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nightrunner 07-16-2011 12:55 AM

06-08 Convert 1.5 Din to Double Din Aftermarket Radio

I have a 2006 Ram Night Runner edition. I had a standard 1.5 Din stock radio, and i wanted to convert to double din. However I was unable to find much on forums to explain this process or tell me if it was even possible, so hopefully this isn't posted somewhere else. I put a lot of time in doing this wrong, until I figured out what to do right, so hopefully this helps someone else.

I had to remove the top of the cup holder lid in the red box to get to the 2 screws that are the red dots that hold in the radio bezel.

Alright, I will try to make this easy, to pull out the Cup holder lid, you need to reach into the compartment and push out the 3 tabs labeled as 1. Once you have pushed the tabs loose, the whole thing will pull up and out, when you pry with some force the 4 secondary tabs will pull out of label 2. Finally you need to remove 3 small screws, to get to the next set of screws in the bottom of the dash.

I then removed the 2 red bottom screws and the 2 trim pieces came out, and was able to unscrew the 2 blue screws from the bottom. (Note!: From what i have read not all rams have the 2 blue screws so depending on your interior, you may not even need to do all of these previous steps) Then I pried very, very hard and pulled the bezel off. It takes a lot of force so don't be shy, shown in the red box is one of the many tabs that hold it in place. Then unscrewed the 4 screws that hold in the radio and the small compartment underneath it.

I also unscrewed all the accessories in the red circles, and many more for the 4x4 control and the A/C and heat. I unplugged the wires in the red square and the other 4, whatever was not on the replacement bezel.

Now the radio is fully removed, once again I have the standard stock non-premium stereo. There are 3 plugs to the radio, 2 wire harnesses and an antenna plug. Because I did not have the premium stereo my aftermarket harness does not connect to the smaller wire harness in the red box, I did not use this harness at all.

This is the harness fully plugged in, the antenna plug will require an adapter. I purchased everything i needed for this installation on Ebay.

I purchased:
Pioneer avic-x930bt (I chose this unit because of it's dvd, gps navigation, bluetooth, and ipod/iphone compatibility)
OEM Ram bezel with the bigger navigation hole
Metra xsvi-6502nav - wire harness
Metra 40-cr10 - antenna adapter
Scosche cr1289b - dash kit

New unit installed!

I also removed the top of the dash and installed my gps antenna under it with a custom plate so that it would not be seen, works great!

Here is the final product, installed, looking great and sounding great!!
Next I plan to do the speakers, tweeters and subwoofer!

RAMTX 07-16-2011 02:28 AM

Nice and clean install. nice write up. Thanks for the pics!!! :rep:

Reddog170 07-16-2011 03:03 AM

Sweet. Clean looks, excellent functionality. Great job and thank you for taking the time to write this and post all the pics. Shaun

trailblazin 07-18-2011 06:04 PM

great write up, thanks for sharing

tooldad 07-21-2011 12:38 AM

Thanks for the writeup. I am doing same thing with a Kenwood this weekend. I am going to give it a try with the dremmel and make my original bezel opening bigger. I have already put some holes in it from mounting snow plow equipment, so no loss if it doesn't work. Then I will buy a new bezel if needed, otherwise I can save $100.

I see you have the console in stead of a flip seat with flip down cup holders. I want that, but don't want to pay for it. I plan on building one out of wood. Any chance you can do some rough measurements, height width, length, where it angles from the front of the seat to the dash.

thanks, and great job.

tooldad 07-21-2011 12:39 AM

Thanks and great job!

RedRam10 07-22-2011 10:38 PM

You can do mine any day! :rep:

erm 07-22-2011 11:19 PM

Nice job. I went through this last year going from the stock 1.5 DIN head unit to a DD Mopar REC/NAV unit.

I didn't have the two screws but it still wasn't easy to get that console unbolted so I could release the bezel.

Nice project, nice write up!

Dooner 07-22-2011 11:22 PM

How did you cut the double din hole? That looks awesome!

erm 07-22-2011 11:24 PM

I didn't cut mine. I just got a new bezel with the right size hole in it. :D

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