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Stereo Upgrade

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by whobuff, Jul 17, 2018.

  1. Jul 17, 2018 at 11:50 AM
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    whobuff

    whobuff [OP] New Member

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    After struggling with the stock stereo (6 disc CD changer) for the first couple weeks with my new truck (07 SR5), I decided I needed an upgrade, ASAP!!!
    I hadn't used a CD in years or the radio, so every time I got in my ride I felt like I was transported back to the nineties. To make it worse, when I hit the button to change tracks it would turn on the radio! Also, it was barely louder than my desktop computer speakers, lol.
    So, I talked the wife into getting me an early birthday present....

    After browsing tons of reviews and forums, I decided on a mid-range headunit that would transport my truck to the current century. No CD, no DVD, just bluetooth and usb :)
    I wanted a Kenwood, but went with the Pioneer, because of bang for the buck...
    Here is what I ordered:
    Pioneer MVH-2300NEX
    Coolwoo Backup Camera
    Apps2Car Bypass
    Direct Wireharness
    Metra DD Dashkit

    The install was fairly straightforward, but ran into a few snags. The dash kit did not fit well, it took a lot of pushing and bending to get it to fit and it scratched the edges in the process. But once it aligned it looked good and matched the existing. The bypass wire colors did not match the wire harness (these wire colors didn't match the pioneer harness either), so I had to reverse engineer that a little and after some trial and error, I got it to work, (videos will play while driving, but I don't plan to do that). The camera wasn't easy, running cables through the truck in 90 degree heat wasn't fun. Once I got the stereo up and running, there was one more hurdle... upgrading the stereo firmware. After trying and failing with multiple fat32 formated usb drives, i instead tried a SD card USB stick and that finally did the trick.

    IMG_20180619_055950.jpg IMG_20180711_153812.jpg IMG_20180711_070014.jpg The stereo is louder and better quality sound, its easy to use and looks great!!! Plus I can actually see what is behind the truck when I back up... although the license plate mount is low to the ground, would prefer to mount it higher next time.

    Well, it's been a week and no issues and I couldn't be happier!
     
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  2. Jul 17, 2018 at 11:54 AM
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    Danimal86

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    That looks 10000x better than the factory stereo. Nicely done!
     
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  3. Aug 7, 2018 at 7:51 AM
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    18thirty6

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  4. Aug 7, 2018 at 8:10 AM
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    Trooper2

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    Nice install, recently installed Pioneer as well. + 1 for this Tailgate latch / camera. Definitely Worth it.
     
  5. Aug 7, 2018 at 8:22 AM
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    whobuff

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    Thanks for letting me know about this!! My tailgate hatch lever is badly sun faded and needs to be replaced anyway. I can't believe I missed these when I was shopping for cameras... :poking:
    The one I bought has helped with backing up to my trailer though, so definitely worth the $20 bucks.
     
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  6. Aug 7, 2018 at 8:36 AM
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    Trooper2

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    View from my new latch camera.20180710_190626.jpg
     
  7. Aug 7, 2018 at 10:13 AM
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    MacCTD

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    Looks great, thinking of doing the same for my '10, did you have to replace the microphone or can you use the stock one?
     
  8. Aug 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM
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    18thirty6

    18thirty6 Livin' on Lone Star time

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    You bet. Very easy install and works perfectly fine.
     
  9. Aug 14, 2018 at 1:38 PM
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    parker44

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    Awesome! I replaced my stereo earlier this year in my 08 and couldn't believe the difference. I added an amp in mine and did not do the backup camera. My stereo is wired for it and I believe the truck is as well, but I didn't purchase one. That might be something I look into down the road.
     
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