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    Hidden Double Din Door/Slider/Panel Ideas

    I want to hide my double din spot in my 05 Ford Explorer. My LCD is mounted below near the floor in the center console and my Alpine single din head unit is mounted in the stock location where there was a double din stock head unit. I am thinking about building a single din sized switch panel (for pc boot bypass, reset and usb access) that will live in the spot above the HU.

    I am thinking about alternatives to the stock dummy double din face plate that some people use.

    Has anyone made (or found) something like a top to bottom slider door similar to a bread box or roll top desk that I could fit into this spot? Or a retractable door similar to a garage door?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Somebody did do this several years ago. Search on terms "motorized" and/or "garage door" or "appliance garage" or roll-top or rolltop desk.

    It's not too hard to do, although you'll have to build a mechanism for it with either a stepper motor or limit switches.
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    Thanks...
    Actually, I don't care if it's motorized at first. I'd just like to find the actual door/slider hardware. I'm trying to think of other products out there that I could use to modify into what I'm trying to do.
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    Storex USB DVD Rom/CDRW (not yet installed)
    D-Link DWL-121 WiFi
    OBDII Elm327 v1.2a (not yet installed)
    Lilliput EBY701-NP/C/T

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    another couple of ideas--

    maybe some vinyl/fabric from a graphics shop?

    or a thin piece of conveyor belting?

    i think that the biggest issue with this project is that you might find it hard to find items that are thin, and unobtrusive enough not to draw attention(the sectioned, rolling panels that are usually used for things like bread boxes would be begging for attention- because they have never been installed in cars)

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i think that the biggest issue with this project is that you might find it hard to find items that are thin, and unobtrusive enough not to draw attention(the sectioned, rolling panels that are usually used for things like bread boxes would be begging for attention- because they have never been installed in cars)
    Good point. Maybe I should just keep removing my face plate.

    But for the other single din slot, I'd like to have the switches hidden by a a flip-up (or down) door that would stay closed most of the time.

    Wonder if anyone has done that before? Or found an existing product that I could modify to fit my needs?
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    going by what i have seen for some of fords radio kits-- i am thinking something james-bond style-- instead of making a panel cover go up and down, how about making a 2 or 3 sided rotating switch plate. one side would be blank, and one would have the switches in it.

    most of the kits that i have seen recently use large chunks of plastic on the sides to allow the radio to bolt to the kit-- the side panels of the kit could be used for something for the switch panel to turn on.

    not sure how feasable it is, just another idea...

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    Take a look at the Honda S2000, it has a door over the radio from the factory.



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