Outfitting your ride with a headrest monitor for backseat entertainment is definitely a good idea. This add-on won't just keep your backseat passengers entertained while you're in a long-distance travel, but it will also increase your car's resale value. However, the cost of the monitor and having it professionally installed is enough to make you think twice.
Why worry about the installation cost when you can have the monitor installed all by yourself? Here's a step-by-step guide in mounting the monitor into your car's headrest:
What you'll need:
- Utility knife
- Masking tape
- Measuring tape
- Contact cement
- Phillips screwdriver
- New headrest monitor kit
Step 1: Take out the headrest.
Installing the monitor will definitely be a lot easier if you will remove the headrest from the seat. Simply press the button on the base of the headrest to release it, pull it up, and bring it to your work table.
Step 2: Mark the mounting point.
With the measuring tape, get the dimensions of the inner outline of the monitor's frame and transfer your measurements on the headrest. You can also choose to trace the inner dimensions of the frame using a pencil and end up with a rectangular drawing on the headrest.
In some cases, you may need to assemble the frame or shroud first before you can get the frame's measurement and create marks on the headrest.
Step 3: Make the necessary cuts into the headrest.
Using a utility knife, make a cut into the headrest. Start from approximately 1/2 inch from one corner of your rectangular mark to 1/2 inch from the opposite corner. Do the same on the other side until you end up with an .X. cut in the middle of the rectangular mark.
Carefully slit the .X. (not the rectangle mark you've made) and pull the headrest cover back. Tape the cover to expose the inner material or stuffing of the headrest. With the utility knife, make the necessary cuts from the stuffing until you're sure that the mounting brackets will snugly fit into the headrest.
Step 4: Install the headrest monitor.
Position the monitor's frame into the headrest and push it into place, removing as little stuffing or foam material as possible. The monitor should fit snugly into the stuffing even without adhesives.
Once the headrest monitor has been installed well in place, peel off the tape from the headrest cover and tuck the flaps underneath the edges of the monitor.
Apply a small amount of contact cement to glue the flaps to the foam. Put some adhesive on the rear part of the bracket and depress it against the headrest to secure it in place. Give the contact cement and the adhesive some time to dry according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Step 5: Run the wires of the headrest monitor.
Put the headrest back into its place and start connecting the monitor's cables. You can run the wires either through the headrest bars or along the sides of the bar, down the cover at the back of the seat, up to the video inputs. Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to connect the wires to the monitor.