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    Install suggestions for 2003 Toyota Tundra needed!

    Looking for screen installation suggestions for my '03 Tundra.

    I've considered mounting it...

    ...on the bottom flat piece with the 12v adapters next to it.
    ...on the top of the dash with a flexible arm-thing attached.
    ...setting up some kind of swing mount so it could "swing" up and down out from where the Double-Din head unit is.

    Sorry, no totally permanent fiberglassing or anything of that sort.

    Thanks guys!
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    Question Headless?

    Personally, I'd just rip out the 2 DIN head unit and install the monitor in that space.

    But then, I'd be running headless, you don't say if you are or not.

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    Wouldn't running headless severely affect sound quality?

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    not if you have a decent amp.....most poeple into sound quality have amps for their component speakers anyway....and having a PC and a headunit....the headunit is just acting as a middle mand and is not needed.
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    ive got a tundra also....

    im going at it a different way. i still want a head unit. im a believer that a high quality head unit... with the options it can provide is better than a computer going direct. my head unit has built in xovers... eq....and time alignment. so my head unit is going to be much like a home theater receiver. it will accept various inputs... and process them. the computer in my case is just a source.. with all the music/videos on it. im not going 5.1 either.

    with that said... im putting the xenarc indash unit in. it easily goes in with a head unit... when you remove your double din unit. im mounting the display on the top... and my headunit on the bottom. no modification what so ever (well a couple extra holes in the mounting brackets). you could easily put your factory radio back in.

    my m10000 is going under the passanger seat. im using one of those ultra mini keyboard everyone on here is talkiing about... along with the touchscreen.

    im putting a usb hub up under the dash... it will take inputs from a usb cam and my gps unit... and wireless adapter. it has a an extra port for memory stick and such.

    if you want to go headunitless.. you could easily mount a full size display in place of the factory headunit. you wouldnt even have to do any mods to the dash bezel.... you could have a trim that mounts behind the bezel to hide gaps and such around the new display... that would be a pretty eash project.... and would look great.

    check out eclipse... they have a double din screen headunit. i saw it in a tundra couple weeks ago... it looked great. you could achieve that look with a xenarc screen rather simply.

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    This is the plan that I first thought of doing it for my Matrix, but I didn't do cuz I have no space for the factory HU.
    Check to see if you can take the HU face off. If all those button (up front) are connect to a board then connect to the main part of the HU via ribbon cable, you can separate the HU body and front plate. My GM/Delco made Matrix HU can do that.

    If the you can separate the HU, then continue reading. Otherwise, I don't know.
    Extend the HU and the font control plate.
    - Relocate the font control plate below the ash tray, or up where the sunglasses holder, or wherever easier to reach for control.
    - Push the HU body deeper into the dash by drilling new hole on the radio bracket. (If you look at my Supra install, I did push the EQ deep into the dash behide the LCD that you can't see).
    Look at Rando's 4Runner Installation to get an idea how to install the screen in that double DIN slot without cutting much on the dash and NO or very few bondo/fiberglass stuff.

    Now you have both, the LCD look factory, and the radio behide the LCD.
    Problem, you CAN NOT use tape or CD unless you want to pop the screen out every time you want to use cuz you can't insert tape/CD in the HU. Other than that, the HU still in there.

    Why I didn't do it on my Matrix.
    - First there are 20+ wires I have to solder/connect.
    - I can't find a cable that is small enought or big but flexible for me to run to where I want the front control face place to be.
    - I have no place to relocate that front control plate to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatrixPC
    Rando's 4Runner Installation to get an idea how to install the screen in that double DIN slot without cutting much on the dash and NO or very few bondo/fiberglass stuff.
    As far as I know, the method I used should work with just about any double din opening.

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    hey buddy have a look at my setup... maybe get some ideas? Will be glad to share thoughts suggestions
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    I just ripped out my headunit and put my ts there.

    I put my hu and computer in the console. Yes it all fits!

    I ran all my rca (3 sets) to my amps to the console
    8 guage power, 8 guage ground, turn on leads...the whole gammit into the console.

    I even had enough room to lift the computer up about 2 inches to allow airflow from the ac vents running under the console via the fan.

    I tapped into the power from the cig lighter as my ignition source for the M1ATX
    I have 2 power cables coming into the truck. 1 for amps mounted on back wall, 1 for M1ATX
    Ground was connected for computer right under console
    turn on lead right from the deck
    all your cables (assuming you have a xenarc) will fit EXACTLY from your radio bezel to the console.
    you can put a usb hub in the hidden compartment under your cig. lighters - hint run the power off your M1ATX 5v rail

    I tried to do a faceplate relocation but the POS!!!!! ColdHeat solder iron (as seen on TV) i know i know... it fried my deck
    I'm not going there this morning...it will mess up my chee ... too early in the day to get mad

    I would consider mounting/molding a faceplate where your garagedoor opener would go
    I think some folks had problems with the cable being over 3ft long - search the forums

    I didn't have enough room for my slot load to go in under my TS, so I am velcro'ing it under the flap of the hidden compartment under my cig lighters and connecting it to that hub I mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatrixPC View Post

    Why I didn't do it on my Matrix.
    - First there are 20+ wires I have to solder/connect.
    - I can't find a cable that is small enought or big but flexible for me to run to where I want the front control face place to be.
    - I have no place to relocate that front control plate to.
    I understand cat5 or cat6 cable works
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