2008 Jeep Wrangler Radio Replacement

Need to DIY your 2008 Jeep Wrangler radio replacement? Jerry can help with step-by-step instructions and radio recommendations!
Written by Kathryn Mae Kurlychek
Reviewed by Melanie Reiff
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To replace a 2008 Jeep Wrangler radio, you’ll need to open up the dashboard and unscrew a series of 7mm bolts. Once it’s out, you can replace it with the aftermarket radio of your choosing.
Maybe your stereo is broken—or maybe you’re just looking for a bigger sound than your factory OEM stereo can provide. Whatever the case, there comes a point in every Jeep owner’s life when you have to remove the radio for one reason or another. 
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How to change the radio on a 2008 Jeep Wrangler

In most Jeep Wranglers, replacing the factory radio is a fairly easy car mod. The 2008 model is no exception—removing your radio is as easy as opening the dashboard and then replacing it with the aftermarket radio of your choice, but there are a few steps involved in each part. 
When you’re ready to remove your 2008 Wrangler’s radio, grab a panel tool and a 7mm driver and follow these steps. 

1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal

The first step in the process of replacing your radio is taking the necessary safety precautions to ensure a smooth installation: disconnect your negative battery terminal, make sure the stereo is empty of CDs, and turn your ignition off

2. Remove the vent trim panel and center switch panel

To get to your Wrangler’s stereo, you’ll need to open up the dashboard by removing a series of bolts. Start by using your panel tool to pry off the rubber vent trim panel at the top of your dashboard. Underneath, you’ll find a 7mm bolt that you can remove using your driver
You should also use your panel tool to remove the center switch panel that covers your Jeep’s receiver and climate controls. Behind the center switch panel will be another 7mm bolt (you should also remove it).

3. Remove the lower dash panel

With these bolts gone, you’ll be able to begin prying off the lower dash panel beneath your steering wheel. Behind the top corners, you’ll find another two 7mm bolts that need to be removed.

4. Remove the upper dash panel

With the lower dash panel removed, the upper dash panel should easily disconnect from the dashboard to reveal the entire face of your Wrangler’s radio. 

5. Remove the factory radio

With the radio face revealed, you should notice four 7mm bolts—one in each corner. Loosen and remove the bolts, and your radio unit will slide right out of place! Once it’s out, you should take care to remove the radio from its wiring harness and antenna
And just like that, you’ve successfully uninstalled your 2008 Jeep Wrangler’s radio! To install a new one, you should be able to simply reverse the steps above—but in some cases, you may need to make minor adaptations to your Jeep’s sound system before your new radio can be installed. In such cases, it may be best to leave the modifications to a professional. 
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The best aftermarket car stereo head units for a 2008 Jeep Wrangler

Now comes the time to choose a new stereo. You might not be able to find an exact OEM replacement for your 2008 Jeep Wrangler—although if you’re looking for something close, the
JEGS Factory Replacement Radio FOR 2008-2013 Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge
is a general alternative that could work for you. 
But with the radio removed, it’s the perfect time to make an audio upgrade—and below, we’ve included our top-rated picks for an aftermarket Jeep Wrangler radio. 

Best all-around stereo with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: Sony XAV-AX8100

If you’re looking for a thoroughly great multimedia upgrade, the
Sony SAV-AZ8100
checks all the boxes. From iPhone and Android compatibility to an 8.5-inch touchscreen interface that lets you screen mirror and view navigation with ease, this stereo has it all.

Best stereo with GPS navigation: Pioneer DEH-S6220BS

Imagine living in a world where, at the simple push of a button, your Jeep radio could navigate your route of choice directly on Waze, Apple Maps, Google Maps, or any other navigation tool of your choosing. With the
Pioneer DEH-S6220BS
stereo, that dream becomes a reality. 
And you won’t have to sacrifice sound quality, either—the Pioneer’s built-in MOSFET amp turns up the dial on your whole sound system, whether you’re listening to your favorite hits via your iPhone, Android, Bluetooth, or AM/FM radio. 

Best Budget Radio Replacement: Alpine UTE-73BT

Alpine systems have been cropping up in Wrangler models for years—and this
UTE-73BT
is a budget-friendly upgrade that’s easy to get on board with. It offers all the basics: smartphone connectivity, built-in Bluetooth, USB ports—plus an 18-watt MOSFET amplifier for big and expensive-sounding volume. 

Best radio with a rear-view camera: JVC KD-X560BT

You’ll get all the best features with the
JVC KD-X560BT
digital media receiver designed just for Jeeps. While its modest 3-inch display may seem small, it works in a way bigger screens can’t—by providing you with backup camera viewing capabilities right on your dash. 
MORE: The 12 best Jeep accessories

How to save on Jeep Wrangler insurance costs

Before you upgrade your Jeep Wrangler’s radio, it’s important to be aware that doing so could have an impact on your
Jeeps car insurance costs
.
Most policies only cover the factory-installed sound system in your Jeep—meaning non-OEM parts are not protected. Some insurance providers do offer
sound system coverage
, but adding it to your policy will still increase your rates.  
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