In dash Navigation Systems?

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Has anyone installed a aftermarket double din indash navigation system like the Alpine TME-M770S touch screen with the Alpine NVE-N872A GPS computer. Just wondering how it fit in the dash and if any modifcation was needed.

I saw a fuzzy photo of a dealer in Texas who installed a kenwood double din nav unit but could not tell what if any extra dash work was done.
 
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Right now I have a Lowrance Global Map 100 hand held I plan on installing with a mount. Later when I have more time I plan on getting a large screen Lowrance unit to go on the dash or thereabouts. Of all the GPS units, I have had the best experience with Lowrance in heavy cover, so that is my GPS of choice.

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I've had good luck with my Magellian Meridian Platinium. I'd buy another, but get color this time. The magellian mount works great and is easy to move from one vehicle to another. I have the topo maps loaded and they are pretty detailed. The Rubicon shows up turn for turn.

The Maggie also works better under cover than the Garmin eTrex Legand I owned.
 
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Right now I will make-do with my hand held Lowrance GM 100, but I am going to buy a dedicated GPS for the Cruiser, the Lowrance 480C which I will most likely mount to the left of the steering wheel. There is a big open space there begging for an instrument!!
 
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Gps

I went for a Garmin Street Pilot and mounted it just to the left of the steering column. The Garmin has a touch screen making it very easy to use. Not much good if you go off-road and for that I stand a Garmin Etrex by the windscreen, works fine.
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I bought A TomTom , at the moment I just let it lean against the frontwindow, because of the rubbery dashboard it sticks nicely to it's place. The remote is very handy while driving. I also store 20 Gb of music on it that connects to the aux to the car stereo. The spoken indications also go through the car stereo that way.
 
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Avic Z1

I had the new Pioneer AVIC Z1 installed, it is amazing, and it fits great. they had to make a black plexi frame around it, but it is so thin that you can't even see it.
This unit has great IPOD management as well, I wired the adapter to the drivers dash box, very clean and neat!
Navigation is amazing, almost no glitches, with Navtraffic from xm satellite, it actually shows you highway traffic info in real time, and it really works!!( does not show traffic for state roads or secondary roads, just major highways.)
It has a cool customizeable backgroud feature, and you can upload your own pictures, I took a closeup of the dash dots and use it as the background on the screen, it looks totally factory that way!!
The audio is simply the most awesome stereo system I have ever heard!!
Backup camera and bluetooth phone will be installed next week
This thing is too much!!
Love It!:bounce2:
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I'll add this thread to the FAQ, hopefully we can keep adding more interesting ideas :cheers:

Mustang5, that Garmin turned out unusually well. Nice use of the flat dash area.
Too bad it doesn't have offroad function. Can it do "breadcrumbs"?
 
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mustang5 said:
I went for a Garmin Street Pilot and mounted it just to the left of the steering column. The Garmin has a touch screen making it very easy to use. Not much good if you go off-road and for that I stand a Garmin Etrex by the windscreen, works fine.
Does the suction cop hold in that possition, or did you attach it in some other way.
Thanks
Mike
 
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Street Pilot Mount

Sorry to take so long in answering, I have been up north.
To mount the suction cup I first applied a square of 3M headlight protector. The suction cup gripped that and hasn't fallen off in over a month. I tucked the wire in the gap between the steering column and the panel then plugged into the cig lighter. I like the location, its easy to use the Garmin and it has no trouble getting satelites.
 
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The TomTom 910 I got is HORRIBLE! The mount doesn't remain in place, The TomTom needs up to 15 minutes to find it's position.. The car charger doesn't connect well and the unit gets disconnected (and restarts every time) from power every bump or 2.. Apparently these problems are not just mine, but very common with the new 910...
 
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Just read this thread.
Later as in after I get my FJ, still has not been built, I will be looking at double din stereos.

The new Eclipse 6600 has DVD nav, and also a DVD slot for your movies, your MP3s ripped to DVD, and of course plays CDs in that slot too.
The nice thing is since it has 2 DVD slots, you can leave the map one in all the time.

I may go with it, or a separate unit like a Tom Tom and get the Alpine W200.
No nav on that unit, but it controls yous iPod which is very cool, and it also plays movies on a 6.5" screen.

Here is the link to the Eclipse one.

http://www.eclipse-web.com/6600index.html

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-d0OU3lsu23o/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?search=eclipse+6600&i=099AVN6600


 
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That Eclipse unit looks pretty awesome. I wonder what kind of map is shows when your tires go off the pavement in places like Big Bend National Park..... ie: trails etc. Looks really nice for street nav, but I would wonder about off road use.

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The Pioneer Avic-Z1 seems to have all of the items the Eclipse has in addition to having the capability of Bluetooth connectivity for cell phone to allow handsfree use. The navigation is hard drive instead of CD.


I guess the benefit of the Eclipse is you could play 2 separate DVD's and route the output to 2 separate screens so 2 kids could each watch their own thing.
There is a good writeup on Eclipse install in another thread on this site, but I am wondering if anyone has posted a Pioneer AVIC-Z1 install anywhere.
 
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