Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Tallahassee, FL
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Re: In dash navigation???
I just put an Alpine IVA-W200 in my truck. It's a Double DIN unit with a 6.5" LCD touch screen, and Alpine has options for XM and Nav (plus excellent iPod controls built in to this model).
I have a Garmin StreetPilot 2610 GPS, so I'm not messing with the Alpine Nav. But I did put in the XM tuner and iPod cable, and, other than the head unit itself and the XM antenna, which I put on the dash up by the windshield (with the cable routed behind the dash, so you can't see it), you see NOTHING that is non-factory. My iPod is in the little glove box by the driver's knee. The XM tuner module itself is behind the dash, in a little hole behind the main glove box, and the XM controller module is behind the head unit, mounted to a large round tube that runs through the dash from one side of the truck to the other. The W200 is not as deep as the stock radio, either.
Also, Alpine has a Bluetooth handsfree add-on coming out shortly. I plan to get that, too. It plugs into the head unit and has a microphone to be mounted somewhere. With that, all you need is a Bluetooth-compatible cell phone and the truck stereo becomes your handsfree phone module. When you get a call, the stereo will automatically mute and the sound will come through the truck's speakers. Nifty. And, again, minimal non-Factory stuff cluttering up the cab.
I know the '04 and older SuperDuty trucks aren't Double DIN, but guys have posted that they installed DDIN units with only minor trimming. And the W200 is actually a fair bit shorter than the stock radio in my '06, so maybe it would fit in an '04 just fine.
ps. I got my W200 from SavingLots.com for $812, delivered.
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