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I started a post a while back with some basic details of the Dual Climate control and the problems associated with removal of the stock head unit. Only some of the problems are mentioned in that post as I have since discovered a few more technical issues, but mainly with the complete removal and replacement of the Climate control/LCD display board.
I have found a way to retain the existing board but without the huge and mostly redundant screen and still allow climate control display with a small aux LCD.
Yes it can be done but it will not be an easy DIY for most people.
I will be removing the stock Head unit/LCD and Climate control unit within the next four months. I intend to post every step that is needed (with pictures) in order to retain the Climate control and get display information back.
The biggest problem still pertains to the poor quality and look of any aftermarket fascia to replace the stock unit. The only solution that I can see is to modify the existing fascia or make your own as other have done. Thatís another DIY that will put this conversion into the too hard basket for most of us.
At least with an Audio or double din install there is an (unattractive) aftermarket alternative. In my case I am fitting a 7Ē LCD and Car-PC and that rules aftermarket out completely. NOTE: Using a second hand navigation head-unit, even an incomplete one, is way too expensive and itís not what Iím after anyway.
BTW. For those who missed it, the Link a few posts ago appears to have information on a Y harness that will allow the existing head unit illumination to operate with an aftermarket unit in the lower slot.
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