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Overhead flip down monitor installation instructions and resources - Learn how to install a overhead car dvd player in any vehicle

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Figuring out where to put the monitor on the headliner

Pic 1: Surveying the area where you want to mount the monitor. In many vehicles with sunroofs they have a dome light where you will want to place the monitor. Make sure that you have an area that is flat. Make sure to check for a roof support that will carry the weight of the monitor by placing your hand in between the sun roof slider and the headliner. Check to see if you can feel a metal support. It usually looks and feels like corrugated card board with ridges and valleys.

Removing the dome light

Pic 2: Removing the dome light to check for reinforcement. Another easy way to check for a reinforcement plate is to remove the dome light To remove the dome light, you will need to use a pick or a small screwdriver to remove the lens. The lens is market with a small square cutout that indicates a place to pry against. You can also check your instruction manual for dome light bulb replacement for better removal instructions.

Removing the dome light lens cover

Pic 3: Pulling the dome light lens cover off. Some dome light covers have a plastic retain clip that holds them in. Using your pick, just unclip the lens clip to remove the dome light lens cover.

Pulling out the dome light

Pic 4: Pulling the dome light down to expose the the dome light wiring. Use your pick to carefully pry the dome light from the headliner. Once the dome light is removed you will want to check for a metal reinforcement plate. The metal sunroof reinforcement plate is where you will attach the monitor mounting bracket to the vehicle.

Locating the metal plate to mount to

Pic 5: Locating the metal reinforcement plate. Looking through the dome light hole should expose the sunroof support bracket. This is the bracket you will screw the monitor bracket to. As you can see in this picture, the metal plate is a reinforced with a series of bends. The bends make the metal plate roughly 1/4 of an inch thick. When mounting the monitor bracket you will want to use screws that are shorter than the height of the reinforcement plate.

Placing the mounting bracket and preparing to cut

Pic 6: Placing the mounting bracket. Place the mounting bracket on the ceiling of your vehicle in a location that will firmly attach it to the sun roof reinforcement bracket. You will want at least a 2 - 3 inch overlap so that you can install at least 4 to 6 screws to firmly attach the mounting bracket.

Cutting the headliner

Pic 7: Cutting the headliner for firm mounting. When doing installations locally, we always cut the headliner, this ensures the monitor mounting bracket attaches firmly to the sunroof support bracket. Many people have just attached the monitor mounting bracket sandwiching the headliner only to discover that the monitor will bounce as the vehicle moves down the road.

Drilling the bracket

Pic 8: Exposed sunroof support bracket. This picture clearly shows the sunroof support bracket. As you can see, we have left two to three inches exposed to ensure the monitor bracket will attach firmly to the factory sunroof support bracket.

Screwing in the bracket

Pic 9: Tapping and drilling the factory sunroof support bracket. Before drilling or tapping anything, make sure to check behind the surface you are drilling. Make sure you are not drilling or screwing into factory wiring or plumbing. To prevent damage to the vehicle roof we place the monitor mounting bracket above the surface you are drilling to prevent accidental damage to the vehicle roof. Make sure to use a drill bit that is the appropriate pre-drill size for the tap you are using. We generally use a 10-24 machine screw tap and drill.

Final wiring and installation

Pic 10: Complete all your final wiring and mount the monitor. Enjoy your road trips!

Pic 10: Here is a video documenting a full installation of a overhead dvd player in a vehicle with a sunroof. As you will see it is very similar despite being a totally different vehicle.

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