay intact. All you have to add is an amplifier. We have plenty of custom-fit options for other Jeeps, including subs that squeeze into the cargo area or attach to the rear door, for fulfilling bass that doesn't take up too much space.
This JL Audio Stealthbox contains a 13.5" TW5-v2 subwoofer and fits 2007-up Wrangler Unlimited models
Depending on which Jeep model you own, you also have the option of custom-designed sub/enclosure combos that will fit right in. They're not marine-rated, but they're pretty tough and they’re a great way to add bass without taking up space you'd rather use for camping gear or hunting and fishing equipment. To see what's available for your Jeep, enter your vehicle information.
Roll bar speakers and lights for your Jeep
Many late-model Jeeps have built-in roll bar speakers, and we have plenty of aftermarket models that will fit right into those stock enclosures.
But if you're a fan of "al fresco" off-roading and you really like big sound, a set of roll bar-mounted speakers will really bring out the beast in your system. These rugged speakers are made for off-road use, and they'll clamp securely to your roll bar. When you need to put the top back on, they're easy to remove, too.
Noise-deadening solutions for your Jeep
Between road noise and wind noise, Wranglers can be a little loud before you start playing music. Boom Mat headliner kits block out the noise and insulate the interior of your hard-top Jeep Wrangler. The kit includes three pieces that fit perfectly in the headliner, each cut from marine-grade acoustical foam that resists mold and mildew. The panels are also styled to blend right into your Jeep.
Custom-fit Jeep cameras
Nobody wants to explain to a fellow Jeep enthusaist that the dings on their beloved vehicle are from a fender-bender in the mall parking lot, so getting a camera (or two or three) makes perfect sense. Here's one of several options for Wrangler owners.
Add a rear-view camera, reverse LED lamp, and brakelight to your Jeep
This handy weatherproof Alpine backup cam and brakelight package fits directly onto the spare tire mount of select 2007-up Wranlger JK models. You get a factory look while adding a third brake indicator — all without drilling!
There are other backup camera options available, either custom-fit for Jeeps or more generic. Here’s a handy link to all of our backup cameras.
Capture the fun while you drive
A dash camera is a great way to record all the fun you're having when you're out there. Whether you're crawling up a rocky trail or blasting through a mudhole, that footage will look really good on social media when it's recorded in high-definition. And on the way home, dash cams are very handy for recording the behavior of other, decidedly less-talented motorists.
More ideas to improve your Jeep
There's a vast universe of aftermarket gear out there. Here are some of our other favorite ideas for making your Jeep an even more enjoyable ride.
Add off-the-grid guidance: Even if you do most of your exploring within cell signal range, there's always a chance that you could find yourself without a reliable way to pull up maps on your phone. And if your stereo can't tell you how to get where you're going, a portable GPS navigator can help. Satellite coverage is much more reliable than phone signals, so you can count on reliable guidance pretty much anywhere, and some navigators offer detailed maps for off-road trails and areas.
Garmin's Overlander portable GPS navigator offers a 7" display, a rugged housing, and trail maps so you can take your Jeep just about anywhere — its built-in pitch and roll gauges let you keep track of your Jeep's position on challenging terrain.
Get some security: A security system isn't the easiest thing to install, but it can be a smart upgrade in many cases. Rule of thumb: If you think you need one for your Jeep, you probably do. No matter what kind of Jeep or truck you own, we can help you find a security system that'll work for your vehicle.
Install a remote start system: The popular notion of a remote start system is that it's great for those frigid mornings when you really appreciate being able to start your vehicle and give the heater and defroster some time to work before you go out into the cold. But you'll also appreciate it in extremely hot weather, on rainy days, or any time you want your Jeep running, comfortable, and ready to go when you climb in.
Power your AC devices: Getting away from it all is great, but if your off-road travels involve hunting, fishing, hiking, or camping, there are times when an AC-powered device can really come in handy. With a power inverter, you can convert your Jeep's DC power to AC power and run household devices from your vehicle's power supply.
Pack some spare power: We know you're smart enough to be careful about your battery, of course, but dead batteries do happen. What you need is a compact, powerful, easy-to-use charger that can jump your Jeep in an emergency – wherever you are. We offer a wide variety of power packs that can do just that, plus charge your phone, tablet, or other device.
Protect your floors: If you're going off-road, you're going to get dirty. Or muddy. Or possibly just wet. Either way, a set of floor mats and cargo mats from WeatherTech will keep the ick under control. Enter your vehicle information on our vehicle selector page and find the mats that fit your Jeep.
A set of WeatherTech floor liners (sample photo) will keep mud and muck from messing up your Jeep's interior
Store your stuff: If your ideal weekend involves a bunch of camping gear, you already know how easy it is to fill a cargo area with essential stuff. Need more space? Thule racks and carriers give you the carrying capacity you need for bikes, kayaks, tents, and more.
Use marine-rated wiring: If you're into hardcore off-roading, marine-rated wiring is a smart investment. The great outdoors can ruin ordinary wiring in a hurry, so if you like getting muddy, make sure your Jeep's audio system is built to last.
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