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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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May be an owner, have a radio question

I may be an owner this week. My wife wants one pretty bad. I have a collector car but it is not comfortable for her and I don't like to drive it far so she wants something that we can enjoy together. This appears to be an active forum so I think I will enjoy it here.

I would like to have bluetooth capabilities on the radio but I see no aux input. I do see an aux button but like my old 2004 pickup, it means nothing unless you take the radio out and plug something in to give you an aux port.

Am I correct that I need to do that and how much will it cost if I do it myself? Is it difficult to do it myself. I am an extremely smart person that can easily mess up a ballpeen hammer!
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I gave up my last classic car (1968 AMX) and got an SSR a month later: A/C can drive as fast as I want, stop quicker, etc. etc. First thing I did was replace the head unit as I like a backup camera, it also has bluetooth. Many have replaced the head unit, not hard just have to deal with getting the airbag out but there are tutorials here that will help.
I had to do it twice as the first head unit (Sony) I did not like so I changed to a JVC so I could turn off the screen at night but still have audio. Here is my unit and my back up camera also (mounted above the plate). Probably cost me $350 ish as I needed the interface to make the steering wheel controls work.

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Welcome form one of the SoCal Nuts. There are adapters available that can plug into the back of the original radio to give you the capabilities you are looking for. If you click here and list the information requested you might find some locals who are willing to help you install it and can tell you a lot about your new truck. There is also a lot of information and power point instructions available here.


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If you want to keep the current OEM head unit or wait until you decide on a screen unit, many of us have used a GoGroove X2 as a bluetooth upgrade. The best FM transmitter I have ever used. Currently have them in 2 cars and never an issue.


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I would like to have bluetooth capabilities on the radio but I see no aux input. I do see an aux button but like my old 2004 pickup, it means nothing unless you take the radio out and plug something in to give you an aux port.
Olustee, shortly after purchasing my SSR I installed the iSimple Dualink isgm535 ($69 and up on Amazon) to my base radio. Provides for 2 aux inputs using either RCA connectors or 3mm headphone jacks (both types of connectors are on each of the two inputs). Includes the correct GM harness to make it a true plug-n-play installation. I then attached a mini-Bluetooth receiver to one of the headphone jacks and powered it through the driver-side aux power vis USB plug. Voila! ... provides Bluetooth in the SSR through the Bose sound system! Bundled and hid the cables in the ashtray panel for a clutter-free install. Sounded awesome while I had it installed! This is the type of gear you need to add Bluetooth (and a second auxiliary). By the way, the Bluetooth receiver also acts as a hands-free phone connection through the radio. When your phone rings, just press a section of the Bluetooth receiver to mute the Bluetooth music and answer the phone ... microphone is built-in.

Since then I have replaced the head unit with the Pioneer AVH-X3800BHS with Bluetooth, backup camera, Sirius XM, GPS, DVD, telephone and HD radio. I still have my stock radio and the iSimple ISGM-535 packed away in a box. I am willing to send you the iSimple gear and the Bluetooth receiver if you want to add it to your radio (you pay postage) as I won't use it again. The hardest part of the install is taking off the dash at the passenger airbag.







Cheers, and welcome to the forum, Carl
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Thanks to all for the useful help.
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Picked it up today. Got it from another member here. Cannot remember his forum name. The car is fantastic and I love the way it handles. Will post photos at a later date. I rely on forums a great deal and I think this is a great one.
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Picked it up today. Got it from another member here. Cannot remember his forum name. The car is fantastic and I love the way it handles. Will post photos at a later date. I rely on forums a great deal and I think this is a great one.
Congrats on pulling the trigger and welcome to the family!

If you're not too tied up tomorrow or Saturday, make the short trip to Jacksonville - we've got a rally happening and you'll meet some of the best members around!

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Man, I hate it but I will not be able to go. I am out of town arriving home on Friday but I have construction on my garage going on Saturday. bummer.
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One of the first things I did when I purchased my 05 two years ago was to replace the stock radio/disc player. Pretty easy to do. The hardest part is getting the passenger side air bag cover off..LOL. Anyway there are plenty of choices that will fit the SSR's, bluetooth, USB ports, Navigation, the list goes on. All retain the use of the steering wheel controls. I do suggest that you get the one that has the brightest display....the lower priced ones have a dim display and are hard to see in the daylight. I have always gone through Crutchfield for mobile audio gear, good support and they always have the good installation instructions and right cable adapters so it just a plug in to connect with the factory speakers and amps. The aftermarket units sound better also......
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