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I just purchased a 2009 Santa Fe GLS. I want to remove the base of dash storage unit to make more room for a GPS unit. Can this be done without a complete hack of the dash. I am referring to the felt lined tray. My thinking is that if I remove the base tray there should be an open cavity that will allow a GPS to remain attached to the underside of the lid. Thanks
 

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Just something to keep in mind before you go through the effort of doing this.
It would look sharp BUT the GPS might not function. The satellite signals the GPS uses are line of sight, so if you mount it to the back of the tray, the receivers that are on the back of the GPS unit (which would normally be facing out the windshield so they get lots of signal), might not be able to receive the signal. I'd test it out with some plastic materials in back of it first, before you do the mod.
 

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QUOTE (Haith @ Jul 29 2010, 05:54 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=345980
Just something to keep in mind before you go through the effort of doing this.
It would look sharp BUT the GPS might not function. The satellite signals the GPS uses are line of sight, so if you mount it to the back of the tray, the receivers that are on the back of the GPS unit (which would normally be facing out the windshield so they get lots of signal), might not be able to receive the signal. I'd test it out with some plastic materials in back of it first, before you do the mod.
YMMV however, I've noticed no problems having the gps unit facing random directions, such as in front of the heated seat and accessory outlets. I've also had it running in the glove box and it managed to get a signal. May be different for different brands. If the compartment is anything like the speaker section, it will be held in with two screws. Another post included the pieces needed to remove. It's a bit of a process. I took my speaker out to make room for an ipod, and put the grill back on. That might be a good location for a gps. You could also route the wire through the center and splice it into the car somewhere, or simply snake it back to the front and plug it in while hiding most of the wire.
 

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From what I remember when I took mine out, the felt lined compartment is held on by 2 screws but they are at an angle kinda hard to see from the seats, I think you gotta get right on top of them to see 'em. Good luck.
 

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The dash-top tray is easy to remove... just a screw or two inside the bin, followed by a bit of wiggling. Might help to use a mirror to see the screws.
 
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