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  • 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

    The journey begins...

    I have the MB, PSU, and Xenarc 700TS LCD already. I just am not sure where and how to mount the LCD in the dash. Maybe you guys can give me some feedback and ideas. I already did plenty of es on the forums for jeep and I don't see anything like what I am trying to do.

    Location: My idea is to keep the HU as then I will still have use of my SW controls and I won't have to buy another amp with RCA inputs, as I can continue to use my stock amp. I'll only need to get one of those AUX-RCA boxes from Crutchfield or similar. I plan on removing the air vents and the ashtray/cig lighters/seat heaters, then dropping the temp controls to make room for the LCD. Make sense?

    Mounting: Unlike most of the other installs I have been reading about, there is no bezel or dash that I can remove and bondo/mount the LCD to. I will have to find someway to secure the LCD into that spot in the dash. I have some funky ideas, but would love to hear from you guys how you would do it. The opening width in the dash measures 10". that will give me about 1.x inches on the sides that I would have to fill - but not sure how to do this.

    Other possible options are to remove just the ashtray part and mount the LCD down there utilizing the ashtray space and the coin holder in the front. Another idea would be to mount the LCD on top of the dash by building a custom enclosure for it. But then I would have to cut holes in the dash I imagine, and that's not very clean.

    Computer: I plan on mounting this in the center console like others have done. That will keep the wires pretty short and near power. The other option is to put the PC in the spot that the CD changer is in the back of the JEEP.

    What are your thoughts?
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  • #2
    i'd drop the a/c down to where the ashtray is and put the screen there in the old a/c location
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    • #3
      Just to clarify, isn't that what I said?

      Or do you mean just remove the ashtray and keep the vents? There's not enough room for that. I need at least 4.75 inches for the display, and 5 would be better to create a faux-bezel if you will. The vents (2" high)would also have to be removed to get the necessary space.

      I also should state that if I remove the vents and ashtray, then drop the temp controls, I still need to relocate the power outlets and seat heater controls. In theory, if I drop the temp controls, that would give me about 1.5 inches at the bottom to remount those outlets and buttons. Or I could mount them to each side of the console.

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      • #4
        I think you guys are saying the same thing... Any thoughts as to using this: Universal Steering Wheel Control in lieu of your head unit for the steering wheel controls? I know is doesn't solve the amp problem, but I know a solution is out there...
        2004/ Jeep Grand Cherokee/ Freedom Edition

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        • #5
          leme see if I can convery this accurately...

          to go off of your thought about mounting the screen down where the ash tray is located, what if you were to integrate it into that area below the tray as well?

          it would be angled more up towards you, you would have to remove that area where the pins are, cut it out and mold the screen in, or rather mold the screen in to the center console?

          I'm trying to figure out how to word it, I can see it in my head, I just can't out it into words...lol
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          • #6
            Let me see if I can get photoshop loaded today and post some conceptual pictures of what I think the two suggestions are. However mounting it down below doesn't excite me much. If I plan to use GPS as much as I think I will, looking down (rather than just moving my eyes) might pose a hazzard. Plus watching movies on long road trips for the passengers is going to be a bit of a neck strain.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bob_Barker
              I think you guys are saying the same thing... Any thoughts as to using this: Universal Steering Wheel Control in lieu of your head unit for the steering wheel controls? I know is doesn't solve the amp problem, but I know a solution is out there...

              Yea, I've looked into those. However I'd still need to get a new amp and I do listen to FM regularly, so that would be a problem. I'm pretty sure that keeping my HU is going to happen.

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              • #8
                Don't have XM or Sirius yet? I used to listen to FM all the time, in the car at work etc. Now none at all. Now the only time I listen to FM is when i am in someone else's car. To each his own though!



                As far as the screen placement goes... is this what you are talking about? Sorry about the shotty ps
                2004/ Jeep Grand Cherokee/ Freedom Edition

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                • #9
                  Ok here's a couple rough shots of what I think we're talking about.

                  Excuse my poor photoshop skillz. But you get the idea. It should be to scale - maybe 1/4 inch off or so. But you see the problem of how I have to fill in the sides of the LCD with something. And since there is no bezel to speak of, I have to custom make something to hold it in place.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bob_Barker
                    Don't have XM or Sirius yet? I used to listen to FM all the time, in the car at work etc. Now none at all. Now the only time I listen to FM is when i am in someone else's car. To each his own though!

                    As far as the screen placement goes... is this what you are talking about? Sorry about the shotty ps

                    Yes, much better photoshop skills than me. Except there will be a 1 inch space on each side that I have to fill with something, but yet still make the dash look good and seamless, if possible.

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                    • #11
                      glad we got that cleared up... I suppose the most difficult thing for me in wrapping my head around all of this is the climate control fits into the existing location... moving it up would be ok, but moving the unit down would pose problems because of the taper of the bezel (is that the right word there?) It may just be easier to relocate the climate controls to the glove box or center console.
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                      • #12
                        just take a look at the fabrication fourums... they have some great stuff in there. the extra inch may give you space for some buttons or maybe a usb port. who knows, it is after all your call.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bob_Barker
                          just take a look at the fabrication fourums... they have some great stuff in there. the extra inch may give you space for some buttons or maybe a usb port. who knows, it is after all your call.

                          Bob Barker makes a good point you can actually push the lcd to one side and you will have 2" on the otheside for usb ports and on/off button, etc.. and to make it OEM you can buy the wood grain cover that matches the rest of the car and now it looks like a pro. install.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bob_Barker
                            glad we got that cleared up... I suppose the most difficult thing for me in wrapping my head around all of this is the climate control fits into the existing location... moving it up would be ok, but moving the unit down would pose problems because of the taper of the bezel (is that the right word there?) It may just be easier to relocate the climate controls to the glove box or center console.
                            Yup, another problem that I have already thought of. Although the pic doesn't show it, the lcd will fit in there along with the AC controls with about 1-1.5 inch left at the bottom that should fit right before the bend of the bezel/dash. If not, I can probably push it in a bit or maybe heat it up with a heat gun to bend it to fit in that form.

                            Originally posted by niccard007
                            Bob Barker makes a good point you can actually push the lcd to one side and you will have 2" on the otheside for usb ports and on/off button, etc.. and to make it OEM you can buy the wood grain cover that matches the rest of the car and now it looks like a pro. install.
                            Yeah, that's on option too, although a symmetrical install would loook nice. I think can mount some of that stuff below the AC controls or in the center console. I really don't want to put any space or filler between the top and bottom of the LCD to save room. I hope to mount it flush next to the radio bezel and ac controls. The only part I hope to fill is the sides of the screen.

                            Keep those suggestions coming, this is good.

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                            • #15
                              I am a fan of the symetrical install... but that is just me. Any thoughts as to if you are going to mount the computer in the center console or where the disc changer goes in the back?
                              2004/ Jeep Grand Cherokee/ Freedom Edition

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