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    i have some ideas with getting a screen to exend upright, but the limited travel of the cd drive might not work for this. the cd tray would need to extend the height of the monitor, and then a little more...

    maybe a linear actuator would work better, but is no longer cheap...

    with that, i think that the biggest issue that you are goign to run into is the travel of the cd drive, not the actual usage of the cd-drive-- but good luck, and i hope you can prove us wrong

    and from my experience, Lowes seems to have more little peices-parts than menards and home depot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    This is the wrong way to approach any design. Everything to do with design should be worked out prior to build.
    That is 100% untrue. Everyone works differently. What I do is order a second of what I want to build, build it, and if I do not like it, change it, then once I like the way it is, make a perfect clean copy on the second one. Of course my install has alot of parts I cant seem to find, so I have had to experiment with only one thing. In the end its worked out for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by PatDaRat View Post
    i thank you for you thoughts. but to eatch their own. i personaly like creating a challange for myself. and whats the point of doing something if its not fun the entire time your doing it. i find planning everything out although being a good idea is less entertaining overall.
    Im with you!

    Quote Originally Posted by PatDaRat View Post
    lol... people on here are so negative. Come up with what you think is a good idea and people will poke holes in it fully believing that it cant be done. All i gotta say is, only time will tell and negative nelly never accomplished anything.
    I think they where just having a bad day. Usually we are very insightful.

    I will chim in on the situation and unfortuantely its negative and positive.

    Have you looked at the VMI70 from http://short-circuit.com? It is litearally one of the only motorized screens left. Problem is motorized screen with VGA ware very rare. Modders that decided to basically modify their dash to a double din, basically killed that market, so companies stopped making them. Thats why the EBY701 is so popular. I originally had a motorized screen, but it didnt look OEM, at all, so I went with a double din with mine originally having a 1.5 din. My understanding is that the VMI70 is a server screen. Its made for server cases so the IT specialist can see whats going on. Comapines though are selling it as a car screen and unfortuantely it cant stand up to the constant opening and closing. Also because it is made for server cases, it has support on the back when opened. In our vehicles there is no back, so if you hit the touch screen the whole screen wobbles back then forward, which kills the gears. The other issue is these people use plastic gears when they should be using metal. After awhile the gears get worn down.

    I want to install three screens in my dash, one in the middle, then one for passenger, one for driver. i tired to build my own like you because I wanted to use EBY701 units, but I ran into soooooooooooooooooooooooo many road blocks that I decided to install 2 VMI70 screens and call it a day. You are facing alot of issues, but if you decide to do it, I give you props. The only one I have seen build their own from scratch is BugBite, I think. He is the one you want to ask for advice. I will note though that he built his on the top of the dash, which is less headache. OHHHHH I just remembered, coucouillu, basically took a motorized screen but redesigned it to look OEM. He redid the original radio, intergrated the motorized screen. Take a look at his work log and P/M him. 2006 Audi A3 2.0 TDI. Symphony II PCCAR : OEM Indash Screen Prototype. Full pics!!
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    Hmmm....I did see one design for a DIY motorized that I thought would work pretty well. I'll have to take a look for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatDaRat View Post
    So, let me know what you guys think.
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    This is the wrong way to approach any design. Everything to do with design should be worked out prior to build.
    Don't ask for things you don't want the answer to. I'm done helping you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98
    i have some ideas with getting a screen to exend upright, but the limited travel of the cd drive might not work for this. the cd tray would need to extend the height of the monitor, and then a little more...
    Id love to hear what other ideas you have. I have several ideas in my head as well. Just hard to say what will and wont work till i get into it. Sadly i cant really get going till i have the screen and payday just seems so far away.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX1Cruizer
    I will chim in on the situation and unfortuantely its negative and positive.
    Thank for the input. I have seen that screen but regretably it would take alot of modification to fit it in the .5din area i have to work with. Although im sure its do-able, im thinking im really gonna go for a DIY, if for nothing els then for the self satisfaction when/if i get it working. Im thinking im going to be useing the VM70 from http://www.short-circuit.com/

    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbyte
    Hmmm....I did see one design for a DIY motorized that I thought would work pretty well. I'll have to take a look for it.
    Ill take any advise you have to offer and i would def be interested in design if you locate it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maheriano View Post
    Don't ask for things you don't want the answer to. I'm done helping you.
    oh gee, what will i ever do without all the useful information and kind words you provide. Knowing you will never help, i just cant go on. *BANG* *shoots self in head*

    funny how others have provided useful information with out being a d-bag.

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    Well you caught me on the right day. Normally Im a big d-bag too, but I was born that way, so blame god, LMFAO.

    I have the VM70 screens for my rear seats. i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee them. I actually put my EBY701 units to rest because of them. I like that they offer the headrest piece within the price. Other companies charge 100.00 dollars to have that piece for their screens.

    Now is your din .5 or 1.5? If it is .5, then maybe you can mod the VMI70 so that every other part sits behind the dash then only the screen slides in and out of the opening.

    in the end you will have to do some light mods to the dash. Even when I installed my 1.5 motorized screen I had to buy a kit and still had light modding to do.
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    BugByte.... is this what you where talking about? DIY motorized lcd/pda = 1 actuator + 1 wire + 1 spring?

    I think I can simplify his idea. You can make it so the whole LCD rides on a track, and is pushed and pulled by an actuator. But I think the actuator needs room in the dash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX1Cruizer View Post
    BugByte.... is this what you where talking about? DIY motorized lcd/pda = 1 actuator + 1 wire + 1 spring?

    I think I can simplify his idea. You can make it so the whole LCD rides on a track, and is pushed and pulled by an actuator. But I think the actuator needs room in the dash.
    LAWLS.... i like how a modified cd rom was mentioned. I will go back a read it all and give it a good once over. But im glad that my idea is not so far fetched that others seem to think it would work too.

    Iv got a gut feeling this is going to be a fun build :P

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    [QUOTE=ZX1Cruizer;1377357]Now is your din .5 or 1.5? If it is .5, then maybe you can mod the VMI70 so that every other part sits behind the dash then only the screen slides in and out of the opening.[QUOTE]

    The entire bay is a 1.5. But i want a 1din headunit in there so that leaves me with .5

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatDaRat View Post
    LAWLS.... i like how a modified cd rom was mentioned. I will go back a read it all and give it a good once over. But im glad that my idea is not so far fetched that others seem to think it would work too.

    Iv got a gut feeling this is going to be a fun build :P
    Listen, don't pay attention to other peoples negativity. If I did that my install would be a simple PC that does basics. Now its blown up into a Main systems with a personal system per user and so many gadgets I think I can take on a NASA shuttle. So many people thought my idea is wasteful and useless, but its my vision and I really don't give a f#*k what others think. I think thats the same mindset you need to have. Paying attention to what others think will only hold your vision back.
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