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    2005 Grand Cherokee...Need help with fabrication

    I just bought a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. The problem is there really isn't enough room for a Xenarc 700ts Touchscreen and a HU. So I have to do a lot more fabrication. The lay our of my car's OEM radio bezel gives me 8 1/4" x 5" to play with. And the Xenarc's Dimensions (in): 7.75W x 4.75H x 1.38D. So i need to make room for the HU.

    So my question is, since im using model airplane wood(balsa or ply) to make the frame for the screen and make room for the hu, do i need to make the dimensions of the frame smaller for the thickness of the material i use to make radio bezel? and the dimensions listed for the lcd are those of the case? i have a feeling they are.

    I want to use the stuff that Altimat used:
    Alternative to Fiberglass

    Does that make any sense?
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    my post will either be a gift from the gods or something you've already come accross and discounted:

    I too have just purchased a 2005 jeep grand cherokee laredo. the factory stereo is horrible. i have purchased all of the components to build my car pc save for the screen.

    I stumbled upon this site and found that they offered a mopar dash bezel that answered all my prayers. It arrived last week. Days upon days of custom installation work could not have netted me a more perfect solution. Seeing the piece from the reverse side, you'll quickly see how easy it will be to create an oem look. On top of all that, it makes the whole cherokee dash look more pronounced and stylish.

    I've got to run at the moment, but understand that i will be bugging you with questions/ideas from now until the point when you quit the forum as i believe you are the only other here with this car model. stay tuned!
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    I have also came across the nav bezel. and there really is no were to mount the 7in touch screen and an alpine HU. But mopar does offer a housing and bezel for the navigation system that sits on top of the radio bezel. so you can have the stock radio, and the navigation housing as well. but its a horrible blind spot. Ill find a picture of it and post it, asap


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    Nevermind. Quit to the draw. that website had a picture of it.
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    You mean this?


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    just throwing this out there, have you considered putting the head unit down low in the pocket, cig lighter area in front of the shifter?...... have you considered not using a head unit at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    just throwing this out there, have you considered putting the head unit down low in the pocket, cig lighter area in front of the shifter?...... have you considered not using a head unit at all?
    when i pulled the dash apart and the center console, there is not enough room to put the head unit where the pocket and the 12v cig. plug are. tho there is a nother much bigger pocket to the left of the driver in the dash, but i would have to mod the plastic ac "ducts". and i want to use a head unit. ive considered just using my pc with a tv/radio tunner card, but its just not as great.

    @Distorted_Axis Yes thats what i was talking about.....it would have to be modded so that you could fit something in there, because the actually lcd screen for the gps is one 3 1/2 by 1 1/3 inches
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    what is in the way in the lower pocket cig lighter area? brackets can be modified & cuts can be made without butchery..... I would even consider tring to remote mount the face down there with the head unit real close by.... a short extention should be doable even with modern low voltage displays if your only going 5-7"...

    that top pod doesn't look like it belongs there.... iduno 'bout that one....

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    what about those information center buttons right above the climate control..... if those were moved down to the pocket/lighter area they would't need much depth & then you should fit a din unit & screen above the climate control.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6
    what is in the way in the lower pocket cig lighter area? brackets can be modified & cuts can be made without butchery..... I would even consider tring to remote mount the face down there with the head unit real close by.... a short extention should be doable even with modern low voltage displays if your only going 5-7"...

    that top pod doesn't look like it belongs there.... iduno 'bout that one....
    Yeah I hate that top part.

    and as for whats behind that little cuby, all i see is the plastic ac ducts that run to the back of the console for the back seat. and it looks like nothing but metal beyond that.
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    ill be at my girls wednesday with her digital camera, ill take apart the dash and take picture for you guys to see. but from what i saw there wasnt anyroom or anyway to move the stuff without voiding the warrenty.
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