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    Adding Monitors / DVD Player to Volvo S40 w/non-changeable stock HU *SIMPLE*

    Hey guys,

    Finally come the time to try something with one of my cars. This is going to be as basic as it gets. I guess I'm just looking for ideas. The main objective is to just be able to play DVDs inside the vehicle with front/rear stage monitors. I'm trying to keep it all as factory like as possible. In a perfect world. I could have the rear stage set-up to work with wireless headphones allowing the little one to watch whatever she wanted while letting the rest of the car speakers play regular audio at certain times. So I guess I'd need to be able to figure out a way to switch between the two.

    -The car comes factory w/a AUX input; stereo jack style
    -I'm thinking headrest montors for rear entertainment or one flipdown (how to get it work with a headset when need be would be nice.)
    -Biggest issue is where to throw a front monitor in the vehicle! This S40 makes it such a pain.
    -Stock HU is not interchangeable
    -Hiding a DVD player shouldn't be too big of an issue

    Here's a few pics of the interior(I DO NOT have the factory installed navigation pop-up, the screen was too small):





    I know there are a few guys that have did carputer installs but that's a later project, the most important thing to me at the moment is screen placement/cleanliness & the ability to make it look good. A monitor up front on a stand wouldn't be too factory like IMO. I wish I could make a way for it to pop out from behind the way floating console!


    Thanks for any input on this matter!

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    It shouldnt be too hard, but it will require some custom work. Have you look at any of the Volvo forums online yet?

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    I have a v50 with the same "waterfall" console. I bought a second hand one off ebay and after a bit of adjustment put a 7" screen where the original lcd is. I leave the original plugged in behind the console.

    This gives me full touch screen for the carputer and allows me to use the factory radio. I plugged the audio in through the mp3 plug.

    I also use my vlc plugin to run 3 screens in the back for the kids all controlled from the front screen.

    Works good for me.

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    That sounds awesome actually, I definitely have to check your setup put when I back to a computer.

    What about the ac controlling etc?

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    everything on the console works its just the original lcd thats hidden. I cant see whats on the screen as I haven't firguired out how to get the display on the touchscreen but I can control everything fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lambosprit View Post
    everything on the console works its just the original lcd thats hidden. I cant see whats on the screen as I haven't firguired out how to get the display on the touchscreen but I can control everything fine.
    You mind posting pics??

    Sounds pretty straight forward. My other option is only running visor/headrest monitors which would be more of a back up type of deal ya know.

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    This is actually a pretty good idea

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpbkJXEZQ-E

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