Decisions Decisions- Bought a Laramie Center Console

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    Do you need to have the Steering wheel with audio controls done as well? If not how else can you control volume? Is it just on the touch screen itself? I do not have the audio controls on my current steering wheel.
     
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    Ram® Truck 8.4 Upgrade Radio Bezel – Infotainment.com
    This isn't cheap but this custom bezel let's you keep your manual hvac controls. So I wouldn't need to replace the havoc unit. Also has volume control so could get by without steering wheel controls. Came across it on youtube install. They offer the whole ra4 swap plug & play. Of course it is $1200+ for it. Not to interested in spending that kind of dough. Looks to be really well done though
     
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    That looks like the bezel that I bought before we started making our own wire harnesses. Looks better than it actually functions...



    I wonder what this button does?
     
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    You will not need the steering wheel controls if you get the climate module, the wire harness, the radio, a single zone temperature bezel, and a few minutes of free time.
    The wire harness and the module allow the truck's harness to connect to the climate control, and radio knobs and buttons on the bezel. Those knobs will work just like a factory install once you get everything hooked up.
    I went ahead and installed the steering wheel audio controls and I wrote up a DIY thread on that if you decide to do it.


    I wonder what this button does?
     
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    A lot of people that get that OEMAutoPartsCo bezel end up regretting it, some had issues with it (reports of it messing with the CanBus by some... @00R/T and others), and most decide they need the rest of the functions that the radio should have and do the full conversion within a few months anyway.

    If you have an Ra2 radio with BT and mirror with mics already, you can always just add the steering wheel audio controls (@ $100) and squeeze the Ra4 behind the existing bezel to see if you like it without the extra controls.



    DIY: 2013-2014 OEM Steering Wheel Audio Control Install

    If you don't have a backup camera, we have a thread for that too...
    Installing OEM Backup Camera (post 10)

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    I do have blue tooth, back up camera & the mirror with the mics. I think I am just going to keep my eye's open for an ra4 with nav. When I find one fairly cheap I can pick it up. I am doing the center console swap for now. Will see if I can get the CD player working with my current setup. Really don't need one but I guess it is nice to have as an option.
     
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    Installed Center Console

    Okay so I swapped my center seat for the Laramie Center console I have. It is a temporary setup as it is the tan color scheme. My interior is the grey/black. I am swapping my center seat setup with a guy for his center console. Which are the right colors. Also I am missing some parts for this center console. So it is literally just sitting there. Still it will be easy to swap the new on in when it arrives.

    All the Aux are working & Power outlet. My new CD player has power but radio doesn't see it. Someone mentioned their just recognized it I think. Maybe that was another thread. Is this one I need to add a code for at the dealer?
     

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    I just swapped my 5.0 radio to the 8.4 and my 5.0 had a CD player hooked up to it..... it was in the very bottom bin of my center console/jump seat...... your current radio should work with a CD player..... wiring on the other hand may be what u have to add/worry about
     
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    If your looking for plug and play, I'd suggest looking at infotainment.com... a bit pricey compared to doing it the way Mpgrimm showed, but easier..... and in all honesty, I don't know jack about cars and I did it like he's showing and it wasn't all too bad..... and it saved me probably $400. Also, the guys on that thread were awesome help when I had a question or problem
     

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