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    How To: Convert your analog gauge panel to LCD






    Here is a two part video of how I converted my analog gauge panel in my 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse to LCD...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQN3QBjgGVU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5rd3p3OEdo



    Parts Used:

    1/8 inch plexi-glass, $4.97 (Home Depot)

    Circle stickers FREE (stole from work)

    Black paint FREE (also ganked from work)

    White primer FREE (yes I am a thief)

    7" Lilliput USB monitor, $84.00 (Amazon)

    Gauge Panel, $10.00 (junk yard)

    Elm 327 OBDII to USB adapter $25.00 (Amazon)

    DashCommand $49.95 (Palmer Performance)



    Maybe next week I will show you how to turn your clock-pod into something useful: LOL:





    The masking tape is just to hold everything together while the pieces dry
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    i really want to not like this because of the stability issues with a car pc and using it for critical systems display like you did. but..... i think this is awesome.
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    Ive been running this set-up for about a month now, no problems, however i do keep the stock instrument panel in the trunk for quick replacement just in case, probably will never have to swap them

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    do you have a car with obd-ii? if you do and have an iphone you could just get one of those obdii transmitters and use that as a back up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7V-mOTeiM8
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    Phaze TD1500 ~> Seas g18rnx/p
    Zapco Ref 500.1 ~ 12" tc-9
    Behringer DCX2496 ~ Envision Electronics psu
    Transflective Xenarc

    My Car Pc Install
    My Boat Pc worklog

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    Reminds me of those race car displays. Nice idea.

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    Most vehicles 96 and newer are OBDII compliant, i do have a bluetooth transmitter, however I find the hardwired ones are more reliable and give you more accurate quicker readouts, plus if something, maybe an EMP from space caused my PC to crash, It only takes about 2 min to swap my panel back lol

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    just added pics to first post

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    absolutely beautiful. Would you be willing to do it for other people? I think you could make some good money.
    Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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    I've done about 30 or so installs for other people, nothing as extensive as what I have in my eclipse but the money is very good, only problem is the carpc market, not too many computer savy people out there interested in these things

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    just added a couple better pics, enjoy peeps!!!!

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