Forgive the lack of pics throughout the process, but once you read everything, you'll see it's not needed.
So i had the basic stock radio (no bluetooth, not alpine, etc) and i hated not having my iPod/bluetooth stuff. I had debated on what I wanted to do, and ultimately decided to go with a nav unit too just for the convenience of having in dash nav also.
The reasons I chose the Raxiom:
-Looks pretty close to OEM (i didnt want anything too flashy for to catch thieves' eyes)
-Backup camera included with the unit
-Both front AND rear USB ports
-iPod controls built in
-sat radio ready (if i decide i want to activate it)
-Literally plug and play unit
be warned, step by step instructions are not included. the radio does have a very detailed diagram explaining the wiring harness and what each port is (it's idiot proof-color coded connectors to ports and they're all different sizes, you can't plug a connector into the wrong port)
1. Prep your radio. There is a wire with a pos and neg that ultimately leads to the camera that you need to connect to the main wiring harness prior to installation. I added a male connector to the pre-stripped wires on the camera cord and they plug directly into a free flying pos and neg (already with female connectors) in the new main wiring harness. Then plug the main harness into the radio, the a/v harness for the camera, the sat radio antenna (if desired), and the steering wheel controls connector. So to recap, i just connected a positive and negative wire for the camera, and plugged in the different connectors coming from the main wiring harness.
2. Remove dash. There are videos out there so i won't go into detail, but remove the kick panel below the steering wheel, the tray above the radio and the window controls module, then take out the 4 7mm bolts that hold in the upper dash, give it a good tug and it's off (that's what she said). also, remove the glove box.
3. Remove old head unit. 4 more 7mm bolts and a disconnect the harness, the antenna(s) and again, give it a good tug. radio is out.
4. run your GPS antenna and the microphone for the bluetooth. (note i have no idea how this works if you already have the stock mic, but i dont think it works with this unit. i THINK you need to use the one included). I include both of these in the same step because i ran them to the same place. The mic is clipped on top of the a pillar plastic, and the GPS antenna is on top of the roll bar above the A pillar under the roll bar padding. route the wires down the side of the a pillar, under the steering wheel and up to where your radio will be. here is the mic. the GPS antenna is directly on top of that roll bar (not pictured)
5. Plug it all in. The mic, the gps antenna, the new wiring harness to the jeep's main connector, the am/fm antenna, the a/v for the camera and anything else you decide to use (there are zone 2 controls if you are installing monitors in the back or other stuff like that. also, if you have subs or anything you would want to wire in, now would be the time. i also plugged my iPod cord into the rear USB and ran it to the glove box to keep my ipod out of sight. now here is the shitty part, there is very little room for this massive new wiring harness and all the other crap, so you have to be patient and just maneuver everything into a spot until you can slide the unit all the way in. I also ran the wires that lead to the camera out behind the dash over to underneath the passenger side front speaker.
6. replace 4 7mm bolts to hold the head unit in.
7. run the camera wires to the rear. i just when under the carpet and plastic trim pieces on the passenger side all the way to the back to where the hardtop wiring harness is/would be. i did plug the camera in to make sure it works, but have not installed it yet. I need to decide where/how i want to mount it. it's a bullet camera, and i think i just want to flush mount it to the back bumper, but need to do more thinking first. good news is it works and once you set the reverse trigger setting, it activates when you throw the jeep in reverse. Camera installation in post below
8. button up your dash. snap it back in, replace 4 remaining 7mm bolts, replace kick panel, upper dash tray, and power window module.
and enjoy your handy work. feel free to customize the display (colors and such), pair your phone, take pictures, watch porn on it (if you have DVD pornos any more) or whatever.
after a few hours of playing around with it, i love it. the bluetooth is awesome. it accesses your contacts and all that. fully integrated with my ipod, i can search, view playlists, see all my songs, etc. no complaints so far.
Props to Ryan at ExtremeTerrain for answering my questions, providing the discount and being very responsive. shipping was quick, product is great, couldnt be happier. steering wheel controls all work, although when working the iPod, the left up/down is now fast forward/rewind, not skip forward skip back. the track is changed by pressing what is normally the preset toggle (button behind left side of wheel between up and down)
here are two videos that may or may not help:
pics when it was all done. if you end up doing this and have questions, feel free to PM me. im sure i missed a step or something in there, but again, super easy.
(clock is wrong because i havent left my parking deck for the gps to get a signal and that is how the clock is set).
i know that gap on the left side looks bad, but the flash just got it at the worst possible angle. the space between the actual unit and trim is same as stock.