International After 2007 with Panasonic Wiring

There are a range in years of some International truck models which may have come with the Panasonic CRCM120 or similar stereo and compatible wiring connector. Unfortunately the work around is not a plug and play solution, so replacing the stereo in these trucks can be a real hassle.

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Bypassing The Factory Nav System in Kenworth and Peterbilt Semi Trucks

Nav on the fritz? Get back to the basics with STS!

There’s not much worse than having your Kenworth or Peterbilt factory navigation system crash and burn but there’s good news, STS is here to help. Most of the time replacing the factory installed SmartNav or NavPlus gen-1 system with the new gen-2 is the way to go but if all you really need is a functional stereo then bypassing becomes a great option. The big question is how to connect all that wiring to a new heavy duty or aftermarket stereo.

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How to Replace Peterbilt SmartNav

This article describes how to replace the SmartNav system in your Peterbilt truck. The SmartNav 2.0 Navigation system replaces the older SmartNav 1.0 system in any Peterbilt semi. Bypassing the factory installed SmartNav system may also be an option worth considering.

SmartNav 2.0 Kit System for Peterbilt Semi Trucks This is the very same system available through your local Pete dealer just at a lower cost to you. Each kit is specific to the truck model and features so choose carefully. Installation of the new system is pretty straight forward. Start by removing the old head-unit and touch screen. Remove obsolete wiring by unpluging the wires leading to the old head unit and monitor. Connect the new wiring included with the SmartNav 2.0 system and then connect the new equipment to the harness ends where appropriate. Detailed installation instructions are included in the box. Most folks can do this installation in just a few hours. A certified tech should have this job done inside of an hour.

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Delphi Wireless Remote Control

Delphi Stereo Wireless Remote

The PP603988 wireless remote control for Delphi heavy-duty stereos works with all IR remote capable Delphi HD stereos. The controller itself is well built and should provide many years of use.

The remote will include two internal coin cell batteries. There is no battery compartment to be accessed by the user. These two batteries should also last a few years, but that depends on frequency of usage.

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How to Connect Bluetooth Mic to Delphi DEA500 Stereo

Installing a new Delphi stereo in your truck is pretty easy, but figuring out where to connect the bluetooth mic is enough to make a person crazy. Get it wrong and you risk damaging the stereo and mic. The BT mic connector looks like this

The wire on the mic is about 12-feet long. To begin installation you first must decide where is the best location for the mic based on your driving and posture habits. Continue reading “How to Connect Bluetooth Mic to Delphi DEA500 Stereo”

New Year Brings New Stereos for Semi’s

We are excited to tell you that Delphi has recently come out with some stunning new stereos. While some features like am/fm and CD are extremely common and never have justification for change or update, we do occasionally see innovative advancements in truck stereos here at

Not only do these newly released truck stereos have an appealing modern look, but they also offer features such as choice of back-light color, combined and integrated SiriusXM satellite radio tuner and Bluetooth for those who wish to hear phone calls over the truck sound system.

As always will include a free plug and play wire harness with the purchase of our Delphi and Panasonic stereos when necessary for installation.