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    I need a new radio

    Alright, I need some help finding a radio for my pickup. Here are my requirements:

    USB port on the front that can charge and play music from my phone.

    Radio that gets AM and FM.

    Must dim when lights turned on.

    Big, easy to see/ push buttons.

    Everything I found has a ton of useless features, tiny little impossible to push buttons, eleven thousand different scrolling light shows you can program and a lot of them don't automatically dim. If I could get a factory radio with a USB plug on it, I'd be thrilled. I like factory radios because they're easy to use.

    The closest I've found is the Jensen HD36A I think, it's designed for tractors and equipment and is expensive. It looks rugged and fairly simple, but I don't know if it has the auto dimming feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Alright, I need some help finding a radio for my pickup. Here are my requirements:

    USB port on the front that can charge and play music from my phone.

    Radio that gets AM and FM.

    Must dim when lights turned on.

    Big, easy to see/ push buttons.

    Everything I found has a ton of useless features, tiny little impossible to push buttons, eleven thousand different scrolling light shows you can program and a lot of them don't automatically dim. If I could get a factory radio with a USB plug on it, I'd be thrilled. I like factory radios because they're easy to use.

    The closest I've found is the Jensen HD36A I think, it's designed for tractors and equipment and is expensive. It looks rugged and fairly simple, but I don't know if it has the auto dimming feature.
    I've got a working AM / FM Disc player radio out of a 2008 Lincoln Navigator L. It was working fine when I swapped it out for an Infotainment system with Navigation. Your welcome to have it but it might not fit your stock dash opening.

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    I know what you mean about those tiny buttons.

    What first came to mind is a touch screen single din radio. The screen slides out and extends vertically (usually motorized) to give you a touch screen that is easy to navigate. This one I found just poking around also has a front USB port.

    https://www.amazon.com/BOSS-Audio-BV.../dp/B00IJ1KBEW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    I've got a working AM / FM Disc player radio out of a 2008 Lincoln Navigator L. It was working fine when I swapped it out for an Infotainment system with Navigation. Your welcome to have it but it might not fit your stock dash opening.
    Frank that more than likely has a CAN BUS system that's incompatible and probably won't work even if it fit.
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    I have always used the entry line pioneer or jvc. Very cheap blue tooth easy to operate. My wife just wants blue tooth I bought her a pioneer data deck. 80$ with blue tooth, no CD player just a am fm tuner. I get them through Crutchfield and they come with the wire adapters and instructions. Goo luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcabe5 View Post
    Frank that more than likely has a CAN BUS system that's incompatible and probably won't work even if it fit.
    Good thought Pat. I just checked and starting in 2006 the Can bus was adopted for these vehicles. It allows an interface with the rear seat DVD player and controls. Not sure whether it would work as a stand alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifterbike View Post
    I have always used the entry line pioneer or jvc. Very cheap blue tooth easy to operate. My wife just wants blue tooth I bought her a pioneer data deck. 80$ with blue tooth, no CD player just a am fm tuner. I get them through Crutchfield and they come with the wire adapters and instructions. Goo luck
    We went with a pioneer in a 03 explorer. Fit in and the connection kit worked well. I can't remember if I got it at AutoZone or pep boys. The stereo is just the start because you have to get the electrical kit and face plate kit.
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    Frank, thanks for the offer but that wouldn't fit without a lot of modifying I think.

    All the entry level radios I found have stupid tiny buttons and other stuff I don't need. I'd rather have useable controls than a screen with a bunch of info and little eq bars and other crap flashing around.
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    Does Amazon or eBay have a factory replacement? Seems it would be a good option if you can hook up your USB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcabe5 View Post
    Does Amazon or eBay have a factory replacement? Seems it would be a good option if you can hook up your USB.
    The factory radio in my 1997 model pickup comes with the optional tape deck. I don't believe USB even existed at the time.
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