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    Quote Originally Posted by Skraggy_uk
    Nice to be able to show them that things have moved on, and it is a lot closer to the BMW integrated screen that they compared you to though, instead of being on a stand on the dash as it was. All you would need to do is include a Griffen twiddler thing, and mapped to scroll through the centrafuse options, and touch screen menus, and you could take on iDrive easily.
    Pleased you read it I was glad they didn't do a side-by-side shoot out though as the BMWs integration into the car is pretty good! It was good to have a read about the BMW one as the car mags don't take you through the features of any of the nav systems in the same way - and you don't get that much of a chance at the motor shows with 20 people waiting for you to move so they can have a look too!

    I've been speaking to Alex at Custom PC but not specifically about my install - I'm hopeing they can do a mini-feature on the event in April that way everyone there gets a fair shot at being in the magazine
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    I've put the screen back together... Here's what it looks like switched on!





    Not back in the car yet - lots of software testing to do, and may need to fix a small MDF support in the dash behind where the screen circuit board will sit to give it a little support.

    By the way there's a full 5 megapixel picture in the 'build' section of my website if you want to have a close look
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    Funnily enough I have a Focus too and I was planning to do exactly what you have done except that my lilliput wouldn't fit, the metal frame for the radio gets in the way.

    I then read your page and got the dash mount you used. It doesn't look as cool but I am much happier with this than mounting the screen in the dash for several reasons. It is closer to your normal driving view and makes using GPS navigation less distracting, also if the sun shines on it you can tilt it slightly to see it better. Plus you can take the screen with you when you park and then it just looks like a phone holder. No more worrying that someone is gonna rip out your entire dash when they see your fancy screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElKeeed
    Funnily enough I have a Focus too and I was planning to do exactly what you have done except that my lilliput wouldn't fit, the metal frame for the radio gets in the way.

    I then read your page and got the dash mount you used. It doesn't look as cool but I am much happier with this than mounting the screen in the dash for several reasons. It is closer to your normal driving view and makes using GPS navigation less distracting, also if the sun shines on it you can tilt it slightly to see it better. Plus you can take the screen with you when you park and then it just looks like a phone holder. No more worrying that someone is gonna rip out your entire dash when they see your fancy screen.
    Hiya Elkeed...

    I didn't think it would fit either, but the screen panel itself fits before the metal frame, and the circuit board fits behind that.

    I'm with you on the angles the dashmount can do - that the bit I'll miss. However I'm going for the fully intergrated look. Loads of cars have in-dash screens and the more integrated it is the harder it is to steal so it's also a good deterrent.

    Either way though I never worry about someone breaking in - **** happens there's nothing you can do about it and I left the old screen in on the bracket half the time because I'd sooner have them steal it than me change my life for some twoccers!

    This way, if they want to nick it - by the time they manage to get it out I'll be back at the car anyway just in time to give them a good shoeing
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    Right, this is also in my install thread so I'll keep this brief here...


    Right why the lilliput in casing wouldn't fit....


    Fasica panel bits and bobs screwed on...


    Fascia panel ready for fitting...


    Fascia panel installed... It's been working fine for a week with the circuit board hanging off from the back I'll be supporting it properly with a small piece of MDF.
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    NICE JOB! A++ work!

    too bad I'm to chicken to take it apart cause I dont' want to be in the 90% who took it apart then get into problems later

    good luck with it dude!

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    that looks really sweet!
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    I skimmed through most of this and didn't see mention of the button control panel. Did you just scrap that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ppgt94
    I skimmed through most of this and didn't see mention of the button control panel. Did you just scrap that?
    Yeah I figured I'd keep it clean! Controls will be on the steering wheel.
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    looks awesome mate, really looking foreward to the meet! Although might have had a change of car by then so won't have to compete with a focus install!!
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