How Do I Mount a Flip Down Monitor?

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How Do I Mount a Flip Down Monitor?
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A flip down TV is an electronic accessory that is typically mounted to the roof of a car. Flip down monitors are an ideal way to bring the entertainment of a television into your own automobile. Roof mounted or overhead flip down LCD screens are the biggest car screens that are available for installation in a vehicle. Their design allows them to be larger than most other car monitors because they can be folded up when not in use.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Standard and Phillips screwdriver
  • Marker
  • Edge ruler
  • Wire cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Electric drill
  • Electrical tape

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  1. 1

    Remove the dome light on the roof of your car if it has one installed. Use a pick or a screwdriver to remove the dome lens through the small square hole that indicates where to pry off. Next, use a screwdriver to remove the screws of the dome light cover on the roof. Expose the dome light wiring after polling the cover off the roof. Feel around your roof to find a reinforced metal sheet so that the monitor can be securely fastened.

  2. 2

    Take the mounting plate and place it on the roof and align the mounting plate in your desired spot. Use the ruler and measure all four corners of the mounting plate. Draw an outline of the mounting plate on the roof and mark the screw holes using the marker for mounting the monitor plate later.

  3. 3

    Use the box cutter to cut out the headliner. Carefully move along the outline that you marked with a steady hand. Take extra precaution when cutting to avoid damaging any wires or tubing that belong to the car roof.

  4. 4

    Look at the roof for a support brace or cross brace from the car. If you find none, you can glue wood rail to the roof of the vehicle using silicone. Use the electric drill to holes into the support brace. Get the drill bit that is the appropriate size for the screws that you will use. Drill the mounting plate into the support brace using the screws provided.

  5. 5

    Use the equipped wiring, and take the mounting bracket through the headliner opening, finally connecting the cable to the monitor's input. Secure the mounting bracket with screws. Run the wire down alongside the passenger side post. Now using wire that is provided, connect the wires from the dome light to the appropriate wire. Use of electrical tape to connect or fasten all wires.

  6. 6

    Put away the wires that you just connected. Using the electric drill, carefully screw the monitor into the ceiling making sure that you do not tighten the screws to a point that they bore into the plate.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use tape to make sure the mounting plate is put in the desired spot once you fasten it.
  • Do not drill into any wiring or factory tubing in your car.
  • Do not place the monitor in any area that can impair your driving or near airbags.

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