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After a long wait, and a lot of grief from my friends, I've finally started on my build. Here's the patient...a 2018 Chevy Silverado Z-71 quad-cab. If I had kids, I probably would have opted for the crew cab, but I prefer to have a longer bed. With the bed extender, I can carry a full-sized sheet of plywood laying flat in the bed.







 

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Here's the HU that I'm installing:







I had a helluva time getting everything soldered, because my tip was burn up to the point that I couldn't even tin it.


I didn't have another one on-hand, so I had to order a replacement...and here it is :D
 

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The DMH-C5500NEX has an 8" capacitive touch screen, and Metra just released a dash kit specifically for it. It's one of the best looking kits I've ever seen:





As you might have noticed, this unit has a separate screen that connects to the hidden radio box via a data cable. This means I didn't have to hack up the dash to get a double-din to fit.

I did have to take apart half the dash to run wires, though. Here's the pigtail that plugs into the steering wheel clockspring harness


Everything is controlled via a iDataLink Maestro RR


Here she is all buttoned up and playing


More to come...
 

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Re: 2018 Chevy Silverado Z-71

Bout time... Lol! J/k

That dash kit looks super clean and stock!
 

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Wow the Metra dash kit an Pio HU look great! Really interested to get your feedback on that solution with the Maestro kit. Any chance you can retain/use some of the factory USB ports?
 

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Re: 2018 Chevy Silverado Z-71

What else are you planning to install in that truck?

Very interested
Seeing as how I don't really know for sure, it's hard to answer that question. I have several options available right now.

Wow the Metra dash kit an Pio HU look great! Really interested to get your feedback on that solution with the Maestro kit. Any chance you can retain/use some of the factory USB ports?
I've got a couple of wrinkles I need to iron out...backup camera not working, screen keeps reverting to a previous screen, etc. I'm thinking it's something wonky in the Maestro, I'm going to investigate further tonight. One of the big disappointments with this radio (besides a lack of wireless CarPlay) is that it only has one USB port. I've got a mountable extension, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to do a custom center console, so it will go there.
 

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Re: 2018 Chevy Silverado Z-71

Long time, no see, my friend! I hope life is treating you well
 

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One of the big disappointments with this radio (besides a lack of wireless CarPlay) is that it only has one USB port. I've got a mountable extension, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to do a custom center console, so it will go there.
Most head units let you install a USB hub on them, may worth testing it.

PS. Just searched here and apparently Pioneer doesn't allow USB hubs on their units. It's a shame.
 

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Nice truck! I have an ‘18 Z71 myself. I left the factory hu and used a Nav-TV. That pioneer and dash kit look great.


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Scribed for this... been waiting years:surprised::laugh:
 
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