Hey; so, I've been rebuilding the interior of my '97 Ram. I've got the new dash done, the gauges rebuilt with new faces, "new" used seats, new headliner, and so on.
One issue I'm having is with the stereo. I have the infinity sound package, and as many of you know in '97 each speaker had its own amp. This means that none of the aftermarket stereos I've tried will sound like anything other than poo until I replace all the speakers. For now I'm not interested in doing this, because with the factory stereo the speakers sound great.
So, with all that said, the original CD player this truck came with (RBR AM/FM/CD W/3 band eq) is long gone before I ever owned it. I've got a stock Cassette deck and want to at least have a CD player;
The problem is that they sell for WAY more than I can afford on eBay, I can't find any on Craigslist, and the ones I've seen at junkyards are all completely trashed. I want to get either the RBR (P04704373AB in '97, P04704476 in '94 - '96) or the RBC from the 94-96 years (P05269432), but at this point I don't think this is likely. However, it seems the "oval" units from '98-'01 might work if I could a) find some sort of oval to rectangle adapter, and b) find out if they still had amps on the speakers in these years, or if this is when they changed to a separate Infinity amp.
I know this is LONG, and for that I apologize. I will sincerely appreciate any advice!
Oh, yeah, and with all that said I REALLY wish I could afford one of these;
Guy rebuilds the OEM units and adds auxillary input, which is what I've been after, hence all the attempts at different aftermarket units (3 to be exact), as well as FM transmitters (both inline and over the air) and tape adapters...