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Thread: Relocating a/c vents/controls and such...

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    Hopefully this may help.

    I was once thinkin of gettin a grand cherokee.

    I think the vents are about 1.5 inches tall and the move wouldnt be that much for the vents and controls but you never know whats behind there.

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    well everytime I try to upload a pic on the board my computer totally freezes up. Anyways Mitokondria has it about 90% right.

    I photoshopped my own photos but can't get them up because of the aforementioned problem. I'm kind of embarassed at them now looking @ Mitokondria's.

    Anyways I believe you can move the A/C Controls down about an inch farther.

    I was thinking:

    Screen
    Vents
    Head unit (you didn't put one in)
    and Controls

    Also, is your Xenarc to scale? In your photo the head unit wouldn't be an option.

    I did some initial measurements and I believe my bad photoshop was about to scale. There's really a lot of room to play around with that panel, it's quite big. Anyways I'll try to post it (once I find free pic hosting that allows off site linking) because I can't upload it.

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    Here's what I was thinking.

    And this is on my site for which I pay for bandwidth.. does anone know of a free pic host that allows off site linking?

    *** EDIT ***

    the pic is eating up bandwidth.. I'll try and find a free host later.

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    Oops I dint know the headunit was an option!

    But if you want to put one in maybe it could fit under the ac controls. Just this layout requires minimal ac vent and control movement and you probably wouldn't need to hack your dash as much since all the components are the same width.

    As in the screen being to scale Im afraid its not. Though i believe chrysler headunits are 1.5 din size and the xenarc is close to double din size so the 2 inch movement would give it plenty of space.

    Then the only thing you would need to make out of fiberglass would be the top portion where you old headunit was and the bottom were the cigarette lighter and ashtray are gone and house a headunit there (if not just eliminate the headunit all together and get an amp for your car speakers).

    Edit: Disregard what i just posted

    Now I see what you mean on your pic.
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    yeah... well I was modifying the pic as you were probably typing. I think this is the plan...

    go get a faceplate off of a wrecked grand cherokee (and we know how many SUV's roll over). That shouldn't be hard. I can cut out the necessary pieces and move them where I want them and fiberglass them in - bondo - sand - and paint. I'm going to try and flush mount the screen so that'll be a little extra molding.

    As far as my case.. the mock-up got trashed... I read an awesome turotrial about making a fiberglasss speaker enclosure so it would mold to every curve, you'd get max available airspace, blah, blah... and I thought ... hell I'm just gonna use an old glove compartment as a mold and make my own case that way. That way I would have a lot more space that would be afforded to me by trying to fit a box in something as irregularly shaped as a glove comprtment. This should do the trick...

    Has anyone attempted this before?

    If anyones interested I came across some good fiberglassing tutorials last night. If I were at home I would just post them now, but seeing as I'm not...

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    Yes, I am interested in the tutorials, I have many ideas on things I could do, but I don't know how to do them ... It would be great if you could post them, whenever it is you can get home to.

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    Made some orders tonight... project Grand Cherokee is now oficially underway!!!

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    Cool Fellow Grand Cherokee plan for lcd

    Glad to see another Grand Cherokee owner on here. I currently have my 6.8" lcd mounted on a Panavise camera arm which is mounted to the right of the center console. I am planning on relocating the lcd using this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=1376082295 for a cleaner installation. Unfortunately it's $250 shipped to the U.S. and it may not work for your touch schreen application (since it'll be pretty far to touch). Just another idea before you dive into the fiberglass and A/C relocation project.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!

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    Is that a custom piece? Or is it an option by Jeep? It looks pretty smooth, just not for my application as you said.

    BTW.. I'm in Houston.. not too damned far away...

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