Simple answer- Yes you will lose your Bluetooth if you remove your factory JBL
stereo. Here's how to keep it...
First let me start by saying it's not as simple just changing the head unit. In order to use your factory installed JBL system (with any aftermarket head unit you choose) you are also going to need a "S
nterface" to keep use of of your steering wheel controls and a vehicle-specific radio replacement interface just to connect the new radio to JBL system itself. Per Kenwood Tech Dept, the only SWI they tested and approve of is the "PAC SWI-JACK".
From my research, Pacific Accessory Corporation is the only SWI-JACK that will also work with your Bluetooth steering controls (SWI-JACK Version 1.6.20b
). A white sticker can be found on the unit itself identifying which version it is. You must look on the unit for the version number and not the packaging as the package will only show SWI-JACKv.1
As of the date of this post, this version has only been shipping from PAC for about a month and is hard to find. Just to stay with the same manufacturer I chose the PAC TATO
for my Radio Interface.
As far as the head unit, I chose the Kenwood DNX6140. If you look hard enough and you're patient you can find a great deal on these. I purchased mine ($679.00) from 6ave.com during a "name your price" promotion they had going and am eligible for a $100 rebate through Kenwood!! Oh yeah, and don't forget your new dash kit. Metra makes the one that most resembles your factory dash if its grey (part # 99-8214TG).
Good luck and hope this helps someone!!!
My setup: 2009 DBL CAB TRD OFF ROAD
Kenwood DNX 6140
PAC SWI-JACK Version 1.6.20b
PAC TATO Interface
Metra 99-8214TG Dash Kit