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hey i was wanting to get a new radio, as mine doesnt have the navigation and dvd player and all that fancy jazz. i want to get a touch screen that has all that stuff. but i dont know if i'll be able to use the stock piece around the cd player. in my wifes old jeep they told us if we upgraded the cd player we would have to order the other dash piece, as the whole for the deck was a different size. and i didnt know if i would have to on the 2011 rams or not. and what size touch screen will fit. 6.1" 7" 7.5" and does any body done this, if so what brand/ model did you use? i just cant see spending another 2200 on a cd player. for that price it better read my mind and play any song i want, lol and maybe come with somebody to wash and wax and vacume it for me. lol thanks
 

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awesome. i'm not sure which radio it is. i know it has the u connect button but it doesnt work. and it doesnt have navigation. i'm sure its the 130. but not sure on the other numbers. but that still answered my ? thanks alot
 

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I just did this same upgrade. I had the 130 RES that had satellite radio, but NO Uconnect and NO nav. I installed a 730N RHR with Nav, Uconnect and satellite. I also added a lockpick which allowed me to add a rear camera. The whole thing was about $1500 and I wound up with the best stereo you can get in the Ram. Theres alot to know before doing this upgrade like you need to add a mini microphone for the Uconnect and you have to already have the satellite dual antenna which also feeds the nav system. If not, you will have to add one. Also be careful with aftermarket radios. Dodge found it necessary to make their radios just a tiny bit smaller than a true "double din" radio. If you buy aftermarket, you WILL be cutting and hacking your radio opening. With aftermarket, you will also have to get an adapter to make your steering wheel controls to work. IMO, I would go with a Ram radio. Having said that, if you go to the dealer, you will be paying AT LEAST $2500-$3000. Check out oemautopartsco.com. They sell the radios for a lot less that the dealer and the lockpick they sell really gives you alot of flexibility to add cameras and allow for "in motion" nav inputs as well as "in motion" dvd use.
Research a lot......do the job once!!! You will be happy you did. Good luck
 

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Rob, was the install pretty much plug and play?
It was ALL plug and play. As long as you already have the satellite antenna its pretty easy. I went to Harbor Freight tools and bought a dash removal kit for $5. There was three screws to remove on the dash (a couple more if you have the center console) then you pop the dash off. There are four screws holding the radio in. Remove those and the radio slides right out. Unplug the factory wiring harness, the FM antenna and the satellite antenna. Plug it all back into the new radio and slide it back in place. The lockpick just plugs right in too. No wires to cut. Then the rear camera power, ground and video feed plugs right into the lockpick. The only thing I had to do was extend the power and ground wire on the camera. If you dont have the lockpick, I think you would find a power and ground at the rear of the truck and tap into those but with the lockpick you run those wire right to it so you need to extend them. Very easy to do. The hardest part was climbing under the truck and zip tying the wires along the brake line to the front of the truck. Once you do that, you have to find the plastic cap that covers the hole on the firewall for a clutch if you had a standard tranny. I removed that cap(two bolts), drilled a small hole in it and fed the wires through that and into the cab. Then I just used a little silicone to fill the hole. I also mounted the camera into the tailgate handle where the factory camera would go. It looks identical to the factory setup. The camera I bought came with the drill bit to cut the correct size hole in the tailgate handle. Once it was all in, I turned the truck on and everything worked perfectly. With this set up, you don't need the dealer to flash the computer for the camera to work either. And with the lockpick, you get a bunch more benefits too like the ability to add front and side cams (up to four I think), video IN feeds for anything you want like an Iphone video cable or even an xbox. You get video OUT feeds to if you want to add headrest monitors. Its a pretty cool little device. The only thing I would warn you about is the lockpick CHR 550 apparently has a few "bug" issues according to the guy I spoke to. He recommended going with the new V4 model. I guess its a little more stabile. It lacks a little of the Iphone integration that the CHR550 has but I didn't want any problems. My Iphone still works great with the V4. All in all, it was a pretty easy install. Just set aside a couple of hours, take your time and you'll be fine. I'm no mechanic nor do I have a lot of electrical experience and even I found it to be pretty easy. I do have some pics that I can post if it will help. If you plan on doing it, I think you will find that oemautopartsco.com is the best place to use. There is a guy there named Doug. He is very knowledgable about these systems and can answer any questions.
 

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Outstanding. It does sound pretty easy. I have the satellite antenna and not interseted so much in the Uconnect. A back up camera would be sweet. I'm going to check ebay and see what I can find for a radio. I do need a bed cover first but if I find the radio at a good price who knows...THANKS.
 
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