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    J.McCaughey is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    I have recently purchased a 2007 CTS, within the last 5 days, and the car while incredible, does not have NAV. I looked into an aftermarket NAV but U will lose the system information center on the stereo. Does anyone know where I can find a factory NAV DVD System to install of if I even can do that?

    Any help would be great.

    Thanks,
    J.

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    you can put an after market navi and keep DIC many of us have done it
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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    It's true. I had the Pioneer F900BT but dold it and purchased the Alpine INA-W900 for a more "seamless" factory look... No external knob, all screen, and a flat black finish with no badging. Search " aftermarket radio, retain DIC,AVIC F700BT, and mjs0202." mjs0202 did an excellent write up that is spot on and easy to follow. The best part is that you retain your steering wheel control, factory chimes, onstar, DIC, everything. The best part is that it may take some patience and a steady hand, but it only cost $15 beside the price of the head unit you go with. Good luck
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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    Can I do this with my 2003 CTS and finally get to use my IPOD? Is there a IPOD hookup to the Alpine unit?

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    I would have to say that you should be able to control iPods with about any aftermarket NAV unit. you can with the Alpine INA-W900 for sure.
    just give a little effort in to searching. give crutchfield a call

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    Quote Originally Posted by Braz60 View Post
    Can I do this with my 2003 CTS and finally get to use my IPOD? Is there a IPOD hookup to the Alpine unit?
    You definitely can with the Alpine INA-W900. And the interface is way nicer than the Pioneer IMO. Read up on the 900. It has definitely improved the look and functionality of the system.


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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    quick question, instead of using a Nav unit...im gonna build a caputer, is retaining the DIC the same in both cases?

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    Quote Originally Posted by 07RavenCTS View Post
    quick question, instead of using a Nav unit...im gonna build a caputer, is retaining the DIC the same in both cases?
    Yes, it's all about the wiring and face lift that is the same for the both.

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    Will you guys post the link to the tutorials for those? I was under the impression that i ould only swap for a stock nav and i wasn't going to drop the money.

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    do a search on aftermarket radio while retaining DIC. There's 100's of threads and a few DIY's.

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    How to chop up your radio to support aftermarket stereo:
    http://cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/a...dic/index.html
    Did a lot of you guys that did your own stereo use this guide? did everything go exactly a expected?

    mjs0202's guide for doing his own radio:
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...-2006-cts.html
    i read the whole thread but im still a little confused, id like to see an actual tutorial from someone thats done it front to back. you know tools list, parts list, usual install time?

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    i used the faqs to fab the unit, pretty good write up, also pretty straight forward.. i followed MJs write up aswell, with some slight modifications but very similiar.. as for tools, pretty much to remove you need a flathead screw driver, rachet set, mainly 10mm and 8mm, and a torx set to remove face plate and metal housiing.. to fab the metal and plastic a dremel is a great tool, i dremeled the plastic plate then filed to size, for the metal housing i used a milling machine much faster, easier, and precise then a dremel, but not to many people own a milling machine so a dremel is fine.. for wiring some rca cables, electrical tape, wire cutters/strippers, and voltage meter doesnt hurt.. pm me if u need anymore help

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    Thanks Gaetano04!! also another question. i have a bose radio it has a tape deck and a 6CD changer, in most of the guys pictures i looked at they made their cuts right below the F keys, but mine jumps right into a tape player.

    is the fabrication still possible? i have a feeling the guts wont look like anything in the FAQ

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

    Tunix,
    It really isn't that hard to do. I was scared and put it off for a while. I bought a spare center dash console off of ebay and chopped that up, took about a day. 1 tip is to cut the hole smaller than you need, then you can file away the excess to the exact fit. you won't have any gap surrounding the new unit. Installing the unit in the car took about an 1 hour. I had a hiccup with audio, but replaced the RCA cables and everything is golden. So total, it was about 1.5 hours.
    MJS' write up is perfect and I followed it to the letter and am very happy with my new unit. I think the only important pages are like 6,7,8. Gaetano was a big help as well. you will also need the wiring diagrams that can be found on the FAQ page.
    I have never seen the CD/tape unit from a CTS, but if you post a pic, it might be easier to tell where to start cutting.
    Again, I know it's scary, but once you're done, you won't believe how easy it was.

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    Re: Looking to upgrade stereo...Need Help Please

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    here is my old one

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