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Has anyone installed an overhead video system in their X? Do you think it's do-able? I cringe :evil4: at the thought of cutting into the headliner. I want to do it for the kids but I'm torn between that and configuring something in the back that will hold my laptop.
 

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Dude, have you considered busting video monitors in the back headrests? That's relatively inexpensive. Or even better, buy one of those 7-10" portable DVD players and rig it up to your armrest in the center console. That way they can see everything that's going on and you can concentrate on driving. That's another cheap idea.

If you're still thinking about having it fold down from the ceiling. It's cool, but it's gonna cost you for sure.
 

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Man the guys at the shop told me that in Ohio at least it can't be visible to other vehicles while driving. So overhead and headrests are out... Unless they lock out with the car in drive. Or only work when in park you might say. They said anything below the bottom of the windows can play. Here, they can get a fine for installing it in a customers car improperly so they know. Check the local laws for sure.

I like the Arm rest Idea. There is also plenty room in the backs of the front seats, that way you are only out a seat cover that can be replaced.

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bluzfan said:
Has anyone installed an overhead video system in their X? Do you think it's do-able? I cringe :evil4: at the thought of cutting into the headliner. I want to do it for the kids but I'm torn between that and configuring something in the back that will hold my laptop.
No problem...the hard part is making cutting the trim on the dvd player so that it will fit the form of the roof. Also you don't need to cut a big hole only about a 4" in diameter hole depending on what unit you go with. As far as laws concerning video check on it from your local stereo shop. In MN you can have screens anywhere as long as they are not visable by the driver while driving.

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this is actually the "new venture" I'm undertaking so if you wait a couple months I'll have some flip down monitors installed. I was going to keep it a secret, but I didn't want someone beating me to the punch!
 

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Damn, drop down monitors Playboy? That'd be pretty sick. Are you going to have cable/internet installed too?

Bluzfan, peep this site out dude, it will give you some more info if you want a laptop setup in your ride:

http://www.airdesks.com/CarDesk.asp

I still think it's kinda pricy ($169) I think...you could buy a 8" DVD player and fit it in the armrest and strap it down with velcro or a tie. It should fit in there pretty snug without anything though. My main concern would be sound quality. If you're gonna have it played through stock speakers on the player (weak), have an audio line out jack to speakers (better) or wireless headphones for your kids (best), if you don't want to hear their Barney tape playing for hours, you can still listen to music while driving. Was that a run on sentence or what?
 
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