I deleted my radio quite some time ago, so for me, this was a quick and painless change. If you are a music lover, you can turn back now.
If you prefer high performance badassery, by all means, continue reading.
So I have a piece of black aluminum diamond plate that covers the hole in my dash where my radio used to be. My stock radio (with nav) weighed in at a whopping 7lbs and change, so it never really had a chance. I’d been meaning to install my Trinity t-1000 in there, but the way it had to be mounted up was going to make it a job of work, so I put it off. Eventually, I ended up getting a Trinity T2. The Trinity T2 uses a different mounting system, and so I went ahead and got off my lazy kiester and got it installed.
Lets get started!
First things first, decide where exactly you want the trinity to be. Bare in mind that the new mount does not center on the trinity, but is actually off to one side, so going dead center on the mount location will mean you have an off center Trinity T2 install.
I ended up taping some silver tape along the center line where I wanted the mount installed, and then using a sharpie to outline the edges of the mount. I had to take a drill bit and score the screw locations, because my sharpie would not fit.
Once that was done, I started by drilling out the holes, and test fitting the mount. After I confirmed that it would fit properly, I cleaned up the attachment point for the Trinity T2 mount (the one on the actual mount itself, it’s 2 parts) with an alcohol prep pad, let it dry, removed the 3m backing, and pushed the parts together until I got both clicks.
This is all well and good, but what about wiring? That HDMI cable has to fit through somewhere.
First, I took the fully assembled mount off the plate, and then I took a small (7/8) spade drill to cut a hole for the HDMI cable. Since we very smartly outlined the whole interior of the mount, it allowed me to simply center the drill bit, cut the hole, and slip the HDMI cable perfectly through.
After that, what you SHOULD do, is slip a grommet around there to allow you to safely run your cable. What I did is just confirm it fit, and then installed it. I will definitely head back out to the car and get that done soon, because you don’t want to damage your expensive diablosport cable.
With the hole made for the HDMI cable, your mount can go back on the plate, with the back side looking like so:
With the mount firmly attached to the diamond plate, it was time to go ahead and install this puppy into the car.
A few screws and a few curses later, the plate with attached mount, and the interior trim were back in place. With that, the big reveal!
The completed installation looks pretty great, and more importantly, it’s fully functional. I routed the cable up under the side of the center console (under the dash) to behind the plate. I’ve had a triple pillar setup before, and some other stuff, and I have to say, nothing makes me feel better about this build than climbing in, firing it up, and having the Diablosport Trinity T2 light up along with my factory SRT gauges.