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post #1 of 5 Old 03-08-2014, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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Kinda funny story, I bought into a 04 with the original stereo unit. and the first cold morning I started off on my day, turned on the radio and the volume was kinda loud, so I tried to turn it down and the volume pegged to the max! WTH? so I fiddled and it just stayed there so shut it off and after the cab warmed up it returned to normal.. also it wanted to keep two of my cd's just didn't want to eject..

So I'm in the market for a new one but I'm looking for a nice one with all the features we can expect from the modern age! Maybe one that might have the potential to display vital statistics?

Do you have any suggestions for an UP-GRADE replacement?

Basically looking for brand names and possibly model numbers? Thanks for looking!


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The type of Head Unit (HU) you get to monitor vitals is going to depend on your choice of phone. The two top apps are Torque for the Android and Dash Boss for iOS. Most of the newer HUs come in one flavor or another. I personally am looking for an Android model that has bluetooth so that I can tie it in with my Torque app. I do not know much about Dash Boss as I've never owned an Apple product. There are plenty of units out on Ebay and some of those companies are the manufacturer for some of the big names or if Ebay doesn't suit you, you could try Crutchfield or Sonic Electronix.

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You may want to just add a Bluetooth/phone device if your volume still works.

http://www.amazon.com/Kinivo-BTC450-Bluetooth-Hands-Free-Input/dp/B009NLTW60/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394865262&sr=8-1&keywords=bluetooth+phone+adapter+kinivo
You will need a ground loop isolator

http://www.amazon.com/PAC-Ground-Isolator-3-5-Applications/dp/B001EAQTRI/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_y
a double female adapter

http://www.amazon.com/C2G-Cables-03170-Stereo-Coupler/dp/B00007FGUF/ref=pd_bxgy_auto_img_z
and the wiring adapter. I am not 100% sure this is the right one for your truck

http://www.amazon.com/PIE-FRDN-AUX-1998-up-Auxiliary-Converter/dp/B001KM3JMS/ref=au_as_r?ie=UTF8&Make=Ford|54&Model=Excursion|661&Year=2005|2005&carId=001&n=1077068&s=car&vehicleType=6
an RCA adapter

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Audio-Cable-Splitter-1-Mini/dp/B00004Z5CP/ref=pd_sim_sbs_auto_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0G49DJ68CTQWN0F9SSQD
and tools

http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Design-Model-ATD-5621-Remover/dp/B000OUW7KC/ref=pd_sim_e_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=00YREN3DQ04SBFZAHTJY
About $120 to do this and your smart phone will work for music and phone.

Easy install but you will have to run power possibly to the adapter in the back of the stereo.

CD changer repair about $80 on ebay.

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Hey thanks for the reply's! I'm looking into it :


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