How-To: Relocating Screen Buttons
In many cases, you may have room for the screen but not the buttons. If you have a full function remote and a separate button circuit board like a Lilliput, you can desolder and relocate the remote IR receiver and move the button board out of the way and to the backside of the housing.
But if you want to keep the buttons and relocate them, you can simply cut the button area right off the screen housing front. Take care to remove the buttons and lenses so as not to scratch them. Trace the button panel onto your new location, cut out the opening, and attach it from the front with a piece of tape so its as close to flush as possible. You need to limit your filler apllication to just the edges, and not build up anything thickness in the immediate area of the buttons. Glue it in from behind with epoxy being sure to prepare it well for adhesion by sanding everywhere you will be applying epoxy:
Finish the front with a good automotive glazing filler like Evercoat Metal-glaze, prime, and paint. Filling the little curved recess gets a little tricky around the button holes. You also need to avoid building up any filler, primer, or paint in the button holes so that they still move freely:
With a Xenarc, you will need to build your own switch board with miniature tactile switches glued to a piece of plastic. They are inline, so its not too tough. Then run wires from the button solder points on the main circuit board to the remote buttons. I used a scrap of ABS plastic and the original Xenarc buttons desoldered, but you can use a similar button each wired parallel to the originals just as well. The buttons are glued in place, and the panels is screwed in place. The wires are 3-conductor ribbon RC servo cables with the black wire peeled away. This same wire is great for remoting IR sensors, and is very high quality:
Here is the Xenarc with relocated buttons in the same 350Z storage compartment finisher panel:
With a Lilliput you're are limited by the length of the ribbon cable, but you can buy a longer ribbon cable if necessary.