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I've been seeing some conflicting information regarding the parts that are needed to replace the factory radio in the XJ8. I'll provide the details first.
Vehicle: Stock, 2004 XJ8 4.2ltr NA, with base CD player lower and radio center. No cell phone module or any other Aux options.
New Head Unit: 2Din 7" Android with all the bells and whistles including GPS, SIM Card/WiFi, Camera & Auxillary in.

I wondering what to expect in this as it's my first Jaguar. I've integrated factory amps before on 00 and older BMWs and Mercedes.
First thing in looking for is a verified parts list for the dash, wiring harness, steering wheel controls, and antenna connection.
Next, is this going to be plug and play or should I expected to be in for a speaker install also?
I installed probably 100+ full systems and they all have their quirks. I'm just looking for the info and things to watch for.

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Default A little extra detail

The dash kit can be a basic kit and finish. I do Hydrographics as a side gig so I'm going to hydrodip all the radio trim in a matching wood finish. If anyone else needs it wants this I'll post some pics, just gimme a shout. It's inexpensive and durable. Basically anything that's paintable can be dipped.
 
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The only dash kit made that bolts in is designed for the S-Type/X-Type but it leaves about a 1/4 inch space on each side as the S-type has a narrower center console. It also comes in matte black and not glossy black. I used it anyway, painted it with 2 coats gloss black and two coats clear. Crutchfield gave to to me for free with the radio purchase.

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_120999501G/Metra-99-9501B-Dash-Kit-Gray.html?awkw=75646650265&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr=47 717696305&awdv=c&awug=9061321&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjL DOnPzp3wIVja_ICh3zPgNSEAQYAiABEgIFZ_D_BwE

You also need a wiring harness,

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_120709500/Metra-70-9500-Receiver-Wiring-Harness.html?awkw=75645805225&awat=pla&awnw=g&awcr =47718650545&awdv=c&awug=9061321&gclid=EAIaIQobChM I5f3G3_zp3wIVl47ICh2cpgfAEAQYAyABEgLgXfD_BwE

And an antenna adaptor

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You may also need a steering wheel control adaptor if you want to use the steering wheel controls with your new radio. Can't help with the other stuff as I didn't use/need them. The radio install was very straight-forward if you have done this type of thing before in other cars. The speakers are a bit more trouble. They are 6 3/4", not 6 1/2 like some of the websites suggest. But there is plenty of room for adaptor plates should you want to install smaller (or slightly larger) speakers.




 

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