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2008 LR2 After Market In-Dash Navigation

I've been scouring the web for nearly a year looking for the best option to upgrade my 2008 LR2 SE. I was sad that it didn't come with a Nav System, but that's what I get for buying it used.

Along the way I have seen some interesting suggestions, but none suited my fancy...that is, until one day several weeks ago I saw something posted on another forum (for another make/model car) about someone who installed a new Magellan Roadmate 1700 (the one with the 7" screen!) into the cubby hole on their dash board. Since they were modifying a Lexus, I wondered if the same might be possible with my Landy.

In my pondering, I was wandering around Costco this morning and saw that they were selling the Roadmate 1700 for around $180 (huge price cut) and so I jumped at the chance.

I'm pleased to say that it worked beautifully. Photos to follow with instructions.

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LR2 with dash board cubby.

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The first thing you have to do is to pry the speaker cover off. Start at the top...

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...and lean it towards you to remove.

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this is what you'll be left with.

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You need to remove the screws that are on the top - there are 4 of them. Two of them hold the cubby in place, two of them hold the fascia in place.

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Remove this cover...

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...and remove these screws.

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With your fingers, separate the fascia by pulling out and toward you. You may have to pull both sides at once.

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You'll need to detach the wiring harness and remove the whole fascia.

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These are the two pieces of the fascia.

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This is the Magellan Roadmate 1700 right out of the box. I recommend that you leave the plastic protector on the screen until after you've finished installation.

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On the inside of the fascia, you'll need to break off (or grind off with a Dremel) several small plastic pieces that get in the way of the GPS screen sitting flush with the bezel.

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Grind these down...

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Once these are ground down, insert the GPS into the hold from behind and situate it, square it up however you like it.

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I used two part epoxy to permanently glue my unit to the fascia.

While the GPS is drying, work on the wiring.

I chose to plug in a 12v/10a extension into the fuse box underneath the glove box, and I used the adapter that comes with the Magellan to power the unit from there. I also attached the USB cord to the unit and left it dangling into the glove box so that I could update the GPS unit from my laptop when new firmware is available. Ultimately, how you choose to power your unit is up to you - but I recommend that whatever power source you choose, you should find one that turns off with your car. The Magellan 1700 DOES turn on/off with the car! It's awesome.

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wow

looks great! I'm looking for something that fits just like that too but for DVD and mp3/i pod audio.
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nice work !!!
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Very Nice...
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Magellan 1700 has A/V input underneath
Perhaps it is possible to also leave a cable under the dashboard for further use as a monitor for DVD, PC or Back-up cam... or pretty much anything.

How is the GPS satellite signal reception from that position...?
The generous sunroof helps but does it hold lock?
Voice volume?
I was trying to mount mine over, on top of everything but there is really only one way to do it and it is your way, congratulations

How detailed is the joint on the screen perimeter... ?
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That same unit has A/V inputs @480i (composite)
Video from iPods goes directly in. I'm thinking about a Macmini...
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I didn't leave a "pig tail" on the A/V receiver because I had heard that the Magellan firmwear does not yet support A/V input. However, if it does support the input, I think it's a great idea!

The screen perimeter is decent - you only lost about 1mm on each side (give or take), but the unit sits flush, and that's a good thing.

Reception has not been a problem - it locks onto the satellites without much trouble (the sunroof is a plus!) - but I must say that I'm not overly impressed with how accurate the positioning is (a well known problem with the Magellan 1700). I'm usually about 1/2 a block off, in terms of positioning.

This mounting really only takes about an hour...

let me know how it works.

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If this is working flawlessly you may have just saved me a ton of cash.

Will this void any warranty?
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How is the volume on the GPS unit after the install? Can you hear it well or is it muffled? I might try this...great idea.
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Also could you go more in depth about the hardwiring? Did you use a female adapter, which fuse did you use, etc? Thanks...Awesome job though...I love it.
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Hi,

Thanks for posting it. It is very helpful. I have a 2010 LR2 and was wondering if the dash board cubby size has changed from 2008 model year.
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wow, i am getting a LR2 very soon, and i'm thinking of not even getting the tech package because this set up is so good. Does anyone know if this will void any of the warranty?
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Finally someone figured out the easiest way to resolve that ugly hole in an otherwise amazing car. I am going to try to get this done today. Can't wait until 5pm
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The hole really ruins the interior for me, but with this solution, I am really have a hard time spending the extra cash on the tech. package when I know this will probably work better. lr2NYC please post some pictures when you are done with the install.
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