Retrofit new LCD into aftermarket screen-based head unit
I did a bit of searching and didn't really find anything, but I also wasn't sure what exactly to put in for search terms so I may have looked right past something.
That being said, I may be totally off my rocker with this, but I've been looking at a couple of new cars and trying to figure ways to install a carputer in each. In my current setup I have a screen and a head-unit installed in my Forester and really like the setup. Unfortunately the new Foresters don't offer a gauge pod in addition to the double din stereo opening.
From what I've been able to gather, the biggest problem with the flip-out LCD's lies in the mechanisms. They break, don't hold the screen well, etc... The aftermarket flip-out head units I've seen seem to have pretty solid mechanics and the screen's feel rock solid when they're extended. This got me thinking, why not take a used or broken (broken radio portion/display, etc...) and retrofit one of our LCD's into it. Has this been attempted before, or completed?
This is the style head unit I'm talking about:
The second thought is even more out there, and probably way way too much work, if it's even possible, but I wanted to through it out there. The thought is similar to the previous idea, but instead using a double-din screen-based head unit. The LCD that came in the unit would be removed and replaced with a Lilliput or Xenarc panel. This would be much more complex because I'd need to maintain all of the factory functionality. I suppose to make it work the factory display feed would need to be converted and fed back into the new panel. I'm guessing there's not a lot of free space inside the unit, so that'd make this idea even harder.
This is the style head unit for the second idea:
So, does anyone think it's even possible, or have I officially lost my mind?