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    UPDATE: PICS: Final e46 Xenarc - DVD Fab

    Sorry for the low rez camera phone pics, its all I have right now...

    the bezel is perfect, better than I could ever imagine, it looks so factory nobody beleives me that I made it... It was worth the extra 10 hours of sanding and smoothing that it took to perfect it...

    having it recessed an inch or so is great, I can see it at any time of day... the dvd/cdrw drive is hooked up with an active USB 16ft extension cablle, works great! I ran a molex connector from the PC to power the xenarc with 12v and the dvd with 5v, it also makes for easy removal.



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    Those pictures were taken in full morning sunlight, so you can see how having it recessed really helped, its totally readable in 95% of conditions (if I have my sunroof open and I drive east in the evening it gets some sunlight)
    e46|700tsv 2005 model|sb51g xpc2.4ghz opus 150|I-bus|XM Direct&cables | slim slot USB DVD-cdrw|Hawking 54g|iGuidance 2.1-HoluxGPS
    sold it all... :-(


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    Wow, looking great! Nice job!

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    hot damn that looks awesome. If I were going in-dash, I'd be looking to do the same thing. Something to consider I guess. How long total did the fabrication take?

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    total was about 20 hours, between about 5 days (3-4 hours a day) over about a 3 week period(only had time on weekends).

    I have never fabricated anything before in my life, and I am not ussually very patient with things... so I probably wasted a few hours(sanded bondo or primer before it was dry, or didnt wait long enought for epoxy to dry, and had to do it over)

    The thing that helped the most was the plastic from the guitar case, its about 1/16 of an inch think, and if you bend it, it kinda stays that way, so I was able to trim and cut the bulk of the face of the unit out of that stuff, and epoxy it in place, I really only used bondo to smooth it out, and round the corners and level the surfaces... the rest was plastic and epoxy... the DIN adapter really helped too, cause i didnt have to make any mounts, and it pretty much gave me the perfect spacing and angles for the curves for the top half of the unit, the bottom half is all fabricated with plastic... wood was only used to make the frame between the 2 frames(the recessed part).
    e46|700tsv 2005 model|sb51g xpc2.4ghz opus 150|I-bus|XM Direct&cables | slim slot USB DVD-cdrw|Hawking 54g|iGuidance 2.1-HoluxGPS
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    Wow, looks great bro! I have an E46 '01 330i and starting to get into the Carputer thing and do something creative.. I've always loved the 7/8" LCD screens, but wanted a slot for my cd/dvd's up front, not in some unit in the trunk. And you did that! Much proprs bro!!!!
    One question, just curious, why did you not center the LCD & dvd/cd drive?

    I might be asking you some questions in the near future!! thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickrd
    Wow, looks great bro! I have an E46 '01 330i and starting to get into the Carputer thing and do something creative.. I've always loved the 7/8" LCD screens, but wanted a slot for my cd/dvd's up front, not in some unit in the trunk. And you did that! Much proprs bro!!!!
    One question, just curious, why did you not center the LCD & dvd/cd drive?

    I might be asking you some questions in the near future!! thanks
    Its off to the side because the dash peice is would require much more chopping to fit the dvd in the center, the DIN adapter that I started with had it off to the side(for the same reason), and also because I plan to put some buttons on it... if you take out your stock radio, you will notice all that the radio is actually off to the side, and its just the front plastic peice that extends all the way over...

    I could have centered it, but it would have meant much more dremeling and filling, and it probably wouldnt have looked as straight or have as perfect of a fit... I wouldnt have been able to do it in 20 hours either...
    e46|700tsv 2005 model|sb51g xpc2.4ghz opus 150|I-bus|XM Direct&cables | slim slot USB DVD-cdrw|Hawking 54g|iGuidance 2.1-HoluxGPS
    sold it all... :-(


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    Quote Originally Posted by yunusyu
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    slightly different version in 2 days, I have some free time to finish.
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