Fit­ting a dou­ble-din unit

Up­grad­ing your De­fender’s in-car en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem un­locks a whole new world of func­tion­al­ity. Here’s your step-by-step guide to achiev­ing it

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We show you how to get this top up­grade

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

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