Metra Electronics Ships New iBEAM Replacement Camera for Jeep Gladiator

HOLLY HILL, FL (05.27.2021) – iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems by Metra Electronics has just released a new replacement camera designed for 2020-up* Jeep Gladiator JT models. When replacing the radio on these vehicles, the factory LVDS backup camera presents a challenge for aftermarket screens and can be expensive to retain using an interface. iBEAM’s JP-JTKT camera replaces the factory camera to provide an affordable solution that allows the driver to see their backup video on a compatible aftermarket screen when in reverse. This new solution adds to Metra’s growing product line of aftermarket Jeep accessories.

The JP-JTKT has an RCA output for aftermarket radios or monitors with selectable parking lines and a 160-degree viewing angle. Two different types of camera mounting brackets are available to cover models equipped with either a standard backup camera or models equipped with surround or 360 systems. (Surround or 360 systems are not retained with this kit.)

To help with installation, the camera comes with detailed instructions and Metra also has an installation video at https://youtu.be/NLXRKsRFArM (See video below).

The JP-JTKT is available now and will be included in Metra’s Jeep accessories and iBEAM training sessions at KnowledgeFest in Orlando.


Product Specifications

  • Direct OE replacement camera for 2020-up* Jeep Gladiator JT
  • Resolution: 550 TV lines
  • Field of view: 160 degrees horizontal, 185 degrees diagonal
  • Rated IP68
  • High-performance power circuit
  • Camera extension cable included (26ft length)
  • Two types of ABS mounting brackets included
  • Does not retain the 360 surround view system in vehicles with this option

*See iBEAMusa.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information.

Metra Electronics Ships New Soundbar Speaker Adapter and RGB Off-Road Fog Lights for Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator

HOLLY HILL, FL (04.29.2021) – Metra Electronics is expanding its Jeep Accessories line with two new aftermarket products designed to help installers upgrade the sound and lighting systems in Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator models. Metra’s new soundbar speaker adapter and RGB off-road fog lights complement the line’s existing speaker pods and RGB off-road headlights, offering a complete solution for Jeep upgrades.

Jeep owners who are upgrading the sound system now have a solution to retain the factory soundbar and upgrade to larger speakers in 2018-up* Jeep Wrangler JL and 2020-up* Jeep Gladiator models. The JP-1015 is designed to adapt the OEM four-inch speakers and one-inch tweeter to an aftermarket 6.5-inch speaker and optional tweeter. A harness is included along with a mounting plate and cutting template to assist with modifications to the interior material of the soundbar. The soundbar speaker adapter enclosure is made from high-quality ABS plastic and designed to withstand the harsh elements of off-road environments.

Metra’s JP-1014 replacement speaker pods for 2018-up* Jeep Wrangler JL and 2020-up* JeepGladiator models are a recommended accessory to complement the new JP-1015 when upgrading the sound system. This pair of sealed speaker pods replaces the original four-inch speakers located under the driver and passenger dashboard to install a six to 6.75-inch aftermarket speaker. They are constructed with ABS housing that utilizes the factory mounting locations for a secure fit that will heighten the listening experience. The pods were first introduced at SEMA360 and use the factory grommet and wiring, with a Metra speaker adapter harness included.

To add style and visibility to Jeep Wrangler JK, JL, and Gladiator models, the JP-704RGBFL are a set of four-inch RGB backlit halo off-road fog lights designed to match Metra’s existing JP-704RGB seven-inch round off-road headlights**. The polycarbonate lens cover is virtually unbreakable and the lights are built with a die-cast aluminum housing, rated IP67 to withstand harsh weather and off-road environments. The 15 white LEDs have a bright 800-lumen output for each fog light, consuming 30 watts total per light.

The backlight RGB lights have 16 million different color options using the Metra RGB smartphone app*, which will also sync with the JP-704RGB headlights to complete the look. The fog lights are plug-n-play with Metra’s RGB-CB1 controller, which is sold separately and required for operation. Depending on the model or trim leveTl, additional fog light mount brackets may be required for the installation, and installers should see the JP-JFOG or JP-JFOG2 for vehicle-specific details. All of these products are in stock and shipping now.

Visit MetraOnline.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information.

Alpine Electronics to Attend 2021 Jeep Beach

AUBURN HILLS, MI (04.14.2021) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. announces the 18th-annual Jeep Beach Vendor Show at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida from Friday, April 23 – Saturday, April 24.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, Alpine’s presence at Jeep Beach signals continued support for one of the largest, Jeep-only events in the country. This also marks the return for Jeep enthusiasts who consider Alpine as the premium choice for aftermarket Jeep upgrades.

Alpine Brand Specialist Colin Vargo (L), pictured with a Jeeper at a previous Jeep Beach, will show Alpine’s latest at Jeep Beach 2021.

Located on Daytona Row, Alpine will be represented by Alpine Authorized Retailer Roco 4×4 and rep firm Dynamic Sales & Marketing, who will be available to give on-site vehicle demonstrations and answer product questions. Jeep Beach attendees who visit the Alpine booth can get hands-on with Alpine products and walk away with free giveaways.

Alpine’s 2015 Jeep Wrangler will be on-site loaded with the new X409-WRA-JK 9-inch Weather-Resistant Navigation System with Off-Road Mode, a PSS-22WRA Weather-Resistant Sound System, and an HCE-TCAM1-WRA Spare Tire Mount Rear-View Camera. Roco 4×4 will also bring “Sandstorm,” a 2018 Jeep Wrangler with the X409-WRA-JK and PSS-22WRA.

All products are available for purchase during the event with special, event-only pricing. Jeep Beach attendees will also have special access to an online-only promo code for select products on Roco 4×4’s website from Wednesday, April 21 – Monday, April 25.

Installation will not be offered during the event, however, recommendations can be made by the on-site Alpine/Rocco team.

Alpine will also highlight a HCE-TCAM1-WRA Spare Tire Rear-View Camera and Light System for 2007 – up Jeep Wranglers ($500 value) for the Jeep Beach raffle. Winners will be drawn and announced by Jeep Beach.

In accordance with local, state-level, and event guidelines and directions, Alpine and Roco 4×4 staff will wear a face cover or mask, and when possible, maintain a social distance of six feet, during in-person product or vehicle demonstrations. All products and vehicles will be disinfected with sanitation kits before and after each demo. Alpine will also have hand sanitizer to use before and after each demo.

Visit alpine-usa.com for more.

Tint World Partners with Official Jeep Sound Systems Vendor DS18

BOCA RATON, FL (03.25.2021) – Tint World Automotive Styling Centers has announced its partnership with DS18. As part of the collaboration, Tint World will serve as an authorized seller and installer of all DS18 products.

“We’re always excited to be able to offer our customers the top automotive electronic products on the market,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO and president of Tint World. “Partnering with DS18 lets our customer have access to top-end car audio products, and we can’t wait to see how they enjoy them.”

DS18 is the official Jeep sound systems vendor. The Miami-based company specializes in mobile, marine and home electronic equipment. DS18 offers several products including amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers, tweeters, component sets and a multitude of other audio accessories.

“We want to be able to reach an audience that enjoys the nuances of a great sound product as we do,” said Sasha Susterman, CEO of DS18. “Joining Tint World’s extensive franchise network will allow us to expand our reach and continue to show why we are an industry leader.”

Tint World Automotive Styling Centers offer sales and installation of auto accessories, mobile electronics, audio video equipment, security systems, custom wheels and tire packages, window tinting, vehicle wraps, paint protection films, detailing services, nano ceramic coatings, maintenance and repair services, and more.

Visit ds18.com and tintworld.com for more.

Oracle Lighting Announces Oculus 7-Inch Bi-LED Projector Headlights for Jeep Wrangler JK

METAIRIE, LA (03.18.2021) – Oracle Lighting has launched its new Oculus 7-inch bi-LED projector headlights (p/n 5876-001). Now available for pre-order and scheduled to ship in April 2021, the new headlights are designed for 2007-‘18 Jeep Wrangler JK, 1997-‘06 Jeep Wrangler TJ (w/ H4 wiring adapter), and classic cars/trucks (w/ H4 wiring adapter and some modification) and have an MSRP of $489.95.

“Our new Oculus features advanced LED projection with 4,800 Lumens of high-quality illumination for enhanced driver visibility in all weather conditions,” explained Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “Oculus is a complete headlight replacement with better light focus than a simple bulb upgrade. These lights also use the original factory beam angle adjustability for proper light focus on lifted Jeeps.”

Light focus is very important for not only driver safety but others on the road who can potentially have their vision obstructed by glare. “This is especially significant on lifted vehicles where the light source is raised and in a position to interfere with the field of vision of other drivers,” Hartenstein continued. “The new Oculus headlights feature a very sharp cut-off line and focus light with industry-leading precision specifically to avoid such issues.”

Oculus’ LED light source has lower power demands compared to the factory halogen lamps while providing more light output. Oculus features precision Bi-LED projectors for optimum light distribution and beam angle. These seven-inch headlights install in any seven-inch headlight trim ring using original mounting hardware. The Halo DRL features more than 200 bright white LEDs for a vivid lighting impact.

“It is undeniably important to implement proper thermal management tools for high-performance LEDs to operate with reliability in various environments,” Hartenstein concluded. “Oculus utilizes both active and passive cooling methods to sustain low LED temperatures. Remote mounted heat sinks and an internal cooling fans work in conjunction to insure proper temperature control and longevity of the LEDs.”

Additional features and specifications include:

  • Wattage: 36W Each
  • Color Temp: 5500K 
  • Certification: DOT SAE HL VOR 19
  • Warranty period: Two years
  • Multi-national patented design

Louisiana-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle, and marine markets since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today’s world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

For more information, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.

Metra Electronics Launches New Dash Kit Integration Package for Jeep Wrangler JL with Pioneer In-Dash Receivers

HOLLY HILL, FL (02.09.2021) – Metra Electronics is now shipping a fully integrated dash kit package that interfaces with a variety of Pioneer’s in-dash receivers. The first product of this new series, the AXPIO-JL1, is designed specifically for 2018-up Jeep Wrangler JL models and works in both single and dual-zone vehicles. This solution features an Axxess AXPIO Series interface, vehicle specific harnessing, a direct OE replacement camera, built-in STOP/START engine override interface, USB/AUX/HDMI replacement panel, radio antenna adaptor, and a dash kit in one complete package. The AXPIO-JL1 is designed specifically for Pioneer’s Double-DIN 6.8-inch in-dash multimedia receivers, the DMH-W4660NEX, DMH-W4600NEX, and the new DMH-WC5700NEX**. This kit will also work with Pioneer 9-inch receivers, the modular solutions DMH-WC6600NEX and the floating type DMH-WT7600NEX, as well as the floating type 10-inch receiver, the DMH-WT8600NEX, with the additional purchase of the Metra 109-UN02 floating mount kit**.

The AXPIO-JL1 will allow Pioneer’s in-dash receivers to fit in the shallow space within the Jeep dashboard while still retaining important vehicle functions. The included Axxess interface with plug-n-play harnessing allows vehicle information and settings that were controlled on the factory screen to be retained, displayed and controlled on the Pioneer touchscreen. This solution will retain and control most of the settings that would otherwise be lost after replacing the head unit, including HVAC controls and gauges, heated/cooled seats, and other driver personalization options.

Since the factory LVDS backup camera will no longer work, Metra has included an IP68 rated iBEAM backup camera as a high-quality, direct OE replacement. A replacement panel for the USB, AUX, and HDMI ports is also included with 3-feet of wiring, along with a radio antenna adaptor for GPS. For even more value, Axxess’s patented STOP/START engine override interface is built-into the interface, which is designed to disengage the STOP/START feature of the vehicle and keep that feature disengaged even after the key has been cycled.

The built-in integration technology from Axxess also retains safety chimes through an offboard speaker, retains audio controls on the steering wheel, retains R.A.P. (Retained Accessory Power), and provides accessory power (12-volt 10-amp) and NAV outputs for parking brake, reverse, and speed sense. As new vehicle technology has evolved, the factory head unit now goes beyond displaying just the car audio settings, presenting a challenge for installers who are replacing the factory radio with an aftermarket receiver. Losing the ability to display vehicle settings on the screen is not only an inconvenience for many drivers but may prevent them from upgrading their audio system altogether. With Metra’s new solution, installers can now offer a fully integrated package that will fit and function like the factory head unit.

“This new integration with Pioneer’s products is a first for Metra Electronics and our Axxess integration line,” says Jason Anderson, VP of Product Research and Development for Metra’s 12volt brands. “As vehicle technology changes each year to make car audio upgrades more challenging, our solutions will evolve to help installers continue to offer OEM-quality upgrades for their customers,” he added.

A video showcasing this new product is available at https://youtu.be/_q6HOzewoR4 (see above) from Metra’s YouTube channel. The AXPIO-JL1 is in stock now and Metra will release additional integration packages from the Axxess AXPIO Series in the near future that will cover even more vehicle applications.

Visit AxxessInterfaces.com for more.

**Refer to radio manufacturer for most current models.

Oracle Lighting Announces New Rear Bumper LED Reverse Lights for Jeep Wrangler JL During SEMA360 Online Event

METAIRIE, LA (10.30.2020) – Oracle Lighting has announced the launch of the new Rear Bumper LED Reverse Lights for Jeep Wrangler JL (p/n 5874-504) during the SEMA360 online event Nov. 2-6, 2020. With an MSRP of $99.95, Oracle Lighting is currently taking pre-orders with plans to ship Dec. 12, 2020.

“A common complaint we hear from JL owners is low visibility when backing up at night,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “There is not enough light from the reverse lights, even on the LED tail lights, for the factory camera to work well in the dark. We have developed a reverse light which seamlessly integrates into the bumper reflector area to provide more than 1,000 additional lumens when backing up at night. Utilizing a total of 22 high powered 3W LEDs, these small lights pack a big punch!”

If you are not satisfied with the light output of your factory reverse lights, Oracle Lighting has made it easy to replace the factory bumper reflectors with these high-output replacement auxiliary LED reverse lights. These durable lights feature a cast aluminum housing powdercoat finish and clear PMMA Lens. Installation uses factory mounting hardware and these lights tie into the reverse light wiring with the included T-taps. Note: Will not fit Willy’s or Sport models without rear bumper reflectors.

Additional features include:

  • Direct replacement lamp using existing hardware
  • Taps into existing reverse light power source without error code
  • Clean design with OE fitment and appearance
  • 11x 3W LEDs making 1,000Lm output each (theoretical)
  • Optic-focused wide beam pattern for extended field of view

According to the SEMA360 website, with the 2020 SEMA Show live event in Las Vegas not taking place and the industry recognizing the need for a viable marketplace during these challenging times, SEMA360 was created. As an online ecommerce solution taking place Nov. 2-6, 2020, SEMA360 focuses on manufacturer/attendee/media relationships, new product introductions, project vehicle debuts, industry-leading education and unparalleled networking opportunities. SEMA360 will leverage the association’s exclusive manufacturer and attendee databases and media partnerships to provide participants with the best online experience and maximum value.

Having celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2019, Metairie, LA-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle, and marine markets since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today’s world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.

Oracle Lighting Shipping New Sidetrack LED Lighting System for Wrangler JL & Gladiator JT Models

METAIRE, LA (06.10.2020) – Oracle Lighting has announced the new Sidetrack LED Lighting System for Jeep Wrangler JL (2018-2020) and Jeep Gladiator JT (2020) models is now shipping. The new system (Part5861-504) has an MSRP of $199.99.

“Our new Sidetrack LED Lighting System is a stylish and functional upgrade for Jeep Wrangler JL and Jeep Gladiator models,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “This tactical-inspired body cladding is equipped with multi-function integrated LED lights that provide benefits to both driver and passengers.”

The light modules consist of a pair of injection-molded inserts that fit in the original body lines and contour the factory fender vent for a seamless look. Matte black panels provide an aggressive look that adds a rugged and tactical appearance to the Jeep. Installation requires no modification to the fender sheet metal, and the cladding simply applies with included VHB adhesive.

“The LED ‘Entry Light’ features high-output white LEDs which illuminate the area outside of the vehicle for the driver and passengers approaching the vehicle at night,” Hartenstein said. “This convenient feature allows the driver and passengers to identify puddles, potholes, and other hazards when entering and exiting the vehicle. The entry lights are connected to the vehicle’s dome light circuit so the entry lights will activate when the vehicle is unlocked, when the doors open, and can be manually turned on with the factory control knob.”

The LED “Turn Indicator” addresses a potential visibility issue with the US-spec Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator models which do not have a clear indicator on the side of the vehicle. This can be hazardous when changing lanes with a vehicle is positioned in the Jeep’s blind spot, and this blind spot is increased substantially on lifted vehicles. By adding a bright amber indicator in a clearly visible position, the Sidetrack provides a needed benefit for lifted Jeeps.

Click here to visit the Sidetrack LED Lighting System product page.

Having celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2019, Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive market since 1999. Oracle thrives on low-to-mid production specialized components with a goal of providing a dual benefit to clients by lowering manufacturing costs and reducing lead-time for product development.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.

PAC Announces New RadioPro Integrated Installation Kit for Jeep Grand Cherokee

CLEARWATER, FL (04.14.2020) – PAC has launched a new RadioPro integrated kit (SKU#: RPK4-CH4103) that allows drivers of 2014 – 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokees to upgrade their factory radios. The kit, equipped for any radio size (5”, 7”, 8.4”), allows the retainment of all factory functionality including vehicle information, performance gauges and climate controls.

The stylish and easy to install kit features OEM quality buttons, knobs and graphical interface creating a familiar user experience while expanding new features via a show-stopping 5.2” LCD touch-screen.

Key Features include:

  • Factory-matched dash kit with complete set of climate control knobs and buttons (no need to use OE parts)
  • 4 programmable hard buttons with proximity-sense technology for quick access of cameras and more
  • Retains factory camera (if equipped)
  • Supports up to 5 driver safety cameras (sold separately)
  • Accommodates a single-DIN or double-DIN aftermarket radio
  • Multi-purpose 5.2” touch-screen LCD display for climate control, camera selection, vehicle settings, performance gauges, vehicle information and feature setup (for installer use)

Click here to visit the RPK4-CH4103 product page.

The kit is available at an MSRP of $649.95.

Visit pac-audio.com for more.

Oracle Lighting Announces New Oculus Bi-LED Headlight Choices for Select Jeeps

METAIRE, LA (02.14.2020) – Oracle Lighting now offers additional choices for its popular Oculus Bi-LED headlights for 2018-2020 Jeep Wrangler JL and 2020 Jeep Gladiator JT. Now available, the Oculus Bi-LED headlights have an MSRP of $689.95.

“Our Oculus bi-LED headlights are now available in a RGB+W ColorSHIFT,” explained Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “Our customers asked, and we listened! You can now have your Oculus headlights change colors without sacrificing the White Daytime Running Light (DRL). Oculus headlights feature advanced focused LED projection that outshines all the competition (including the factory LED headlights). With 3,200 Lumens of high-quality Bi-LED projection, these headlights provide enhanced driver visibility in all weather conditions.”

Light focus is very important for driver safety and for others who can have their vision obstructed by glare. Oracle Lighting is proud to offer the most focused and lowest-glare LED headlights for the JL and JT on the market.  ColorSHIFT Oculus Headlights feature 3-Tiered RGB features in the lamps, including:

  • Outer Halo Ring (RGB+W)
  • Inner Halo Ring (RGB)
  • Projector Demon Eye (RGB)

“Each LED feature has a separate cable output and can be connected together so all three create the same color or set up as three separate channels or ‘zones’ depending on the user preference and the ColorSHIFT controller selected,” Hartenstein continued. “The Pure-White DRL has its own wiring harness (same as the original Oculus) that connects to the fuse box with an add-a-circuit for easy and safe integration. The DRL will come on when the engine is running or can be connected to a switch (including the factory Aux switches) for additional user control.”

Oculus bi-LED headlights product specifications:

  • Headlight Wattage: 36W
  • Headlight Total Lumens: 4800LM
  • Headlight Color Temp: 5500K
  • Certification: DOT SAE 5839-504 HL VOR 19
  • Warranty: 2 Years

Oculus bi-LED headlights package contents include:

  • 2x Oculus ColorSHIFT headlights
  • Headlight aiming tool
  • DRL wiring harness
  • Add-A-Circuit fuse adapter
  • 6x RGB wiring extensions
  • RGB controller not Included

Please note that these features are intended for off-road “show” use only and are not compliant for street use.

Having celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2019, Metairie, LA-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive/12Volt, powersports, motorcycle, and marine markets since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today’s world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.