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  • The StationRocket WRX is done.

    My wife had the baby early so the StationRocket WRX is done.

    Our new baby girl is here and my time is pretty scarce these days so even though thereís a bunch of other things Iíd like to get into this project before I declare it finished I have to be realistic and admit that for the time being this is how itís gonna stay.

    Project vital stats:
    Epia M1GHz
    Windows XP Pro
    Media Engine
    Xenarc Touch screen
    Opus 90W
    512Mb Ram
    Western Digital120Gb HD
    Panasonic Slim Slot DVD/CDRW
    Anycom 240 Bluetooth
    Erricson T610
    Jabra Bluetooth Headset
    Criterion Cellular GSM Amp
    iTrek serial GPS
    iGuidance
    Mini Usb keyboard
    Alpine CDA-9825 Head Unit
    Soundstream 364 (sub) and 164 (door speakers) Amps
    Rockford Fosgate 6.5Ē component speakers
    Rockford Fosgate 4Ē coaxial speakers
    Diamond Audio 10Ē Sub
    Custom sub box
    And a whole lot of wire, connectors, relays, fans, bits of metal and plastic ectÖ
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  • #2
    Dash

    Here is a picture of the completed cockpit. I removed the stock head unit and then cut up the Xenarc and fabricated a bracket out of plastic that would hold it on the stock head unitís mounting points. I removed the dashtop clock and modified the Subaru dashtop gauge pod to accept the Alpine head unit. The cell phone sits in a cradle that I mounted onto a piece of heavy sheet metal bent such that it would snake into the dash through a gap around the grey bezel and to one of the HVAC control mounting bolts. A company called Panavise makes these brackets but I found it relatively easy to make it myself. The Jabra headset sits in itís cradle/charger which has itís own dc/dc power supply so it always is charged and ready when I need it. Itís location makes it easy to grab when thereís a call coming in.
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    • #3
      Dashtop Pod

      Here is a close up of the Alpine head unit in the dashtop pod and the iTrek GPS. This is a fantastic GPS. I got it with a serial cable because I had a serial port available and I had heard about people having issues with USB GPS going in and out of standby/hibernation.
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      • #4
        hereís the slot load DVD/CDRW mounted in the center console. This bezel was intended to be a temporary fix until I made a decent one but 99% of the time itís out of site so I donít mind that it looks kind of crappy.
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        • #5
          Thereís a USB hub in the glove box mainly to support the keyboard (which in reality I rarely use) Itís also pretty easy to get at when you want to plug in a jump drive, mp3 player or something like that. I really like the super small keyboard because it tucks away in the glove box. I usually keep it unplugged so I donít have to worry about crap jammed in the glove pressing keys.
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          • #6
            Oooh!

            Do you have pics of your dash installation before putting the bezel back on? I'd be interested in what you had to do to the Xenarc. I've just ordered one for my MY03 WRX.

            Can you show some pix of your sub installation? I have a wagon as well.

            Where did you mount the PC and amps?


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            • #7
              That looks really good. Someone asked a few weeks ago about how a slot-load slimline DVD drive works in that totally vertical position. So...How's it work? Is it the panasonic?
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              • #8
                case

                I made the enclosure out of an aluminum box. It neatly houses the motherboard, hard drive and the Opus. Iís not very pretty but when the driverís seat is in itís regular position you canít see it. Itís has 2 small fans to provide cooling airflow. Under the passenger seat I mounted the cell amplifier. I talked about this device at length in a thread titled Cell Booster / Amplifier in the general hardware discussion forum so Iím not gonna go into it here. In short itís a great device but it canít save the world.
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                • #9
                  Hereís a couple screen shots. I use Media Engine with brushed metal skin for my front end. Making a skin of my own design is something I really hope to find time to do someday. Internet access via the cell phone and Bluetooth adapter is not particularly fast but it works and is always there if I want it.
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                  • #10
                    trunk

                    Havin a baby on the way meant that I was glad my WRX was a wagon and had lots of cargo space. One thing (perhaps the only one) about the WRX kind of sucks, the stock sound system. I took an incremental approach to fixing the problem. First I replaced the head unit but still wasnít happy. Next I replaced the door speakers but it still wasnít quite loud enough with the windows down and something else was missing. It was time to add a sub and some amps. Back to that baby on the way and the need for cargo space, I really didnít want to fill it all up with audio stuff. The trunk was built up a little so that when you put the back seat flat it was all even. That provided the room for the amps in a storage tray without loosing any space. The even better news is that the Impreza has room for a full size spare but the WRX ships with a doughnut. This meant that there is quite a bit of space between the trunk deck and the top of the spare. Enough room that I was able to make a fiberglass sub box with .65 cubic feet of volume, plenty to provide a sealed enclosure thatís acoustically correct for my 10Ē sub. The net result is no change in available cargo space, spare is still there, amps tucked away and a sub that will move your hair.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ppgt94
                      That looks really good. Someone asked a few weeks ago about how a slot-load slimline DVD drive works in that totally vertical position. So...How's it work? Is it the panasonic?
                      yep it's the Panasonic. I haven't had any trouble with it in the verticle position though i don't use it that much. It is a bit louder than i'd expect.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by C4M
                        Oooh!

                        Do you have pics of your dash installation before putting the bezel back on? I'd be interested in what you had to do to the Xenarc. I've just ordered one for my MY03 WRX.

                        Can you show some pix of your sub installation? I have a wagon as well.

                        Where did you mount the PC and amps?


                        C!
                        i took the Xenarc out of it's housing and made some spacers to tilt one of the boards out of the way so it would fit in the WRX dash hole. I then made a bracket that held the LCD and boards and bolted onto the mounts for the OEM radio

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                        • #13
                          slimdrive

                          Did you get the ide / usb adapter for the DVD ?
                          If it is usb is USB 2 and how are the speeds?

                          The install looks great, good job, nice car!!!!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by alti
                            Did you get the ide / usb adapter for the DVD ?
                            If it is usb is USB 2 and how are the speeds?

                            The install looks great, good job, nice car!!!!

                            nope i just ran an ide cable from the pc under the drivers seat over to the center console

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                            • #15
                              very very nice, I love WRX installs, I cant wait to get one. Great job!
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