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  • Need Suggestions for Bondo'ing my LCD please.

    Ok. I just got an extra Bezel and an empty Xenarc casing and I need some help.. The problem is that the Xenarc is a hair wider then the opening of my bezel. I had the Lilli which would have fit perfect but it SUCKED so I bought a Xenarc instead. Here are some pics:





    I am thinking of putting the LCD behind the Bezel and bondo'ing it.. I'm not sure if it will be TOO recessed though.. I'm hoping people have some opinions on what I can do..

    EDIT: I'm stupid and just realized that the buttons wouldn't be accessible.. Anywho.. Please help. If more pictures would be helpful let me know.

    Thanks!!





    Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

    Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

    First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

  • #2
    Have you seen this post:
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=37174

    Theres pics of various stages of bondoing a xenarc into an explorer/ranger bezel. Not sure if its helpfull to you at all, but its food for thought/ideas.

    -Kevin
    2004 Mystichrome Cobra Install: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...a-install.html

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    • #3
      Turn it on and place the screen behind the bezel. Is it too deep? If not, put it there. Glare is a beotch, and recessing it really helps to cut down on that during the day.

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      • #4
        Problem is, just placing it behind there doesn't look as custom and looks kinda cheap IMO. But that would only bother someone who wanted it to look pretty slick.

        Your problem here is really pretty simple, not really a problem at all...lol

        Cut out the lip of the dash piece that's in teh way, simple. Get some stuff called "Plastic weld". It works like a 2 part Epoxy but is made for plastic. Once you have te screen lined up the way you want (just the two pieces butted up to each other) put that epoxy on the back side to lock it in place. Once it's kicked, lay a few layers of glass on the gaps on the sides. once that's kicked sand it down a bit then bondo and sand. Done. Quite a simple process, just have to know what the process is first of all...lol

        See the attached pic for an idea:
        Jan Bennett
        FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

        Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Homebrew
          Have you seen this post:
          http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=37174

          Theres pics of various stages of bondoing a xenarc into an explorer/ranger bezel. Not sure if its helpfull to you at all, but its food for thought/ideas.

          -Kevin
          Yes, I've been watching that one. I'm just not sure I want it to be flush like those..
          Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

          Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

          First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Red GTi VR6
            Problem is, just placing it behind there doesn't look as custom and looks kinda cheap IMO. But that would only bother someone who wanted it to look pretty slick.

            Your problem here is really pretty simple, not really a problem at all...lol

            Cut out the lip of the dash piece that's in teh way, simple. Get some stuff called "Plastic weld". It works like a 2 part Epoxy but is made for plastic. Once you have te screen lined up the way you want (just the two pieces butted up to each other) put that epoxy on the back side to lock it in place. Once it's kicked, lay a few layers of glass on the gaps on the sides. once that's kicked sand it down a bit then bondo and sand. Done. Quite a simple process, just have to know what the process is first of all...lol

            See the attached pic for an idea:
            Red, thanks for the assurance that it's going to be possible.. I really don't know what you mean by "cut out the lip of the dash". If you could photochop one of my images to show me what you mean that'd be great.

            Also, did you see it was a hair to wide?
            Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

            Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

            First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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            • #7
              cut it - meaning cut the dash piece to fit the screen, I don't know how else to describe it.....cut it so that it fits like a puzzle.....

              step outside the box with me here...want to flush mount it right? ok, so you need to make it to you can flush mount it. In order to do that you need to physically CUT that dash piece. CUT part of it away so that you can fit the screen UP inside so that the top of it is flush with the top of the dash piece....=]
              Jan Bennett
              FS: VW MKIV Bezel for 8" Lilliput - 95% Finished

              Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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              • #8
                No, I don't want to flush mount it. I would rather get it recessed...
                Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

                Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

                First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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                • #9
                  I'd slice the buttons off and mold those in at the very bottom of the panel.
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                  • #10
                    .

                    Just finished my bezel. (finally) I definatly wouldn't keep the LCD "behind" I'd cut what you need out of the bezel and use bondo to build up what you cut out. If you didn't want to do this originally because you're afraid you'll ruin the bezel, once you add bondo (even if you didnt cut) you'll "RUIN" the bezel. (Or at least have to do a ton of sanding and re-painting.

                    ANything you cut from the bezel can be built back up with bondo.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tbird2340
                      Yes, I've been watching that one. I'm just not sure I want it to be flush like those..
                      Sorry about that, when i read your edit about the buttons being inaccessible i assumed you had given up on having it recessed. A quick note though, if you plan to recess it and keep the screen in its housing, you'll have to do without the the 2 screws(above the heater controls) in the bezel. That is unless your able to raise the xenarc bezel quite a bit such as by losing the air vents and moving the xenarc bezel further up the radio bezel. The way sporttracguy has it mounted in the thread i posted, the back of the xenarc case blocks those screw holes. Now if you wanted to put the xenarc in the same location, but mounted further back(recessed), you'll have to either lose that radio support inside the dash(plastic bar going from the screw holes i mentioned to the back wall of the radio cavity) or at the very least cut it down considerably. Just some food for thought as i've been dealing with the same problems working on my mountaineer(explorer).

                      -Kevin
                      2004 Mystichrome Cobra Install: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...a-install.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Homebrew
                        Sorry about that, when i read your edit about the buttons being inaccessible i assumed you had given up on having it recessed. A quick note though, if you plan to recess it and keep the screen in its housing, you'll have to do without the the 2 screws(above the heater controls) in the bezel. That is unless your able to raise the xenarc bezel quite a bit such as by losing the air vents and moving the xenarc bezel further up the radio bezel. The way sporttracguy has it mounted in the thread i posted, the back of the xenarc case blocks those screw holes. Now if you wanted to put the xenarc in the same location, but mounted further back(recessed), you'll have to either lose that radio support inside the dash(plastic bar going from the screw holes i mentioned to the back wall of the radio cavity) or at the very least cut it down considerably. Just some food for thought as i've been dealing with the same problems working on my mountaineer(explorer).

                        -Kevin

                        Kevin, I already got rid of that bracket there for the radio and the screw holes.. I had to for either the EATC mod I did or for my Lilli.. I can't remember which.
                        Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

                        Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

                        First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by IntellaWorks
                          Just finished my bezel. (finally) I definatly wouldn't keep the LCD "behind" I'd cut what you need out of the bezel and use bondo to build up what you cut out. If you didn't want to do this originally because you're afraid you'll ruin the bezel, once you add bondo (even if you didnt cut) you'll "RUIN" the bezel. (Or at least have to do a ton of sanding and re-painting.

                          ANything you cut from the bezel can be built back up with bondo.
                          Why wouldn't you put the bezel behind (recessed)??
                          Current Vehicle: 2007 Dodge Nitro

                          Second Vehicle: Sold it :( 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

                          First Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger

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                          • #14
                            have a look at what i did with some liquid plastic,, might help...see my link in siggy below
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                            • #15
                              I wouldn't mount it behind, because you will not be able to see the top of the screen as it gets cut off by the bezel. I had this problem in my explorer but just redid it to make it flush and it looks a lot better.
                              2001 Explorer
                              Xenarc, Opus 90W, 120 GB HD, Bondo everywhere

                              Sold the Explorer...got a 350z

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