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    '08 Dodge Dakota, Console Fab, Install Pix

    Ok, well the time has come to install carPC V2 into my truck. This truck has provided quite a challenge for the reasons that I want to retain the OEM radio and sound system. I normally would remove all of that but this is the first vehicle I purchased (always leased before) and it came with Alpine speakers and amp, and sounds really good, and goes very loud. It also has steering wheel controls and a 6 disk in-dash changer, so I am leaving it. I am going to tap into it via the AUX input. For this I am going to dissemble the OEM radio and solider on a lead to the AUX input so I don't have wires showing in the front.

    First item on the agenda is obviously screen mounting. After studying the dash over and over contemplating where the screen should go I decided to mount it below the OEM radio and climate controls. I have to relocate the 4x4 switch but that is easy enough. The OEM power circuit is right there so I can power the screen and PC with this (20 amp). The PC itself is going to be inside of the console, it fits perfect! Once everything is done the PC will be completely hidden but will allow me easy enough access to its I/O ports and will be bolt-in. For the exposed screws I am going to use tamper proof torx style to deter theft.

    The bezel is fabricated from .063" aluminum, and is extremely rigid. It holds a full unmodified lilliput in place without any modding. It is not nearly finished, this is rather a start. Once completed it will have the sides enclosed and either be covered in leather with a nice padding at the bottom where my hand will be resting while using the touch. If not leather covered I am thinking some sort of black or gray wrinkle finish. Time will tell.

    Anyway here are the pics of the parts so far. It is a complex 3d part that I designed by first making a cardboard template, then designing the part to scale in a vector program, finally CNC machining the shape and using a break to bend the angles. It uses the OEM mounting points on the top, and I drilled some holes in the bottom.

    Since the center console is a bit offset to favor the driver from the radio bezel, I had to design to accommodate. I plan to add some switches, USB ports, etc. to the front. Also the position keeps the screen glare to a minimum, it's low and recessed so the sun rarely hits it.
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    Here are some of the test fit:
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    And here is the PC that will be running it all, this will be inside the console under the monitor.

    More pics to come...
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    that looks pretty damn good, why did you leave the lip on the left though?

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    Looking good homeboy, While you are at it you may as well come on down the street and design me one for my truck
    If you cant DODGE em, RAM em.

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    Thx injector, the lip is there because I wanted to center the screen as much as possible but since the bezel extends down onto the center console I had to make the lip and the console is not centered with the dash, it favors the drivers side. I can always cut that lip off before I do the finishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramanator View Post
    Looking good homeboy, While you are at it you may as well come on down the street and design me one for my truck
    Hey raminator, I can design and fab you one up, let me know via PM this is what I do for a living.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    Thx injector, the lip is there because I wanted to center the screen as much as possible but since the bezel extends down onto the center console I had to make the lip and the console is not centered with the dash, it favors the drivers side. I can always cut that lip off before I do the finishing.
    yea not to mention the fact that whoever designed the housing for the new lilis was either drunk or on acid he was on something because the bezel is bigger on one side from factory.

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    You don't think that it sits a lil too low down there?
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    It does sit lower than I am used to, but it's really the only option I have unless I do some major work on the dash, relocate the OEM radio and fab the screen into there. I figure when I am driving I should be looking at the road anyway, and messing with the PC when I am stopped. Plus mounting it low is GREAT for dealing with sun glare. It angled somewhat upward at the driver so it remains easy to read. It also can still been seen from the back seat so I went with it.
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