EDIT: One of my first posts and I made a typo on the subject line! Damn
Since this weekend has been **** weather wise up here, thought i'd share with everyone what I spent last weekend doing.
After seeing Merick's fantastic install of the photo frame in place of the naff standard TID, I thought about doing something similer but without having the dilemma of deciding what to display on it!
I looked at my Tomtom One (the original one) and immediately thought about hard wiring it in place of the TID in my Vectra-C.
So here's a bunch of images - and if anyone is interested in doing this mod i'll be happy to help (if I managed it then it couldn't have been hard!).
Also I must appologise if I mess up the image uploads, i'm still a n00b around here
Heres a view of the (97% finished) product
Close up of the switch added to ease turning the sat-nav on and off.
View from driver seat
To solve the issue of accessing the SD card, there is a USB lead plugged into the unit behind the dash and drops behind and up through the ashtray - and as I dont smoke the ashtray will actually start getting used - so all that is needed to upgrade the maps/Speed camera warnings is the ol' Laptop.
To help the GPS signal, I got an external antenna from eBay for £7.99 (with p&p). This plugs in the unit and goes along the front of the dash to the passenger side fusebox, where it goes up the pillar and along the top of the windscreen, all under the trim so the wires are completely hidden - and is stuck to the back of the interior mirror.
Still need to find (or make, if I could be bothered) a decent silver Vectra splashscreen, but this will do for now.
And final close up showing TT version details.
The only reason I haven't shown behind the scenes is because when I finally got it back together I didn't have the energy to pull it apart again! But I will do at some point an take some pics. The sat-nav is wired to the back of the cigar lighter which means the existing one still works.
So what does everyone think? Would appreciate thoughts/idea's on it - all thats left for me to do is get a sheet of matte plastic to cut the frame out and replace the glossy vinyl thats in there at the minute.
Other than that, id eventually like to do something about the speaker placement as its a tad muffled coming from behind the dash!