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I am gutting my Titan and going to Dynamat the entire cab, install new Kenwood dnx-6960 headunit with gps, sirius, ipod, bluetooth, back-up cam, kenwood 6.1" lcd's in the headrests, polk audio db6501 components in all four doors and dash, jl 300/4 and 500/1 amps and a jl stealthbox with 2 10's and remote bass knob. i'm still waiting on one amp and my headunit to show up (should be here tomorrow) so i decided to bring my headrest in last night and see what happens. i've never done any headrest monitors on my own, so i was a little nervous when it came time to wield the razor blade, but i have done plenty of reading and it wasn't nearly as hard as i thought. I took my time and measured many times before each cut, and was still done with the first one in less than an hour. Didn't get to the second one yet, but let me just say, if you are considering head rest screens and want them to actually MATCH, you can do this on your own if you are even halfway handy. Anyway, here are a couple of pics and I will continue to update this thread as I progress on my install. At this point just the monitor is mounted, the wiring isn't done yet.


Headrest is cut and the foam picked out in the shape of the bezel.



Monitor is mounted and very sturdy....ready for power and a video source!
 

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looks good! keep the pics coming!
 

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Thanks. I still have the other head rest to do and if there is interest, I will take more pics and detail the process for anyone that may want to do this themselves.
 

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Looks good. Its gonna feel 100 times better once your done knowing that youve done it yourself.
More like 1kx better because you know its done right. And if it fu#ks up you know to to blame........... YOUR SELF.
 

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Subcribing... I need some idea's for some audio. :)
 

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subscribed!! i want to make my truck the one people envy (if they don't already lol)
 

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OK guys...just finished the second head rest and this one was much easier and only took 45 minutes and that was stopping to take pics and also i had to reattach the bracket three times to get it perfect. Here's the detailed info with pics:


Remove your stock head rest and take it inside where its easier to work.


I noticed on mine that the stitching was not perfectly aligned around the headrest so i did not want to use it as a reference for leveling. I did try to center the monitor between the vertical seams, but for the horizontal line to start with, i put my headrest posts on a flat surface and used a level while holding the bracket in place (three hands helps with this part). I used a pencil and just made a line all the way across the top of the bracket. Also make sure to account for the lip of your bracket to make sure everything stays between the vertical seams or else you won't be able to get it to look recessed.


Using the template that should have come with your monitors, hold it in place and draw an X from corner to corner, leaving about 1/2 inch from going all the way to each corner.


Now take a deep breath and use your box cutter or utility knife to cut on your X. Pull the four triangles of cover back and out of the way.


Using your template again, take your blade and cut out the box for the screen bracket. I cut mine about 1/4" smaller than the box all the way around just to be on the safe side. You can always trim out more, but you can't put it back :) I have found that with a box cutter and the blade all the way out, you can put the blade all the way in and cut. This will cut the foam about 3/4 to an inch deep. Then just pick out the middle of the box with your fingers. It doesn't have to be perfect, but once again, try to make it level, try your bracket fitment, then try more if its not right. Don't get too aggressive too soon.


Keep removing bits of foam from the bottom and sides of your foam square until you can put your bracket in the hole (with the triangles of cloth folded back in), and it takes a little force to get the bracket to recess inside into the cloth. This is also the point where you want to make sure you hole is as level as possible on the bottom. Its ok if it doesn't make contact with the foam all over, but the main thing here is that you want to be able to get the entire bracket to recess into the cloth without bending or warping in one corner, otherwise your screen wont sit flush or may not snap in at all.


Once you're satisfied with your cutout, its time to prep your bracket. The good thing about the method i used is as long as your monitors came with flush mount brackets, these instructions are universal. Mine are Kenwood models and they have a plastic flush mount bracket. The brackets for mine came with 4 holes drilled, one in each corner. We are going to use zip ties to secure our bracket to the seat, so what you want to do is drill another hold about 3/8" to the inside of the existing holes. If your bracket has none, then obviously you will want to drill two holes in each corner. Make sure the holes are horizontal. Also, very important....make sure that your holes are big enough so that the head of the zip tie can pass through it easily. Here's my pic of my finished bracket and also the pic with the ink pen pointing to the holes i made.



Now what you want to do is get yourself some zip ties that are at least 8 inches long, preferably longer. You will want to take your finger and poke a hole in the foam until you can feel the seat bar in each corner of your cutout. You will need to poke a hole on either side of the bar in each corner and fish a ziptie through the holes and behind the seat bar in each corner. make sure not to let the ziptie get twisted. For me this was the hardest part of the head rest install. Just keep working your finger and get the foam to pull away from the seat bar and you will eventually be able to fish your ziptie through. The good thing is the foam is pretty good about going back in to place. Don't hesititate to pull a big chunk back to get your fingers in there, just make sure you don't rip it all the way out and it will go right back when you're done. Leave the zipties poking out about halfway in each side.


Get your bracket in place and get each zip tie started but not tightened down. The longer zip ties you use, the easier this part will be. Make sure you have ran your cable for your monitor through the bracket and out the bottom of the head rest along the bar. You will then want to start cranking down the zip ties, a little at a time in each corner until you get the angle and depression into the headrest that you want. Keep in mind the seat bar is closer to the back of the seat the lower it goes, so at the bottom of the headrest you will want to get those lined up first. Pull in the top ones until the bracket is just where you want it.


Once you have the bracket in just the right place, cut the excess of the ziptie off close to the head and push the head into the holes we drilled. This way the screen can snap into place without being obstructed by the zip ties.


Now you just pop your monitor into the bracket and you're ready to tackle the rest of the install.





This is probably as far as i'm going to get until this weekend. I'm going to try and do the rest of the install this weekend which means stripping the cab down to the metal and dynamat'ing, running cables, headunit, etc. If anyone has any questions so far let me know!
 

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The screens are Kenwood 6.1" and they are touchscreen. You get both screens and the control box to add inputs in the box and i got it on amazon for $299. The price fluctuates on amazon but its $339 right now and to me thats a great price for everything plus a well known brand. i have yet to even power them up so i can't comment on their clarity or functionality yet... here the are on amazon
 

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Great Write Up.

How are you going to run the wiring down to the bottom of the seat?
Honestly I haven't even looked at the rest of the seat, I'm going to do that this weekend when i pull them out to dynamat everything. From what i can see the seat cover come apart at the bottom with a plastic clip just like the one in the bottom of the head rest, so I will probably make a small hole next to the seat post clip and just run it down the back of the seat under the seat cover.
 

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Yes the plastic along the bottom of the seat comes apart, it is a pain though and you should be able to just snake the wires all the way down. Are you doing passenger side too? That side is even easier, at least on my truck it has the plastic panel on the back and you can just pop that off and run wires. Good luck with the install. Post up some more pics as you do dynamat and other stuff. Also what are you planning on dynamatting and how much are you planning on using?
 

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Real good job and nice write up. This has the making of a really good thread.
 
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Nice work!
 

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Yes the plastic along the bottom of the seat comes apart, it is a pain though and you should be able to just snake the wires all the way down. Are you doing passenger side too? That side is even easier, at least on my truck it has the plastic panel on the back and you can just pop that off and run wires. Good luck with the install. Post up some more pics as you do dynamat and other stuff. Also what are you planning on dynamatting and how much are you planning on using?
I am doing both sides and I took a closer look at my seats this morning and they actually unzip in the back, so it should be pretty easy to get the cables down to the bottom. I am for sure dynamatting all four doors and the rear wall, as well as the floor under where my stealthbox will be firing. I may do the entire floor depending on how much it takes. Right now i have two big boxes of dynamat that is the 'trunk kit'. I think it is 32" x 5 feet so I will probably get at least two more of those.
 

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Real good job and nice write up. This has the making of a really good thread.
Thanks...I'm thinking since I am doing pretty much every a/v mod you can do, all at one time. I can document the entire process and hopefully this can be a one stop thread for anyone wanting to do one or all of the mods and we can all learn from each other.
 

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Nice job. keep the build pics coming.
 

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I want to see how this plays out. I assume since they are just monitors you have to contect them to a DVD source? Is that going to be your head unit? Are you able to add a 2nd source to that they can watch 2 different programs? I defenately want to see the final product.
 
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