This project follows the installation of a Nexus 9 tablet into the dash of my 2008 Nissan Cube imported from Japan.
For the last few years I have read various blogs and posts about installing tablets into car dashes. The Nexus 7 seemed to be the most popular choice for this type of application, though since they are getting on with age now, I wanted to see what else was out there.
I also wanted to see how far Android has come for compatibility with external USB devices, and ways on managing battery charge with the tablet itself.
The Nexus 9 seemed to fit the bill for a few reasons but the primary being the dimensions of the tablet and screen size which match up near-perfect with my head unit dash with little to no modifications needed. I will try to keep this project up to date as things progress
1. Pull the ashtray out half way which is located next to the cigarette lighter. You will see a metal flap that springs up as you're pulling it out which prevents the tray from coming out any further. Press down on the metal flap and continue to pull the tray to fully remove it:
2. Remove the 2 x Phillips head screws located behind the ashtray slot:
3. There are 5 x White clips behind the top half of the fascia. Pop it off slowly by getting a grip on the top-left corner and pull it forward until its just detached. It should be relatively easy to remove and you don't have to worry about snapping any clips off.
4. Unplug the Hazard switch near the top-right and the cigarette lighter at the bottom-right: