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Thread: 2005 Mazda 3 GT Install

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    Earth Magnet

    Hey Cet99,

    I used an earth magnet because it's extremely powerful and relatively small.
    It holds pretty well although sometimes if i speed over a pot-hole the screen will swivel shut. (this is a rare occurance though).

    Not sure I understand what you plan on doing with the struts but if it works thats awesome I'm always interested in seeing alternative mods.

    Quote Originally Posted by cet99
    Sorry to bring up an old treath, but man thats a great install!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just traded my disco for a mazda 3 (gas is a killer) anyway, I'm about ready to mount my lcd on to the car, and had planned the same thing as you, except my carputer will be on the back. I have the part# for the navi piece but at $168US and not knowing if my screen will fit, I was thinking of going the same route. I used your diagrams as reference, but would like to know what kind of magnet did you use, does the mount hold when you go over bumps? I was thinking of using struts, the one used on hobby trucks, and have a trunk-like effect. Any updates on the lcd mount pictures???
    sorry for the long post.

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    Hey Nappyjim,

    Sorry for the long time inbetween replies, I got a job and began to neglect this forum.

    I don't have pics of it closed at this time, sorry.

    The screen is held in place with a custom housing which the screen slides into. This housing is permenantly attached to the swivel unit but the screen can slide in and out. Also, there is an L shaped metal piece used to fasten the screen in place using the screw located at the bottom of the monitor where the stand would normally go.

    Quote Originally Posted by nappyjim
    any shots of it closed? And how is the screen actually held in there? Im assuming you can take out the entire screen and case if wanted. So how do you keep it in there?

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    Great to hear from you, yeah that strut thing was not going to work, so far I been driving with a hole on that center piece, I tried doing my install like yours, but during trial period the glare got to me, and I have 20% tint on my front windows...then again I live in the dessert. Anyway I'll prob' recess the screen on a fiberglass mold. I would really like to see more pics of your screen setup! for your location I think its great.

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    what software did you use, you said it was custom? Will that GPS software work well with the more popular frontends?
    ALMOST DONE!
    I got LCD, mobo, hdd, GPS h/s, most of wiring

    ALL i need is some stuff and then misc stuff: (offers?)
    PSU, more wires, slim cd/dvd drive, OBDII stuff, wireless adaptor, audio stuff, stuff period.

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    Hi cet99:
    Can you give me the part # for the navi. i have some friends in mazda at PR and them maybe can help with the lcd size specs. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by cet99
    Sorry to bring up an old treath, but man thats a great install!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just traded my disco for a mazda 3 (gas is a killer) anyway, I'm about ready to mount my lcd on to the car, and had planned the same thing as you, except my carputer will be on the back. I have the part# for the navi piece but at $168US and not knowing if my screen will fit, I was thinking of going the same route. I used your diagrams as reference, but would like to know what kind of magnet did you use, does the mount hold when you go over bumps? I was thinking of using struts, the one used on hobby trucks, and have a trunk-like effect. Any updates on the lcd mount pictures???
    sorry for the long post.
    Onix

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    hey onix, after doing more serching, I realized that that the part that I received was not for the navi lcd bezel, but the regular part with the two vents which is quite pricey imo . Mazda does not sell the navi lcd separately, they sell the whole thing for over 2 grand!!!!!!!!!!
    Either way I seen another alternative for it, there is a $100 stand that goes in the same place that the navi goes. It does not fold and you need to cut into your current console I dont remember the website but you can search for it over in mazda3forums.com !!!

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    Very nice setup!! If you haven't already, please share this out on the Mazda 3 forums at: http://www.mazdaiii.com
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    great setup man

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    where could i get my hands on one of those pushdown springs? doesnt help on this one unless im using the wrong keywords

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    where is ur garmin placed??

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