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    nope, 04 is the 3rd generation....it is the first year of the redesign

    in reference to your friend's car, here is a link to our 2nd gen forum on Acura-TL.com:
    http://www.acura-tl.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=21
    search here, I have seen some good projects in the 2nd gen grouping.

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    Sup guys...updates are slow but forthcoming. =) I promisse to have pics as everything gets rolling as soon as i get my parts.

    I was pondering the issue of audio input. Since there are no aftermarket product that will give you aux input for this car ( unless you want to lose XM) there are 2 solutions that can be easily implemented.

    1- Tap into the XM unit using a 4PDT relay ( 4 relay contacts ) for L+ L- and R+ and R-. All you need then is to power on the relay by a switch to go from XM to PC audio.
    Cost is like $12 for a 4pdt relay or you can use 2 DPDT relays.

    2- Tap into the audio going into the amplifier if you have a 5.1 sound card. Then you will be bypassing all radio control functions ( volume mostly) which you can just use PC to control anyway. This would require 9 wires to be connected. Amplifier inputs from the radio are 3 wires (Left+, Right+, common) for Front and 3 more for Rear speakers. And 3 wires for Subwoofer and Center ( + Center, + Subwoofer, common).
    This would need two 4PDT relays and 1 SPDT relay all connected together and a switch button of course to toggle between radio and PC input.

    Sounds kind of crazy to use that many relays but I don't see another way of doing this. Right now I will go for tapping into the XM unit and see how that works and keep everyone updated.

    Now the HVAC LCD fits very nicely on the lower compartment. I bough a piece of smoked plexiglass to cut to shape and cover the front. Just to make it look more stock I got a piece of carbon fiber vinyl (sticker type) to put on top of it and cut the rectangles for the display.

    I just made a switch box with the buttons to control the xenarc and the switches for audio and disabling the power to the PC ( whenever I valet my car, etc...).
    This weekened i'll probably take a look at how I will be wiring everything to the trunk.
    Any of you guys looked into this yet?

    On a side note... I also bought this:

    http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Griffin_...rMate_1040_PMT

    Which just looks AWESOME and not to say that it has a blue light to match the interior of the TL perfectly. It looks EXACLY like the big knobs on the factory radio! I'll figure out a place for it when its all done.

    Sorry for the long post =)
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    The powermate will fit in perfectly with you radio, lucky, I will pretty stock. But I've heard it has some problems running under windows, thats why I haven't purchased one, plus its to big for my car interior and it doesn't match.
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    I am also getting some help in interfacing the steering wheel buttons to work with the joystick port on the PC on this thread here...
    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...749#post282749

    Hopefully these diagrams will be worth the time i spent making it. LOL



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    Fast car, fast PC. ;)

    http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

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    Here's a sneak peek =)

    04 Acura TL w/ core2duo 2ghz laptop w/ 1gb RAM on a docking station.

    Fast car, fast PC. ;)

    http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

    My TL CarPC ver2

    FSR Flash Skin w/ moving weather maps

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    looks great . Now if only I had a tl2004...

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    great work man! Always nice to see new custom installs that come out awesome.

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    Thanks guys..
    I'd say im about 90% done. Well i am now in the process of wiring the 5.1 audio with 2 or 3 4PDT relays... hope the sound will come out cleaner since its out of a usb.
    04 Acura TL w/ core2duo 2ghz laptop w/ 1gb RAM on a docking station.

    Fast car, fast PC. ;)

    http://www.arcdesigns.net/carpc/

    My TL CarPC ver2

    FSR Flash Skin w/ moving weather maps

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    oooooh i wanted a tl soooooo bad.....couldnt afford the new one so i got the rsx hehe

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    Cool that looks good!!!

    I own a 04 TL and want to do the same thing. If you could tell me where you bought:

    1)connectors to extend the wire from the stock lcd
    2) smoked plexiglass and that carbon vinyl

    how did you make the smoked plexiglass attach to the storage bin in front o the lcd? any help will be appreciated.

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