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In Dash Android Nexus 7 Install

I'm pretty new here but I thought some of you might be interested in my radio upgrade. My truck came with a tape player, which I new I needed to get rid of quickly. After looking at the current stereos in the market, I decided to install a Nexus 7 in my dash so that I could have music, nav, movies, and the Torque app all in one place. I took some pictures during the install to document it.

First off I started with a first gen Nexus 7 tablet. After rooting it, I installed Timur's USB ROM. This allows the tablet to power external usb devices and is perfect for for a fixed installation.

First I installed a power port off of the switched radio power wire and added a usb charger.


Connected to the tablet is an otg usb Y cable. One half goes to the power port, and one to the usb hub I mounted behind my glovebox


Also seen in the previous picture connected to the hub is a USB DAC. I wasn't thrilled with the sound quality of the Nexus' headphone out, so I routed the sound through the DAC with much better results. The DAC is connected to a 4 channel amp under my seat.

I welded up a plate to mount the tablet to


After generous amounts of dremeling, the tablet mounts cleanly behind the dash. A few daylight shots (note install an anti-glare screen protector)






night shot


The screen automatically turns on with the ignition key. When the truck is turned off it enables airplane mode and goes to sleep so that the battery doesn't drain.

I've still got a few bugs to work out, but so far I'm really happy with it. Hopefully this helps someone out, I couldn't find any info on someone doing this to a Superduty when I was planning the project.
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I might consider this.. Any more pics of how you mounted the tablet?
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How big is the screen?

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Would it not fit in front of the dash trim?

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That's been on my list todo's but I've got a lot of other stuff ahead of that. Nice work.

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How big is the screen?
The screen is a 7" Nexus Tablet
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Would it not fit in front of the dash trim?
Having it behind the dash trim does two things...1. It shields the screen from light to make less of a glare. 2. It hides the cables going into the tablet
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I might consider this.. Any more pics of how you mounted the tablet?
None currently, but I'll take some pics next time I have the dash apart
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