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Yesterday I got my REC navigation unit installed works great, it was very easy and cost me $978 shipped vs the $2399 the dealer wanted. Parts came from United Radio and Shores Electronics below are the steps I took.

Step 1: Disconnect NEG batt terminal. Remove shift knob, there is a small clip at the base of the shifter that pulls down one release, the knob pulls up and off without issue (only a single hand required)



Step 2: Once removed the lower shift bezel must be removed, I gently pried with a butter knife to raise it slightly and left no marks. A firm tug at that point released it. Prying/tugging was required to remove the main bezel but it did come off fairly easy.



Step 3: this was probably the least fun, removal of the hazard flasher control/ HVAC controls. The HVAC controls are attached to the bezel not the dash! they are attached to the car by cables with not so much slack, the hazard assembly is held by 4 screws as are the HVAC controls, just requires patience and maneuvering to get them removed.

Step 4: Remove Radio (REF) this was nothing special, 4 screws to remove and 2 plugs plus the antenna. Once removed, inside the dash is a metal support bracket for the REF Radio its held by 4 more screws and must be removed.



Step 5: Install REC bracket, this CAME with my bezel kit, it wasnt a mistake, the MOPAR bezel kit included it, too bad I got the bracket from the dealer first, I now have a spare, at least it was only $5



Step 6; Install REC radio, plug and play really just the reverse of the removal of the old. only differnce is the mounting of the GPS antenna.

Step 7: Install GPS antenna, it actually can go anywhere inside the dash, it has a long cable. Orientation is very important, it needs to be mounted upright, I first put it sideways and it was all screwd up, had me on wrong roads wrong direction, etc. I put mine inside the airduct just clearing the bezel, it cant be seen and works great. The antenna had double sided tape to attach it, hopefully it doesnt come loose.

Step 8: Reconnect Neg batt terminal and powered up to test, worked fine, woohoo!!



Step 9: Attach HVAC and Hazard controls to new bezel. I attached the hazard assembly first as it could be removed from the car. Attaching the HVAC controls was just as tedious as removing it due to such little slack.

Step 10: Reattached bezels working from top down, replaced shifter knob.



Thats all, didnt take long even working slowly and carefully, It did a neat thing too, on first power up it showed a Chrysler logo on the screen, oh well. must have been pulled out of a 300 or something (it was reconditioned) when I cranked the car, the screen went out and came back with the Dodge emblem!! Must have pulled the vechicle ID from the ECU or something, way cool! NAV works great! Aside from that, I got some cool new features, 6 Disc MP3 player, Station/Artist/Song Title readout for my Sirius (That worked too without any reprogramming), RDS for FM radio, and my favorite part, a vehicle maintenence menu, The service interval of tasks like oil change, tire rotation, etc are entered and tracked. Once they come due, the unit will prompt that the particular maintence is necessary. Should be quite helpful

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they arent, and I dont know why, the pics are posted in the member photo gallery and they show there, any ideas?
 

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they arent, and I dont know why, the pics are posted in the member photo gallery and they show there, any ideas?
Did you click on the "Insert Image" to link them, or just cut and paste?
 

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The REC unit came from http://www.shoreselectronicsautoradio.com

It was $900 as a kit that included the REC unit, NAV disc, GPS Antenna, the Factory User Guide, and some photocopied installation instructions (without the caliber) Ground shipping (they are located in Michigan) was $25 The unit was double boxed, outer box used shredded newspaper (yuck) as packing material, inner box had contents wrapped in bubblewrap, good if not overkill packing job. If you look elsewhere, make sure what you get is a complete kit like this, if you get just the radio, the antenna goes for like $50, the manual for about $25 and the DVD nav disk for like $150!!

The Bezel came from http://www.unitedradio.com

It was $52 and was the actual Mopar kit, not a knockoff. It came in a Mopar box and it included the metal bracket required for the larger REC radio. They shipped overnight for $6 I believe. Make sure to specify your dash color before ordering.
At a dealer, I think this bezel would cost about $150

I would def. recommend both of these companies, I knew united radio, they also are a repair facility for both stock and aftermarket radios. Shores is an Ebay reseller (I didnt use Ebay myself, I called them up in person to order) but they have 100% feedback on Ebay.

hope this helps,
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overall works well, love the better features of the radio, major improvment, also love the maintenence screen, will be great to stay on top of things. as for the nav, kinda a mixed bag, i had a garmin sp320 unit that could always get me from one point to another would always find a route. this unit will tell me my destination, or the area im in is not in an area where turn by turn guidance can be preformed. at that point it wont give me directions but rather give me the general direction i need to go. its up to me to figure it out, that sucks imho, but apparently the norm for dvd navs (gf's moms acura tl does the same)oh well, good overall, cant complain so much, and really makes the dash look way cooler
 

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overall works well, love the better features of the radio, major improvment, also love the maintenence screen, will be great to stay on top of things. as for the nav, kinda a mixed bag, i had a garmin sp320 unit that could always get me from one point to another would always find a route. this unit will tell me my destination, or the area im in is not in an area where turn by turn guidance can be preformed. at that point it wont give me directions but rather give me the general direction i need to go. its up to me to figure it out, that sucks imho, but apparently the norm for dvd navs (gf's moms acura tl does the same)oh well, good overall, cant complain so much, and really makes the dash look way cooler
What revision of the REC's DVD do you have? I found many roads updated in my area with the AE revision over the older AD or AC. I also like the AE's added features such as Avoid Road.

I also applied the patch thats available on the internet that disables the In-Motion limitations so a passenger can fully use the GPS while I drive. Works great!
 

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Does this unit play dvd's?
No. The Mopar REC unit will not play DVD movies. However, it is designed to connect to the Mopar VES DVD player to provide control and sound through the REC unit.
 

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What revision of the REC's DVD do you have? I found many roads updated in my area with the AE revision over the older AD or AC. I also like the AE's added features such as Avoid Road.

I also applied the patch thats available on the internet that disables the In-Motion limitations so a passenger can fully use the GPS while I drive. Works great!
My revision is AC, so I guess im a little out of date, that would explain some of the issues. Guess I need to find a newer disc someplace (really dont want to spend $150 tho)

Happen to have the URL for the patches for the radio? are there any "hacking" sites for this unit? any other tips or tricks with this unit?
 

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Happen to have the URL for the patches for the radio? are there any "hacking" sites for this unit? any other tips or tricks with this unit?
Look at www.carhack.org. Most of the hacks have been for the AE revision. Theres a lot of info there if you have the know-how to do your own hacking. The in-motion patch assumes you already have the AE revision and can burn your own DVD's.
 

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It looks really nice! personally I would have changed the whole benzel to a dark blue ones like a carbon fiber colour. Doesnt that void the warranty if you install it yourself?
 

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I stayed with the silver since thats how my caliber came, also, im not a fan of the painted bezels, but it would have been easy enough as united radio had the other colors available too (not sure about the shift bezel tho) As for the warranty, I suppose it would depend one what my car was going in for. Generally something like a radio isnt going to effect anything (unless you went in with an electrical concern i guess) Since the REC unit and bezel are genuine Mopar parts I wouldnt expect the dealer to even notice it since its a factory option anyway. If i was that concerned, I could always put my old REF unit back in and swap the bezels, would probably take a half hour. Didnt want to sell off the REF for just that reason.

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I just got my REC off ebay. I have heard some people have problems with a code (maybe a Theft deterrent, maybe?) I haven't installed mine yet, so I am not sure if this is the case or not. I also am interested to know about the installation. Did your REF unit come with the Sirius? I have the components but my original radio never came with that serius. Did you install the sirius reciever and cable and the atenna yourself too? If you did do you have any tips? Thanks for the posts here I got the Sunburst orange bezel to match my car and I am going to put in the seats like the factory RT. When I got my car all they had was the Sunburst orange (which I wanted anyhow) with the the fog lights and 17" wheels, because I couldn't come to buy anything less! They didn't have an RT or one with options so I am optionaing it out little by little. My next 2 projects are a Sun/Moon roof and those orange seats. Then I am going into the performance so I can trade it in, looking good for the SRT 4 next year. I can't wait. But any tips on this installation of the sirius would be GREAT!
Thanks rmurad38!

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I just got my REC off ebay. I have heard some people have problems with a code (maybe a Theft deterrent, maybe?) I haven't installed mine yet, so I am not sure if this is the case or not. I also am interested to know about the installation. Did your REF unit come with the Sirius? I have the components but my original radio never came with that serius. Did you install the sirius reciever and cable and the atenna yourself too? If you did do you have any tips? Thanks for the posts here I got the Sunburst orange bezel to match my car and I am going to put in the seats like the factory RT. When I got my car all they had was the Sunburst orange (which I wanted anyhow) with the the fog lights and 17" wheels, because I couldn't come to buy anything less! They didn't have an RT or one with options so I am optionaing it out little by little. My next 2 projects are a Sun/Moon roof and those orange seats. Then I am going into the performance so I can trade it in, looking good for the SRT 4 next year. I can't wait. But any tips on this installation of the sirius would be GREAT!
Thanks rmurad38!

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My REC had no theft code or anything like that, I plugged it in and it worked (briefly showed the chrysler logo though) I dont believe the unit has any theft deterrance function. In my case, my car already had the factory sirius, the receiver for it is independant from the radio. It is located in the rear behind the spare (its underneath the black cardboard cover) When I plugged in the REC, the Sirius was just "there" and it was also improved, I now have Station/Artist/Title info whereas before with the orginal REF i had a crude CH 001 and no info. As far as putting it in, I believe that shouldnt be a problem but could be some work, I would check under your cardbard cover (in the spare tire well) look on the left hand side, you wont have the receiver but do you have an empty harness? if so, the reciever can go there. If not, theres the first problem. The antenna is quite another story, it mounts in the back and requires a hole to be drilled in the roof for it. not something I would ever want to attempt, I'd be too afraid of it being off center, damaging the headliner or worse, the side curtain airbags. or to have it leak. But anyway it mounts in the rear center, a few inches in from the spoiler, and id assume the wire runs down the rear side in front of the rearmost windows and comes out by the receiver (thats what it looks like by mine anyway) If you are comfortable with drilling holes in your roof, id say go for it, (link removed)has the kit ($125 i think) If not, if just go with an external add on unit, less trouble and you can move it to other vehicles too. good luck

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