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    I am going to mount it under the passenger seat since no one can sit there other than my daughter right now. I am using a hacked up laptop so it is not hard to hide at all.

    I understand using just the amp and no HU, but I live 3.1 miles from work. Sometimes it would be overkill to boot the PC for a 5 min drive. I am sure the HU will be used for MP3's only on longer trips.

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    Here are a few more pics. I had to go back and resand some spots since I took these.



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    I have a JL Audio amp under the driver seat of my Vibe. Basically just take off the bracket holding the stock inverter up and slide the amp in underneath it, fits fine.

    My PC is under the passenger seat as well. I didn't go quite as far as you guys did with the screen though.. Since I didn't get the Lilliput, my screen had more of a rectangle shape, so I opted to simply mount it within the hole. It came out pretty well, as far as I'm concerned!

    I don't have a headunit either, I just have an Alpine EQ whose display is mounted up on the ceiling. There's a little hump right there where it fits at an angle (if you don't have the moonroof)

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    So I get the call that my Lilliput monitor came in. I get home and after all the fabricating I did it ended up being a 629GL instead of the 619GL that was pictured in the auction. So after all the sanding I had to rip it apart and start all over.

    Let round #2 begin.



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    Did you test the Lilliput before you rip open it?
    How hard it is to rip the fab out? I can imagine mine is hard cuz it seem very solid when I flex the whole piece a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatrixPC
    Did you test the Lilliput before you rip open it?
    How hard it is to rip the fab out? I can imagine mine is hard cuz it seem very solid when I flex the whole piece a little.
    I did some tests and hit in spots to see how strong it was, the only way I could get it loose was with a flat head screwdriver.

    Of couse I tested it. After 1 setback I needed to make sure this would be the one!!!!

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    Well after redoing all my work here is the almost finished product. I get to do the real test on the way to work tomorrow.





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    nice looking, it will come out really nice. too bad you had to rip out the old one. it came out even nicer with the rectangular edge of the new screen. good luck, let me know when u finally paint and mount.

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    I decided there was way too much gold in the pewter (being partially color blind sux), so I put some silver on top of it to lighten it up. It looks a lot closer to the factory color but still not there.

    Here are a few before adding the silver:



    And here is with the silver added to it, it probably does not look very different in the pics, but in the car it is a lot better.

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    Next in line...

    Okay, MatrixPC, first you convinced me that this is the only way
    to go with a PC-in-Matrix, and now after reading Matrix_24's story
    I think I finally got the courage to order the pieces and jump in the
    deep end.

    Would you guys mind sharing some tips regarding the mounting, sanding
    etc of the lilliput screen in the dash? What kind of material did you use for
    filler, glue, what kind of paint etc?
    Also any tips of the mounting of the radio / HU in the spot below
    the original place?

    One of my problems is also to find a replacement cover (bezel, front,
    whatever you want to call it). I called the dealer to see if I could order
    a spare one (I'd like to sell the car in it's original state one day), and
    he says that that silver cover costs about US$120 !!! That's just crazy.

    Any tips are appreciated...it might make my jump into the deep end a
    bit more bearable.

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