New 2011 Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew w/ Ecoboost Truckputer!!!
Allright boys and girls. I've been wanting to write this for a long time and since I now have everything in hand to build out my Truckputer, I felt that the time is right. So let me give you a bit of a backstory on this...
My wife and I have wanted a truck for a long time so when the time came to trade in our Honda Odessy Touring Edition, I jumped at the chance to get back into a truck. Our Honda was loaded to the gills and the wife got aweful used to the indash nav and touch screen, so one of the requiments for the new truck was to have factory navigation. Searching high and low for the truck we wanted, it was next to impossible to find one with nav since the tsunami destroyed the plant that made Ford factory nav units. So we found the truck we really wanted (without nav...) and the dealer sold us on tacking on $2800 to the cost and they will order a factory nav unit and have it installed, so I figured what the hell. And so starts my factory nav drama. About a month after we got the truck, I got the call that the factory nav was in and to come out and get it installed. I had Veterans day off, so that was the perfect day to get it installed. By the way, the dealer is in Baton Rouge, LA and I live near New Orleans, so it was like 1.5 hrs away. I get there and the owner of the aftermarket shop that ford contracted to shows me what they got for me. IT WAS NOT THE F-150 Nav Unit!!! I was ****ed! They ordered me the 7 inch nav unit that is in expeditions and 2010 F-150s, not the 9 Inch in current F-150s. So after going to the dealership and reaming out the guy who sold me the car, they said they could get me the 9 inch one for another $2,000!!! WTF!!! So, since I was already there, I figured what the hell, lets just install the damn thing and be done with it. So I go back to the shop and they start opening up the dash and they realize that I did not have the sony sound system, with amplifier, like the dealer said when they ordered the Nav unit. So I am told that the unit will not work without being re-programmed and they have to send it off to California to get re-programed and will probably take another month. At that point, I went back to the dealership and demanded my money back. Screw the factory nav. After a lot of back and forth with those guys, I finally got my check for $2800.
I started researching aftermarket navigation units and just was not happy with anything I came across. I didn't like the user interfaces or the restrictions on what it can and can't do. Then I stumbled on mp3car.com and started reading about all the great builds going on and thought to myself, I have a BS in computer Science and a Masters in Systems Engineering. I can do this!
So then came the planning and procuring. I attached pictures of everything I got for the Truckputer. I ran into a bit of a snag with the bezel... Metra makes a double din bezel with the matching wood grain, but on the top where the hazard and airbag warning is, they had two holes instead of the one that is on my dash. So I looked high and low with no luck finding a bezel with the matching woodgrain in the aftermarket world so off to Ford I went. I ordered the double din bezel from them for about $130. Well, stupid me, I didn't realize that Ford uses the Nav unit for climate control and has a different button scheme than what I have (no dials). So that didn't work. I then broke down and ordered a match for the bezel that I already have in the truck so I can cut on it and still be able to restore the truck to factory. In the pictures, you can see the tape where I marked it to cut. I will post pictures after the install to show how it came out. So far, I got one of the hardest parts done (in my opinion of course), which is running power from the engine compartment to the amp location and computer locations. I cut a small hole in a rubber stopper to feed the wires through, so I didn't have to drill into my new truck, but man was that a pain in the a$$. Anyways, let me know what you think!
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