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    Anyone replace their rear-view mirror with a monitor?

    I'm trying to figure out a place to put a monitor in the car, and replacing the rear view mirror seems like a really good choice.

    Has anyone here tried that, if so, did you find a mount that attached to the windshield mount for the normal rear-view mirror, fashion something to the window like suction cups or sticky tape, or connect into the roof?

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    What kind of car do you have?
    I thought of doing that before I ended up molding mine into the dash. The Xenarcs come with a nice stand that might stick to your windshield. But it's even more visible for the cops to see...will you get a ticket?

    On a another note..i doubt that theives will look at the rear view mirror for anything to steal!

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    It's for a 2004 corvette. I plan on keeping the stock stereo, using an interface into the cd changer system for audio-in (currently doing this with a kenwood music keg).

    The only reasonable place that I can identify for a monitor that is usable is to pop out the rear view mirror and replace it with something like the 7" Xenarc 700TSV.

    I haven't figured out the mounting though, and was wondering if anyone has mounted a monitor to a stock rear-view mirror mount on a windshield, or perhaps has fashioned a bracket to the area above the windshield where you can't go into the headliner for a typical flip-down.

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    o_O

    Do you not use your rear view mirror for, you know, seeing what's going on behind you when driving?
    I hate it when I'm in the company van and it's fully laden, can't see out the back, can't see if someone is standing behind me as I'm trying to reverse park.

    That aside, in the UK at least, you can legally lose either the rear view mirror or the passenger wing mirror, and still be legal. Dunno about the USA though. (I'm assuming you're in the USA since you mention a Corvette)

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    Yeah, agreed on wanting a rear-view mirror. My intent was to use either video-in or a USB cam to display as a rear-view mirror normally, and switch to the PC view intermittently when needed.

    I'm guessing from the low turnout in responses that not many people go this direction.

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    I was considering this, but I'd rather not replace my mirror. I'd rather hack the dash. BTW, consider a flip-down monitor there.

    Additionally - anyone got a price on those monitor/mirrors someone posted above? the website is going super-slow for me and I can't find crap

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    Where are you going to put the camera? Unless you put it on top of the mirror, it's stil going to look weird.
    Also, you will needing to flip the video horizontally, especially if you let others drive your car, so it will have to be computer based.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lum
    Where are you going to put the camera? Unless you put it on top of the mirror, it's stil going to look weird.
    Also, you will needing to flip the video horizontally, especially if you let others drive your car, so it will have to be computer based.

    You can get special reversing cameras that automatically do the mirroring.

    do a on the forum or EBAY.

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    anyone have ideas on the mount, see anything that would connect to the normal rear-view mirror window mount, or use suction cups, or could connect just above the windshield with only an inch or so space front to back, but 10 or so side-to-side?

    The roof is removable, so it's not like I can stick one right into the removable area, but just at the top of the windsheild there is a trip piece that the sun visors are on, and the little clips that they pop into seem like a place i could put a plate of metal going across.

    -a

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