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So I was planning on saving for an in-dash navigation unit but after some research, prices were a bit high for me. Not to mention, I wanted to keep my awesome blue LCD. (UNavi is really nice, but more than twice my budget :wtc:)

Total cost of this project for me was $175~

What you will need:
1. JY Custom LCD Re-Locator, there are two models, I bought the cheaper unit which cost about $75~ on Gmarket Korea (the old one requires some cutting but it is also about $65+ cheaper) I actually didn't like the new model so that was a plus for me :)
2. Basic tools, common sense, and a dremel (not a required tool, but suggested)
3. Magellan Roadmate 1700 (or any other 7+ inch GPS unit) I chose the Magellan because they were $100 at Amazon (refurbished) and this project was basically an experiment for me.

Instructions:

Disconnect the battery.

Get started by taking off the shifter plate.
If you have a M/T, taking the shifter plate is really easy, just reach in the middle after you take off your shift boot. Pull it out!
If you have an A/T, you need to wedge in a flathead (cover it with painter's tape to avoid scratching) and pop out the shift plate. You might have a little difficulty, but just keep working at it! You won't break anything :)


Take off the shift-knob by turning it counter clock wise.
Also take off your shift lock release tab and move your shifter to "D"


Pull! Again, you won't break anything.


Disconnect all the wires off the faceplate of the Audio/HVAC controls. Also disconnect the hazard lights and the passenger air-bag indicator.


Grab a flathead, and pop off the clips.
Pull the awesome blue LCD unit out and disconnect the cable.


You will need to snip off the wire that holds the cable that goes to the awesome blue LCD (this cable needs to go all the way down. Cut the first two plastic tabs that hold the wire.) Cut off the two plastic tabs as seen in the picture. (I cut them off before taking pics)


Take off the screws that hold the radio unit, pull out the unit and move the wire that leads to the blue LCD downward. (red circles mark where the screws are located)



Install the blue LCD where your DC power was, I don't have pictures but it's very easy to figure it out.
Also take out the DC power jack, you'll need to re-use it when installing your GPS unit.

The JY Custom bezel comes with a 7-inch bezel but it was too big for my Magellan 1700. I had to cut out a piece of thin black plastic and cover the bottom. You can leave it as it if you want. (The red arrow points to the piece which I made)


Cut the bottom portion of the top plastic cover by 1.75~ inches, you will need to cut off the two front clips as well. It doesn't need to be cut cleanly as the new bezel will cover it up. (You'll see what I mean when you start working on it!)

After you secure the GPS unit to the bezel, take the two white tabs off and place them on your new bezel.

Lastly, before placing your shift plate back on..
You will need a thin piece of plastic that deflects the plastic which comes out of the shifter when you park your car (It's hard to describe, you'll know what I'm talking about when you start working on it.) Here's a picture of what I did to solve the problem.


Put everything back together, make sure everything is plugged in.


IMO, this is the cheapest way to have an in-dash navigation unit. Hope you guys find this helpful!

Update: Took some pictures, snowed all day hence the horrible pics.








Video of the Magellan doing a route recalculation
Video of start-up / messing around with the unit
 

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So I was planning on saving for an in-dash navigation unit but after some research, prices were a bit high for me. Not to mention, I wanted to keep my awesome blue LCD. (UNavi is really nice, but more than twice my budget :wtc:)

Total cost of this project for me was $175~

What you will need:
1. JY Custom LCD Re-Locator, there are two models, I bought the cheaper unit which cost about $75~ on Gmarket Korea (the old one requires some cutting but it is also about $65+ cheaper) I actually didn't like the new model so that was a plus for me :)
2. Basic tools, common sense, and a dremel (not a required tool, but suggested)
3. Magellen Roadmate 1700 (or any other 7+ inch GPS unit) I chose the Magellen because they were $100 at Amazon (refurbished) and this project was basically an experiment for me.

Instructions:

Disconnect the battery.

Get started by taking off the shifter plate.
If you have a M/T, taking the shifter plate is really easy, just reach in the middle after you take off your shift boot. Pull it out!
If you have an A/T, you need to wedge in a flathead (cover it with painter's tape to avoid scratching) and pop out the shift plate. You might have a little difficulty, but just keep working at it! You won't break anything :)


Take off the shift-knob by turning it counter clock wise.
Also take off your shift lock release tab and move your shifter to "D"


Pull! Again, you won't break anything.


Disconnect all the wires off the faceplate of the Audio/HVAC controls. Also disconnect the hazard lights and the passenger air-bag indicator.


Grab a flathead, and pop off the clips.
Pull the awesome blue LCD unit out and disconnect the cable.


You will need to snip off the wire that holds the cable that goes to the awesome blue LCD (this cable needs to go all the way down. Cut the first two plastic tabs that hold the wire.) Cut off the two plastic tabs as seen in the picture. (I cut them off before taking pics)


Take off the screws that hold the radio unit, pull out the unit and move the wire that leads to the blue LCD downward. (red circles mark where the screws are located)



Install the blue LCD where your DC power was, I don't have pictures but it's very easy to figure it out.
Also take out the DC power jack, you'll need to re-use it when installing your GPS unit.

The JY Custom bezel comes with a 7-inch bezel but it was too big for my Magellen 1700. I had to cut out a piece of thin black plastic and cover the bottom. You can leave it as it if you want. (The red arrow points to the piece which I made)


Cut the bottom portion of the top plastic cover by 1.75~ inches, you will need to cut off the two front clips as well. It doesn't need to be cut cleanly as the new bezel will cover it up. (You'll see what I mean when you start working on it!)

After you secure the GPS unit to the bezel, take the two white tabs off and place them on your new bezel.

Lastly, before placing your shift plate back on..
You will need a thin piece of plastic that deflects the plastic which comes out of the shifter when you park your car (It's hard to describe, you'll know what I'm talking about when you start working on it.) Here's a picture of what I did to solve the problem.


Put everything back together, make sure everything is plugged in.


I'm going to edit this post and word it better later on when I have the time.
Currently tired and sleepy :rofl:

IMO, this is the cheapest way to have an in-dash navigation unit. Hope you guys find this helpful!
FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! this is EXACTLY WHAT I've been wanting to do! ive posted everywhere in regards to the magellan 7" with a BEZEL... you finally did it first, now i can learn what complications there was. PROPS TO YOU:bowdown:


i got a few questions:
how was the fit on the type A bezel with the GPS?? (do you think it would work with the Type B bezel?)

any downsides to the unit? such as poor reception? reflection? sound?

also, PLEASE POST MORE PICS, EVERY ANGLE POSSIBLE, LOL:D
 

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Does everything still work? Does your Magellan talk through your system? Nice work dood!:bowdown:
Everything works, the awesome blue LCD is just re-located.
The GPS isn't connected to the car's speakers, Magellen turns on when the car is turned on and turns off when the car is turned off.

and thank you :)

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! this is EXACTLY WHAT I've been wanting to do! ive posted everywhere in regards to the magellan 7" with a BEZEL... you finally did it first, now i can learn what complications there was. PROPS TO YOU:bowdown:
i got a few questions:
how was the fit on the type A bezel with the GPS?? (do you think it would work with the Type B bezel?)
any downsides to the unit?
also, PLEASE POST MORE PICS, EVERY ANGLE POSSIBLE, LOL:D
I was wondering the same after seeing the LCD-relocator on here for the first time! Thanks to the wonderful GenCoupe.com community :)
As you can see, I had to make a little plastic piece to cover up the ugly Magellen. The fit is near perfect with it!
I looked into the Type B bezel but it seems like you have to cut the insides of the dash, and I didn't want to do that.. someone also mentioned that the Type B bezel only works with extremely thin units and I didn't want to take any chances.
The Magellen 1700 is almost perfect for me, no downsides to the unit at all.
I'll update the original post with lots of pics in the daylight tomorrow :)
 

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someone also mentioned that the Type B bezel only works with extremely thin units and I didn't want to take any chances.
The Magellen 1700 is almost perfect for me, no downsides to the unit at all.
I'll update the original post with lots of pics in the daylight tomorrow :)
are you sure? i've heard the type b allows a ticker unit behind the dash since the screen sits further away from the dash, as opposed the the type A (which is settled deep inside the dash)

also, see my post again, i added a few questions with an edit


also!

anyone please chime in if you know....are the TYPE A VS TYPE B (are the cut outs where the GPS goes both 7" or is one 6")
 

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I have no clue, you're probably right though! I also didn't like how the Type B looked from the side.. Type A flows with the car.. or something like that?

and the reception is good, not sure about reflection since I installed it at night and also not sure about sound since I always have it muted..
I'll check on those things tomorrow and get back to you :)
 

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lol seriously... you have no idea how many times i visit the "interior" section of this site JUST TO SEE IF SOMEONE DID THIS MOD lolol

feelsgoodman ...going to start getting my stuff ready to do this DIY
 

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sweet did an awesome job
 

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Thanks guys! :D
Also added more pics
Day-light pics / video will be posted when the weather clears!
 

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Very nice work, I may just follow your lead on this soon as I have the 3.8 RSPEC so no indash Nav for me.... at least not yet. :D
 

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Very nice work, I may just follow your lead on this soon as I have the 3.8 RSPEC so no indash Nav for me.... at least not yet. :D
ive been trying to do this mod since i got my gen in 2010, lol however id like to use the Type B ...but its like pulling teeth to get one. OP just suggested he may be able to help since he has a way of ordering.

however.....worst comes to worst, ill use this Type A bezel, since its readily available on ebay. The more i look at it the more i like it
 
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