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Refurbishing and upgrading in my head

Iím excited to have a Jeep again after foolishly trading in an XJ for basically nothing a few years ago.
I just picked up a Silver 2006 Commander Limited w/ 5.7 Hemi, QD-2, and about 1-inch of baby suspension spacers.
The first items on my list are primarily tidying up items like new keys (came with 1 and a resistor broke off the antenna on the circuit board drastically reducing the reliability), rotors and pads, and probably an o2 sensor and egr valve (if o2 tests bad and egr doesnít clean up). My little ďmaybeĒ add on while the wheels are off is some 1.25-inch wheel spacers, one of my peeves about these Jeeps is that they look a bit narrow and I always think a wider stance makes a rig look a little more robust.
I am upgrading the factory radio with a nice Kenwood with CarPlay though and Iím excited about the way that will hopefully turn out hooked up through the idatalink Meistro unit for steering wheel control and vehicle information integration.
We also have a rooftop tent that we had installed on our Toyota Highlander last year and Iím excited about putting that on a vehicle that can get to some more remote free camping sites.
Before I even made the purchase I was lurking here and learning which features to seek out and Iím sure Iíll be around a bunch looking for ideas and learning from old posts now that Iíve got this.
Thanks in advance for everything Iím sure Iíll learn here.
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My stereo upgrade is from the factory changer to a double-din dvd receiver and Iíve only seen 1 thread with info about that kind of swap. I know I can remove the bezel that reduces the stereo opening in the dash down to the silly little Mopar size but Iíve only found 1 off the shelf replacement for that bezel and itís overpriced so Iíll probably be making my own bezel out of some ABS sheet. If anyone has tips,tricks, or links that will help with that project let me know. Iím not worried about the plastic fab, I build theater scenery for a living and the one thing we are really good at is being a little good at a lot of construction techniques and assorted materials uses.
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Iím excited to have a Jeep again after foolishly trading in an XJ for basically nothing a few years ago.
I just picked up a Silver 2006 Commander Limited w/ 5.7 Hemi, QD-2, and about 1-inch of baby suspension spacers.
The first items on my list are primarily tidying up items like new keys (came with 1 and a resistor broke off the antenna on the circuit board drastically reducing the reliability), rotors and pads, and probably an o2 sensor and egr valve (if o2 tests bad and egr doesnít clean up). My little ďmaybeĒ add on while the wheels are off is some 1.25-inch wheel spacers, one of my peeves about these Jeeps is that they look a bit narrow and I always think a wider stance makes a rig look a little more robust.
I am upgrading the factory radio with a nice Kenwood with CarPlay though and Iím excited about the way that will hopefully turn out hooked up through the idatalink Meistro unit for steering wheel control and vehicle information integration.
We also have a rooftop tent that we had installed on our Toyota Highlander last year and Iím excited about putting that on a vehicle that can get to some more remote free camping sites.
Before I even made the purchase I was lurking here and learning which features to seek out and Iím sure Iíll be around a bunch looking for ideas and learning from old posts now that Iíve got this.
Thanks in advance for everything Iím sure Iíll learn here.
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@Big Blue , thanks for the welcome and the links. I don't know if you've seen it or had anyone tell you but cheapest factory parts link is no longer accepting new customers.
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@Big Blue, thanks for the welcome and the links. I don't know if you've seen it or had anyone tell you but cheapest factory parts link is no longer accepting new customers.
I was not aware, thank you.


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My stereo upgrade is from the factory changer to a double-din dvd receiver and Iíve only seen 1 thread with info about that kind of swap. I know I can remove the bezel that reduces the stereo opening in the dash down to the silly little Mopar size but Iíve only found 1 off the shelf replacement for that bezel and itís overpriced so Iíll probably be making my own bezel out of some ABS sheet. If anyone has tips,tricks, or links that will help with that project let me know. Iím not worried about the plastic fab, I build theater scenery for a living and the one thing we are really good at is being a little good at a lot of construction techniques and assorted materials uses.
I've done the swap myself, though I never made a thread about it. It's pretty straightforward; there's plenty of room in the dash on 06 models for a standard double din.

One thing you need to consider if you plan on making your own bezels is that the bezel is not only cosmetic, but also the mounting point for your head unit. The factory head unit mounts using four screws on the front, whereas double dins use screws on the sides.

There are also plenty of bezels that should fit for reasonable prices. For instance, this Scosche kit on Amazon is $13, and is the same kit I used on mine.

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I've done the swap myself, though I never made a thread about it. It's pretty straightforward; there's plenty of room in the dash on 06 models for a standard double din.

One thing you need to consider if you plan on making your own bezels is that the bezel is not only cosmetic, but also the mounting point for your head unit. The factory head unit mounts using four screws on the front, whereas double dins use screws on the sides.

There are also plenty of bezels that should fit for reasonable prices..
Thanks for the warning, I meant the face piece that is attached to the dash panel, I ordered a Metra kit for the mounting and the little trim ring that comes with it. There's a product on amazon and ebay that does what I am planning on doing myself but they charge like $80 for it, my metra kit was $12 and the piece of ABS plastic was $4 and I actually think I'm going to be happier with the finished product my way, the "off the shelf" one makes the head unit sit really deep and has a pretty substantial plastic trim around it.

The attached pics show the product I'll be replicating but mine will cut in tighter to the actual stereo.
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Thanks for the warning, I meant the face piece that is attached to the dash panel, I ordered a Metra kit for the mounting and the little trim ring that comes with it. There's a product on amazon and ebay that does what I am planning on doing myself but they charge like $80 for it, my metra kit was $12 and the piece of ABS plastic was $4 and I actually think I'm going to be happier with the finished product my way, the "off the shelf" one makes the head unit sit really deep and has a pretty substantial plastic trim around it.

The attached pics show the product I'll be replicating but mine will cut in tighter to the actual stereo.
I see, you don't have the factory navigation system then. With the factory nav system all I needed was the trim ring and my head unit sits flush with the rest of the dash.

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