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2008-2020 Dodge Grand Caravan

How to upgrade the stereo system in your Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan

In brief: This Crutchfield Research Garage article gives you an overview of your Grand Caravan's stock stereo system and your aftermarket upgrade options. We'll tell you all about:

Then, use our vehicle selector to find the gear that will fit your van.

Overview of the Dodge Grand Caravan

This redesigned Dodge Grand Caravan retained all that was good about Chrysler’s genre-defining minivan line, while adding a host of family-friendly comfort and entertainment features. Some, like the slightly larger overall size and increased interior space, were subtle. Others, like the three available interior configuration options, were a little more obvious. Either way, this is a comfortable, capable people-mover with plenty of room for infotainment improvements.

The Grand Caravan is obviously not the Mopar to choose if you’re looking for oohs and ahhs down at the drive-in, but then again, you wouldn’t want to haul four kids to soccer practice in a ’70 Challenger R/T, either. This minivan is what it is, and does what it does, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a great place to be. With the right gear from Crutchfield, you can rock out to Blondie while the kids are watching Barney. Minivan or not, that’s still pretty cool.

In 2011, the Grand Caravan (along with its sibling, the Chrysler Town & Country) received a mid-cycle update that included a major revamping of the interior and dashboard. The changes actually made it much easier to remove and replace a factory radio, and we’ve noted the differences below. All other installation instructions are identical to the 2008-2010 models.

Dodge Grand Caravan

The Grand Caravan's factory radio with the DVD player at the bottom of the console (Crutchfield Research Photo)

The factory stereo system

The Caravan’s base system was an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with four speakers. The next level of trim added speakers in the corner dash. The Premium Sound System adds a center channel speaker, rear pillar tweeters and rear side panel subwoofer, along with a main amplifier and dedicated subwoofer amp. Optional features, like navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity, satellite radio, and rear seat DVD entertainment pumped up the GC’s entertainment quotient.

As you might expect, the rear-seat entertainment system was a very popular option on the Grand Caravan. The DVD player is separate from the radio, and is located in the lower dash. If your van is equipped with this entertainment system and you’re planning to install an aftermarket stereo, you’ll need to purchase a radio replacement adapter to power the DVD player.

Once everything’s hooked up, your passengers can watch a video while you enjoy music or use your aftermarket navigation system up front. Aftermarket DVD/nav receivers will not work with the factory fold-down screens, so you’ll still need the above adapter to retain the factory DVD player.

Removing the factory radio

The degree of difficulty involved in removing the Grand Caravan's factory radio depends on your vehicle's model year.

Removing the factory radio (2008-2010)

A wide variety of single-DIN units will fit neatly into the Grand Caravan’s dash with the aid of the mounting kit that’s available at a deep discount with most stereo purchases from Crutchfield.

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These four tabs need to be removed in order to fit a double-DIN stereo (Crutchfield Research Photo)

If you’re planning to install a double-DIN receiver, be prepared for a bit more work. The culprit is a metal support bracket that gets in the way when you’re replacing the factory receiver. You’ll need to cut this bracket out using a hacksaw. If you’re extremely confident in your skills, proceed. If not, you might want to consult a car stereo installation professional.

The 2008-10 Caravan’s dash assembly is actually a series of interlocking pieces that starts at the A-pillars. You’ll need to pry those off, then gradually work your way through a series of trim panels that eventually expose the factory receiver.

This takes some time, but it’s not difficult. Be sure to work slowly and carefully, though. You don’t want to scar the trim panels or break off the plastic retaining clips, so don’t rush through this stage. No matter how great your new system sounds; that broken trim panel will annoy you forever.

Detailed stereo and speaker removal instructions

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With step-by-step disassembly instructions and plenty of up-close, detailed photos, our exclusive Crutchfield MasterSheet™ takes the guesswork out of removing the factory stereo and speakers. It's free with your Crutchfield order, or you can purchase one separately for just $9.99.

Once you’ve worked your way through the various panels and pieces, installing your new stereo is simply a matter of securing the receiver to the mounting bracket, connecting the wiring adapter to the stereo wires, and plugging that into the Caravan’s wiring. The mounting kit is avaiable at a special price when you purchase your stereo at Crutchfield, as is the special adapter that you'll need to make the new stereo work with the van's electronics.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, Torx T-30 driver, small flat blade screwdriver

Removing the factory radio (2011-2018)

A 2011 dashboard redesign made the radio removal process a lot easier. The painstaking process of removing multiple trim pieces with multiple tools was gone, replaced by a stereo removal process that can be summed up in two sentences.

  1. Starting at either upper corner, pry out the receiver trim panel to release the clips and remove the trim panel.
  2. Remove four Phillips screws securing the receiver to the dash, disconnect the harnesses and remove the receiver.

And that’s all. Your neighbor with the 2009 model will be green with envy. Unfortunately, these later models still have the same metal support in the dash, so if you’re installing a double-DIN receiver, you’ll still need to cut this away with a hacksaw. This isn't easy, so be prepared to consult a professional of you’re not comfortable doing the job. Or, you can always ask your neighbor.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver

Read our Car Stereo Buying Guide for shopping tips and advice.

Shop for car stereos that fit your Dodge Grand Caravan

Steering wheel controls

In most cases, it's reasonably easy to retain your van's steering wheel audio controls when you install a new stereo. When you enter your vehicle information, our database will choose the adapter you need to make your factory steering wheel controls work with a compatible aftermarket receiver.

Removing the factory speakers

Depending on the model, the Grand Caravan offered factory speakers in the front doors, the dash, the rear side panels, and the rear pillars. All the disassembly details can be found in the Crutchfield MasterSheet™ that's included free with your stereo or speaker purchase.

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The Dodge Caravan's stock front door speakers (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Front door speakers

The Caravan’s stock front speakers, regardless of trim level, are 6"x9" units. The base models are 4 ohm, while the premium models are 2 ohm. A variety of 6"x9" speakers will fit into the factory openings, but some modifications may be required due to cavity space issues. We generally recommend smaller speakers for this location, and a wide variety of 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" speakers will fit using the mounting brackets we'll include with your purchase.

If you’re keeping the factory amp, you’ll need to use low-impedance replacements (from Infinity or JBL, for example). Installation is relatively simple. You’ll need to remove the front door panel, of course, but our illustrated dissasembly instructions will help make this a straightforward process.

Tools needed: Panel tool, small flat blade screwdriver, Torx T-20 driver

Dash speakers

Upper-end Grand Caravans are equipped with dash speakers – two corner speakers and, in the premium system, one center speaker. They’re nice to have and hard to replace. The corner dash openings are too shallow for most aftermarket 3-1/2" speakers. The center speaker has a 3-1/2" bolt pattern, but again, there’s isn’t enough space for an aftermarket speaker.

Instead, this a great location to mount tweeters. You'll need to create a mounting bracket for them, and we offer a universal backstrap that we often recommend for just that.

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Dodge Grand Caravan rear speaker, located behind the side panel (Crutchfield Research Photo)

Rear speakers

The Caravan’s rear speakers are 6" x 9" models located on the mid-rear side panels. They’re very easy to access and replace, since you only need to pry off the speaker grilles to get to them. Aftermarket 6" x 9" speakers fit right in, but you can also install 5-1/4" or 6-1/2" speakers using mounting brackets.

Rear tweeters

A pair of rear pillar tweeters was included as a part of the premium stereo package. They’re hard to reach and harder to replace. A fair amount of trim must be removed to access the tweeter location, where you’ll find 2-1/2" tweeters clipped into the factory bracket. If you want to replace them with aftermarket units, you’ll have to fabricate a new bracket. We suggest leaving them where they are.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver

Read our Car Speakers Buying Guide for more information.

Shop for speakers that fit your Dodge Grand Caravan

Sound Ordnance B-8PTD powered subwoofer

You can improve your bass performance with a Sound Ordnance B-8PTD powered sub (Crutchfield Photo)

Bass in your Grand Caravan

Part of the joy of a minivan (Yes, we said joy….) is having the ability to carry plenty of passengers and/or cargo. On the other hand, rows of seats and multiple configuration options can make it tough to add big-time bass.

That’s why powered subwoofers have long been favorites of minivan owners who want better sound, but don’t want to give up cargo space to get it. These compact subs deliver a big, beefy low-end punch without taking up tons of room in the back of the van. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, these subs sound great and fit in out-of-the-way places.

The 10-speaker premium sound system came with a factory-installed subwoofer and amp. An aftermarket 8" sub will fit nicely in the opening, which can be reached by removing the rear side panel. This isn’t a quick job, but it’s not difficult. You’ll have to re-drill the mounting screw holes to install your aftermarket subwoofer, but the new piece will fit under the factory grille.

Factory subwoofer (Crutchfield Research Photo)

The premium system includes this 8" subwoofer (Crutchfield Research Photo)

If you do replace the 8" factory sub with an aftermarket model, we recommend that you also add an aftermarket amp. The factory amp, located behind the left rear quarter panel below the left rear speaker, served its purpose well, but if you’re investing in a better sub, you should give it all the power it needs.

To replace it, remove two 10mm bolts securing the sub enclosure to the side wall, disconnect the harness and remove the enclosure. Loosen the three 10mm bolts securing the amp to the side wall, lift the amp, disconnect the harnesses and remove.

Learn more about building a bass system in our Car Subwoofer Buying Guide.

Tools needed: Panel tool, Phillips screwdriver, drill

Other options for your Grand Caravan

There are plenty of other ways to improve your Grand Caravan. Here are some of the ways Crutchfield can help.

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Add a factory sound processor

If you don’t want to replace your factory radio, a sound processor is a great way to improve your Grand Caravan’s system performance. The factory stereo is programmed to make the inferior factory speakers sound their best, which often means dialing back the bass output as you increase the volume. This can make new speakers under-perform and sound weak. A sound processor will strip out that sound shaping and give you a clean, flat signal to send to your aftermarket speakers and amps. Read more about factory sound processors.

Protect the carpeting with WeatherTech mats

If you’ve ever owned a minivan of any kind, you don’t need us to remind you of what can happen when you hit the road carrying any combination of adults, kids, pets, and food. Floor mats and cargo mats from WeatherTech will help protect your floors from dirt, damage and discarded juice boxes.

Remote start and security systems

Adding remote start capability to your vehicle lets you warm it up in the winter or cool it down in the summer. The iDatastart system is incredibly convenient and makes it easier than ever to install a remote start system in select vehicles, so we highly recommend it. The module requires a vehicle-specific T-harness (sold separately) to connect with your vehicle's computer, security, and ignition systems, so we ask that you call to order so that we can make sure you get the right harness for your ride.

You can also talk to your Crutchfield Advisor about a security system. They’re not as easy to install (we usually suggest letting a professional do the job), but we can help you choose a system that’ll work in your vehicle.

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  • Daniel J Middleman from Dubuque

    Posted on 5/31/2022

    Do you have any instructions on how to remove the rear side panel. I don't think I believe what you said about it being not that difficult. I pulled on the panel and it is very tightly in place. There aren't any instructions anywhere on the internet that I could find on removing it which also points to it being a not very easy removal job.

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 5/31/2022

    Daniel, In our experience, the full-range side panel speakers are easy to get to, while the tweeters are not. If you purchase your new speakers from Crutchfield, we'll include our vehicle-specific instructions free with the order. You can also purchase them separately for just $10.
  • Janie from New York

    Posted on 7/1/2021

    Can I replace a 2010 caravan stereo with a 2011 caravan stereo

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 7/2/2021

    Janie, Maybe, but these OEM-for-OEM swaps aren't always as easy as they might seem. You might want to visit a Caravan owners' forum to see if anyone else has had success with this project.
  • Nate from Canton

    Posted on 5/1/2021

    Tapping in an amplifier curious on wiring diagram on the stock sub there are 4 wires in harness which is positive and negative ?

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 5/3/2021

    Nate, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system.
  • Jeremy Gerhard from SOUTHFIELD

    Posted on 8/1/2020

    I just bought a 2016 Grand Caravan R/T with the factory sub and amp. The head unit is all the speakers are being replaced along with adding your Sound Ordnance sub. I recently found out about the weird wiring (no fader) when using the factory so would like to get to the amp and sub and rewire them skipping the amp and cutting out the sub completely (as I couldn't even tell it was there). Looking for instructions on how to get to the sub and amp along with the rear tweeters as I am looking to replace those also (component system paired with the mid-panel speakers.)

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 8/3/2020

    Jeremy, If you bought your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.
  • Jorge Flores from Grand Prairie

    Posted on 11/24/2019

    Is it safe to tap a hi-low level converter from the factory wiring to a after market subwoofer with a built in amp

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 11/25/2019

    Jorge, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • James from fayetteville,nc

    Posted on 9/24/2019

    I recently bought a 2017 grand caravan and want to upgrade the stero. mine came with the basic am/fm/sat/dvd... no nav or subwoofer. I'm wanting to add a subwoofer but cant find any aftermarket support. do you offer any subwoofer mounts that would fit the factory location?

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 9/25/2019

    James, With questions like that, it's always better to have a conversation with a real live human. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you design your system and give you the right advice on how to install your new gear.
  • Chris Hunt from Petoskey, MI

    Posted on 7/7/2019

    Is the factory sub amp inadequate to power a replacement sub? Just wondering if a drop in replacement is possible. Or possibly to power a normal sub in a box setup to place in the rear cargo hold.

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 7/7/2019

    Chris, Yes, that's probably the way to go. Give us a call and talk to one of our advisors. We can help you choose the right gear and give you the right advice on how to install it.
  • Cassey

    Posted on 4/7/2019

    I have a 2006 dodge caravan and my cigarette out let done work when we removed it the wire colors that where showing were black and yellow and light blue and pink I've searched all over to try and see what the two wires are like what ones positive and negative can anyone help I'm trying to hook up a universal one up please and thank you

  • Tina from Sandpoint

    Posted on 1/19/2019

    We too have a 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan with the overhead compartments but no DVD screens. The upfront entertainment center will pay a DVD but we want to install screens so the kids can see it. I see above you were going to email someone a solution-please email me as well.

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    Jon Paul from Crutchfield

    on 1/21/2019

    Tina, I've sent your question to our sales team, and they'll be contacting you via email soon. For immediate help, you can contact them via phone or chat.
  • Jeff Sarnoff from North Brunswick

    Posted on 12/22/2018

    Hi, I just bought a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan GT that was optioned with the AM/FM,SAT,NAV, DVD head unit. It also has the full overhead console that would house the DVD Screen but as it was a company vehicle of sorts was ordered without the screens. So, I happened to have a factory Screen. Is there any kit available to connect it? If i cant make the OEM one work I would next like to see if there is a kit to add an aftermarket screen to the OEM head unit. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jeff S

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    Alexander H. from Crutchfield

    on 12/27/2018

    Jeff, you'll want to contact your local Dodge dealer regarding an OEM solution, but I've passed your question along to our Advisors to help with aftermarket options.

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