Have you ever wanted to fix your DVD system so that it will play video while your Jeep is moving? Here’s how you can get it done.By Brett Foote – November 12, 2015
This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).
Today’s vehicles are safer to drive than ever, which is a very good thing. Unfortunately, that also means that we aren’t able to enjoy or use certain features of those vehicles, all in the name of safety. One of which is the ability to play video from the screen in the dash of your Jeep while driving down the road. Obviously, distracted driving is a bad thing and no one wants people watching movies while tooling down the highway at 80 miles per hour, but it would be nice if your passenger could. Luckily, there is a way to make your video work while you are in motion, and it isn’t too hard to do; just be sure and check if it’s illegal in your area.
While some owners have had success disabling the factory video settings by cutting wires or installing older versions of software, these are methods that can also cause a great deal of trouble down the road. The quickest, easiest and safest way to enable video in motion is by installing a Lockpick. The Lockpick is a device that bolts into the back of your factory radio and not only allows you to watch video while the vehicle is in motion, but also enables a number of other features like wireless video and audio streaming, extra audio/video inputs, and more. Keep reading and we’ll walk you through the process of installing one.
- MyGig Lockpick
- Flat head screwdriver
- Drill or driver with assorted bits
Step 1 – Remove the factory radio
- Use a flat head screwdriver to pry the panel below the HVAC off.
- Remove the two bolts behind the panel using either a driver or a drill.
- Pry off the panel on top of the dash directly above the radio.
- Remove the two bolts located on either side of the radio.
- Pull out on the center dash trim starting at the bottom to remove it.
- Remove the four screws holding the radio in place and pull the radio out.
Figure 1. Pry off the bottom trim piece.
Figure 2. Remove the two screws behind the panel.
Figure 3. Pry off the top trim panel.
Figure 4. Remove the two screws.
Figure 5. Pull the center console trim piece out.
- Figure 6. Remove the four screws holding the radio in place and pull the radio out.
Step 2 – Install the Lockpick
- Disconnect the gray connector on the back of the factory radio, as well as the white multimedia connector if your vehicle is equipped with one.
- Install the gray connector from the Lockpick, then install the white connector into the open multimedia slot.
Figure 7. Connect the Lockpick harness adapter into the stock harness.
- Slide the radio back into the dash and reinstall the four screws.
- Set the center dash trim back in place and work your way around it, pushing it in to secure the clips.
- Reinstall the two top screws, then the top trim piece.
- Reinstall the bottom screws in the center trim and push the bottom piece back in place.
- Test the new in-motion abilities and plug in a coordinate/destination to make sure the lock-out is disengaged.