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Just installed a Garmin DriveSmart 55 GPS unit into my 2007 FJ. I purchased the truck used three yeas ago and it came with the OEM GPS unit installed. All I did was buy the same old GPS unit on eBay for $15. I gutted the electronics, sanded the curved face off flush, cut the mounting ball off from the Drive55 mount and glued/screwed into the new mount. The Garmin power cord was fished through and hardwired in. The GPS unit is easily removed for safe keeping and the new mount folds in just like the OEM unit. And the OEM unit retains 100% functionality. The OEM unit is no longer supported by Garmin and this was a nice alternative. The pictures show the mount installed before the carbon fiber cover is glued on and flat charcoal grey paint is applied. Works fantastic. At 5’8”, I can easily see over the GPS unit and catch the front of the Blue hood. The heigth and fit is perfect. The picture angle below does not depict my visual angle. Having your GPS reference right in front of you instead of having to look down and away at a cell phone or center console is a huge benefit.


Backup Camera - really easy. The shop I went to took a Compustar Momento C3 HD/Night Vision license plate camera, removed it from the rail, and mounted it inside the center of the rear wheel tire bracket. The power cord was fished through the top of the vinyl rear door cover, through the washer grommet, and hardwired in. My power head is a Pioneer unit. The setup works fantastic and for a total cost of $250, well worth it!!

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Just installed a Garmin DriveSmart 55 GPS unit into my 2007 FJ. I purchased the truck used three yeas ago and it came with the OEM GPS unit installed. All I did was buy the same old GPS unit on eBay for $15. I gutted the electronics, sanded the curved face off flush, cut the mounting ball off from the Drive55 mount and glued/screwed into the new mount. The Garmin power cord was fished through and hardwired in. The GPS unit is easily removed for safe keeping and the new mount folds in just like the OEM unit. And the OEM unit retains 100% functionality. The OEM unit is no longer supported by Garmin and this was a nice alternative. The pictures show the mount installed before the carbon fiber cover is glued on and flat charcoal grey paint is applied. Works fantastic. At 5’8”, I can easily see over the GPS unit and catch the front of the Blue hood. The heigth and fit is perfect. The picture angle below does not depict my visual angle. Having your GPS reference right in front of you instead of having to look down and away at a cell phone or center console is a huge benefit.


Backup Camera - really easy. The shop I went to took a Compustar Momento C3 HD/Night Vision license plate camera, removed it from the rail, and mounted it inside the center of the rear wheel tire bracket. The power cord was fished through the top of the vinyl rear door cover, through the washer grommet, and hardwired in. My power head is a Pioneer unit. The setup works fantastic and for a total cost of $250, well worth it!!

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I'd love some details on the H/U install for sure. I'm wanting to do the same (H/U & backup camera) soon. Cheers!
 

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Hey Rocketman,

I'm in the early stages of researching which H/U and camera to go with. Thanks for the details on the camera and where it was installed. You said your H/U is a Pioneer? could you give the model number? Also, if you could point me to any resources you used to pick your H/U it would be great.

Cheers from Vancouver BC!
 

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The unit ai have is the Pioneer avh3800bhs. It came with the truck and not sure if it’s available anymore. It’s a descent unit but I am sure there are better units out there. Ken Wood makes a really nice unit. i am old school and still prefer units with manual turn knobs especially in the northern climates.
 

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The unit ai have is the Pioneer avh3800bhs. It came with the truck and not sure if it’s available anymore. It’s a descent unit but I am sure there are better units out there. Ken Wood makes a really nice unit. i am old school and still prefer units with manual turn knobs especially in the northern climates.
Thanks! I definitely prefer a physical knob for volume and power on/off or mute.
 
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