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After seeing ChrisNo10’s install of the tablet in his rig, I wanted to have something like that in mine. I was able to find most all of the information I needed to complete the install, but it was all over the place. This led me to want to document what I did to help other owners.
I purchased the following items from either fleabay or Amazon. Some of them I missed, like the antenna adaptor and RCA cables and had to stop work for a couple of days while I waited for the needed parts to arrive. Here is a list of the items I used.

Backup camerahttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071R3HJ6Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Antenna adapter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007WQ8XY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s
00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Powered Sub https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BO8O9XQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
You will need a set of RCA cables to make this work.

Tablet
Universal 7inch 2DIN Android5.1 car Stereo MP5 GPS Navigation Bluetooth16GB WIFI

Other things you will need:
100 feet of 14 GA speaker wire, I didn’t use that much but a smaller spool would not be enough.
Single DIN cubby to fill the hole from the old radio if you want the space, or you can leave the old radio in place as Chris did.

Thanks to Marty for the work he did here. https://www.rangerovers.net/forum/attachments/range-rover-mark-ii-p38/9671d1334791305-info-p38-alpine-dsp-amp-connections-wiring-p38-premium-stereo-wiring.pdf

Connector C0491 Section Z6 pg 42 in Rave (used for the pin locations to double check my work)

I began my install by removing the radio, cd changer, dsp amp, and the floor trim down the left hand side of my rig. This included the load space trim, kick panel and trim under the steering wheel for proper access. I then used a dremel to remove enough material from the dash so the tablet would fit.

Once this was done I used a Permatex Plastic Welder epoxy to fix the tablet in place and a touchup pen for wood floors to help clean up the surface of the wood surround.



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I did not want to remove the door cards so I ran speaker wire from the tablet to the DSP amp connector and connected to the speakers there. While I was doing this I ran the wire for the backup camera and the RCA connections for the amp as well. The sub is connected to the factory wiring for the DSP amp and comes on and works well. It is installed where the factory sub was located and is covered by the interior trim that covered the CD changer. It is not an overpowering sound, but is a good compliment to the rest of the system.
The GPS antenna is stuffed up under the dash as close to the windshield as possible and works great there.

The backup camera is wired to the spare connector in the left hand rear by the taillight with the positive, ground, and reverse all coming from that connector. (Connector C1358) I chose to put the backup camera in the removable plastic cover of the rear bumper in case I ever wanted to replace or relocate it. The backup camera I used is adjustable so I was able to adjust it as needed.

I did not do anything to connect the steering wheel controls as I didn’t think I needed them, but the volume control on the tablet is a little clunky so I will likely add it in the future. Another error I made was in forgetting to connect power to the antenna so I did not have AM/FM radio which has since been rectified.

Currently I am planning on getting some wood burl veneer and attaching it to heavy plastic sheet so I can match the area where the old radio was as closely as possible to the rest of the interior. I probably will be replacing the old factory speakers sooner rather than later as a couple of them are bad.

The finished install looks decent, works great, gives me blue tooth phone and music, phone charging, radio, GPS and all other sorts of nice things.


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Nice work Bob. At this time my dsp is fine and I have a GROM BT unit which gives me the hands free phone and music from my iphone. Of course at some point it will fail and it's nice to see the possibilities. I really like what you did here.
 

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I did not install either temperature display or OBD function. By temperature display I assume you mean engine coolant temp which would be very intriguing to do. Not sure where to get started on that though!
 

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If the tablet has Bluetooth, which if you are using it for a phone it will have, get yourself an ELM Bluetooth OBD dongle. Then you can plug that in and run something like Torque.
 
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