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  #151  
Old May 8th, 2007, 06:23 AM
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Very nice DJ. I dig it. That is something I need to do as well. Tired of the plastic dash mount action I have.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by hochung
John, time to call up Ed Sanman?


I love that ash tray install. Were I going to mount a GPS to the top of the dash, I would copy that system.

However, that doesn't solve my problem. My GPS would be right on top of my 706, and to me that looks dash sexy.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 12:54 PM
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cmon John, sexy is good.
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  #154  
Old May 8th, 2007, 02:57 PM
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I don't think the two items would elevate you to "sexy" status. Especially if you had the GPS intermittently installed.

Besides itís an inexpensive investment. If you dislike the approach then ditch it or better yet sell it. The other route you seem to be contemplating requires vast and irreversible modification to the dash & will still leave you with out navigation beyond the city limits.

For anyone else that might be interested I could conjure up a complete list of item required to build the mount. Just let me know.
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  #155  
Old May 8th, 2007, 08:46 PM
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Um, I'm waiting DJ...

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Old May 8th, 2007, 09:28 PM
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I'm on it Marchand!

I've got some left over hardware and a piece of aluminum you can have too. I'll source the plastic tomorrow (Ed purchased it).
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  #157  
Old May 9th, 2007, 06:17 AM
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You rock. Thanks.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 05:47 PM
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Old May 10th, 2007, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by johnlee
I love that ash tray install. Were I going to mount a GPS to the top of the dash, I would copy that system.

However, that doesn't solve my problem. My GPS would be right on top of my 706, and to me that looks dash sexy.

Agreed.

I had that very same ashtray mounting system in my Defender, it looked fine until i installed the 706 on the rear window switch console. With the 706 face in the rear window switch console, the GPS looked hideous mounted there.

I removed it and re-installed the ashtray.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 09:50 AM
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Really?

I wouldn't of thought that the two would conflict. They seem so minimal compared to many of the atrocious set ups I've seen in the past.

You don't happen to have a pic of the GPS/706 action do you?
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Old May 10th, 2007, 12:55 PM
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I can't agree with that Bruno. The biggest eyesore I think with my dash install is the location of the GPS. As always, their are things I might have done differently. But with this I didn't have the forethought to place it where the ash tray is. I certainly feel putting it there a-la DJ would make it 50% better than the adhesive disc on dash thing.

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Old May 10th, 2007, 07:23 PM
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David, i actually prefer that your GPS is slightly offset from your 706. The ashtray mount is nicer though.

Even though i had my GPS mounted using the ashtray hole (like DJ), i couldn't stand the way it looked once i installed the 706 face on the rear window switch console.

It just didn't look right to me stacked there on top of the 706 face.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DJ Menasco
Really?

I wouldn't of thought that the two would conflict. They seem so minimal compared to many of the atrocious set ups I've seen in the past.

You don't happen to have a pic of the GPS/706 action do you?

DJ, i don't have a picture.

I decided the GPS had to go when i held the 706 face up to the rear window switch console. It looked bad to me, so i removed the GPS without even thinking of taking a picture.

I didn't like it, so i removed it.

It may look fine to others and in that case, it's all good.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 10:00 PM
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That's cool. I just wanted to see what it looked like, but Marchand had one handy.

So what did you end up doing with the GPS?
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  #165  
Old May 10th, 2007, 10:25 PM
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well I bit the bullet and bought the Gamin made Kenwood unit. I was able to pick up the hide away unit new on eBay for $318. Since I tore out all my aftermarket electronics in an attempt to clean everything up I decided to update the GPS. To buy just the new DVD would have been $450, so I figured this was a better solution. I am still keeping hope alive that the new unit will allow me to enter GPS coordinates.

I won't be installing it for another few weeks so I'll keep you posted as to how it goes.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 05:11 AM
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I see what you are saying Bruno. Makes sense.

Interested to see the Sheki nav.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 07:40 AM
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You and me both... fingers crossed that'll be an improvement
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Old May 11th, 2007, 07:54 AM
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Did you take a pic of all the wiring you pulled out?
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Old May 11th, 2007, 10:11 AM
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no, I thought about it but I didn't want any evidence.

Truth is I just wanted to get it done. I'll take pics of the new install though
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Old May 11th, 2007, 12:11 PM
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David

What's the model number of the Kenwood you just purchased?
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Old May 11th, 2007, 01:36 PM
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Old May 11th, 2007, 02:28 PM
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Damn this is a tasty thread.. I need to read everything and get caught up. Seeing some interesting stuff but also have some additional thoughts to toss in.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 02:28 PM
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Thanks Dave. I just wanted to get a peak at the next round of the ShekiNav
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  #174  
Old May 11th, 2007, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by DJ Menasco
So what did you end up doing with the GPS?

DJ, i replaced it with a GPS 18 receiver.
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Old May 15th, 2007, 09:30 PM
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I think we might need to do a practical test like this one

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