Upgrading Range Rover Stereo and Navigation: Part 1

Our 2006 HSE, has had her native electronics rendered inoperable by a downline MOST fault caused by water ingress.  She has always had a few issues with her radio and it didn’t make financial sense to try to reintegrate with the factory radio so we gutted the original screen and replaced it with a double-din headunit adapter.   The headunit adapter fits in with various length brackets and secures it like so.

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There exist various PowerfulUK and other videos about removing the dash so that will not be covered here.  Our day 1 install had us install a “Pumpkin” brand double din 7″ quad core android navigation with 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage, along with a preinstalled MAP MicroSD data card 8-16GB, which leaves one MicroSD and USB on the front.  I dropped in a 32GB MicroSD with various media. I opted for the 2GB ram version of the Android Head Unit as most are only available with 1GB ram which I thought might be a bottleneck.

The performance of the unit is what I would describe as diesel like, the quad core ARM processor completes tasks without being bottled down but without the sheer speed of Apple’s new PRO chips.  Overall I am happy with the performance of downloading and updating various apps and settings.  The multi-tasking never bogged down.  The installed Bluetooth app is custom and perhaps limited, but it connected to my phone quickly with the password 0000. After connection there is a prompt to download the contact information.  I declined as this is primarily Ali’s Range Rover although it does have Cooper Zeon’s and Rocky Mountain pinstriping.

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One of the hiccups was setting the clock as it defaulted to HK time.  I arranged some icons and widgets along the homescreen and I’ve noticed the powersupply seems good.  You can turn off and on the car and the Android head unit is right where it was left off.

One of the advantages of Android HU is the ability to load apps.  While I am no expert in the available apps I downloaded GAP Diagnostics IIDtool, Waze, Pandora, Gas Buddy (finds the cheapest gas).  The ability to run a bluetooth OBD diagnostic onboard is very compelling to me.

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Tonight I hope to run the audio cables back to the trunk where it will be run through a hifonics A/B class 4 channel 1000 watt amp which will then be run through 2 pairs of 3-way crossovers.  These crossovers will deliver each speaker only the waves it can reproduce well which will result in much cleaner sound and the ability to push the factory logic7 system louder with less distortion.  3-way fronts, and 2-ways for the doors with the rear rears 4″ speakers being delivered the rear mid-bass.

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I also hope to wire the rear entertainment screens up (which were aftermarket and have the video under the seat) to the headunit which should be fantastic for the kids, allowing them to see what is on our headunit, or allow us to specify video for them to watch in the back.

I hope to update part 2 soon as we install the amplifier today.

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  1. Awesome Job! I have been wanting to do this to my 2006 L322 as well. But was curios abut a few things. Can you still use a few of the RR features like the wheel position display and the controller for the clocks (both on the gage cluster and the center console)? What else is affected by the swap.

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