Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD) (1 Viewer)

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GASP.
I did it.
All the other threads about others with stealth displays finally made me get the motivation and conquer the fear of installing it into my display.

First, I took it down with a little pushing, pretty easy to get off.
Then I got it inside and found my old milliamp spedger-dealy I've had floating around for ages (came with an old phone for taking the display out), and popped open the outside, pretty easy really.
But THEN, I was faced with:
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DUN DUN DUN!
It's one solid block! :negativeman-55f:



After some eyeballing, I figured out I could separate the glass from the backing by very carefully pulling them apart while the adhesive slowly let go...

Then I came to:

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Well, there's definitely no way I'm getting that LCD out (even though I don't use it because I have an aftermarket rosen system)... BUT THERE'S SOME SPACE ON THE PASSENGER SIDE!

So, being the genius that I am, I decided to grab my dremel and some trusty 3M tape, and put it inside the hole so I could keep myself from accidentally dremelling into the board. I did a bit of eyeballing first to make sure I could make the LCD fit.

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And with my trusty dremel from the stone age, I slowly made progress...

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Until at last, freedom was in sight!
I then took the backing off the 3M, so it would be sticky, made sure everything lined up right...
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It fits! Yay!

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After putting it up to the glass I realized I needed to trim some of the stuff off the back, so I got that done with a utility knife and slowly cutting it a bit, the pried up the corner and used my fingers to get it off, then of course some vigorous scrubbing with a lens cleaner wipe.

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Then I dremeled a hole for the wire (wire just simply isn't long enough to run through the body of the mirror, and I wasn't about to try to shove the control box even further into my dash, the ONE cable that's too short is the darn display, the rest are ridiculous)
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And then put it all together to get one of the coolest, super stealthy installs of an STI-R+ ever done on a truck :]

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I'm really happy with how it turned out, this forum keeps getting me to do crap I would normally pay out the wazoo to have someone else do, it feels great!
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Difficulty level? I'd actually say it's moderately easy. Just work slow, and it'll come out great :iia:
 
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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

Nice work!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!
 

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Wow, well done! I've never done anything like this and have been a little hesitant to even attempt it, but you make it look really easy! I'm glad to hear it wasn't too difficult to do. :)
 

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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

WOW That is slick!
 

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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

I see you went ahead and went for it! Nice work!!


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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

That's it! I'm in for an STi-R Plus. Beautifully done, my good man! Is that also an auto-dimming mirror?

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Yup, I believe so. It's got what appears to be light sensors on the front and back and there's power wires running around the frame of the glass.
 

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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

Ya, that is just too sweet looking man. Time for me to step up. Looks like the little lady will be rocking my 9500ix sooner than I thought!
 

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I honestly feel strangely naked without my 9500ix, it's like separation anxiety, I've had it over a year and I know it's tones and have trained myself for them, and the STI-R+ has different sounds and a male voice. I keep being afraid I'll miss them because I'm not used to hearing them xD

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I'll probably feel better when I put them both up and do some long range testing. I know the STI-R+ is better. I just need to get used to its alerts.
Wish beltronics would let us swap the voice pack/sounds for the 9500ix's
 

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Nice work
 

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That's brilliant! Like the way you wrote the story in nicely with the pics.
 

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great job! Thanks for the pics and write-up. You make it looks easy!
 

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I honestly feel strangely naked without my 9500ix, it's like separation anxiety, I've had it over a year and I know it's tones and have trained myself for them, and the STI-R+ has different sounds and a male voice. I keep being afraid I'll miss them because I'm not used to hearing them xD

---------- Post added at 03:47 AM ---------- Previous post was at 03:46 AM ----------

I'll probably feel better when I put them both up and do some long range testing. I know the STI-R+ is better. I just need to get used to its alerts.
Wish beltronics would let us swap the voice pack/sounds for the 9500ix's
A year! How about 7 years with a 9500ix (started as a 9500i).
I love the clear voice on the 9500ix. Tough getting used to the new tones and lame voice. The "X" alert sounds too urgent.

Thanks for your write up. I'm not brave enough to hack open my 2014 Jeep GC Mirror. Maybe when it gets a few years old.
 

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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

Sucks you still have X in your area. Price out a new mirror for your car and decide if you can afford to replace it :)

Slow and steady, I'd really say it was rather easy all things considered.
 

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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

Sucks you still have X in your area. Price out a new mirror for your car and decide if you can afford to replace it :)

Slow and steady, I'd really say it was rather easy all things considered.
Jaguar, great work! I see you did this a little over a year ago, how is the brightness in full daylight? With sunglasses on?

I ask because I have a Ford Mustang that has the same mirror glass (but no rear camera display in the mirror). 2 pieces of glass with a top and bottom wire for auto dimming. I successfully mounted an Escort 9500ci display in the mirror behind the glass, and it looked GREAT... at night... on max brightness. During the day it was way too dim to see, even on max brightness... and with sunglasses on, forget about it.
I was prepared to remove the silver backing from the mirror to enable the display to shine through brightly, but I found that the silver backing was between the 2 pieces of glass. Pretty sure I would have shattered the mirror if I tried to separate the glass, so I had to remove the display from the mirror, or not use it at all during the day.

I imagine that the red display is naturally more visible than blue, but just wondering if it's dim during the day? Can you read it easily with a glance? Do you need to always keep it on max brightness?
When I took pictures of the display during the day, the pictures looked like it was visible, but in actual use, it was not.
 

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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

I can read it easily during the day, but I don't usually wear sunglasses because I need regular ones to see :D
I'd imagine it'd be fairly difficult to see with sunglasses on, but overall I've been pretty happy, and with the V1 combo with YaV1 I just look at my phone first.
And yes, it stays on max brightness all the time.
 

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Hey, I'm working on something very similar for my V1 CD. I got to the scratching the backing off part and it looks like there's some small sections of the backing that won't come off and become clear. Here's what I mean:



Does it just require a ton of scrubbing with a wipe?

Also, with yours, during broad daylight with (hypothetically) your sti-r display off, will you see mirror where it is, or the black display? My goal is to make it so that when the CD is off, my mirror looks like a normal mirror. I was thinking of just using some one-way mirror film I have laying around.

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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

The heck have you done to that mirror :D

Grab some goo-gone and see if that helps. If you have one-way mirror film, just strip the whole thing off with a razor blade and put like a piece of paper in the area you want it, then cut around it.

I don't get enough light in my truck to see the display, but even shining light on it I'd never know it was there without it on.
 

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The heck have you done to that mirror :D

Grab some goo-gone and see if that helps. If you have one-way mirror film, just strip the whole thing off with a razor blade and put like a piece of paper in the area you want it, then cut around it.

I don't get enough light in my truck to see the display, but even shining light on it I'd never know it was there without it on.
Hmm, it's weird because it seems like it's a part of the glass. I'll try some Goo-Gone and see what happens. I think I'm gonna put some of that mirror film there so that it still acts as a mirror when it's off because when I put the CD up to the window area, there was no mirror stuff there.. it just acts like a window in that section. So that means that when I have it off, you'll just see the CD right through the glass, which is exactly what I don't want. Perhaps with the more sophisticated auto-dimming mirrors, the glass acts as a one-way mirror itself, then the silver backing provides more mirror..? I guess glass with silver backing is all I get for a $15 autozone universal replacement mirror.
 

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Re: Installing an STI-R+ Display in a Rear View Mirror! (2011 F-150 w/ Backup Cam LCD

Beautiful work.
 

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