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    diy sliding screen

    Im helping my friend put a computer in his 04 outback and we decided to make our own sliding screen. There is an empty din slot we are going to put it into so hopefully its not too ugly. We were going to use keyboard shelf sliders for a solid slide with some sort of dowel or something up front that the bottom of the screen will be hinged on. Right now we need to find the narrowest screen possible so that it will fit in a din slot with room for sliders. Has anyone done this or are we destined for failure? Any comments would be appreciated, especially if someone knows of a small screen we could use. We were looking at a 7in touch/non-touch, it doesnt really matter. thanks

    alex

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    If you wanted to get crazy you can also use some latching relays , and some reed switches and a linear actuator and motorize it.

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    I think your biting off a mighty big hunk of frustrating trouble, but the best of luck. If you pull it off you will really have acheived something. Before you start looking for screens maybe you should try mocking up your slide system. I think that getting the slide system right is going to take a bit of doing!
    (Maybe you could buy an in dash Lilli with a dead screen drive motor or gears and just use that. Given the bad reviews they keep getting there must be lots for sale.)
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    i think furniture type sliders (keyboards, cabinets) etc... are the wrong way to go. They typically have a much higher load capacity than is necessary for a screen and much higher tolerances than you would expect for something that needs to be precisely actuated.

    I would seriously consider looking at using a ball screw (or even a coarse threaded rod would work with some lubricant) to provide your bearing. The driven portion should be supported by a flat track or a piece of angle stock to keep it from rotating as the screen is pushed out.
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    That's an interesting idea to use a ball screw. I agree that a drawer slide wouldn't be the way to go I don't think that they have a tight enough tolerance for this application. (ie. too much slop in their movement) I also don't recall seeing any that would be small enough but that doesn't mean they aren't out there.
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