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Just got the titan SV, and to put it lightly, the radio sucks. No bass, only 6 presets, tiny back up camera.... why would they put this in a nice truck. It's like a toss out from a 2005 economy car.

Is there another factory unit that is both better, and plug and play? I'd go aftermarket, but there doesn't seem to be a great option that retains the steering controls.
 

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Easy to retain SWC and other functions with an iDataLink Maestro. Do yourself a favor and get professional installation. A good aftermarket head unit will run circles around any factory head unit.
 

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I'm not looking for magic, just a bit of an upgrade. After reading all the nightmare posts here with shops not being able to figure it out, I'd like to see factory options first.

I know Rams can swap from a 5" to 8" with no problem. And my tacoma can go do it as well. Just looking for similar.
 

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So right now I have the small stock radio like this:
Vehicle Radio Media player Satellite radio Audio equipment


Can I swap it out for the better infotainment unit like this?
It looks like it has a bigger screen, and more features.

Reflex camera Digital camera Camera accessory Cameras & optics Material property
 

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the dealer did swap those two units so it must be able to be done. mine originally came with the small one and the dealer updated it to the larger one when the original owner asked for the navigation system to be added. i don't know what all if required but to use the map button, you also need to add the little piece down by console and trailer controller that accepts the map card.
 

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I don't have a trailer brake controller. Honestly I could care less about navigation, I have a cell phone. I just want a slightly bigger backup camera, and a radio that doesn't look and sound 20 years old.
I just need someone to confirm if it's really a plug and play swap. Also what vehicles that unit came in. Thanks.
 

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I can’t answer for how easy the swap would or would not be but I can lend my advice/expertise: all OEM head units are under powered pieces of trash. Spend a little more and get a better aftermarket head unit and you will be way happier in the end.
 

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While I appreciate that, I haven't seen one thread here yet that was easily successful. In fact most threads here say even the pro shops couldn't figure out the steering wheel controls. I'm not willing to take the gamble, I just want a mild upgrade.
 

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I believe they are plug and play. On that note, the 2nd gen has been out long enough that it's pretty straight forward now with the iData control module. If you go to Crutchfield or even Best Buys site and enter your truck info, it'll show you and add the extras you need to make it work. I have a 17 w/ the Fosgate which sounds fine for what it is, but my plan when I had bought it was to swap it out anyway, just haven't gotten around to it. But I definitely wouldn't waste a penny on a OEM unit. You can get significantly better head units for a lot less and will retain the steering wheel controls and sound better.
 

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well, my 2017 has that unit you pictured and the dealer installed it, so its plug and play. how much plugging though, who knows?

we need a picture of hte back to compare the plugs
 

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Does anyone have a link to an actual thread that had a successful head unit install? Including all factory steering wheel options (gauge change, volume, cell...). I've searched and read over a dozen now, and they all seem like a headache with most having to sacrifice something.
 

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Does anyone have a link to an actual thread that had a successful head unit install? Including all factory steering wheel options (gauge change, volume, cell...). I've searched and read over a dozen now, and they all seem like a headache with most having to sacrifice something.
TONS of T owners have upgraded head units. As mentioned a few posts up ^ if you buy a head unit through a big retailer that specializes in audio such as Crutchfield, they will sell you all the necessary adapters and harnesses to make nearly any head unit work in any vehicle. They make custom dash bezels and everything. The reason there aren’t many posts/threads on this topic is because the people either paid for install at an audio place, or it was so damn straight forward they just did it and didn’t waste time on a write up. Hell, Crutchfield even sends you a picture, step-by-step instruction book on what to do in your exact vehicle. x3 on getting your Monies worth and get an aftermarket head unit to really get more than just looks…
 

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Did you do it, or is that a general comment? There are many posts here where they tried the "kits" to no success. There are tons of posts, first, second gen, and XD, where they did it and sacrificed the steering controls. Many threads where the big box stores and radio shops failed. Several where they used the kits, but the controls never worked like factory, or they had the headache of having to redo the mapping many times as they randomly reset.

I've been part of dozens of different forums. Guys love sharing successful write-ups. You can't tell me it's that easy and no one has actually mentioned it.
 

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Did you do it, or is that a general comment? There are many posts here where they tried the "kits" to no success. There are tons of posts, first, second gen, and XD, where they did it and sacrificed the steering controls. Many threads where the big box stores and radio shops failed. Several where they used the kits, but the controls never worked like factory, or they had the headache of having to redo the mapping many times as they randomly reset.

I've been part of dozens of different forums. Guys love sharing successful write-ups. You can't tell me it's that easy and no one has actually mentioned it.
I’ve done EXACTLY as I described (using Crutchfield and ME installing) on ALL of the following vehicles:
1. 2008 Nissan Titan Pro4x (retained ALL steering wheel controls)
2. 2007 G35 sedan sport (retained ALL steering wheel controls)
3. 2016 Nissan Murano platinum (retained ALL steering wheel controls)

Please also understand that you are talking about the LEAST popular selling pickup truck in the US. Other Forums for other makes and models have thousands of members on a daily basis and hundreds of thousands of people upgrading them with aftermarket stereos. You need to find a reputable audio shop NOT BEST BUY OR BIG BOX STORE to discuss all the fine details if you are unsure of them. They will all be willing to help you as if they do, that is how they make money. If I ever get around to doing this on my 21’ I’ll be sure to create a post that details my order through Crutchfield, all of my detailed instructions with photos, full write up of unplugging the harnesses and plugging in the supplied harnesses provided, and buttoning everything up.
 

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That would be great, and I'm sure others would appreciate the write up. Unfortunately there are no good radio shops around here, I'm in BFE. Best buy is the closest thing, and I'm not trusting them again.

I just want a simple unit, same as I have, but with a bigger screen and a little better sound. I do realize the stock speakers are likely crap too.
 

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I just got off with Crutchfield. They do not have any units that can do all the factory features even with iData link. I have to choose between most of the steering controls, or the backup camera.
 

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I chatted with Crutchfield again. Before I was asking about an in-dash unit, which limited selection. This time I asked about any style they have. They found some, that with adapters I should make most of the steering wheel buttons work. However, the factory camera will not, nor do they sell one that can be adapted. I'd also lose the aux and USB charging port.
I can't believe no companies have figured this all out yet.
 

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Look into the Phoenix Automotive 13 inch head unit . I have that in my 2018 XD . - Plug n Play !
SWC too...
After 2 tries I needed to return the 7862 Android Phoenix unit back to them. They finally agreed that they are not compatible with my 2019 Titan SV without auto A/C and no navi. I spent hours on the phone with them with the truck apart for more than 2 weeks with them telling me that their unit is compatible when yesterday they back tracked and sent me a return label for a refund. I got as far as everything working except the fan for the A/C.

As much as I wanted it to work, it just wasn't "plug and play" like they claimed. So if anyone has my spec truck, be forwarded.

Mike
 
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