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post #1 of 18 Old 05-22-2011, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question about factory navigation compatibility

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New member here. Just traded in my 06 F250 for an 11' F250 and all I can say is WOW! One of the best vehicle purchases I have made.
The only regret I have is that I did not opt for the factory nav unit. Initially I thought that I did not want it due to I get what I need out of my phone. After playing around with the sync system, it leaves me with the desire to install a factory nav unit. I have done a fair amount of research on the subject and have searched extensively, but cannot find the answer to my current question, which is what years are compatible with the 2011 model year. From what little I can find, it appears as though 2009-2011 are the same units. If anyone can verify this, I would truly appreciate it.
I have a line on a unit pulled from a 2009 Explorer. I understand I would still need some additional pieces to make it work and will likely need to have it reprogrammed.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-22-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, did a little more digging and I think I have I know what unit to look for.

Next question, do I still need the amplifier unit?
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Yes, you would I believe. The factory nav units have no internal amplifier. Does the std radio have an external amp? They are mounted under the driver column slightly left.

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i believe when i spoke to ford, if your truck is under warranty and want to swap out your radio for navigation they will do that for you for free, thats according to my local ford dealer, i will call them up and ask them if you could do the same
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Light color

Just got to make sure your background light color on the buttons and knobs are blue and not green. You are looking for a bc3t-18k931.
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I just got a nav unit from a 2010 superduty.I installed it in my 2011 and all I had was the sub playing.Now I know why lol.It came on and played.But,it said it had an error with the nav.I know the unit is good.

Is the nav module in the unit or will I need to purchase that? The nav unit from the 10' has alot of plugs my 11' cd player doesnt have on the back of it.

Also my steering wheel buttons for the radio wouldnt work.I guess I need to take it to the dealer.


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The reason you only hear the sub is that it has a dedicated amp. You will need to buy the factory amp from ford as the nav unit does not have built in amplification. If your truck came stock with Sirius, then you will need a splitter for the satellite antenna to get the navigation to work, if you do not have sirius, you will need to get the who.e antenna assembly. If you have steering wheel controls, you will need to swap the control module in the steering wheel as well. If not, you can still get it, but it is a bit more involved as the wiring is not in all trucks.

The amp, satellite antenna and the steering wheel control can all be purchased from Ford for around $250.00. There are two options forbthe amp, one with mounting bracket and one without, the one with the bracket is actually cheaper and despite what you might read, there is a specific spot for it and it bolts up fairly easily. You will need one more item that Ford does not have and that is a "T" splitter harness for the amp. You can get this from Radiosandmore.com. They make this harness specifically for adding the nav after the fact. There is a difference between the 08'-10' and the 11'. Beings you are using a radio out of a 10' you may want to call them and ask which harness to use.

I don't have all the part numbers readily available, but if you go to the parts counter, they can look everything up for you.

Don't worry about allnthe unused connections as this radio is used in several different cars.

Lastly, it is highly likely you will have to send the radio in to be programmed. Don't assume the dealer knows what to do. You will more than likely have to tell them where to send it. Currently the only place I found to do this is United Radio. I found that they are reluctant to do this and make it sound harder than it is.
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Dang, thats alot more than I wanted to fool with lol.I was hoping it would be an easy swap.Sounds like the worst part of it will be rounding everything up and getting it reprogrammed.

Thanks for the info!


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It is really not that bad. You need four parts, three of which can be purchased from Ford. The install is pretty straight forward. In my opinion, the hardest part is getting the programming done.
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Have you thought about after market with nav,cd,dvd audio and video for rear moniters,bluetooth

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