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    Need a screen for a Crown Vic, not quite double din

    Ok I think I have 2 options in front of me, 3 if I want to get messy. First im looking for a touchscreen that will fit in a crown victoria dash, which is like 1 3/4 din. double din wont fit and i dont want a flipout.

    so here are the options i was thinking of:

    1) find one that fits, this is why im asking here because I simply cant find one.
    2) get a generic double din sized screen and only attach it at either the top or bottom and let the other side hang out so its not in the bay all of the way. If i dont attach it at the top the screen will be perpendicular to the road which shouldnt be a problem.
    3) mount a screen above my electrical / lighting control box and radio equipment in my console. This means if i want to change a song i need to look at my floorboard/cupholder area which I dont want to do but is doable because currently thats where im always fiddling with my equipment in my cruiser.
    4) reinstall the laptop mount i took out when my dept retired my car and mount a monitor. passengers dont like this but i wont have a problem with it. I will probably weld a custom one because i wont have a keyboard in this setup. (ok i will have one but not up front with me all of the time.)

    Ideas guys and girls? I would prefer it to be subtle and in the dash but I guess that going with all of my other equipment would be a distant option.

    I prefer function over how it looks.

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    If you want it to be subtle, I would consider modifing the dash and having it molded around the screen (check the fabrication section for ideas). Pics of your setup would help.

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    Could you post some picks of your dash? My family has a ford ranger with a double din radio, and I am pretty sure(though I haven't actually tried) that the same radio is used in the crown vics...

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    Ok it looks like the opening is 4 inches tall. The small handful of people I know that own CVPIs cant fit a double din headunit in but now that ive measured it i dont know. Which means that I am short by 0.22 inches right?

    I think fabrication is not an option for me. I weld, cut, and fasten stuff, but not anything that is pleasing to the eye. If i can notch out the hole to fit a double din I will do it but only if i dont have to add anything with glues, pieces of plastic, etc... Basically no fiberglass, paint, etc.. for me.


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    Ok, I see your using the same radio kit that I am using in that truck-- simply put, it is a dd opening, but the radio kit your using is throwing it off(it threw me for a loop afterr I pit mine in to)

    according to my brief search, a dd opening is 7" wide X 4" tall

    which is exactly what you have.

    What is throwing you off is the radio kits small trip piece below the radio, that is pushing it up slightly-- if you remove the radio kit, you will have a dd opening.

    Actually, after checking google images, it has been done and looks like you will need a double din instal trim kit for your car:

    http://www.google.com/m/search?site=...ct=result&cd=1

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    I thought that each din was 7.4x2.11 inches and not 7.0x2.0? I did a search on these forums and found a thread which said both numbers. Why are these dimensions shrouded in mystery and everybody says something different?

    Can somebody clarify what the size is?

    I found installation kits because now i know they exist. So now ill go with an installation kit, a premade double din lilliput and some nice shielded wire for everything. So ive seen 2 kits, 1 which just looks like 2 ears, and one that is the full rectangle (basically has a small sliver of plastic at top and bottom connecting 2 ears), I assume the 1 piece would be the better bet?

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    i have also seen both measurements, and can't really shed any light on which one is more accurate(though i believe that the 7x2" standard is correct, i just have no way to prove it at this point)..

    i would go with the full kit(with trim ring)-- at the very least, you will have more than you need, and will just use the 'ears' to mount the screen. in that case, it could save you a trip/shipping later on..

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    Standard DIN size is 7" x 2"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_7736

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    This may be a little late, but useful for future search's and hopefully the OP:

    The Crown Vic double din space is not a true double din accepting hole. This is because the HVAC ducting in the back will make the product not fit right. You can modify this. I would check www.crownvic.net and ask them for specifics. If you do a search there, you will see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randyc View Post
    This may be a little late, but useful for future search's and hopefully the OP:

    The Crown Vic double din space is not a true double din accepting hole. This is because the HVAC ducting in the back will make the product not fit right. You can modify this. I would check www.crownvic.net and ask them for specifics. If you do a search there, you will see it.

    Thanks, so I wouldnt have any problem mounting a screen, which isnt much deeper than a ford factory stock headunit?

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