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  • 02 WRX Wagon Carputer Install, laptop and xenarc screen

    Well, after much deliberation on mac vs PC, screen size, head unit or no head unit, software options, etc - the parts were purchased and the install completed.

    What went in:

    Used Xenarc TSV-700 5-wire touch screen_______$270.00 (ebay)
    BU-353 GPS Antenna_________________________$75.00
    Carnetix p-2140 (from mp3carstore) ____________$135.00
    Aluminum WRX bolt in kit (mp3carstore) _________$130.00
    USB cables, monitor cables and connectors,
    wires, switches, etc _________________________$150.00ish
    My Casio V2000 Laptop_______________________FREE
    3 All nighters installing --The fun part___________FREE

    TOTAL:
    $760.00
    I went with centrafuse as my front end and so far have been pretty satisfied.

    First off, the ride:



    My 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon


    After I decided that I was going to use my laptop instead of a dedicated carputer, I had to devise a way to make it east to remove (and re-install) if I wanted to bring it with me someplace other than the car. I decided to mount it under the trunk floor/lid to the storage compartment above the spare tire. I still wanted to be able to have full functionality of the trunk space, so keeping it small was essential. I decided to go with aluminum plate, bent and mounted to a piano hinge so I could open the trunk and troubleshoot with the keyboard open if necessary (turned out to be quite useful):



    The floor of the trunk


    You can see the P-2140 at the bottom left corner of that last picture. This sweet little box made my carnetix was just what I was looking for. Its a dual output regulated power supply and has nearly infinite options for applications. It connects via USB to the computer and you can change all the start up/shut down parameters very quickly and easily. Its also really nice to get a visual display of the input voltage, output voltage and wattage, temperature, etc. I'm very impressed with it so far and haven't had any problems.

    Backtracking a little bit...this was the setup before the install, making sure everything worked the way it was supposed to (really the hardest part of the whole ordeal)



    The Setup


    Getting wires to the power button on the laptop was tricky and time consuming, but once it was soldered and epoxy'd into place, the power supply will boot and shut down the computer with the turn of the Key



    The quick to plug in/take out power button mod


    After I got all that working on the kitchen table I was ready to run wires in the car (running audio and video down the drivers side rocker panels and power/ignition down the passenger's side - and I haven't had any interference to date)

    The trunk wired up and computer installed:
















    The final product, hidden away...with no loss of functional space:





    Next was installing the screen. This took a little bit of custom work because I purchased, as shown above, the Xenarc 700 TSV. Its slightly larger than the lilliput screen but I had hoped that it would fit in the WRX specific aluminum case that this site sold. Well, it arrived in the mail and when i checked for fit, it was no good. So, with a little fabrication, trimming, hot gluing, and more fitment tests than I care to recall...I arrived at the finished product:



    The old and new, side by side.




    This took a little convincing too because the xenarc buttons are not on a separate micro board. They're mounted on a board that runs the whole height of the unit, so the only way to get it to fit was to mount the panel at an angle using a piece of bent aluminum with 3M dual stickyback holding it on (and so far so good).


    So the 2nd all nighter begins...



    Notice the new head unit under the seat...more to come on that later



    http://image16.webshots.com/16/8/91/...tions/FullSize
    Just under the AC controls is a CB radio...the next pic shows it covered up by the new faceplate/radio controls, but it still works, you just have to reach up/behind the faceplate to turn it on, but I don't use it very often, so its all good.


    http://image59.webshots.com/759/5/58...tions/FullSize
    The Pioneer head unit matches the instrument cluster perfectly, even at night with the green accents Also, I didn't want to trim the actual bezel that fits over the screen, mainly because I'm not very good with molding plastic and I didnt want to paint it, so I outlined the screen with electrical tape (I know, the not the most professional approach, but it works and looks way better than jagged or poorly molded/pained plastic)
    02 WRX Wagon

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...rc-screen.html

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    Install, Continued...

    Saw someone else do this mod and I really liked it, so I did it myslef. The WRX dash space is pretty limited and in order to keep a truly stock look, I decided it was necessary to mount the faceplate of the radio near the screen, but the CB radio I have behind it made it impossible to fit the whole CD player in...so CAT 5 cable and solder it was...


    http://image08.webshots.com/8/6/95/2...tions/FullSize



    http://image59.webshots.com/559/3/48...tions/FullSize



    http://image57.webshots.com/657/0/32...tions/FullSize


    After I mounted the faceplate to the center console I ran the CAT 5 cable to the actual CD player unit below the drivers seat (see pic above). This way I have an actualy knob to twist for volume, keep a real am/fm radio, and can load CD's under my seat if I really wanted to (or someone else brought them along).


    Finally the GPS in the bottom right corner of the rear passenger side window:


    http://image53.webshots.com/653/2/68...tions/FullSize
    BU-353 USB GPS Reciever

    At last, the final working product:


    http://image57.webshots.com/457/1/16...tions/FullSize
    Centrafuse Destinator GPS in action

    Sorry the pics are a little blury, I'm gonna try to get some better ones soon.



    http://image53.webshots.com/553/3/39...tions/FullSize
    Centrafuse front end screen


    Still working on:
    Bluetooth
    Microphone
    Upgrading speakers
    Subs

    Thanks for lookin...
    02 WRX Wagon

    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...rc-screen.html

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    • #3
      very clean install. keep the pics coming.
      2002 Acura RSX CarPC Worklog
      Current CarPC Expenses

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      • #4
        Very nice

        So easy when you have that double-din space for a LCD.....
        F6 Tornado Project Log ; HP Blackbird Watercooled Server

        Beta Tester for Centrafuse and 3dConnexion (No business affiliation with either)

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        • #5
          Gorgeous and very nice way to mount the laptop. you get an A++
          - sh00k
          Duct tape and a Bandana for the win, b!shes!!!

          My Setup:http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=73500

          Cost so far: Less than a grand ;]



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          Economy/Commuter cars + Computers = many entertained miles

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          • #6
            PS - is that laptop a casio or a compaq? i think your watch is casio ;]
            Duct tape and a Bandana for the win, b!shes!!!

            My Setup:http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=73500

            Cost so far: Less than a grand ;]



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            Economy/Commuter cars + Computers = many entertained miles

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            • #7
              Very clean, nice install!

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              • #8
                Thanks guys. The Laptop is a Compaq Presario V2000. Worked out some switches in the dash, pics coming soon...
                02 WRX Wagon

                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...rc-screen.html

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                • #9
                  How much modding did you have to do to the LCD bezel? Where did you order the WRX specific aluminum case for the liliput? As I'm only looking for the bezel to hold my xenarc like you and not the entire package of Monitor/bezel.

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                  • #10
                    Uhhh... anywhere.

                    Originally posted by Wrx012 View Post
                    How much modding did you have to do to the LCD bezel? Where did you order the WRX specific aluminum case for the liliput? As I'm only looking for the bezel to hold my xenarc like you and not the entire package of Monitor/bezel.
                    You can get the Bezel alone from either the MP3car.com store or DigitalWW for just about $130 - and you can mount the monitor yourself...
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                    • #11
                      I see you've got a Ferrari in your garage!

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                      • #12
                        Ah, that's like my dream car right there! WRX wagon with a CarPC and CB, awesome! I have basically the same, except without the turbo, or the AWD, and mine's a Hyundai, and the computer's a desktop, and the CB isn't working right now... but it's close! I'm also well under $1k. Anyway, great job hiding the CPU, it's good to see a fully functional wagon/hatch and it looks so clean! Any problems with overheating in there?
                        Elantra GT 1.2GHz Duron, RoadRunner & LSX Void 3.2. Status: Stable...

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                        • #13
                          Very nice, i like seeing more people extending their faceplates lol.
                          1998 Camaro Worklog Starting over, New setup for 2010

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TomParker69 View Post
                            I see you've got a Ferrari in your garage!
                            Haha, I wish. That's my boss's restored 68 Charger.

                            Originally posted by sporty_drew View Post
                            Very nice, i like seeing more people extending their faceplates lol.
                            Extending the faceplate is always fun...soldering cat-5 cable is not so much fun. I cant believe it hasn't stopped working yet - I did it over a year ago and still no problems. Never saw that coming.

                            As far as the overheating goes, I did have a bit of trouble on an 8hr road trip in 90+ degree heat. I haven't quite figured out how to solve it easily...anybody got some ideas?
                            02 WRX Wagon

                            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...rc-screen.html

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                            • #15
                              I'd just prop the lid open a few inches, possibly get a small usb fan to push the air out as well. Not too often the 8hr road trips in 90+ degree I'm sure, but if that's what it takes, then I'm sure simply cracking that lid would do it and you can back it up with a usb fan if needed.

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