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    Ghetto way to mount touchscreen in 2000 Cavalier?



    I'm trying to think of a cheap, ghetto way to mount a touchscreen (in my case, a Innovatek Tm868 - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...K%3AMEWNX%3AIT) in the location highlighted above. I don't want to drill or cut into the dashboard or any crazy stuff like that, because I plan to sell my car soon. Any suggestions? The mounting screwhole on the bottom of the screen looks like a standard GPS mount, so I suppose I might be able to rig something up using a GPS mount of some sort.

    In a unrelated note, my uncle used to have a device for his XM radio that was a FM transmitter, and it has a wire that clipped directly onto the cars antenna, and worked real well. Anyone know where to find such a device? I don't feel like modding the car at all to have an audio input.

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    If you are going to remove the stock stereo, you can cut a block of plywood or mdf to fit the shape, then secure it to the back of the fascia. Drill a hole through it, run a screw that will screw into the GPS mount, and you will have your screen mounted without doing any damage to the car.
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    careful with the use of the word 'ghetto'. i got read the riot act a couple years ago for using it in similar terms....(while reffering to obnoxious subwoofer installs-- ghetto-blasters)

    the xm device is a fm modulator. the point of the xm one clipping to the antenna was so that anyone could easily install it with no complex wiring. most aftermarket fm modulators connect to the antenna harness behind the radio. this is really the best way to get the signal into the radio. though, fm modulators are still junk when compared to a auxilary input..

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    That's exactly it, though. I don't plan to remove the stock stereo. I don't want to take any part of the dash apart because the car will be sold soon. (Or die soon, whichever comes first since it's leaking tranny fluid)

    I wonder if I take a regular FM modulator, and run a wire to the antenna, will I be able to acieve acceptable results? I'm not looking for perfection as this is all temporary.

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    it would definitely be worth a shot.

    to bad you have the am/fm/cd option.. if you didn't, you could upgrade the radio to a cheap model with aux input to get a little more functionality..

    actually, if you saw how easy it is to install/remove a aftermarket radio, it wouldn't be so bad to install one for the time-being, and then remove it when the car dies/sells...

    though, i have never been able to own a car and keep the stock audio system intact...

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    actually, if you saw how easy it is to install/remove a aftermarket radio, it wouldn't be so bad to install one for the time-being, and then remove it when the car dies/sells...
    My car uses some sort of digital system for the wiring, so unless I use an expensive harness I'll have to manually run a remote wire and I'll lose my door/key/light chime. (Without that damn chime, I would have locked my keys in my car and left the lights on a million times.)

    I thought of a cheap mounting solution, though. Velcro - They sell some stuff that holds on REALLY good. I remember seeing a video somewhere where a guy mentioned that he uses Velcro to attach his cellphone to his motorcycle for GPS. Should be strong enough to hold a touchscreen, I imagine.

    Would have to use some goo-gone or something to remove the residue left from the velcro if I sell the car, but that's no big deal.

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    then you require a hidden key my work truck has a similar system. i am at the point where i can live without the chimes, and i have locked my keys in there- i keep a length of drop ceiling wire, something like 12ga aluminum wire, in the back of the truck to get back in. you wouldn't believe how easy it is to open a locked car door...

    though i believe the remote wire is still there.. of all the threads i have read on swapping out gm radios, i don't remember anyone mentioning that they needed the module, or a special procedure for getting the remote wire.

    i have a junkyard part that had velcro on it for mounting a radar detector-- the adhesive is still stuck in the texture of the part, even after liberal use of goo-gone... but if you use it, be sure to let it cure for the full 24hrs before trying to use it.

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    But.. if you're not planning on keep it for long, why bother? Just keep everything else on hold, and sell it, move on.. then fit what you want to the new car..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sledge1 View Post
    But.. if you're not planning on keep it for long, why bother? Just keep everything else on hold, and sell it, move on.. then fit what you want to the new car..
    I want to get a feel for the software side of things, so when I get my new car I only have to worry about hardware installation.

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    imo, software changes faster then hardware.. i've been using a carpc for nearly 3 years, and i am still not all the great with all of the software, though have the hardware side down-pat....(though some of lack of software knowledge is my own ignorance)

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