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Old 07-23-2011, 07:32 AM
tomsz tomsz is offline
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Mein Auto: 2012 BMW 328i
7" Lilliput motorized dash NAV and display for X3

Installed a 7" Lilliput EBY-701 display using an RC retract servo and made-from-scratch console replacing the factory glove box on the dash top. The good thing is the glove box can be put back within 5 minutes, and the only modification was the removal of a half inch piece of plastic inside the dash cavity that does not effect anything and not visible.

The servo for now is controlled by a basic stamp and miniature push button switches, but will be triggered by power ON/OFF input later. Alternatively, one may use a cheap $5-10 servo controller or some other means of motorizing the monitor.There is just enough clearance for the monitor that it clears the glove box.

The frame was built from plexi-glass and some white plastic cardboard looking sheet, both from Home Depot. The leather-look covering is soft and good quality and very closely matches the original cheap looking plastic glove box's color.

Using Acer One in main glove box tapped into fuse box above it, and Delorme GPS (installed right next to display inside dash). Ran all wires down next to A/C duct directly to main glove box.

Took many hours to tweak it, so prepare for the long haul.

Installed Ride Runner (formerly Road Runner) with voice control.Navigation is laptop based with Street Atlas 2001 and IGuidance 4.0 native to RR. Working on IBusRR interface to control from steering wheel.

Here is the display in operation before install.

Here is operating in the dash (needed little tweaking at closing).

Here is a link to all the pictures and two videos.

Last edited by tomsz; 07-23-2011 at 08:36 AM. Reason: Want to attach photos
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:35 PM
GTBecker GTBecker is offline
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Nice, if lots of, work! Do you have the touchscreen working? Is the screen firm when up? I-bus for the steering wheel? I thought it's on the K-bus.
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:06 PM
tomsz tomsz is offline
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Yes, touch screen works, it's solid, but

The touchscreen works, no modifications were done to anything. Because of the retract servo, there are only two positions, either up or down. It takes some adjusting to get the linkage right to open and close at the right angle. Retract RC servos have great holding power, so the screen stands firm. I think BMW uses a step-motor in the factory setup, and I would recommend using that instead for better calibration of the up/down angles.

I am still figuring out the IBus setup under Ride Runner or separately with NavCoder, the info came from the Mp3Car forum.
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