I wanted to update this post with the parts required to successfully install a new stereo. There are several options out there for installing an aftermarket radio for our vehicles and this list contains what I personally used on a 2017 Jeep Patriot Sport to get the job done.
The kit that I used is Metra brand model# 95-6511. It's about $8-12
and it fit ok. There are some gaps around the factory trim and this kit that isn't perfect, but what can you expect? It's aftermarket. I decided to give the kit a little more of an edge so I bought some carbon fiber wrap material and I wrapped the 2 pieces of the kit and it turned out to look pretty good. It's subtle and gives the kit a more textured, unique look. This kit is very simple and it is only 2 pieces of plastic that get screwed into each side of your new radio. See below for final look installed.
Metra Part # 95-6511 | Chrysler Dodge Dash kit | Metra Online
You will need an antenna adapter as well. I used the Metra brand model# 40-EU10. It's about $5-8.
Just plug it in, nothing difficult here.
Metra Part # 40-EU10 | Volkswagen Antenna | Metra Online
For the wiring harness and factory integration, some of it depends on what trim level and stock stereo, but for the most part you will need to get what's called a CANbus interface. In this case I recommend the iDatalink Maestro RR module which allows an extremely simple way to hook up any aftermarket stereo with factory features as well as backup cameras, steering wheel controls, and access to OBDII system information (see image below for example) from your new radio screen. Install is super simple and only requires plugging in connectors into the module with the T-harness being the only wire splicing required. This unit runs about $100
and can be a DIY install as it really is super easy to do. See below for an easy to understand diagram on the install. The actual Maestro RR is the black box at the bottom right of the picture.
iDatalink - Maestro - Home
You will also need to purchase the T-harness that corresponds with your type of vehicle, in the Patriot's case, the Maestro RR requires harness model# ADS-HRN-RR-CH1. This is very easy to install and is shown in the above diagram. It requires you to splice wires from your new radio harness and the iDatalink harness which is no different than any other radio install. This harness is about $30.
iDatalink - Maestro - CH1
I also wanted to keep satellite radio as well as retain the use of the factory antenna that came with the Patriot. The Maestro RR allows you to do this by using a small wire adapter called the SAT1. This adapter is about $15
. You also need to purchase the aftermarket satellite tuner model# SiriusXM SXV300v1 that must be connected to your aftermarket radio to still use SiriusXM. Also. at the time of this post, this tuner also comes with 3 free months of full access of SiriusXM. This tuner is about $40.
iDatalink - Maestro - SAT1
I purchased an aftermarket backup camera from Pioneer, model# ND-BC8 to go along with the in-dash screen I got. This camera is about $90.
There is another post on this camera that discusses backup camera mounting locations that can go into more detail about how i chose to mount the camera. Ultimately I was able to use the cheap camera mount and still use the better quality Pioneer camera and it worked out very well.
So in the end, after installation of all these parts, it came out to about $300. You can leave out what you don't need to save some money, like the sat radio and backup camera, but for this route, using the Maestro RR, you will need to spend about this much for a clean install.
If anyone is interested in the radio that I have installed, it is the Kenwood model# DMX7704S. It was just announced at CES 2017 in January and it finally was in stock at Crutchfield a few weeks back and I was lucky enough to snag one. This radio is considered a media player and although it does not have a disc reader to play disc formats, it has Android Auto, iDatalink compatibility as seen above, rapid USB charging, 7" screen, and tons of cool features. Check the links below.
I will try to answer back to any questions. And, I encourage others to share what they have used to complete their installs. I hope this helps!
2017 Jeep Patriot 2.0 Sport w/ CVT
. 17" OEM gloss black wrapped in Yoko G015 225/65/17, Mopar front/rear mudflaps, LED interior/exterior bulb swap, full custom headlights with projector retrofit, 35% tint front windows + 5% windshield strip, XS Power D3400 + D925, Weathertech air deflectors & floor liners front + rear + cargo, K&N air filter swap, gloss black emblems, Mopar hood wind deflector, auto-climate upgrade, stubby antenna, tinted quad taillights