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post #1 of 21 Old 04-30-2013, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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VIC replaced with GPS

Hey guys...just in case people want replace their VIC with a GPS unit...here is what I ended up doing:

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The GPS unit is a Motorola Motonav TN765T. I routed the power cable through the back to the ash tray for easy hook-up to the power outlet, and used some vinyl for the sides of the GPS to cover the rest of the open space. Doesnt look too bad. But I am sure others could do a much better job than I did. Just thought this would be helpful for people thinking about doing this.


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post #2 of 21 Old 04-30-2013, 09:33 AM
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Hey guys...just in case people want replace their VIC with a GPS unit...here is what I ended up doing:

The GPS unit is a Motorola Motonav TN765T. I routed the power cable through the back to the ash tray for easy hook-up to the power outlet, and used some vinyl for the sides of the GPS to cover the rest of the open space. Doesnt look too bad. But I am sure others could do a much better job than I did. Just thought this would be helpful for people thinking about doing this.
Wow I like that!

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Wow I like that!
Thanks!
I was just SO sick of hearing that coolant sensor beep, and couldn't find a cubby hole from a 2WD.
I shopped around for a GPS that would fit pretty well in the opening, and the Motorola Motonav TN765T does great. No new maps after 2009 though
I am sure you can find a newer one that would fit pretty well.

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Very nice!

I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to do with that space. Looks like I have a weekend project coming up.

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Looks good! Never thought of doing something like that.
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post #6 of 21 Old 04-30-2013, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!
For those worried about getting a signal from the GPS satellite with it being down low like I have it...no worries for this Motorola (cant speak for other models).
It picks up a satellite signal right away, and holds it even where it is, and not in direct view of the sky.

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post #7 of 21 Old 04-30-2013, 11:16 AM
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I would say my only concern would be looking down that low to see a turn or something while driving. Have you encountered any problem with it.
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I would say my only concern would be looking down that low to see a turn or something while driving. Have you encountered any problem with it.
It was my big concern as well...but it really is not an issue. The Shift handle in the drive position makes it a clear view to the map. Its really easy to see actually. I was surprised, as I thought I would be leaning over a bit to see it...but my eyes can just look down, and the map is right there. Its pretty nice.
I was looking down there very time the stupid coolant sensor would chime anyway.

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One other note for those interested...volume.
The volume on the GPS is (to me) adequate.
I tried it out last night...and set a destination. The voice was audible...but I needed to turn down the radio to hear the directions every time it instructed me to turn. Not really a big deal...but I thought I would let those interested know.

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Nexus 7 is going to be a pretty sweet fit - bit of trimming, bit of filling, re-cover.
GPS, Torque OBDII, music, handsfree, porn on the move... that's a N. Irish (RHD) driver's side visor with the mirror ripped out BTW, hence why it might look the wrong way round. I'm going to put a magnet in the headliner so when I flip the visor up, it puts it in sleep mode. Works perfectly on a trial of 3 weeks with it just held up there using rubber bands.
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post #11 of 21 Old 05-02-2013, 11:27 AM
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Excuse my filthy shop floor...
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That nexus 7 integration...that sounds cool
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I wonder if a GPS with Bluetooth through a Bluetooth equipped radio would solve the volume dilemma. I have been thinking about doing this as well out of boredom.
Glad signal was not an issue, maybe I will get one and set it down low and test for accuracy.

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The nexus does GPS through my Bluetooth radio great - just a bit deafening if you have the music up!
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That nexus 7 integration...that sounds cool
Yeah, I'm going to sort it so I can take it in and out easily - it's still my tablet I use all the time!
And you could pretty much surface mount it if you wanted to - there is plenty of space between visor and headliner. Flip up the visor, Nexus hidden. There is 12v to the vanity light so all you need to do is gut a car charger and put it's tiny circuit board inside the visor as well.
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