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  • Lilliput 7" Touchscreen in E36: How's the fit?

    Hey everyone,

    Am new to Carputers Need some guidance! I am thinking of installing a Carputer in my BMW E36. The only place I think is possible to install the screen is in the OBC + sunglass holder area. I will be pulling the OBC and sungalss holder compartment out, and sticking an LCD in there.

    The LCD I am thinking of is the Lilliput 7" Touchscreen monitor. Does anyone know if it will fit into the area I have mentioned snugly, without any modifications? I cannot imagine myself fabricating my own casing etc, as I haven't done this sort of thing before. The Lilliput touchscreen 7" seems to have a curved bottom, which would probably leave gaps.

    How important is a touchscreen, really? For you guys that have it, is it that much of a convenience? The price difference is about 70 USD I believe. Is it worth the 70 dollars?

    That's all for now. Would appreciate any help. Thanks

  • #2
    Hi mate. I've got a E36 320 Coupe. I have just bought a 7" Lilliput Touchscreen and it fits in that gap absolutely perfect. The only problem I am finding is what to mount the screen to! Behind the section of dashboard is a big hole about 3" deep. But there is nothing sturdy to mount to apart from the plastic pipe for the airvents which i dont really want to screw into. I will try and get some pics up 2nite. I will be interested to know if you have any other ideas!?

    Cheers

    Dan

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    • #3
      Thanks Dan, that has pretty much convinced me that I should buy it. I have no idea how you can mount it, but I will do some reading up and let you know.

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      • #4
        Dan,

        Just to confirm that is is the model you are using?

        Model Number. 619GL-70NP (XGA)

        I got it from this page: http://www.lilliput.cn/619.htm

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Yuen
          Dan,

          Just to confirm that is is the model you are using?

          Model Number. 619GL-70NP (XGA)

          I got it from this page: http://www.lilliput.cn/619.htm
          Guys, guys,

          This is a better solution (although a bit expensive). I live in Germany and drive a E36 also. You probably don't want to mess up your dash. Look at www.cartft.com . I bought these ARAT mnounting brackets and they can be removed and nothing is changed on your car. You need a backet that goes into the car dash, AND a top holder for thge monitor. That means 2 pcs. It costs about 100€ total but it's worth it if you want to remove your monitor when you park your car.

          o/______\o
          (oo_OO_oo)
          []o-----------o[]
          '94 320i

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          • #6
            Thanks euro320i, I've had a look at the site. Wayy too costly for me as I'm a student struggling to fund this expensive little hobby. Sounds good, but for 100 euro its overpriced. Regardless, thanks for the help!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by euro320i
              Guys, guys,

              This is a better solution (although a bit expensive). I live in Germany and drive a E36 also. You probably don't want to mess up your dash. Look at www.cartft.com . I bought these ARAT mnounting brackets and they can be removed and nothing is changed on your car. You need a backet that goes into the car dash, AND a top holder for thge monitor. That means 2 pcs. It costs about 100€ total but it's worth it if you want to remove your monitor when you park your car.
              euro320i: Do you have a pic of your monitor mounted in your E36? I would be curious to see how it looks....

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              • #8
                Originally posted by shadowpuck
                euro320i: Do you have a pic of your monitor mounted in your E36? I would be curious to see how it looks....
                Take a look here
                www.compu-promedia.com/CARPUTER/index.html
                I'm no web programmer, sorry so I created this. It looks factory, from a Germany Company called ARAT. It is also TUV certified. That means the mount is approved for use in vehicles on the Autobahn.
                Hope this helps.

                o/______\o
                (oo_OO_oo)
                []o-----------o[]
                '94 320i

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                • #9
                  I didn't want to hack up my dash for later if I sell the car.

                  o/______\o
                  (oo_OO_oo)
                  []o-----------o[]
                  '94 320i

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                  • #10
                    euro320i, very nice stock looking setup. Is that the Xenarc screen, and do you still have your OBC and sunglass holder etc in their original location?

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                    • #11
                      That looks excellent. ALthough I cannot see how it fixes on!?

                      Mines a 92 Coupe and that CarTFT siteonly says 95-98!? But the shape looks the same to me.

                      Would really appreciate if you could get any closer up, larger + brighter images of the screen mounted on your dash.

                      Much appreciated

                      Dan

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Yuen
                        Dan,

                        Just to confirm that is is the model you are using?

                        Model Number. 619GL-70NP (XGA)

                        I got it from this page: http://www.lilliput.cn/619.htm
                        Yes Yuen, That is the same monitor as I just bought.

                        Dan

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by danderton
                          That looks excellent. ALthough I cannot see how it fixes on!?

                          Mines a 92 Coupe and that CarTFT siteonly says 95-98!? But the shape looks the same to me.

                          Would really appreciate if you could get any closer up, larger + brighter images of the screen mounted on your dash.

                          Much appreciated

                          Dan
                          I'll try to get closer pics of that. I just ripped it all out and relocated the whole thing elsewhere. I will DOC that this weekend. The Screen is a Xenarc. The Holder has a thin metal plate that slides into where the HU is, doesn't take any space away, and is screwed into the inside. This way, I can remove the screen when I have to park the car. Can't be there all the time. Don't want to come back and find someone wanted to take an inbuilt dash away..

                          o/______\o
                          (oo_OO_oo)
                          []o-----------o[]
                          '94 320i

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Yuen
                            euro320i, very nice stock looking setup. Is that the Xenarc screen, and do you still have your OBC and sunglass holder etc in their original location?
                            I will... I was going to relocate the OBC to the centerarm console where the cassette tapes where (cassette tapes" ). But I think I will put it all back. I found a great place where there is more that enough room not at all in the trunk area. ..As I said I will have pics this weekend. hope I finish.. just got a MB Quart subdrum and an alpine amp I want to install as well.

                            o/______\o
                            (oo_OO_oo)
                            []o-----------o[]
                            '94 320i

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by euro320i
                              I'll try to get closer pics of that. I just ripped it all out and relocated the whole thing elsewhere. I will DOC that this weekend. The Screen is a Xenarc. The Holder has a thin metal plate that slides into where the HU is, doesn't take any space away, and is screwed into the inside. This way, I can remove the screen when I have to park the car. Can't be there all the time. Don't want to come back and find someone wanted to take an inbuilt dash away..
                              Please could you get a few more pics of how the screen is mounted with the brackets. I have an e36 M3 and don't want to hack the dash. The brackets look kind of bulky?

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