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I don't know if this was ever posted before, since it didn't come up in a forum search by the part number (BKCDK651). When I was browsing Amazon the other day for something totally unrelated to automotive, they popped up this suggested item that immediately grabbed my attention:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C0J7EMA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Yup, the holy grail of later 3rd gen head unit installs...a double DIN bezel with an integrated cubby...and the outer flange covers the "Mickey Mouse" ears left over by the factory's basic radio knobs. Blah, blah, blah Weedahoe, factory NAV bezel, etc. For under $18, it solves the big problem why I never upgraded the OEM stereo (losing the cubby), and even comes with a disposable cutting template to show exactly how much must be removed from the factory bezel so that this one fits in the hole:



I still don't have it sitting 100% square yet, and snapped the thin top bar test-forcing it into place. Since I bought this bezel to butcher up testing some installation ideas that I have, I was already planning to order another one. I still have a bit of trimming to do, and am waiting for my cordless Dremel to recharge for the third time so that I can finish.

Regarding the test installation ideas, one thing that I'm considering is knocking a small hole through the back of the new cubby, which will hold a fixed-mount Apple Lightning cable so that I can just slide my iPhone in bottom end first and it will automatically plug in. (I loathe plugs and loose cables!) Another thing that I'm contemplating is hacking up a wireless charger and mounting the inductive coils under the cubby to wirelessly charge an iPhone X should I decide to get one. I may also permanently mount A/V connectors and a few powered USB charging ports through the back of the cubby, in case I ever need to run a portable video player or something.

My next decision is what to do about the 1970's faux wood trim on the OEM bezel. I am the world's crappiest spray painter, and there are a few intricate details by the finger knobs in the air vents that I do not believe will vinyl wrap well. I was contemplating flat black Plasti Dip, which would blend with the new radio bezel. Looking at the above picture, I'm thinking that dark gray may be the way to go. I am not a fan of light colors on the dashboard due to the effect they have on my vision during the day, so silver and gloss colors are off the table. I like how the new radio bezel is an extension of the black panel holding the heater knobs, which is why I'm leaning towards dark gray over the faux wood. It should also work good on the faux wood door accents, since the 1970's are also looking to get those pieces back.

I'll post more pictures when my new head unit arrives on Tuesday. Alpine iLX-107 with wireless Apple CarPlay, in case anyone was curious.....
 

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Very interested in how this turns out, and definitely would like to make the switch myself one day. Thanks for sharing!
 

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My usually punctual mail carrier is late today with the last piece of this puzzle (aftermarket steering wheel controls) so that I can button everything up enough to drive. The wiring harness kit was simple enough where even someone with only seven working fingers at the moment could splice it together. Notice the creative use of a cardboard box :) during my first electrical check:



Looking at the layout without the factory dash center panel installed, I'm half-tempted to fabricate my own snap-in replacement one of these days to make better use of the available space.

I'll post up the parts list later, since I just heard the mail truck go by.....
 

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I put the dash panel back on temporarily, so that I could run some errands late this afternoon. The radio is a smidge high, so I'll have to open the dash again and play with the screw holes to find a bit of slack to lower it and move it out a hair:



I mounted the aftermarket steering wheel remote when it came in, but did not have a chance to wire the remote's receiver yet before it got dark outside. Tomorrow's another day.....
 

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Since my truck didn't have the factory "afterthought" steering wheel remote buttons on the back and retrofitting it to a CAN truck would require messing with the airbag clock spring and a trip to the dealer to code the added feature, I dropped another $31 and picked up one of these from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y5YQZ7N





Unfortunately, it was intended for use only on Android-based head units that allow steering wheel button reprogramming, and not mainstream radios from the big stereo manufacturers. Enter the $24 PAC SWI-RC "universal" steering wheel controller box, with 4 possible wires and 15 different vehicle codes to try one at a time. (Their documentation only covers hooking it up to factory buttons, but not a two-wire Android head unit remote device.) For anyone else who tries this, the magic combination is tying both "key" wires out of the remote's receiver box together with the white wire on the SWI-RC, using vehicle mode #3, and most importantly pulling the slider switch all the way out on the remote's receiver box to enable 3.3 volt mode (which goes against the SWI-RC's documentation that the white wire is for 5.0 volt controls). If you don't pull the switch on the receiver box, the volume down, arrow down, and mute buttons will not program.

For anyone else without factory steering wheel controls considering upgrading to a name brand aftermarket head unit, this $55 setup should work for any name brand stereo supported by the PAC SWI-RC adapter box.....
 

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Interesting, totally missed this thread before. I've always wanted to upgrade the stereo in the '07, and REALLY need to in the '03 as it lacks even an AUX port.
 

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The plastic side mounting brackets included with this bezel kit made the Alpine head unit sit about 2mm too high, so I trimmed the bottom of the mounting screw slots in the brackets to make the bracket sit higher on the radio (hence the radio sitting lower):



The nearest tool at the time was a pair of small wire cutters, but a small file, dremel tool, or even a razor knife probably would have been neater.

Here's the finished bezel. It looks worse in person, but I can always peel the Plasti Dip off and start from scratch at any time. This is three slobbery layers of Plasti Dip gunmetal gray, followed by one slobbery layer of Plasti Dip smoke coating:



I was trying to make it have some texture like the other interior panels, and the smoke coating on top added the blackish spots that add depth to the finish. Looking at the picture, I'm thinking that I might try black in the vent bezel recesses since it seems like it would compliment the head unit's bezel better.

Here's the steering wheel remote. The bracket actually slipped under my heated steering wheel cover with only a minor struggle:



One last cosmetic touch. I spiked the ball, :) adding this wallpaper that I found on the web as the head unit's boot screen:



I couldn't find a Cummins logo wallpaper that I liked. If someone has PhotoShop skills to make one like this with the honeycomb background, I'll gladly give the file a good home in my truck.....
 

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Subscribed for any future updates. This is what I'll do when I upgrade my stock radio! I can't do without that cubby, I have to carry a phone for work as well as my phone. Plus my wallet, whatever other crap is in my pockets... storage is at a premium!

Thanks for sharing!
 

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That's sweet. Easy way to get a double DIN in there. Might have to order one up for myself.
 

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At least for the Alpine iLX- 007 and 107, they are extremely picky about the image format. It needs to be a 24-bit RGB .BMP image, 800 × 480 pixels. Since I don't own a Windows computer to edit .BMP files, I ran it through a web-based image converter that also did cropping.

Here is the image that I started with, along with a few others that I was considering. Sadly, I could not find a Cummins logo that had any flair to it that would make a good startup screen:











 

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Bumping this thread back up as I just found it while surfing the net for a different double din bezel. I just ordered one to replace the Metra 95-6528B kit that has been in my truck for about a year. Never was happy with the big blocky looking frame. Since the one in the OP seems larger, I should have to cut a bit more from the dash for it to fit.

I currently have a Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX, but just ordered a AVIC-7200NEX which is why I was searching for another bezel. I was close to ordering one from Weedahoe, then saw this for $18, it was a no brainer and will be glad to get the cubby back. Here is the current Pioneer with Metra kit. This head unit will be going in my Jeep Liberty once the 7200 arrives for my truck. I love these Pioneer's....


 

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Got the new kit in today with the Pioneer 7200NEX and couldn't be happier with the results. Looks much more factory than the one I had before and my phone fits perfectly in the cubby...



 

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Posted this in the other thread but if you're not afraid of a little fitting you can keep the factory cubby with a double din. I just used the brackets from the bezel kit to mount my radio and drilled new holes to get it to sit high enough. Had to clearance the top supports on the factory pocket and resized the factory panel. Haven't got around to closing in the half moon openings but that's easy enough with epoxy or plastic welding and a little filler/paint.

Also you can add factory steering wheel controls with the axxess aswc1. I went to the junkyard and got the whole back panel off of a durango steering wheel with the controls and harness and also got the pigtail from the back of the clockspring. Pulled my wheel, swapped the rear panel and plugged in the harness. I had to add the 2 pins to the back of the clock spring so I pulled those from the pigtail I got and ran one to ground and the other to the axxess controller. Programmed the buttons how I wanted all without going to the dealer.
 

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Posted this in the other thread but if you're not afraid of a little fitting you can keep the factory cubby with a double din. I just used the brackets from the bezel kit to mount my radio and drilled new holes to get it to sit high enough. Had to clearance the top supports on the factory pocket and resized the factory panel. Haven't got around to closing in the half moon openings but that's easy enough with epoxy or plastic welding and a little filler/paint.

Also you can add factory steering wheel controls with the axxess aswc1. I went to the junkyard and got the whole back panel off of a durango steering wheel with the controls and harness and also got the pigtail from the back of the clockspring. Pulled my wheel, swapped the rear panel and plugged in the harness. I had to add the 2 pins to the back of the clock spring so I pulled those from the pigtail I got and ran one to ground and the other to the axxess controller. Programmed the buttons how I wanted all without going to the dealer.
Do you have pictures of the finished product? Love that you’re able to keep the factory cubby but curious to see how it looks with the closed half moons.
 
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