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    Some pix of my new "bolt-in" parts I installed today. A little bit off topic but I thought you guys would enjoy. Nothing like adjusting your carPC from the comfort of a racing seat. Shaved at least 75 lbs off the car with these. Little rainy / dark in the pics but gives you an idea




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    Look what came in the mail today! These are Greg's parts (gla502) I am assembling them and hope to document the process somewhat better than before. All the parts came to me in good condition. I have not yet juiced the screen or taken it apart but this will be happening very soon. Just need to set aside the time without distractions to get this mounted up and shipped out.

    I need to give my RR skin a break. I've been coding a new transparent version and spending a lot of time on it. Its nearing completion but I'm glad I have some hardware to take my mind off the software.
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    Awesome! I'm glad to see everything got there in one piece.

    I hope you have the time to document everything as I would like to see it come along. Once I get it back I will take pictures and keep everyone posted on very first carpc experience. I am sure I'll have many questions.

    Thanks for posting Joe!

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    Nice! Looking forward to the pics of the screen install. I finally landed a halfway decent job and I'm getting close to ordering the first few bits of hardware. Shouldn't be too much longer after that and I'll be needing your fabbing services
    Almost there...

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    Great news memphis! Glad to hear about the job. Let me know when your ready and I'll work out something with you.

    Here is another pic of the new build for greg. I've noticed a few differences in the new kit that I wanted to share with you guys. First off, no bar in the middle and the finish is very nice. It has a couple extra mounting tabs that may need to be removed for the mustang. The mustang uses the most forward mounting tabs and I'm not sure if this bigger second row will fit without trimming. I also gave your screen some juice and everything looks good and is in working order. I picked up pretty much all the hardware I will need for the assembly and will be starting that very soon.

    Anyone considering a complete bolt in this is basically where you start, A trim kit specific to your car which gets mounted to a nice lightweight strong metal chassis for your components to reside. Take a look at this bad boy - 2 years of development later. .
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    Joe! This is looking awesome. I can't wait to see it with the screen mounted.

    Looks like you've got this down to a science, keep up the excellent fab work. Do you plan on posting pics of how you do the molex connector? I'd really like to see that.

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    I will post a pic of the molex connector when I get there. Thats really one of the last things to do. It involves soldering a female molex to the LCD controller board, +, -

    The following pics are of the Xenarc > Trimkit modifications. I think this is probably the most asked question about the build so I took a lot of pics and I hope this helps out, there are also some good pics of a xenarc with labels on what is what for future reference.

    This is when you first open up the case. There are 4 main screws you need to remove plus the slider braket on the back. Be careful and patient when you remove the back as it comes apart easy if you remove all the screws and there are a few wires that will be dangling. First off you can unplug the speaker and discard of it. Its not needed. The next thing is to disconnect the IR remote sensor as this also does not need to be present. (optionally you can extent the wiring and place it somewhere for you remote to work). After you have the housing open you can remove things piece by piece (mostly PCB's) **MAKE SURE YOU MARK EVERYTHING!!! If you disconnect a wire mark its location and polarity so you know how it goes back together!!! I cannot stress this enough. Look at my pics and you will see the wires labeled because when this goes back together its in a different arrangement and its easy to get wires backward on the xenarc. Also please note the inverter and TS controller boards wiring harness looks very similar but it CANNOT be swapped! If they are the screen will not work at all. The first step is to basically separate the LCD screen, The touchscreen overlay, the PCB boards and the plastic housing.
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    Here are some more pics of the disassembly and test fitting of the xenarc parts. You will want a table cleaned and dedicated to only the parts you are assembling. Its easy to start getting parts mixed up if you don't keep things organized. The 2nd pic down shows the actual LCD size compared to the trim. This is why the plastic housing trim is necessary. The 4th pic down is a pic of the much sought after (and best on the market) 5 wire resistive touchscreen overlay, when removed from everything else.
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    This is the fun part You need a high speed dremel tool with a cutting wheel bit attachment. Line up the front part of the stock xenarc housing with the metra (or your car's) trim kit. This is where you need to determine what needs to be shaved off in order for the front of the housing to sit flush in the recess of the metra kit. I do this by setting the 2 pieces face to face and marking the housing with a sharpie with where it need to be cut. You can see my sharpie marks in the pics. Draw straight lines and cut straight lines. All of your cuts will be behind the trim so you wont see them but you want the screen to be level with the trim when finished. These pics show the housing after various trim procedures.
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    More pics of mating the front of the housing to the automotive trim. And a test fit of the TS controller and LCD with the modified front housing plate installed into the auto trim. You can barely see the silver edges now and the fit is nice and snug. When you are happy with the fit of you plastic parts you are almost ready for the epoxy.
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