At a crossroads.. 8.4 or aftermarket

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I tried to piece everything together in cost for converting in my 2016 1500 tradesmen to have the 8.4 with nav and CarPlay. Grand total from what I can find is around $1900 and I would still need the usb media harness. I am already out the $212 for the incorrect bezel. That total cost includes the bezel I have because it’s a dual zone bezel.
Infotainment for a complete plug and play kit with the correct bezel would be
$2100 and comes with warranty.

Then I started piecing together an aftermarket head unit. One with the floating screen. 8”+ size screen. Several to choose from. NO ANDROID units!
Still the cost for a complete kit that isn’t factory looking can be anywhere from $1600-1800.

Not sure what direction to go. I can still sell the bezel (maybe) and recoup that money.
Sell my Phoenix Tesla style PX6 12.1 Android unit with dash cam for $500-600, again… maybe..

What aftermarket units has other people done. I don’t really want a dbl din size screen.
I hate the Tesla Android unit I have. Just not an Android guy. I tried ‍♂️

For my work, CarPlay with maps is a necessity and the gps function is great to have when cell service is bad.

Any advice would be most helpful! I should state that money isn’t a roadblock but it is a consideration.
 

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I tried to piece everything together in cost for converting in my 2016 1500 tradesmen to have the 8.4 with nav and CarPlay. Grand total from what I can find is around $1900 and I would still need the usb media harness. I am already out the $212 for the incorrect bezel. That total cost includes the bezel I have because it’s a dual zone bezel.
Infotainment for a complete plug and play kit with the correct bezel would be
$2100 and comes with warranty.

Then I started piecing together an aftermarket head unit. One with the floating screen. 8”+ size screen. Several to choose from. NO ANDROID units!
Still the cost for a complete kit that isn’t factory looking can be anywhere from $1600-1800.

Not sure what direction to go. I can still sell the bezel (maybe) and recoup that money.
Sell my Phoenix Tesla style PX6 12.1 Android unit with dash cam for $500-600, again… maybe..

What aftermarket units has other people done. I don’t really want a dbl din size screen.
I hate the Tesla Android unit I have. Just not an Android guy. I tried ‍♂️

For my work, CarPlay with maps is a necessity and the gps function is great to have when cell service is bad.

Any advice would be most helpful! I should state that money isn’t a roadblock but it is a consideration.

Have you contacted https://www.ramforum.com/forums/m²-mods.166/ , he can supply all the harnesses you need and support you won't get from some others. My understanding is you should be able to use the dual zone bezel, you'll just have a couple of dead buttons. I have the single zone bezel on my upgrade and I also did the single zone auto mod and if someone moves the fan speed knob it goes into manual mode and I have to use the radio screen to put it back into auto so I wish I had the auto button on the fan speed knob.
 

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Have you contacted https://www.ramforum.com/forums/m²-mods.166/ , he can supply all the harnesses you need and support you won't get from some others. My understanding is you should be able to use the dual zone bezel, you'll just have a couple of dead buttons. I have the single zone bezel on my upgrade and I also did the single zone auto mod and if someone moves the fan speed knob it goes into manual mode and I have to use the radio screen to put it back into auto so I wish I had the auto button on the fan speed knob.
I couldn’t find the DM tab to contact him directly. I am new to the site and I’m not familiar with all the features. I did post in the thread but didn’t see a response from him.
 

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I would search car-part for the radio. I snagged a 2020 UAS for under 300 there last november. Pieced the rest together on ebay and got the harness from mpgrimm. I use the dual zone bezel with only single zone ATC, works just fine (and I plan on adding dual zone in the future anyway). All in all I spent less than $800 going from a 3" base radio to an 8.4 with carplay and upgrading from manual climate to auto.
 

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I thought i did good with my $650 uaq find, though we even out since i only needed the media hub and harness so $800ish. Still $300 for any 4c radio... hell of a deal.
Nice! I definitely wanted a nav unit but the price was too good to pass up
 

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I thought i did good with my $650 uaq find, though we even out since i only needed the media hub and harness so $800ish. Still $300 for any 4c radio... hell of a deal.

You did great at $650. I've been kicking around upgrading mine but the used UAQs seem to be ~$1100+ from what I am finding at the moment.

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I'd def try to get a deal on an OEM 8.4 over any aftermarket radio just to retain all the factory functions and have a cleaner look overall. Most aftermarket radios just look so trashy.

The Phoenix tesla radio looked like a good deal, until you want to use Sirius XM...

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I'd def try to get a deal on an OEM 8.4 over any aftermarket radio just to retain all the factory functions and have a cleaner look overall. Most aftermarket radios just look so trashy.
The
The Phoenix tesla radio looked like a good deal, until you want to use Sirius XM...

Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
I'd def try to get a deal on an OEM 8.4 over any aftermarket radio just to retain all the factory functions and have a cleaner look overall. Most aftermarket radios just look so trashy.

The Phoenix tesla radio looked like a good deal, until you want to use Sirius XM...

Sent from my SM-G988U1 using Tapatalk
I used my XM app with CarPlay on my 12.1 Phoenix radio. I just hated the Android OS!
I am sure it plays better with an Android device instead of an iPhone.
I have my complete Phoenix head unit for sale but I need 50 posts before I can use the classified section to post it.
 

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