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    remote mounting head unit

    I'd like to run a head unit with my car PC setup for AM radio and easier FM input, but between my LCD and AC controls I won't have room for the head unit up front in the dash.

    I read in some other thread that people had used a removable face unit and mounted the face in the sunvisor and the headunit else where, does any one have an links to how it was done? I looked at some head units with removeable faces and the connection looked like a pain in the *** to duplicate as a cable, also any recommended head units that would be easier to do this with, I prefer Alpine and Kenwood units, and maybe some of the newer sony's I like minimal faceplates something simple looking.

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    Grant
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    just search the form. The people just cracked open the faceplates and soldered directly to the pcb using a couple cat5 cables for their length. It was as simple as matching up the pins from what everyone said.
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    yeah - there's been a few threads on it actually.....not that hard to find really

    search: remote faceplate:

    second find:

    Relocating headunit and extending faceplate somewhere else.
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    sorry, I was using poor search keywords
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    Just had to comment that its good to see some others have already done this. I may be faced with the same situation of no room if I go ahead with another project I've just about decided on. I'm looking at a military surplus rig that has no din slots or anything like that. It doesn't have a radio at all. With a ham radio, cb, stereo, carputer LCD to install, there's not enough space unless I totally rebuild the dash to take out the giant switches that I'm sure were meant to be operated by someone wearing mittens or heavy gloves.

    There must be a couple hundred different audio headunits out there. I can't believe there are so few options for remote mount of the faceplate. With CD changers, mp3 and iPods, etc. having a handy CD slot isn't much of a priority anymore to me.

    Not too many people are into amateur radios, but at least you've got a few remote faceplate options with all the controls available from the major mfgrs. The ham rig I have has all the connections between the main unit and the faceplate on one cable with RJ-45 connectors.

    Just had to vent a bit. Never fails that I'm looking for something that seems so obvious to me but almost no-one makes.

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    Google "secret audio" for a remote faceplate that comes standard.

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