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Old 10-22-2009, 10:02 PM   #1
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DIY - Fix for Dropping HUD

Inspiration for this DIY comes from none other than our beloved Junkman! AJ has contributed so many helpful solutions C5 problems, I figured it was my turn. This is just a quick first pass with pictures. I didn't go into great detail because I'm short on time. Feel free to PM or post with questions.

The problem: HUD display has dropped down so far that it cannot be viewed in a normal seated position. If, when you lean waaaay up towards the dash/windshield, you can see the digital readout, this fix might get your HUD back into normal viewing position.

I followed this thread for dash removal: http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c5-t...d-install.html

Once you have the HUD removed from the dash, take it to your work area.





















Re-install. Be sure to check your display before re-assembling the entire dash.

Welcome back HUD!!

For what it's worth, I am of the personal opinion that lowering these cars is the cause of breaking mounting bosses (and dropping HUD's). Without much suspension travel, the additional shock is transmitted to the HUD unit....and it clearly wasn't designed or manufactured to withstand this additional pressure. I actually saw my HUD make the dreaded drop while driving down a very bumpy road one day. Took mine back to standard ride height. I'd rather be comfortable on the inside than "look cool" from the outside.
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Great job and write up Jeff. You rock Bro
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Thanks, Pat. I'm just trying to help others....they sure have helped me!

Forgot to add: Try not to freak out when your interior looks like this during the repair :



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Wow, that is one torn up interior.
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Thanks for sharing your experience. great write up, just could have done without the interior pics.....I think i feel sick
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Great write up - I agree about the "lowering" side effects. If the Vette pushes your balls under your chin with every bump you can be sure the HUD will go through the floorboard as well - in fact every connection on the car will be stressed!
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:17 PM   #7
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Great write up Jeff , glad you got it fixed



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Wow man that thing looks crazy all stripped!
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Hey Jeff, get your writing skills together because I'm about to add a couple of more DIY's!

Thanks for putting this together. It appears to be inevitable for HUD owners and now we have a really good write up thanks to you. Feel free to post more!
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great write up. I am in the process of doing this now. Nice long weekend to try it. I got to the point of putting it all back together but can't get the mirror aligned correctly with the gears. It either goes to far up or not enough down when I put the unit in and check it. I must have pulled it out at least 6 times last night to try to get it right. I finally quit for the night when I noticed the 8 empty beer cans on my workstation. I'll be at it again today. There has got to be a special way to set the gear when you put the mirror assymbley back in.
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Looks like it is trial and error. Finally got it back together and the mirror assymbley works great. Only problem is all I have on the hud display now is the Tach. Nothing else works. All the hud displays light up on startup but only the tach lights up while running.
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Well, the problem is obvious. You have something hooked up wrong or not hooked up at all. This is why I go soooo slooooow when doing repairs. I would rather take two days to do it right than fix it in two hours and spend the next week trying to figure out why it doesn't work.

At least you learned to walk away. Sometimes, that is the best thing to do before you get frustrated and break something.
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amazing what reading the owners manual does for you. When I reinstaled the hud it reset to tach only. Held the page button down and all is good again.

Sometimes it is better to walk away, that is why I started this yesterday since I have Monday off I would have had 2 1/2 days to complete the project. Hud is back in and guage cluster is installed. Now it is just a matter of putting the dash back together.

Since it is all apart I can relocate my microphone for the bluetooth function on my receiver. Think I will mount it on the A pillar.
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Another thing to consider is replacing your passenger's side actuator. You have to remove the dash pad to do that job and if you have a high mileage car, now is a good time to do it. The driver's side can be done without removing the dash pad.
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HUD repair

Hey guys, this a great DIY post, and if I ever need it again I'll give it a try, but, in the meantime... A few years ago, I had the HUD problem, and found a shop in Orlando, Fl that repaired it for a couple of hundred dollars. I now have a friend who has the HUD problem, and he doesn't trust me to try to repair his HUD myself, and would rather send it out. I can't find the name and address of the Orlando shop, and wonder if any of you have it. Thanks.
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