2003 Nissan Altima 8" Touch Screen Install
2003 Nissan Altima Install
I have wanted to put a computer in my car for many years. I built a plexi glass computer and put it in my Mustang in 1999, but I had no idea how to put in a display so I didn't. It just booted into a dos mp3 player and started playing on random. I had no way to control it.
I have since gotten rid of the Mustang and now I drive a 2003 Altima. In September of '06 I decided I was going to give another go at putting a computer in my car, but this time I was going to do it right.
I had a number of requirements that I was going to follow or I wasn't going to do it at all.
The most important requirement was that it had to look stock. I didn't want anyone to be able to tell that it wasn't a stock gps system, that way no one would ever try to steal it.
I started out by getting a spare dash bezel from a junk yard. I was actually there for a school project and managed to get everything including the bezel for free.
I followed Altimat's Guide: How-To: Recessed Screen and DVD Drive
It was very helpful. Thanks Altimat.
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I bought an 8 inch Lilliput 889GL-80NP touch screen and took it apart.
I took off the front trim and used that to judge the size of the opening. (Very scientific, I know.)
I used Do It Best Metal Filled Industrial Epoxy to epoxy wood to the dash bezel as a frame.
I added lots of extra epoxy with the intent to sand it down and make it flush.
I would add epoxy and then sand it down. Each time I would test the screen to see how it fit and then I would add epoxy and sand as necessary.
I epoxyed the front trim of the LCD to the back of the dash bezel. The actual LCD is held in place with 5 screws. It can be removed as necessary.