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Hey, guys. So today we're checking out the Insane Audio Ultimate Head Unit, fitting all 2018 and newer JL Wranglers. So if you're not a fan of your factory head unit and you're looking for an upgrade, this is going to be a great choice to take a look into. Now, this is going to be an all-in-one device with a laundry list of different features, and if I could sum it up in one word, I would say that this is a smartphone for your Wrangler. Now, this is gonna have a large at 9-inch touchscreen display, and again, it's going to have a bunch of different features, including onboard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth compatibility, compatibility with Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto, and you're also gonna get 3D navigation for on and off-road capabilities. Not only are you just gonna get those, but again, you're going to have a number of different other features that I'll go through in just a second and you're also going to be able to download any app you can think of from the Google play store.Now, the one thing that I do really like about this head unit is the fact that it fits so nicely in our interior. As you can see, we don't have a huge bezel around there. It's mostly just this screen, which is gonna give a very modernized look to your interior, but it's going to mesh very well. So you can see that it outlines the contours on the side of the front of the dash, and I think that it looks very clean and mounted up inside of our JL.Now, as far as pricing is concerned, this is gonna come in at roughly $1,400. So it is going to be a little bit steep on the price point. However, this is going to be a premium setup in comparison to some other choices. Now, as far as comparing it to some other head units that we have available, this is going to be the largest display that we have to offer. Again, this is a 9-inch full touchscreen display as to where some other choices are usually gonna stick around about 8-1/2 like the factory upgraded head unit.Now, this, again, is also going to have a laundry list of different features that a lot of other options are not going to bring to the table, including the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, including the on and off-road navigation, and this is also going to come with the OBD-2 plug-in, so you will be able to read real-time data as to where some other choices you won't be able to do that. Not to mention, you'll also have full control of not only the HVAC, but all of your steering wheel controls. So it keeps a lot of those factory features while having a very modernized in a large device mounted up on the front of your dash there. So I personally think if you're looking for an all-in-one head unit, if you're looking for basically a smartphone for your Wrangler, then this is going to be the option to take a look at.Now, as far as install is concerned, I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. This is going to basically be plug and play. There's not really a lot of wiring that you have to do. Now, if you do want to add accessories onto this, you may have to do a little bit of wiring, but if you're just working with the stock components that you have in your JL, again, everything is plug and play. You're gonna need some very basic hand tools to get the job done. So speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were a ratchet, a 7-millimeter socket, an extension, a trim removal tool, and a flathead screwdriver. So our first step to removing our factory head unit is to take off this climate control panel right here. I'm gonna use a pry tool and just go in from the side and pull it forward. It's held in by a couple of different clips, as you can see, and we can go ahead and start to remove the two connectors, one on the ignition, and then the one for the actual climate control unit. And we'll get this out of the way and move it to this side. Next, we can remove the two 7-millimeter screws that are holding in this bezel here, they're gonna be down at the bottom. I'm gonna use a 7-millimeter socket and 1/4-inch drive ratchet. I'm also using a small extension just to give myself a little bit of room and to easily remove them.And we wanna make sure to keep these. I'm just gonna put them in the cup holder for the time being because we will be reusing them. And we can start to pry on our bezel. I'm gonna use that same pry tool. This is also gonna be held in by a couple of different clips. Now, that will give us access to the screws that we need to remove. So they're gonna still be a 7-millimeter. So I'm gonna use that 7-millimeter socket to remove the 4 screws that are holding in the factory head unit.Once those are out, we can pull this forward and start to disconnect everything on the back. And we can start to unplug all of our connectors on the back. Just press down on that tab and pull backwards. We'll pull that back, and that will completely disconnect that main harness.So before we go ahead and install our new Insane Audio Head Unit, what I wanted to do was stop down, put this new one next to our factory head unit and tell you guys a little bit more about the similarities and the differences between the two and what benefits and features and all the stuff in the package that comes with this head unit and how that's going to benefit you and your Wrangler. Now, as a brief overview, I have the 8-1/2 or 8.4 factory head unit on the table. Some Jeeps do differ. It depends on what you have with your Wrangler and with your package as far as the trim is concerned on your Jeep. This is the upgraded head unit, so it is the 8.4-inch display. This is gonna have a couple of more features than the 7-inch display, but really this is gonna have a lot of the standard features that you would see out of a factory head unit.Now, even though this is a little bit bigger, this is going to have the GPS. It's also going to have standard climate control. It's going to allow you to hook this up to your factory backup camera, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth compatibility, and so on. Now, a lot of that is going to transfer over into our new device, however, this is going to have more than the standard head unit is going to have. And if I could summarize this new head unit by Insane Audio, it's basically going to be a smartphone for your Jeep Wrangler. This is a multimedia center, this is going to allow a number of different features while also being a pretty durable device itself.Now, starting off with the display, you're gonna have a large 9-inch touchscreen display. You're gonna have a couple of shortcut buttons down at the bottom. However, this is going to be a larger screen than the factory head unit, the upgraded factory one, and the smaller standard one. Now, this is going to, again, be full touchscreen and it's also going to be IP66-rated. So it is dustproof, it is shockproof, and it is going to utilize steady-state technology. So there's no moving parts. So this is also going to be shockproof. So, again, this is a pretty durable device for what this is. Now, again, this is going to basically be a smartphone for your Wrangler, so this is going to include 3D GPS, it's going to have 3D topography, on-road and off-road GPS. This is compatible with both. So whether you're driving around in the street or you're on an off-road adventure, this is definitely going to be useful.Again, this is basically down to the core an Android, so you will be able to have Google compatibility with this. You can check out Google imagery on this, Google satellite imagery and utilize that if you are off-road as well. Now, this is going to be compatible with Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay if you want to manually hook your phone up to the device, but it's also gonna have onboard Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth compatibility. Not to mention, this is gonna have the standard features and FM radio and the GPS there. This will also utilize the climate souls in your Wrangler, depending if it's dual climate control or single climate control. Not to mention, speaking of the factory controls, this is going to transfer over. So you will be able to use all the steering wheel controls as well.Now, down to the actual programming of the device, there is a number of different features as far as applications, widgets, and so on that you can download onto this device, compatible with all apps on the Google play store once you can access that through Wi-Fi. Now, not to mention, this is also going to come up with a pretty cool OBD2 to plug-in. Now, this is gonna plugin and you can diagnose any check engine lights. You can read any data coming from your ECU, so you can really keep an eye on that when you are driving around. It is a real-time device, it's gonna be plugged in and you can read real-time data and do any diagnostics through this device in general.Now, my favorite thing about this head unit is the fact that everything on this table, this is gonna be plug and play. So this is actually going to be a very easy install in comparison to some other options available on the market. Now, this does include an RCA cable for any audio input and output. We are gonna have multiple USBs for charging and anything that you want to hook up via USB. This is going to include the backup sensor wire, the antenna, you're gonna have a microphone, an external speaker, you're also going to have a GPS unit. So all of this stuff is going to plug into the back of here. We're not gonna have to do any splicing in order to get this installed. Now, you can, if you want to add additional accessories, so if you have rock lights or rock hams that you want to put into this, you can splice into it. However, all those standard features, which is a lot more than our factory device, those are going to be a plug and play. So what do you say we go ahead and install our new head unit?So what we can do now is start plugging everything into the back of our head unit. I like to do this outside of the car, so we have a good visual of what we're doing and then we can head inside our Wrangler and start to plug everything in. So we're gonna start up in this upper corner. We are going to have a circuit diagram provided to us by Insane Audio for a little visual here. This is gonna tell you what everything does and where everything goes. So that is going to be very helpful. We're gonna start off with A in the RCA plug-in up at the top. First one's gonna be the USB and you can kind of do this by the amount of pins here. Really nothing will match up if it's not made for it. So what I'm gonna do is start to plug in USB 1 and USB 2 up into the A position. All right. Then we can put that aside.Now, right next to it is going to be our RCA cable. So this is gonna be the aux in/aux out if you have an upgraded sound system, and once you plug this into this device. Now, we are not gonna be using that because we have the Alpine system already integrated into our Wrangler and we don't have any external devices that we're gonna put in. So, however, this would plug in right into that B spot. Now, moving down to C, this is going to be the Insane Audio TV port or TV spot. Now, this is not included in the kit. You can add that on to the Insane Audio head unit. We do not have that cord here, so we're not gonna plug anything in it there. So our next spot, the third one in is going to be labeled as D, it's going to be our external microphone. It may come in two pieces like this. You're gonna have that RCA cable at the top and then we're also going to have a box with an audio jack there or an auxiliary jack. Then we can plug that in into the second one in. You wanna make sure you hear it click. And we can put that to the side.Next we're gonna be on E, that's our rock cam and our backup camera, or reverse trigger, and so on. That is going to be located on our device here. Now, if you unplug this, it's going to have a couple of different leads. Now, these are going to plug into the factory backup camera, and that spot is going to be located on this wiring harness here. So we're going to take the...this is gonna be labeled rock cam video in and backup cam. So we're gonna put the back cam into the reverse output on our main harness, on our main control box then we can plug this RC into the next spot.Now, on our last spot here, this is gonna be labeled as F. This is gonna be USB A and B in. This is going to be for Apple CarPlay as well as a fast-charging cable. These are usually just going to consist of a USB port. So, again, I'm just gonna put that to the side, plug in the white RCA part into the back. Making sure you hear it click, and then it's in there.All right. Last but not least. We have a couple over here. We have our GPS, our Wi-Fi, we have our main antenna here, that's for AM/FM radio and standard functions as well as our main control harness. I'm gonna plug these in first because our main control harness is a little bit of a mess here. It's a little bit larger. So you wanna make sure we have room to work with. So starting off, we have our GPS unit on. Now, this is gonna give us GPS access. I'm gonna plug that into the one labeled GPS. I'm gonna back that all the way off, make sure that it's plugged in, and we can tighten that up. You also wanna make sure that you don't over tighten these. Then we can take our Wi-Fi antenna, do the same thing there.Now, if you need to, you can take an 8-millimeter wrench, tighten that up. Then we can take the AM/FM. That was already jacked there. And then last but not least, we can plug in our main harness. Now, this is going to be the black connector down at the bottom. We have one more connector that we have to attach our main speaker to or external speaker. That's gonna be this green wire here. We're gonna have it labeled Speaker. This actually is a very organized plug and play system, but what I'm gonna do is just plug that in there. It's gonna be a two-pin connector.All right. I'm going to take some of these off. Everything that we have to mount up outside of our dash area, I'm going to kind of let hang. Now it's gonna include our external mic. This does have an internal mic. However, if you have a lot of loud noise going on inside at your Jeep, if you have a CB radio already mounted up and there's a lot of noise in there and you don't think that the internal mic is going to pick up a lot of the commands clearly, this will work as well. Now, both of them are going to be very clean and crisp, however, this one is going to put up a little bit better considering it's an external mic.Last but not least, we also have to do the same thing for our GPS unit. We just have to make sure that that has a clear signal because it is satellite GPS. It's not loaded in GPS. So you wanna make sure that that tie is off, and we are ready to rock on that. Now, as for the USBs, now, some of these USBs are just external. If we're not gonna use them, we don't necessarily have to. We can put these into the glove box, and these are going to be for CarPlay and charging as well. So if we do want to utilize CarPlay, we will need to have this wired outside of the dash. So all of these will be outside of the dash, which is very helpful because we have a lot going on back here that we have to place inside the dash and organize accordingly. So at this point, now we're ready to at mount our brand new head unit.So what we have to do now before we can actually install our head unit is take off this top panel. What we wanna do is make sure that all of our stuff is rerouted and routed up in front of the dash or behind the dash here, that's gonna make it easily accessible for our external mic, our speaker, as well as our GPS unit. So what I'm gonna do is take out this screw here. This is going to be a 7-millimeter screw just like the other ones. I'm gonna use a 7-millimeter socket. And this is really the only thing besides clips holding this top panel into the dash. So I'm gonna take this out and we can pull on this panel. If you're taking it off for the first time, it is going to be a little bit difficult. Those clips are really in there. So just be careful and be mindful of that. We are gonna have to pull back pretty hard. So I'm also just gonna take a panel removal tool and kind of pull forward as well.What I'm gonna do now is remove at the top of panel for the speaker covers as well as this little storage container right here. Now, again, it's gonna be held in by a number of different 7-millimeter screws as well as clips. So I'm just gonna remove all of those. And we can pry up on this just for enough room to squeeze our electronics through and route them to where we need to stick them on.So now that that top trim piece is off, what we can do is pull back the trim for the instrument panel right here on the front. Now, this is going to allow us to run some wires behind for our GPS, our external mic, as well as our external speaker. So, again, I'm gonna use that 7-millimeter socket. We only have a couple of these screws over here. And we're not gonna be fully removing this, we're just gonna pull it back a little bit so we can have some extra room. There's gonna be a couple of screws up at the top border of it.So once those top ones are out, we can kind of just pull back. You're gonna pull this and put that aside. And we'll have a little bit of more room to work with as far as running the wires behind the dash is concerned. Around this vent here we can see a couple of wires through there. So what I'm gonna do is take the GPS as well as the external mic and run the wires through into this area. Now, I did have to unplug them from the unit. However, it's a little bit easier to run this side of the GPS and the mic, rather than the side with the actual device on it. Now, as far as the mic is concerned, I am going to just peel this 3M backing off and place that on the side of our A pillar there. We can tuck that wire next to that speaker. And then as far as the GPS antenna, this is also going to have some backing on it.So as far as the GPS is concerned, this is actually gonna be a magnet. So we can just stick this really wherever you'd like on the A pillar or really on the roll bar at all. It's gonna be pretty sturdy, so if you'd like to stick it down at the bottom there or run the wire up to the top of the roll bar, that is totally up to you. However, I'm just putting it there for demonstration, then we can run the wires behind the dash or behind this cluster here, making sure that they're out of the way of the vents, out of the way of any attachment points. Then what we can do is take our external speaker. Again, what I'm gonna do is unplug that from main harness. But now that we know where it goes, what we can do is pull that back, disconnect that. Now, this is also gonna have 3M tape on it. I'm just going to...not fully remove this trim panel, but pull it back so we can kind of get a grip on our wire here to tuck it. So after all three of those wires are in place, what we can do is put our bezel back on or our trim piece, give it a good tap in place, take our screws, and reinstall them.Now, you can mount this speaker wherever you'd like. I just took the backing off and put it right down at the bottom here. Again, it's gonna be an external speaker for the device. Now, what we can do up top is just reinstall this trim piece. Now that we've ran our wires, we're gonna put those 5-millimeter screws up back in place. You can tighten those back up with the 7-millimeter socket is route them into our glove box area. So we can go ahead and just pass these through. Now, if we do need to just remove our glove box real quick, we can just pull up. I'm just gonna pull up on that and push up on that tab. We can just drop that down and we can reach behind here and grab the two USBs and pull them through. We can keep these here for the time being, pull this back up into place, mark our glove box back into place. And these will be a little bit longer and sit in there a little bit better once the head unit is actually in place, but now since we have all of our wires routed, what we can do is start plugging everything into the spots on our factory wiring harnesses as well as onto the back of our unit. So, again, we're gonna plug our MIFAK in as well as our GPS, get that all situated.So now we can plug in our external speaker into the spot where we did before. And now that that is situated, what we can start to do is start plugging in everything else. So we're gonna have three main wires that we need to plug in as well as our main wiring harness here. Now, obviously that is going to be the big black connector there. But starting off with our antenna, that's gonna be the red and white connector. Plug that in. Then we're going to have our connector for our backup camera. Now, this is going to be the red and red connector. Last but not least, we have our USB. This is going to be plugged into layer. And then we can plug in our main control unit. Then lock that down on into place. What we can do at this point is start to tuck all of our wires back.Now, this is going to depend on what you wanna do with this. I usually like to group these two together and then grab all of this excess wire and try to organize it the best I can. Now, installing this can be a tricky process considering that we have a lot going on behind the dash now. But what we're gonna try to do is fit this down on into place, pop those in there, making sure that no wires are sticking out. Now that it's sitting flash, what we can do is secure the two screws down at the bottom. The top is gonna be held in by clips, the bottom's gonna be held in by screws. So we can take that 7-millimeter socket and reinstall those screws down at the bottom to make sure that this is secure. Now we can reinstall our control panel as well as our ignition. Plug that back in, pop that back into place. Give a good press. And last but not least, we can reinstall our top trim piece.So once you turn your Jeep on for the first time, your home screen is going to pop up. Now, this is where you would set up your display, your time, and that's going to be in your settings. So if you click this down at the right-hand corner, that's gonna be the app cluster, and you can go through all of your apps that are downloaded onto the device. Now, you can download a more in the future. I'll show you that in just a second, but a lot of these are already going to be on the Insane Audio Head Unit. So when you go into your settings, you would just want to set everything up per your preference, and then we can go back home and go through some of the settings. So starting off at the bottom here, this is going to be your sound settings.As far Insane Audio is concerned, they are very concerned about their audio. They do a really good job at that, and you can see that within the audio settings. So there are going to be a number of preset settings. However, you have a full equalizer that you can mess with and customize and you can go into a number of different things as far as customizing your audio, whether you're working with your factory, audio system, or an aftermarket audio system that you've wired into the Insane Audio Head Unit. Next, we can go to our navigation. Now, this is going to be 3D navigation or 2D navigation, and you'll see it in just a second. As you can see, our little icon for us and our current location is that little Jeep there. We'll be able to zoom in and out. Again, it is a full touchscreen display and you can do that by pinching the screen or you can go into the little icons on the side. Now, what I really like about this is that it will show you the different icons for gas stations, but you can also come into here and search places nearby. There is a search bar, so with that is going to be very helpful if you're out on the road and not in a familiar location. You can also go in to Select the Destination down at the bottom, and that's going to start a standard navigation.So our next option or our next app on the list is going to be our radio. Now, this is going to be a pretty standard set up. You have your AM, FM, you can search and you can still use your volume as well as your tune. Scroll on this side here on your climate control panel. But again, this is fully touchscreen, so you can scroll through by touching the screen itself.So our next one is another app that I really like. This is your OBD2 or the torque app. So this little device is gonna plug into your OBD2 down at the bottom, and it's gonna read real-time data. Now, I don't have it plugged in right now just because our Jeep is off and it's not gonna show any data, but as you can tell from the gauges on the screen, this is gonna show you a couple of different options as far as data is concerned. You can Data log and you can even set some best times for a couple of different things there. You have your revs, your speed, your coolant, your acceleration, your throttle, and your boost, and you will be able to go in here at Start Logs. You can send logs considering that this is Wi-Fi compatible and you will have email and internet access on this once you are in Wi-Fi. So there are a number of different things that you can do in the Torque app as far as data logging information from your ECU is concerned.So the next one is going to be pretty standard as well. This is the music app that comes on the Insane Audio system. Now, if you are going to be downloading apps or using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, you may not use this as much. However, this is going to be available as well. So these are just the standard apps that come downloaded on the bottom of the screen. However, you will be able to move them around. If you wanna put some of your favorite apps like I have here up on main home screen down here for better access, you can do that. But if we click this bottom right-hand tab, this is gonna come up with all of our apps that are on the device and we can scroll right through them. Now, because this is an Android device down at its core, it is going to have mainly Google apps. So obviously we have the Google play store. We have a Google Assistant, so you tend to say, "Okay, Google" and have set reminders.Now, we can also use Google Chrome. Now, this is recommended when the Jeep is parked and in a safe location, but we can go ahead and scroll and look at some Jeep parts. And then, again, there are gonna be standard applications like your calculator, your photo gallery, your Gmail, your clock. We can go into the HVAC as well. Now, this is going to be compatible with dual climate control. So we will be able to utilize our control panel through our head unit there, which I think is pretty cool. Now, again, we can download a number of different apps from our Google play store. I have downloaded a couple on the front, but this is going to act as a smartphone, so you can really download whatever you'd like. I have our ExtremeTerrain app up and running over at the front.And then you also will have your Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. So that is going to be the ZLink app. I have my phone plugged in right now. It's gonna read the phone and boot it up. It may take a couple of seconds out for the first time that you plug your phone in. As you can see, it's connecting to my iPhone. And get rid of that prompt, and it's going to come up with my applications. We can scroll through the applications and we can see this widget here. Now, this is going to be our GPS, our current location. I'll be able to play my music through my phone onto the device here. And then I have my destination to there as well. You can access your messages, your navigation, and your music all through here as well as a number of different apps that are on your phone.Now, once you've gone through all of the features, what you can also do is organize your apps. As you can tell, these were not here. But you are able to move them just like you are on any other iPhone or Android device. You can make folders, you can move them to different locations on different screens. As you can see, I have a Google screen, a couple of our stock settings, our steering wheel control settings, as well as our HVAC. And you can just customize this whole thing to however you want it set up. Now, you'll also be able to check all of your notifications. You'll have some quick settings here, your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sound, brightness, and so on, and you can scroll through your notifications and clear them if you need to.So that's gonna wrap it up for the main features. However, you can customize this however you want. You can change the display and download different apps and organize them however you want and really customize it to you. So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe and for more videos and products just like this, always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Insane Audio I/E JL3001
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