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Hi all,  

I know we can’t get Carplay retrofitted into the older LC500s and it is something I really miss in the car.  There are now external CarPlay units available and I have bought the Road Top 8.8 inch wireless CarPlay/android auto unit from Amazon for £285.  Plugs into 12v charger and you can connect audio via Bluetooth,AUX or FM transmitter.  Connected mine via AUX and fed the cables behind the dash and then down the sides into the centre console.  Had to buy a 12v extension cable and 5m AUX cable as the ones supplied weren’t long enough to hide them properly.  Phone connects to CarPlay wirelessly when connected to Bluetooth and I can have Waze and Spotify on in split screen.  Can easily be removed and hidden if you’re not parked in a secure location.  Pic attached of it installed.




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Looks like good solution! 

Is there an advantage to connecting the audio via AUX as opposed to Bluetooth for less wires? Though I suppose with the 12v wire you've got to hide that anyway so another isn't going to make much of a difference. 


In terms of running the cables, have you removed any trim to hide them or have you clipped them in some way? 


Very interested in this for Android auto but not keen / confident on taking trim apart 😬



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No need to remove trim, there is a bit of a recess where the windscreen meets the dash and used a trim tool to push the wires down. The AUX wire goes to the right hand side and is pushed under the speaker lip which lifts up a bit with a trim tool. the 12V cable goes left and into the glovebox where the extension cable is and plugs in there.  

The reason I ended up using AUX was that when using Bluetooth there was a bit of interference every 20 secs or so where it went quiet for a second.  I’m sure if I played around with it I could resolve but AUX works fine.

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Gentlemen, have a look at the Grom Vline 2. Being able to run AA/Carplay on factory screen is much better.

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There are different versions. The one for version 9 of the infotainment system of Lexus is showing as compatible with LC 2019 and 20 but I suspect it should work with 2018 too. You could check your wiring behind your infotainment system and if you have the ports you see on pages 5 and 6 of the following manual, it's worth having a go.

My car a 2016 LS460 is not listed under the compatibility section on that page but the unit works as I have version 9 of the infotainment system. 


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