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  • Advice on location, size, and setup of the lcd in a durango

    I am in the process of setting up my first car computer. I have a 98 durango. The computer part is fully taken care of, but I am trying to figure out the best way to put the screen in, and what size screen to get.

    Here is what I am 'thinking' of doing at this moment, and I am looking for the advice from someone who actually knows the pros and cons to a setup like this.
    I would like to get this item (or similar): http://www.mobilevideo4less.com/Merc...ory_Code=BRKTS
    and mount it where that lcd screen is sitting in the picture (the durango has a little tray right there on the floor), then put the screen on the end of the gooseneck (please note this is just a random image so people can see what I am trying to do).

    I am also looking to any input on using either an 8" or a 10" screen. I do not know if a 10" is 'too big' or just will be obnoxious with this type of setup.

    I am sorry if this is a rediculous type of information to request, I would just like to make sure it will look good (maybe someone has experience with this type of setup) and work properly.

    Thank you.
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    ******* DODGE ripping off dead director!!!



    for second i though it was related to that cute sports car from clockwork orange.

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    • #3
      My GF has a Durango and I have stared for hours at the dash trying to figure out a good way to get a screen in there. Unless you are a master fabricator you are pretty much screwed. I don't like the gooseneck solutions. Looks too "added on" and also very attractive to potential thieves.
      Good luck with it, and if you do fabricate a way then make 2 while you're at it and send me one.
      Spent so far: $1,755
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      CarPC Progress[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!].....Installation[---------+].....Pastrami Progress[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
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      It's not nice to pick on retards!

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      • #4
        look in my sig
        2003 Durango Install
        2003 Matrix Install
        2004 Escalade Install

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Matrix_24
          look in my sig
          Great install, but you didn't have the 4WD shifter to work around.
          Spent so far: $1,755
          Check Out My Work Log for Specs/Pics
          CarPC Progress[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!].....Installation[---------+].....Pastrami Progress[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
          Don't mess with Texas.
          It's not nice to pick on retards!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by edrex
            Great install, but you didn't have the 4WD shifter to work around.
            No, I have the electronic shift. He is using a 7", I am sure that can be made to fit around the shifter. Mine is an 8" and I made the mount a lot bigger than it had to be just to take up space. If I had to I could probably make the same mount for a 7" LCD and still leave room for the shifter.
            2003 Durango Install
            2003 Matrix Install
            2004 Escalade Install

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Matrix_24
              If I had to I could probably make the same mount for a 7" LCD and still leave room for the shifter.
              Is that an offer?
              Spent so far: $1,755
              Check Out My Work Log for Specs/Pics
              CarPC Progress[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!].....Installation[---------+].....Pastrami Progress[!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
              Don't mess with Texas.
              It's not nice to pick on retards!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by edrex
                Is that an offer?
                If someone could loan me a Durango in my area I would love to do another one.
                2003 Durango Install
                2003 Matrix Install
                2004 Escalade Install

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                • #9
                  thanks for the input guys - and matrix, i have read that thread probably close to 10 times already very nice install.

                  I am working with a lillput 8". I DO have the 4x4 shifter to work around. And I really do not want to have it as low as matrix's. I guess I am probably out of luck unless I decide to relocate my vents and do some fabrication. :/

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mattz0r
                    thanks for the input guys - and matrix, i have read that thread probably close to 10 times already very nice install.:/
                    Thanks

                    Originally posted by mattz0r
                    I am working with a lillput 8". I DO have the 4x4 shifter to work around. And I really do not want to have it as low as matrix's. I guess I am probably out of luck unless I decide to relocate my vents and do some fabrication. :/
                    With an 8" you are kind of limited to the dash then. The only thing I did not like about that dash is that it is one huge piece and was hard enough to work with just changing the radio out. There are not too many ways to go in the Durango. Post pics when you decide on what to do, I am interrested in what other people will do with their Durangos.
                    2003 Durango Install
                    2003 Matrix Install
                    2004 Escalade Install

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                    • #11
                      I should have it setup in the next couple days. I will post pics

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                      • #12
                        personally, the gooseneck thing looks hideous.

                        where are you located? if you are in an area where you do not need the A/C all that much then removing the vents is a viable option and has been done before. However, if you are in an area like us, removing A/C vents isn't even remotely an option...lol

                        if you aren't obsessed with your cup holders you could mold to there where it's at finger tip while your arm is on the arm rest, then mold some cup holders infront of it. THAT would take a LOT of fabrication and a lot of time. Done right, I think it could look really cool.
                        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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                        • #13
                          well here is the deal... this is my first carputer install, i think for right now I am just going to give the gooseneck a 'try'. I am doing this to more or less see how I like the carputer, get a feel for it, and then decide exactly where and how I want to customize it. I do need the a/c, but i have looked at that more than one time, If I pull my deck and my 2 center vents I could fit an 8" touchscreen in it. This might be the route I end up going in the future, but for now, I would like to get a feel for the setup itself before I go ripping and sawing things apart

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                          • #14
                            the dash is identical to our 99 dakota.

                            We've fabricated guage pods into the dash (above the ac controlls) and have molded in the radio so you don't have the ghetto kit look there any more.

                            The dash is easy to work with, and easy to make it flow, it's just a p.i.t.a. to find the space for a screen, I've been trying to get my husband to make the switch in the truck for a few years now
                            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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                            • #15
                              I looked on your site, and couldnt find any pics of the dakota install. Did you say you did do this or you are working on it? I would love to see how you set it up.

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