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Old 07-15-2011, 11:55 PM
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Cool 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!
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