Ok All Finished the project yesterday and am pleased to say I am triumphant. I will attemt to walk you through this project step by step so you don't make any mistakes I've made or could have made.
1. Get prepared. This project took me about a month to put together because of all of the additional things needed to put it in.
Stuff you'll need:
2-Din head unit (your choice)
Wiring harness for the truck. This fits the existing harness so no need to cut wires. I bought this a the local store that sold car stereo's (Part # 70-1771 made by Metra Electronics. Metraonline.com)
You'll need a new mounting kit which comes with a trim ring and hardware. Bought mine on eBay for a few bucks and worked perfectly. Part # FM-K552
I also picked up some accessories like XM adaptor and a back-up camera (all optional)
Put the two harness together at the kitchen table. It's easier than doing it in the truck.
Step two: don't be fooled when the installation manual says step 1: disconnect battery. Step one is: turn key on and remove all CD's from current stereo before you take away power.
Next, disconnect battery (important due to ding, ding, ding of door ajar (very annoying!))
Now, go get a clothes hangar and cut the hook off. Make two U shaped pieces with ends about 1 1/2" apart
Insert these tools into the each side of the stereo and gently push them apart and slowly pull the unit. It should slide out (with a bit of help)
Disconnect the antenna and unclip the harness.
take a screwdriver and gently pry out the headlight controller/dimmer from the bottom and disconnect the harness.
Now, gently pull the entire dash cap aft. It should pop off from the top and a few clips holding on the bottom.
After it's loose, disconnect the 4WD harness, Airbag and ACC harnesses.
Remove fuse panel cover for easy access to wiring.
After the cap is off, you notice there is a lip around the stereo opening of about 1/4". This is what makes it a 1 1/2" DIN instead of a true 2-DIN.
Get a small cut off tool (I used a Dremel) and loose both the top and the bottom pieces. Leave the sides. (I had to file the sides a bit to fit the new mounting brackets) Once this is done, you may now dry fit the stereo in the opening to see what it will look like and remove.
Plug in the harness you built and you may plug in the stereo to test it prior to reassembly. (don't forget the battery) Kind of a pain to put it all back together and find out you missed something
Now is a good time to wire all of the accessories and and such.
Note: I did find that if you just ground the wire reserved for "side brake" the DVD works all of the time. (Not recommended....Just say'n)
The last part is just a reversal of these steps.
Hope this helps everyone.
Send me a PM if you have any other questions. Glad I could help!