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The RB1 is a single unit in-dash AM/FM/CD/Navigation Radio. It was released as a Mopar accessory for Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles in November 2002. The unit features a 4.1 inch (actual size) navigation screen and is DVD based. It uses just one disc for all of the U.S. and parts of Canada, and features turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts. Also featured is a single slot CD player with CD changer controls. The RB1 has a built-in fan on the rear for heat dissipation. Sirius Satellite Radio® capable. The MSRP for the RB1 package is $1595.
The RB1 Navigation Radio is designed for selected 2002 and later model Chrysler vehicles, but will also fit some earlier models including all WJ's. The RB1 is available as a factory installed option on 2004 Grand Cherokee models (except Laredo 2WD), as well as on many other 2004 Chrysler vehicles (see list below). It appears that all of the factory installed RB1 systems include the remote 10-disc CD changer as part of the option package.
The RB1 will NOT work in vehicles outside of North America. No maps have been available other than for the U.S. and Canada. There are no future plans to offer maps for other countries. A model RB3 us offered in European countries. See Models RB3/RB4 for more information.
Radio features: The radio portion features 30 station presets, 10 each for AM, FM and the Sirius Satellite Radio system (requires Satellite Radio Service activation). The radio also features a CD changer control for the factory optional 10-disc changer. When not needing the use of the NAV unit, the DVD disc can be removed and an audio CD can be played in the same slot. Special Program Type (PTY) feature allows you to search for FM and Sirius Satellite Radio stations by type of music category, from those stations broadcasting a PTY compatible signal. The CD player is compatible with both CD-R and CD-RW discs. The radio or a CD from the changer can be listened to while in the NAV mode.
Operation: First, the navigation system receives location signals from Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) orbiting the earth. At the same time within your vehicle, speed pulse, reverse signal sensors and a gyroscope constantly monitor distance traveled, direction and turn information. Compiling and comparing this data, the Navigation Radio matches your location with the data located on its geographic DVD-ROM, and places your vehicle's location on the map. After inputting the desired destination and routing preferences, the RB1 computes and provides visual routing directions along with voice commands that safely guide you through your trip.
Address book - Store up to 100 personal locations and phone numbers in the system's memory, and create up to ten customer address book folders.
Coverage - There are currently more than 2,600 cities in the U.S. that are mapped with detailed coverage. An updated database disc (P/N 56038642AF) was released in July, 2003. The next data update is scheduled for July 2004. Other minor changes or tweaks will be made in between the major annual upgrades.
Database - Designed and maintained by NAVTECH, a leader in NAV systems technology.
GPS clock - With 8 satellites feeding the GPS-based system, you can quickly adjust your clock to the time zone in which you are traveling. Time is also displayed directly on the map along with your estimated time of arrival, or estimated drive time remaining.
In-motion operation - As a special safety feature, the Mopar RB1 Navigation Radio limits the availability of certain navigation tasks while the vehicle is in motion. Programmable options such as editing the personal address book or inputting a destination will be unavailable and grayed out until the vehicle comes to a complete stop. In addition, when in motion, Point of Interest selections are limited - you can only choose from a list of the last 5 POI listings that were entered.
Note: Starting with DVD disc release P/N 56038642AG (September 2003), the in-motion operation safety feature was revised to allow operation of all functions while traveling under 10mph (convenient while in bumper-to-bumper traffic).
Note: (summer 2008) An in-motion software "hack" has been developed by some enthusiasts. This involves burning a patch file to a disc and loading the disc into the RB1 to update the firmware. This modification is suggested "for off-road use only" and requires the 05064033AF disc software.
Maneuver list - Allows you to review your trip itinerary before you put your vehicle in gear...so if there's a road in your route that you'd rather avoid, you simply tell the system, and it recalculates a new route.
Mapping your destination - 8 ways:
Map cursor - When taking a trip you can access a map of the location you are visiting. You can move your map cursor to a specific coordinate and, by simply hitting "enter", the system will show an address (or coordinates) for that selected site and create a trip route directly to your final destination...even if it's a thousand miles away.
Map zoom - You can select from 9 different zoom scales to increase or decrease map magnification, from 1/20th of a mile up to 350 mile "birds-eye view".
Orientation - The default orientation is "North" on the top of the display. It can also be set to "follow" mode where the direction you are currently traveling is on top.
Points of Interest function - Select the service or business you'd like to visit from a database containing thousands of addresses. With a few touches of a button, you're mapped and ready to roll. Features over 40 main categories to choose from, including ATM's, Hospitals, government offices, restaurants, gas stations, hotels, grocery stores, auto service stations and more.
Route Guidance - You have the option of viewing a turn-by-turn map, full display map, or a combination of both. Roads are classified from 1-5, with a level 1 road being the highest level road such as a highway or freeway, and a level 5 road, for example, may be a country road in a rural area. Generally, the system will try to direct you to the "highest level" road. When you are on "minimize freeways", the system will try to route you on the most direct streets. The system does not have the capacity to track your movements or memorize your favorite routes.
Routing methods - Quickest Route, Minimize Toll Roads, Maximize Freeways and Minimize Freeways provide unmatched customization.
Route Recalculation (automatic) - If you encounter a detour, miss an exit or make a wrong turn the RB1 adjusts to keep you on track. Should you change course from the directions indicated on the display monitor for any reason, the system can automatically recalculate your position, then select and display a new route.
Screen - The screen can be toggled between the NAV display and the Radio/clock display. The power must be on in order to see the clock display.
Smart Key Filtering - When using the digital keyboard to input information, the system makes educated guesses based on previously entered letter combinations and displays only the characters necessary to input your destination
Trail Function - The RB1 features a program developed specifically for off-road use. You can get longitude, latitude and altitude readings. You can also mark, name and save the location so you can find it again on a later trip. And, if you should really get into the scenery and lose your way, you'll discover the unique program has been dropping "bread crumbs" as you've been making your trail, so backtracking to get to your original trailhead is a breeze! The "bread crumbs" tracking feature works only in the Trail Function mode, and will retain in its memory about 150 miles of traveling.
Trip Itinerary - When multiple stops must be navigated, the RB1 can accept up to 10 locations, and then will create the most efficient route to accommodate all destinations in the shortest amount of time.
Yellow pages - Over 5 million business phone numbers are included on the DVD program.
Voice Guidance options - The RB1 not only points the way...but it talks to you! When to turn, and how soon, mile by mile, turn by turn, until you reach your final destination. One of three languages can be selected - English, French-Canadian or Spanish. While in the radio or CD mode, the voice prompt (if activated) will override the radio sound momentarily. The NAV voice volume can be set independently of the radio volume.
You can choose from four voice options:
1. Maximum (two beep tones and voice)
Grand Cherokee 1993-1997: The RB1 can be made to operate in the ZJ series Jeeps, with wiring modifications. But the RB1 radio is a different size radio that what was used in these models so custom dash work may be necessary.
Grand Cherokee 1999-2001: The RB1 will work with all functions in these WJ models (requires the #82207541 radio harness adaptor kit described below). All steering wheel controls for the radio are retained, and while in the NAV mode these buttons will operate selected NAV functions. Due to preprogrammed audio equalization levels that are programmed into the vehicle's body control module, if a signal from the radio is not recognized by the BCM the radio will default to a flat EQ curve. Combined with various levels of speakers used from model year to model year, the sound quality of the audio may be reduced when using an RB1 in these vehicles. So far we have yet to run into anyone in which this was the case. In fact, every single owner we know who has upgraded to the RB1 has stated that the sound quality was noticeably improved.
Using the Chrysler wiring adaptor harness, part # 82207541, the RB1 will plug directly into 1999-2001 WJ vehicle harnesses. A Mopar 10-pin to 8-pin CD changer cable is required for operation of the factory 10-disc CD changer in all pre-2002 WJ's. This cable must be run from the radio back to the CD changer in the cargo area. Cable routing directions can be found Here. The RB1 serves as an excellent system head unit, whether used with the factory speakers and amp or with upgraded aftermarket speakers and amplifier(s).
Grand Cherokee 2002-2004: The RB1 will plug directly into any model 2002-2004 Grand Cherokee. All steering wheel controls for the radio are retained, and while in the NAV mode these buttons will operate selected NAV functions. The RB1 will also operate the factory 10-disc CD changer if so equipped. The small flat antenna for the NAV system also needs to be installed. It attaches easily with the supplied adhesive backing, behind the gauge cluster. Installation directions for the RB1 can be found Here.
Grand Cherokee 2005-up: The RB1 is not compatible with 2005-up model Grand Cherokees. These models feature a new CAN bus system for communications. These new models use the new 5.9 "REC" navigation radio.
Jeep Commander 2006-up: The RB1 is not compatible with 2006 model Jeep Commanders. These models feature a new CAN bus system for communications. Commander models use the new 5.9 "REC" navigation radio.
Jeep Wrangler 2003-2006: The RB1 will work with 2003-2006 model Jeep Wranglers. A special shock-resistant adapter support bracket is required. The Mopar part number for the bracket, which became available in October 2003, is # 82208688. The RB1 can also be custom adapted to work in pre-2003 Wrangler models. Back to 1997 has been confirmed so far.
Jeep Liberty 2002-2007: The RB1 can be easily installed in all Jeep Liberty models, no adaptor cables are required. All steering wheel controls for the radio are retained, and while in the NAV mode these buttons will operate selected NAV functions. The RB1 will also operate the factory 6-disc CD changer if so equipped. See Jeep Liberty RB1 installation photos.
The RB1 will work without requiring installation modifications in the following vehicles:
The RB1 may work in the following vehicles but no confirmations have been made yet for fitment and wiring unless noted:
Cirrus (1995) - Confirmed successful installation
The RB1 was not designed to work with 2001 and prior model DaimlerChrysler vehicles, although installation is most likely possible in many models that currenty have the rounded corner style radios. As with the '99-'01 Grand Cherokee's, the radio adaptor harness described above would be required. The RB1 is not compatible with any 2004-2005 Chrysler vehicles that use the new CAN Bus communications system. However, it has been recently learned that the RB1 can be adapted to work in 1990s Chrysler vehicles (like the Cirrus, ZJ Grand Cherokee and Wrangler), more information will be available as we receive it.
The RB1 can be adapted to work on many different non-DCX vehicles, probably about any somewhat modern vehicle that you can make the RB1 physically fit in to. This would require the normal audio wiring modifications to match the RB1 to the vehicle factory wiring, as well as a modification to tie the RB1's CCD bus system into the vehicles' alternate bus system.
Manufacturer: Alpine (Alpine Website) / made in Japan
About part numbers: Model codes and part numbers for radios and discs can be quite confusing. A 3-digit "sales" code is assigned for each radio in a particular series. Within that model code, "RB1" for example, many different part numbers are assigned during the production run and sales life. Most part numbers start out with a series of numbers, such as "82208715". Revisions after that add a 2-letter suffix, as in "82208715AA" followed later by "AB", "AC" "AD" and so on. Revisions can consist of circuitry updates or changes, firmware fixes and changes, and minor cosmetic changes. In addition, sometimes changing a supplier for a particular part will result in a updated part number. In most cases the higher the last letter of the part number the newer the part. A major change in a part will often result in a totally new part number.
Interchangeability: From what we have seen, all of the "RB1" radio part numbers below are interchangeable between most 2002-up Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles that have the PCI Bus system. The radio reconizes which vehicle it is in and will display the opening screen logo accordingly for either "Dodge", "Chrysler" or "Jeep". In the 2005 model year Chrysler started switching over to the new Can-B bus system and the new 2nd generation "REC" navigation radio.
Pricing: The prices shown below are the suggest factory list prices and are shown here for reference purposes only. We do not sell these parts on our website. Prices are subject to change without notice.
Where does the antenna mount and how large is it?
Can I use the navigation software in my computer?
Which audio CD formats are supported?
Will the radio or CD still play while using the Navigation functions? Yes, you can play the radio, or CDs from the CD changer while in the Navigation mode. The Navigation DVD-ROM must be in the RB1 disc slot for the Navigation system to function.
What about free upgrade disc offer?
What is included on the update discs?
Does the RB1 have its own speaker?
What are the "RDS" and "PTY" radio features?
PTY is part of the RDS function and stands for "Program Type", a feature allows you to search for stations by type of category (i.e. country, classical, rock, news). When “PTY” is selected and you press the ENTER key, the current category is displayed. Pressing the SEEK button tunes the unit to the next station that broadcasts the chosen program type. Pressing the SCAN button searches the unit for all music categories. Not all radio stations broadcast the PTY signal.
The USA supports RDS at a lower level (station name and type only) while the vast majority of FM Stations throughout Europe and Britain feature Dynamic RDS, a more advanced system that includes traffic announcements and other features. RDS data can also be used to transmit the current time and date, as set by the radio station. A clock on an RDS radio never has to be adjusted and will automatically set itself for daylight saving time.
How do I clean the screen?
NOTE: Additional FAQ's relating to the operation and features of the Navigation Radio can be found in the RB1 owner's manual.
For use with the RB1 as well as selected 2002-up Mopar production radios that have a "Mode" button. Requires Receiver/antenna kit plus specific vehicle installation kit. Service subscription required. $15.00 initial activation fee, may be waived when satellite option is purchased with a new vehicle.