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04-10-2012, 11:53 PM #1
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Trying to run a direct wire to GPS with minimal dash drilling - 07 Silverado Classic
I've got a 2007 Silverado Classic that I've mounted a TomTom XL350 on the dash. I have a direct wire adapter and need to poke the wire through somewhere without drilling too much of a hole. Everything is pretty tight and I don't see anyplace to sneak one through without it hanging down-like from the bottom of the dash. I want as little wire as possible showing or where one of my little ones would snag it. Anybody done this?
04-11-2012, 01:01 AM #2
What about in the back of the little cubby hole to the left of where the gps is currently mounted in the pictures?2011 Silverado 1500 Z71 4x4 Crew Cab
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04-11-2012, 01:21 AM #3
Hey bud.. as you've already got the thing mounted right behind that trim.. why not just notch a small piece out right by where the mounting bracket is? I have seen them run through vents before.. but yours is kinda right in the middle and that would look kinda ridiculous.
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04-11-2012, 01:47 AM #4
Engage the parking brake, shift the truck into D1, pop the dash bezel off, and tuck the wire from the Tom-Tom into the seam space behind the bezel ... and neatly route it from the Tom Tom and from the cig lighter to its resting location. Replace the dash bezel, shift the truck into park, and disengage the parking brake and you're done. 10 min operation if you have never done this before. 2-5 min if you've pulled the bezel before and know what you're doing. No drilling or cutting required.
The GPS wire should be able to come through from the dash to beneath the bezel, as well. You can work/route it from within the glove box area up to where the HVAC controls are and get it under the bezel from the HVAC control area openings. ... and again route it to the Tom Tom under the seam the bezel covers. This will add to your time but not substantially. Note that the HVAC controls are held in by a pair of 7mm hex-head screws and 4 pressure clips you can depress with your fingernails or a small screwdriver. It should be a simple harness plug or two if you want remove the HVAC controls entirely while working in the area. You could also pull the stereo head unit (usually 3 7mm hex-head screws if you want to work with a larger cavity to route the gps wire through in order to get it out and under the dash bezel. Your call on which/why.
If you do both you'll get a very clean GPS wire and cig plug wire with no cutting/drilling.
Last edited by SurrealOne; 04-11-2012 at 01:54 AM.
04-27-2012, 05:35 PM #5
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Here's the follow-up pic. I pulled the dash (and broke a $8 special order retainer clip) and put an auxiliary plug in there. I drilled a 1" hold in the top of the cubby hole and ran the traffic receiver/wire out from there. I ended up buying an XL550 so I don't have to keep switching them out from my work car to my truck.
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