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How to Install Car Video Products

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by: Gary Brikowski

There are many options to consider when choosing a DVD receiver for your vehicle entertainment system. You can mount a separate DVD receiver under your seat. Or you can mount a flipdown screen with a built-in DVD player to the roof of your car. Another option is setting up an in-dash DVD player. Some in-dash DVD receivers include a built-in monitor and follow the same installation procedure as in-dash car stereos. If you are planning to add GPS navigation to your vehicle, an in-dash DVD player with a built-in monitor is likely the best choice in terms of compatibility and ease of use. Regardless of whether or not your head unit includes a built-in monitor, to create a complete entertainment system, you will want to add flipdown monitors, headrest screens, and sunvisors monitors.

  • Installing Headrest Monitors

Headrest monitors provide entertainment for passengers, especially on long road trips. We offer separate LCD monitors that can be mounted onto the front seat headrests with adjustable mounting brackets. For the ultimate convenience, check out our replacement headrests that come preloaded with screens for easy installation. The headrests come in a wide variety of colors, materials and textures, giving you plenty of options to choose from to find the perfect match for your vehicle’s interior design.

Connect the headrest wires, which run down through the seat, to the switch box. For video display, simply hook up the switch box inputs to the outputs of an in-dash DVD player (or separate component DVD player). Next connect the DVD player to a set of speakers, press play, and enjoy the show.

  • Installing Flip-down Monitors

Flip-down overhead LCD monitors are the biggest car screens that are available. Though they are large, their flexible flip-down design allows you to fold the monitor up and out of the way at your convenience. Some even include twin dome lighting to help illuminate your vehicle. 

To install a flipdown LCD monitor to the roof of your vehicle, you will remove the interior panels and drop the vehicle’s headliner to remove the dome light. Always be careful when you are removing panels during installation. Some panels use screws and plastic plugs while others can come off by simply using a panel removal tool or flat head to pry them loose. To remove door scuff plates just pry the edges until the clips release. Be sure to check for screws. Seat belt pieces and kickpanels can be pried off the panel, just remove any bolts, screws or plastic plugs.

Cut a hole through the headliner and run the monitor’s wires through the hole. Pull the wire down alongside the passenger side post. Slide the mounting bracket through the dome light opening, and connect the cable to the monitor's input. The headliner will hold the monitor in place. Remove the passenger seat, and cut a small hole in the carpet and run the cable underneath the carpet and through the hole to connect it to the switch box. Run the remaining wires to the fuse panel in order to draw current to the monitor. Stash the hanging wires behind the dash, using wire ties to keep them organized and out of the way. Check to see if everything is functioning properly before reinstalling the panels.

  • Overhead Monitors with Built-in DVD Players

For the ultimate entertainment package, check out our overhead LCD monitors that include built-in DVD players. These combos simplify the installation process. We also offer separate overhead monitors, which require additional wiring for video and audio output. Just like any monitor, you need to hook up their inputs to the outputs of an in-dash DVD player (or separate component DVD player) to generate the video display. To generate audio, you run the player outputs to a set of speakers, and just like that you will have a first class entertainment system on wheels.

Be sure to look for systems with built-in wireless FM modulators and infrared transmitters. These allow your passengers to use wireless headphones, affording you peaceful silence on the road.

Tools Required for Car Video Entertainment System Installation:

  • Wire Stripper / Crimper
  • Socket wrench set
  • Screw Drivers (Flat head, Phillips)
  • Drill
  • Pliers
  • Panel Removal Tool
  • Knife
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