Headrest Monitor Install

Headrest Monitor Install Guide
If you see a headrest monitor displayed installed in a headrest at StompAudio.com then that's the way it ships to you. All you will have to do is pull out your original headrest and replace it with your new monitor headrest. There are a few wires to hook up still but no reason to cut up or alter your original.


A headrest monitor should not be confused with any type of portable, rv or 12 volt tv. While the headrest monitor will allow the input of an external digital TV tuner, they themselves are not a 12 volt tv.

Running cables will require the removal or partial removal of interior trim panels in your vehicle. All system component grounds should be connected to the same location (this will help prevent unwanted engine noise). The + 12 volt power for all system components can be made at the fuse block using an "add-a-circuit fuse" which can be purchased at a local auto parts store. The "add-a-circuit fuse" is an easy way to add an additional fused circuit without cutting into any wires. A five amp circuit should work for most systems. Disconnect the vehicle negative battery terminal before making any power connections.


The A/V cable gets run from the LCD Monitor to the video source. One end of the A/V cable has a DIN connector that plugs into the short A/V cable that comes out of the LCD Monitor. The other end has RCA connectors for left/right audio and video that will connect to the DVD,VCR or game. The video input may be located on a small junction box attached to the A/V cable. Depending on the application and monitor the audio cables may not be used. The red and black power wires in the A/V cable get connected to a switched 12 volt source. You may want to add a connector for the power leads if your seat is removable.

Note: Maybe Pick up a used headrest to practice on before cutting your own.

1. Installation will vary from vehicle to vehicle ? headrests are not standard - the following installation is just one example.
2. The LCD Monitor kit consists of the LCD screen assembly and headrest mounting housing.
3. To release the LCD screen from the housing, slide the flat plastic key on each side of the monitor between the monitor and the housing. If the plastic release key is not included with your monitor any thin flat tool will work.
4. To install the LCD monitor into the housing insert the LCD screen into the housing and press on the edges until the clips click into the locking position. Do not press on the LCD screen.
5. The vehicle headrest will have to be cut to install the LCD screen.
6. Remove the headrest and set it in an uncluttered work area. Take appropriate precautions to ensure that it is not damaged during the installation.

Make your Measurements: Push on the headrest to make sure there are no obstructions that would prevent installation and to determine, if possible, how deep the metal support bracket is located. Mark the area to be cut on the headrest, use the back side of the housing as a template.

Carefully cut the headrest using a sharp blade.Start your cut from one inside corner and cut diagonally across. Repeat the procedure for the other two corners. You will end up with an "X" CUT in the template area. DO NOT REMOVE THE HEADREST OUTER UPHOLSTERY MATERIAL AT THIS TIME. The material will trimmed and folded back in for final installation after you remove the foam.

Carefully peel back outer covering and start removing the foam inside the headrest. Cut to the depth required for the headrest housing you have. Stay 1/4" inside from the edges and remove just enough foam so that the housing will fit snug. Insert the housing during the cutting to measure the fit and make adjustments as required.

Trim headrest outer covering material, leave 1/2" to 3/4" material arround the edge to be folded in when the housing is installed. In this application the headrest foam was removed down to the metal bracket because the bracket was only 1/2" deep into the headrest.

Secure the plastic housing to the headrest using screws through the metal support. Drill holes in plastic housing if required. Drill a 3/4" hole in the metal support to allow the A/V cable to pass through. NOTE: if the metal support is deeper into the headrest you may not have to drill a hole for A/V cable.

A little reluctant to cut into or replace your factory headrests? There are some really cool televisions that will plug into your cars lighter socket and do not use a power inverter (internal or external), they run purely on 12 volt dc power straight from your cars battery. They use very little power and many include a built-in dvd player. Just like your flatscreen at home, they have all the hookups that allow use as a pc monitor, coax cable input, usb, sd and more.

So if you're just a little leery about cutting up or replacing headrests in your car, we definitely recommend checking into a 12 volt TV. These are available in sizes from 13 through 32 inch. So, great for tailgating too. Way better than a headrest monitor! Another great resource for the 12 Volt TV for RV category!

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