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    Quote Originally Posted by MudRunnerTD View Post
    Nice one Phil, I didn't know you had the 24v MIG. We had one when we did the Madigan and had to use ot to fix q Hilux in No Man's Land. No chance we'd have got it home without it. Great bit of kit. I keep my eye out hoping to stumble on one for sale one day.
    Yeas, bought in 1990, only played around with it in the back yard, one of those 'what a great idea' purchases. I tried one of the Uniwelder setups as well, the modified 12V alternator that was rated at 200amp and 240v output - nup, didn't cut it. the unit had to run at circa 8000rpm alternator speed and the Patrol pulley system, when I had the 2.8TD, simply could not accommodate the additional pulley, let alone the 2 or 3 pulley drive it really needed. I shredded belts and generated a lot of noise and smoke, but only a flyspeck of a spark at the rod. I suspect it really needed to go on a stand alone genet in all honesty. It went in the bin from memory.

    The lithium's are rated at 175amp for 5 mins and 250amp max instant, which is below the 150amp required for the easywelder. The guys at ITECH were great, they assessed the style and options and I settled on this package, with a Battery monitoring gauge as well. So 200a/hr lithium, equal to my 390a/hr AGM setup at 1/5 the weight, and can handle the welder as well. Will eat the coffee machine as well!!
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    I recently fitted a Polaris head unit with a 10" stand-out touch screen. It's basically a frankensteined Android Tablet -come- car stereo.

    Pros - Puts a very nice clear 10" screen in a much better angled viewing and accessible position from a drivers point of view instead of the standard GU unit position (too low). Comes with Ozi Explorer and included Hema maps (which i don't use). Really good with your basic car apps like Google maps, Radio, Music , video etc...
    Has Android auto in-built and whatever the Apples version of it is. Can use cabled or wireless. Again, I don't use any of them.
    Through Patrolapart and adapters provided it was literally plug and go...

    Cons - Unit uses a piss weak CPU and memory so more demanding apps you throw at it struggle. For example I use Hema 4x4 explorer and Newtracs they work but slow as s#it. I guess it matches the TD under the hood
    Also the WiFi and bluetooth on it are s#ithouse. Very finnicky with connections etc. But once you get it going it works ok...

    Being nerdy I hacked the s#it out of the Android and hema explorer and can use some rooftop maps I scanned but quality is woeful. I now see hema offers quality rooftop as part of the explorer app at a $100 annual sub. They can jam that.

    I guess the best and only stand-out feature of this unit is the screen and its position. Everything else can be had for a portion of it's price that will blow it out of the water. Especially the performance.

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    Nice one Eric, can you show us behind it how it is mounted I the car please?

    Also, I have Android Auto in thr work Hilux and I have got to say it is Bloody Awesome. You should definitely have a play with it mate.

    If the CPU is slow it may be better to be using rhw Apps on your phone via Android Auto as then they are on your big screen but using the CPU on your phone to operate I think? Give it a crsck mate..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudRunnerTD View Post
    Nice one Eric, can you show us behind it how it is mounted I the car please?

    Also, I have Android Auto in thr work Hilux and I have got to say it is Bloody Awesome. You should definitely have a play with it mate.

    If the CPU is slow it may be better to be using rhw Apps on your phone via Android Auto as then they are on your big screen but using the CPU on your phone to operate I think? Give it a crsck mate..

    I rate Android Auto and Waze App for metro Navigation
    It's just a normal double din head unit. Mounted and wired the same way any ordinary head unit is. The front face has a ball-joint kind of attachment that the screen attaches to and swivels around to an extent and can also be raised up and down. Thats it. Front face also has USB input. Physical volume and track knob. There is also USB input cables attached and hidden at the rear you can plug things into like Hard drives, wired Android Auto etc... I have mine popping up into the glove box.

    As for the Android Auto. Ive tried it and it works really well especially wired.
    However AA enabled apps are very limited. The phone essentially becomes the brain and the CPU handler and takes the workload off the head unit. Meaning the screen in the car just becomes a extension of the phones screen in a way.
    And the by-product of this is the phone works hard and gets hot. This means it pulls a lot of juice. And I found the wired hook up cannot handle the phone charge process at the same time (tried a few different phones with same effect).
    I'll mess around with it a bit more. I think Android auto evolves and more and more apps are supported all the time.

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    My Mrs new Isuzu car has android auto and when the phone is plugged in it doesn't get hot and the phone charges just fine.
    The output charge on that unit must be pretty low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnie View Post
    My Mrs new Isuzu car has android auto and when the phone is plugged in it doesn't get hot and the phone charges just fine.
    The output charge on that unit must be pretty low.

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    Yeah same with mine charges real quick (Pioneer head unit). . Dont use AA all the time most the time just the radio but when use it bloody love it . .

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    FWIW Legends
    Do love my new age little 8 Samsungy tablet maps, truly need to get off my arse and pivot mount them off a GQ McJebus passenger bar similar to Hodgey Legend Mate for true solo drive ability.




    Lazily gives the Littlen currently something to do at the moment holding/navigating/involved guiding next turns out there instead of drifting back off into iPhoney game time sneakily downloaded prior to departure

    Again, other posts I keep professing, please do all keep basic paper maps handy as Elecy Tabs can and have let me personally down before









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    FWIW - 2: Is Anybody out there still in contact with @Timbo ? Bloke was gifted our entire Old Family pre-Rooftop Paper Vic HC map kit when I temporarily gave up deep mountain trekking for some 10 odd years. Were amazing historical maps, still navigational valid Old Zeka Ck Tk and the likes


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    Mr @MB best tips as always.
    Never venture without paper maps. Always travel in the Patrol next to the first aid, grab bag and PLB.
    I'm slowly rebuilding my hard copy maps after leaving / forgetting a incredible collection I had in a high country hut few years ago ... Some one out there scored big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnie View Post
    My Mrs new Isuzu car has android auto and when the phone is plugged in it doesn't get hot and the phone charges just fine.
    The output charge on that unit must be pretty low.

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    Probably a quality unit you have . As above, this machine seems to be a el cheapo double din with a break out screen grafted into it.
    Hence everything is finicky and gimmicky.
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