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Garfield Rules
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my 2017 Ram 1500 Tradesman

So I decided I wanted a brand new vehicle, but wanted something a lot more practical than the Saturn. In April this year I picked up a left over 2017 Ram. It is a base model Tradesman regular cab long bed with manual everything. It has the 3.6 V6, 2wd, 3.55 rear end. This site gave me the mod bug when I had my Intrepid, and as everybody knows it's incurable. I have done a few mods, and have even more planed.

This is the day I bought it last day with the Saturn.


First mod was the RA2 radio, and since it didn't have satellite radio from the factory I used a magnet antenna with an adapter



Next I swapped the chrome badges with black ones. I plasti-dipped the tailgate badge at first, but eventually swapped it with an OE black one. Also got the windows tinted.


my most recent mod is I installed steering wheel audio controls

Not pictured I installed a Mopar backup camera kit, I also put on a weathertech bug deflector.
 

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I hit **** with sticks!
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Nice, congrats man!

Like the RA2 swap. It was that easy? Just swap the radio? I'd love to have it, but work probably wouldn't approve that lol. :baller:
 

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Garfield Rules
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Nice, congrats man!

Like the RA2 swap. It was that easy? Just swap the radio? I'd love to have it, but work probably wouldn't approve that lol.
Yep completely plug and play. Been thinking of going to the 8.4" touch screen but my truck is so base I don't think I'd really make use of all it's features. But however it would give me an excuse to do more mods :D
 

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Yep completely plug and play. Been thinking of going to the 8.4" touch screen but my truck is so base I don't think I'd really make use of all it's features. But however it would give me an excuse to do more mods :D
Sweet! Good to know they are still like that.
 

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Your new Name is now Tradesman Dave!

Looks pretty decent.
 

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What did the RA2 radio "upgrade" cost Tradesman Dave?

The antenna looks like a magnetic aftermarket? Is it OEM?
 

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What did the RA2 radio "upgrade" cost Tradesman Dave?

The antenna looks like a magnetic aftermarket? Is it OEM?
I got it as a package deal on Ebay with the Mopar backup camera for $200. Normally i've seen them for $250-$300, and the camera Kit for around $280. Needless to say it was a deal I couldn't pass up. Ya the antenna is aftermarket. There are 2 base radios RA1 with satellite radio but no bluetooth, or the UA1 with bluetooth but no satellite radio. I had the UA1 so I had to use one I had laying around from one of the big trucks I drove cause the stock on it that truck sucked. That is also why I had the adapter to plug it in the back of the radio. I just picked up a permanent mount one from a Ford Escape in the junk yard I'm gonna put it in when I add the auto dimming mirror. cause I have to drop the headliner to run the harness for that, so it would be best to knock out both at he same time.
 
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