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    I decided to amplify my audio using my Civic's original Honda radio, for a more OEM look. Too bad the display is not amber It will be relocated below the AC vents, as you can see. I cut the opening on the compartment...

    Anyhow, here is my first test fit, looks rough and dirty right now. Will need to bondo, sand etc.

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    Shots of initial test fitting!!

    OK, been busy with this! I finally cut the Xenarc housing, and text fit it into the dash bezel. I am still impressed how everything in this vehicle seems to be fitting like a glove. There is less than a 1/8" clearance all around for the screen. (!)

    Now that I verified everything fits right, I will be covering the 'seams' with fiberglass, sanding, painting, etc, for as close an OEM-look as possible. Will continue to post progress pics here...

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    Post Thats great!!

    Hey Justin,
    I am newbie and i started my research recently on carputers.
    I own a CRV 2003 and am planning on purchasing a new car.
    I am actually surprised that CRV is great for installing one.
    sounds like theres a lotta custom molding and fabricating that needs
    to be done. I love the technology but i cant and dont have the time
    to custom fit these. how much would it cost if i got it done by someone else?


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    My cost in materials alone was $1200 or so. There is not a whole lot of fabrication involved if you decide to use an amplifier instead of a head unit. in my case I wanted a HU and a volume knob etc.,, but the HU does not fit in the cubby hole beneath the AC vents (not deep enough). I am working on wiring between the HU body and the faceplate (lookup remote wiring via search) and then I will be done.

    The CR-V has the perfect placement for the screen, and it also fits the computer in the tray under passenger's seat. I think the 2003 CRV also has that tray. 2004 and later have side curtan airbag controllers under the seat, and they ditched the tray.
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    What are the features?

    Justin,
    Does the cost include the carputer too?
    What features are you integrating with your carputer?
    what about an amplifier? Did you look at widening the
    cubby hole beneath the AC vents?

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    Costs included EVERYTHING. I am using Navi/GPS, and MP3 mainly. I did not care about DVD or video.... I also have wifi, but not giving that a lot of use yet.

    I don't need my eardrums to bleed, so amp was not necessary. I usually ride with a 3yr old in the rear, so volume is set to low/mid range anyways.

    Expanding the cubby is impossible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justintime

    Now that I verified everything fits right, I will be covering the 'seams' with fiberglass, sanding, painting, etc, for as close an OEM-look as possible. Will continue to post progress pics here...
    I wouldn't use fiberglass for this project. It WONT stick to the plastic. By using fiberglass your gonna make the job WAY too hard for yourself.

    I suggest a two part epoxy, or better yet, a two part substance that hardens into plastic, similar to Duramix 4040.

    After that for stregth, a high quality bondo, re-enforced or not, depending on how big of an area your filling, and the primer/paint/ect.

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    thanks DOHcrazy. Any suggestions on two part substances that will harden into plastic, other than the duramix 4040? I've been looking for BLACK plastic filler of some sort, but could not find anything in local stores. The seam is sooo small to fill. I really don't want to go overboard with this.
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    how about the cubby hole?

    Quote Originally Posted by justintime
    Costs included EVERYTHING. I am using Navi/GPS, and MP3 mainly. I did not care about DVD or video.... I also have wifi, but not giving that a lot of use yet.

    I don't need my eardrums to bleed, so amp was not necessary. I usually ride with a 3yr old in the rear, so volume is set to low/mid range anyways.

    Expanding the cubby is impossible.
    More questions Have you considered using the cubby hole instead?
    Are you going to use wifi to dload songs onto your mp3? I have
    Delorme Earthmate but am thinking how user friendly is it going to
    be in the car. Its great on a laptop though. Are you going to use voice recognition for commands? The one bad thing about CRV is the blind spots,
    it would be great if you can install a camera when backing up
    like the lexus-es. any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justintime
    thanks DOHcrazy. Any suggestions on two part substances that will harden into plastic, other than the duramix 4040? I've been looking for BLACK plastic filler of some sort, but could not find anything in local stores. The seam is sooo small to fill. I really don't want to go overboard with this.
    Im gonna stick my advice with the 4040.

    3M also makes a product called Automix. Im not 100% sure on the part number though. It is the same stuff as 4040 though.

    Both of these are black.

    Youll be sanding/primering/texturing/painting/ect anyways, so its not improtant what color it is.

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