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I am finally starting the build and install in my Acura RL. Check out the dash and console, you can't ask for anything better. I will be updating my own website, but will be doing it here more often then not for the feedback.
Here is what I have so far.
I am installing everything in the trunk but moving alot of controls and sensors to the front in a couple of places I still have to figure out. You can see on the pic below I have alot of room.
Dash/Radio Area Work:
-I will be hacking the 8" lilliput and molding the screen 1/4 to 1/2 inch inside.
-Mold slim DVD/CDRW above or below screen flush with dash
-volume knob (if I can't get steering wheel controls operable)
-infared sensors for TV tuner and sound card so I can use remotes if I need to for some reason.
Center Console/Ash Tray Area Work:
-A/V RCA's to TV tuner card for misc video input
-ball mouse molded in flush or small joystick - I want a small joystick on the left of the shifter, or also have one completely hidden that I can pull out when needed( I dont' think I will use it that much.
-USB ports for keyboard and anything else that comes up.
-temp guage - gets hot in Houston, will probably need constant cooling setup
-power button for inverter and/or computer
Parts Ordered or Owned:
- V2mdmp MB, 1.4Ghz AMD, 400 Watt PS (I made this one a year ago)
- 8" Lilliput - $289 delivered
- Panasonic CW-8123-B Slimline Slot Loading CD-RW / DVD $50
- Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum - From ebay for $69.99 new, refurb. Has volume knob and remote if I ever wanted it.
- Hauppauge PCI TV/FM Tuner Card WINTV401 - remote w/sensor, $86.99 new
- XMPCR SATELLITE RADIO
- XPOWER XANTREX 1000 Watt 1000W POWER INVERTER - $66
- Iguidance v2.0 with BU-303 GPS reciever $180
- Pioneer 4 Channel Amp 300 Watts
A whole lot of wire
I will probably delete this and put on my website, but I want to put it all out there in case I am doing something wrong
-I am most worried about the heat during the summer, but with a second battery, I can run some type of cooling system. I don't want to start the system when its 140 degrees in the trunk. They make a liquid cooling system that I might be able to run while not in the car to keep the temperature down. If put the MB and HD in a box, I only need to cool that area
-I am trying to find a USB volume control has has buttons. They make a USB knob that can be used for volume, but if I had something with buttons, I could hack that easily and use the controls on my steering wheel. I want some kind of volume control not on the computer just in case I need to turn it down fast. there might be something I could put in between the outputs from the video card and the amp, or something on the amp.
-The other thing I am trying to figure out is how to power the computer off and on. I can use a relay to give power to the inverter straight from the battery. I am not sure of the drain of the inverter when the computer is off. If there is not that much drain, then I will only shut down the computer manually by a switch, so I can leave it running if I won't be away from the car for awhile.
-I haven't decided whether or not I need to have a mouse accessible all the time. I am starting to think I won't need it that much, so I just put a USB plug hidden up front, and keep a miniature mouse in the glove box. Although I think it would just be cool to have a joystick mouse in the center console. I would then need a switch so I use an easier mouse if I am going to be something serious on the computer. (yes I will actually be doing serious stuff on the computer. I never fly).
-The antenna to the FM radio in the TV tuner card is going to be spliced into the antenna in the car. I have one of those antennas in the back window making it easy to splice into. Man I hope I get a good signal.
Now I have to wait for things to arrive. I want it look like the car came this way, and not loose any room in the trunk. I figure this install will take a day or two, a long day or two. There are so many options, and so many add ons, I am trying to stop myself from looking for more things. Plus I don't know if the parts I have will do the job the right way, like the FM tuner or TV tuner. I haven't even thought about wireliss yet either.
Eventually I want to be able to use voice commands to control the lighting in the car, the power windows, cruise, volume, and every other thing you really don't need. Its this websites and Media Engines fault that I am going this far, I can't help it.
Check out the website for some pictures of the cars area and other info, but I will update this when something happens.
thanks for all the help,