DIY: 2013-2017 RA3/RA4 8.4" Radio Upgrade/HVAC Conversion

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    Mpgrimm2 Senior Member Preferred Vendor Supporting Member

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    Happened about 2-3 weeks ago (New Single zone MTC bezel jumped in price also).
    Just affects the 1500/factory 7 speed folks but ...

    There are 2 other compatible/alternate (previous) HVAC PNs that can be used. May have to pick them up from a salvage yard also vs new.

    HVAC Control Module: 68268186Ax (AB, AC, etc) (7 speed Fan specific models)
    ** (or... 68183973Ax, 68236772Ax)

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    I found a brand new one for $250 about 2 weeks ago. Most of them were $400 plus
    Guess I lucked out
     
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    Wow, yeah. Up to $338 for the bezel now. The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if it was done to discourage people from doing the upgrade. That's a tremendous jump for the same part numbers (i.e. not an upgrade to the parts).

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    First off I have a 2017 Ram 1500, thank you for consolidating info on the 8.4 radio upgrade. Seems like it should be simple, ha. I understand the factory 8.4 bezel is different from mine (besides the bigger screen), because of the smart HVAC module\controls. I found this bezel that supports the 8.4 radio and original 7 speed manual HVAC (https://www.infotainment.com/products/ram-truck-8-4-upgrade-radio-bezel?variant=1026315653). Just remove 4 screws from HVAC on original bezel and install on the new. My question for Getupkid, Duneflyer, Mondo161, Cptwing, PJW67, and others. If I don't care about smart HVAC can I buy new 8.4 RA3 radio, $400 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-2017-...CT-RADIO-DISPLAY-SCREEN-OEM-VP3-/253079026178) and bezel for $300? Do I still need the 911 "thing" if I don't plan to pay for Uconnect/GPS?

    Will this set up work for $700, knowing I won't have the auto climate control?
     
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    Mpgrimm2 Senior Member Preferred Vendor Supporting Member

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    It would be cheaper and more reliable (that basic bezel with knob has been problematic for some people & made their radio/CANbus get a bit screwy) to just add steering wheel audio controls and use the Ra3/Ra4 behind the current bezel. The fit isn't terrible.

    - DIY: 2013-2016 OEM Steering Wheel Audio Control Install

    & Yes you would still need the bypass plug.

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    I have just installed a custom harness from MPGRIMM2 and let me tell you I'm one happy 2016 Dodge Ram new owner!!!
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