Jeep JL Car Play Project.

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I love that the JL has Apple CarPlay, but hate the cords hanging out all over. So I bought a CarPlay2Air, to connect via WiFi. I tried using the port in the center console with the CP2A but had connectivity issues on that port, so I was using the media port below the radio. I was not at all satisfied with that setup. So I did a little in line mod, best of all it’s all plug and play.

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1. Carplay2Air adapter
2. Female USB to Female USB adapter
3. AXXESS - USB Adapter Wiring Harness for Select 2010 and Later Vehicles - Multi
4. USB A to mini USB
5. Any double sided sticky tape or Velcro
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Steps 1 and 2 remove panels. You shouldn’t need to completely remove panel 1, just pop it loose. The pop off the radio/climate control panel, pull from the corner near the engine start/stop button.

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Remove radio/climate control panel and then remove screw 3, I recommend leaving all wires connected to the panel, so you can power up the radio when you are testing. Then pull out window switch panel but don't completely remove it. You only need to pull the panel out far enough to access the cable plugged in above the media port. (See next picture)

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Find cable (4) to remove press clip on back and pull up. You will no use the cable with the white connector. If you attempt to use the cable with the white connector it will not work properly.

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Here you will attached the AXXESS - USB Adapter it will connect to the cable you just unhooked.

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Insert the mini USB side of the cable into the port where you just removed the stock cable from.

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Now its time to piece everything else together.

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Secure Carplay2Air in the below location. It keeps it up and out of the way. Manage your cables and tuck them in so they are out of the way of the control panel.

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Once it's all connected and secured, make sure its working and close it all back up.

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All Done!!!! Works perfect.

Hit me up if interested or need help setting yours up.
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Okay, dumb question, are the USB ports in the media centre still usable after this?
 
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That’s a great question, it will still work and charges phone. However there is one issue I noticed. And that’s when you try and plug another iPhone into the regular USB port (port carplay2air is wired to), it tries to connect other phone via Carplay and cancels each other out. You can still use the USB C port though with no issue. But yes the media ports all still work as normal.
 

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That’s a great question, it will still work and charges phone. However there is one issue I noticed. And that’s when you try and plug another iPhone into the regular USB port (port carplay2air is wired to), it tries to connect other phone via Carplay and cancels each other out. You can still use the USB C port though with no issue. But yes the media ports all still work as normal.
Thinking of a way to adapt it to run a USB cable up to my 67 Designs rail in the dash. That way I can charge my iPhone and not have the cables dangling.
 
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Thinking of a way to adapt it to run a USB cable up to my 67 Designs rail in the dash. That way I can charge my iPhone and not have the cables dangling.
That’s an awesome idea. I think I know how you can do it. Give me a bit to research.
 

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That’s an awesome idea. I think I know how you can do it. Give me a bit to research.
The connectors to the dash USB ports surprisingly look like a ruggedized mini USB port. If only there was a hub that could be tucked into the dash.

EDIT. I’ve been think of this off and on since I pulled the dash apart to wire my AUX switches.
 

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That’s an awesome idea. I think I know how you can do it. Give me a bit to research.
Based on some pictures I’ve seen online, the USB media centre is a custom Molex part.
 
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The connectors to the dash USB ports surprisingly look like a ruggedized mini USB port. If only there was a hub that could be tucked into the dash.

EDIT. I’ve been think of this off and on since I pulled the dash apart to wire my AUX switches.
I think you could get away with a Y or splitter cable. But hard to find one that’s a mini and not a micro
 

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I would need an idea of what you using up by your 67 Design bar
iPhone and Osmo Action camera. I might throw an iPad or second phone up there for passengers, but they could use the regular media ports when they need charging.
 

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Huh. Now to pull out my manual. I wonder if the USB C ports In the Jeep supply PD.
 
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iPhone and Osmo Action camera. I might throw an iPad or second phone up there for passengers, but they could use the regular media ports when they need charging.
Oh my bad I was curious if you were installing another set of USB ports on the dash.

something like this?

Flush Mount USB
 

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Another idea is to bury so,etching like that in the dash and run the cables down there. I like the idea of having the ports accessible so I can switch out what’s plugged in.
 
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