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Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee


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scoobyxj 
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Posted: June 24, 2007 at 5:06 AM / IP Logged  
Some time ago I snagged the trip computer, and over head console for my 2000 Jeep Cherokee. However I have one of those "Shelf It" overhead shelf in my Jeep so I couldn't use the whole console. One day after tinkering around with the dimensions of the actual display I come to the conclusion that if I moved the single din aftermarket headunit down I could fit it in above the headunit. So here are come pics of the install.
First I modified the mounting bracket by cutting the bottom mounting tab off it so it would set as low as possible in the dash.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Then I cut a notch in the top of the bracket so the display could sit as low as possible.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Next I cut a piece of smoked plexyglass that will sandwich between the CD players mounting cage and the front of the mounting bracket.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Here is the three pieces laid out ready to go together.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
What it looks like ready for the actual electronics to be mounted.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Here is the display removed from the actual trip computer circuit board.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Now all soldered back together.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Mounting the trip display to the mounting bracket.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
Originally I mounted the circuit board to the top of the whole thing using a piece of bent scrap plexy so the compass would set level.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
After realizing it wouldn't fit I desoldered the compass from the main board and glued it to the top level, and put the board on the side. with my iPod controller on top.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
In the end a "cap" on the board wouldn't let it fit that way either. So I moved the circuit to the top laying flat with the iPod controler behind the glove box. One of the wires I used to divorce the display from the board has an open in so one of the display segments is interment, but other that that is seems to work great. One other thing is it's hard to see from the drivers seat because the trim bezel blocks your line of sight. I have thought of swapping the components places, but haven't messed with it as of yet.
Custom Trip Computer in a Jeep Cherokee - Last Post -- posted image.
spookiestylez 
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Posted: August 02, 2007 at 9:49 PM / IP Logged  
cool idea, needs a a little work though
rtfm
ranger svo 
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Posted: August 03, 2007 at 9:01 PM / IP Logged  
Yes but its creative, and creativity is a lost art. Great work
The moving power of mathematical invention is not reasoning but imagination.
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tubbs04 
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Posted: September 04, 2007 at 3:07 PM / IP Logged  

Looks great too me.. I wish I had the know how to complete that....

...don't crush the weasel...

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