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  • 03 Corolla LCD Install HELP!

    how can i fabricate or bondo it to my dash to look prof.? please help.Also my pioneer head unit is behind my lcd screen, so how can i have it where it's visible rite below the air conditioning controls.

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    pictures would be helpful.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by djkl407
      how can i fabricate or bondo it to my dash to look prof.? please help.Also my pioneer head unit is behind my lcd screen, so how can i have it where it's visible rite below the air conditioning controls.
      Snarky reply: You want your dash to look like a professor?!?!?!?!

      Serious reply: most people use fiberlass as a base. Some use Body filler with fiberglass hairs (also known as kitty hair).
      Sand.
      Apply bondo (body filler putty) to fill in pits and whatnot.
      Sand.
      Apply more bondo.
      Sand.
      And so on.

      When you have the desired shape, primer and sand. Then paint.
      Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
      How about the Wiki?



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      • #4
        Originally posted by djkl407
        how can i fabricate or bondo it to my dash to look prof.? please help.Also my pioneer head unit is behind my lcd screen, so how can i have it where it's visible rite below the air conditioning controls.
        Does your dash look like this?



        If so, is the trim piece that surrounds the radio and air vents removable? Is your screen the same size as your stock radio or smaller? Also, is the area underneath the A/C controls completely flat? Pictures of your setup would help too.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by djkl407
          how can i fabricate or bondo it to my dash to look prof.? please help.Also my pioneer head unit is behind my lcd screen, so how can i have it where it's visible rite below the air conditioning controls.
          Are you handy and comfortable working with your car?
          Take a look at my Matrix installed or search this fab forum for the fabrication proccess to to get an idea how to relocate that HU. There are many step by step pics and material I used. I don't use bondo eventhough I have 1 quart of bondo and 1 quart of bondo glass (kitty hair) laying around when I use on my Supra. And I am a newbie at this stuff as well.
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          • #6
            Check Djbac's install. He's fitted 2 screens in the Corolla dash.
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            • #7
              yes my dash looks like that

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              • #8
                I put a screen in one of those between the vents.
                Fabricator

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                • #9
                  hmm, looks like there are lots of places for a screen in that dash, one between the vents where the stereo used to be, LOL. One where theose two drawers are under the heater controls. and if your really good you could totally relocate those heater controls and put a screen in that space also. Pick one. I like my sceen to sit lower for a few reasons, less distraction at night, cops cants see it, and it keeps the sun off the screen.

                  Once you find the ideal spot you yank out whatever is in your way and fabricate a frame to house the screen, you can use plastic, balsa wood, metal pretty much anything you have that could be used to build a frame to mount the bezel to.

                  when you have a frame your 1/2 way there. then you mount your bezel to the frame and again use the material of your choice to fill in the gaps between the frame, bezel and dash panel. You can use a body filler like bondo or rage gold, but be sure to sand the plastic really well to give the bondo something to grip onto. Better yet do a search for solvent adhesives or liquid plastic and use that to fill in the gaps.

                  once you have your gaps all filled in you sand....and sand...and sand some more , till you have a nice smooth surface that lines up with your dash and looks like it came out of the factory that way, finally you would primer and paint the surface to match your dash

                  and thats how you make it look prof....or...you fork out some $$ and let someone else do the work
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