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Clint Eastwood
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Aftermarket Radio
I have an old truck I use for work. I would like to replace the stock radio with something that has Bluetooth and the ability to take phone calls through the system. Any recommendations?


Unobtanium
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re: Aftermarket Radio
I've used Crutchfield for years. Rarely are they the cheapest but their knowledge base and customer service are second to none.

ETA:

Upgrading a radio in an older vehicle is easier than in modern cars/trucks. No integration of radio with other functions - just power, antenna and speakers.

Crutchfield can set you up with the radio, mounting adapters and wiring harness.
This post was edited on 9/15 at 9:37 am


Wtodd
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re: Aftermarket Radio
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Crutchfield

Never heard a bad thing about them

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Rarely are they the cheapest

You get what you pay for


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AlxTgr
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re: Aftermarket Radio
I put a Kenwood Excelon series head unit in my wife's old Wranger when we bought it and I could not have been happier. Ordered from Crutchfield so I would get all harnesses and instructions for free. I am a 3.5/10 on the handy scale and I installed it with ease.


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TU Rob
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re: Aftermarket Radio
What size is the radio opening? I've done this in several of my old vehicles, and the best one was in my old Wrangler that would accept a Double-DIN head unit. It had a touchscreen and would accept apps and other controls on the screen, but also had some small physical buttons along the edges. Most all of them that have bluetooth now come with a wired microphone for taking voice commands and calls. I used the double-sided tape that came with it and mounted it on the steering wheel column, so it was right in front of me. In a truck you could probably get by with doing it anywhere else, but with the noise in a Jeep I wanted it out of the wind.


auggie
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re: Aftermarket Radio
Get one from Mexico.


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Clint Eastwood
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Member since May 2015
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re: Aftermarket Radio
It’s an 05 Sierra so I think that’s a double. I checked crutchfield and it’s nice that they tell you what fits your vehicle. Now I’m looking at the backup camera adds. I don’t like that most of them don’t have a volume knob. I don’t like having volume buttons.

I think I’m gonna go with a decent one. The Walmart duals are cheap but I just feel like they will fall apart and I’ll be pissed in the long run.


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