Fitting a double-din unit
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While it’s sad that the Defender is no longer in production, you don’t have to look too hard to realise that, even towards the end of its run, it was very outdated.
One thing that appears on the options list of almost every car today is built-in satellite navigation. The 60th Anniversary SVX was offered with a Garmin unit that perches on the dashboard; and the 70th Anniversary V8 Works has a satnav integrated into the head unit, but the tiny screen is useless. Run-of-the-mill Defenders weren’t offered with satnav at all.
Upgrading the stereo system (known as the head unit) comes with several benefits. Firstly, changing to a double-height unit (known as a Double-din) allows a much clearer display, which is safer when on the go. Because of the larger screen, a proper satnav can also be integrated, so you won’t need to keep sticking a standalone one on the inside of the windscreen. It also looks a lot more modern and sleeker than the Lcdscreened single-din.
The unit we’re fitting features GPS satnav, which needs an extra receiver fitting to pick up the vehicle’s position. Because GPS signals are so strong nowadays, the receiver can be tucked away out of sight inside the dashboard, keeping the installation neat and tidy. The unit can also take an input from a rear-view camera, so we’ll probably fit one of those in due course.
Obviously, fitting a head unit twice as tall as the original means it’s not a straight
swap as the switches need to be relocated, but installation is fairly simple thanks to Britpart’s dedicated facia and bracket kit.
Martin has been there, DIN that