that actuator is massive... clever design though.
got started over the weekend on motorizing a screen in the map pocket of my Mazda 6. i've decided to go with a linear actuator, which several other people have done as well. things are going well so far. i've modded the map pocket, gotten the screen attached, and tested the mechanism. all that's left to do is to get it installed in the car.
several pictures are attached, and a test video can be found here:
i started the installation last nite, but it got dark so i had to quit. i got as far as getting the actuator seated in the dash. that required a bit of cutting, but nothing too big. i was able to test everything in the car and it worked great. just need to make a few minor adjustments. didn't get a chance to take any pictures last nite and won't be able to work on this again til friday. but i'll be sure to update when the time comes.
well, i finished things up. didn't have to do much except line things up and run the wiring.
i didn't really get any more pics, but i shot a couple more videos. check em out here:
overall, i'm pretty happy with the way things turned out. someday, i hope to have enough money to buy the entire motorized assembly from china. but this will do for now.
as far as the loudness, i gotta say that it is pretty loud. but i didn't really do anything to try and dampen the noise either. although, i can live with it. it only lasts for a couple seconds at a time. in someone else's how-to, he wrapped it up and sealed the opening with dynamat. i'm sure that helps a bunch.
also, if you notice, there's a delay as to when it opens with respect to the ignition signal. this is because i actually wired the ignition signal for the actuator to the power line to the monitor, which is powered by a carnetix PSU. the 12v rail on the PSU is on a 5 or 6 second time delay, so that's why it doesn't open up right away.
i bought all the parts from Trossen Robotics...Originally Posted by maxgtr2000
4" linear actuator:
linear actuator controller:
after a bit of searching, i found a 5% discount coupon code for trossen's store: mp308. all in all, i spent a total of $152.21 for everything and shipping.
they had some pretty cool micro actuators on that site though. Probably could have used the high force variant to zip that thing open with barely a whisper. Eh. Everyone's a monday morning quarterback though. I still like it.
You'll probably have better luck than the one the other 6 owners are ordering from china.
Thats why i got the oem lcd box from jdm parts.
2011 Nissan Frontier SL
AMD X3 2.2 | M4-ATX | 16Gb SSD | 2GB DDR3-1333 | MSI GF615M-P33 MB
OBDPROS USB | BU-303 GPS l LILLIPUT TS | Car2PC adapter | XM Direct | USB Dual band N with custom mag-mount antenna.
You're a real one! Is it me or the screen isn't really bright enough for is position? Maybe its just the camera!!!
CRAZY INSTALL!! SICK!!!
VmtSquad - I sold my soul to Honda!
CarPC progress: 95%
Hi there, I am trying to follow your tut. but how did you manage to mount the actuator inside the car? The only way I can see doing that is more cutting inside the car where the vents/plastic are??