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    Introduction
    Well, after months and months of planning and scrapping those plans, and re-planning and reading and reading and watching other's thread's, and watching Technology advance as quickly as it has been recently, it's time I start my worklog.

    This is going to be installed in my 2006 Nissan Altima SE R.

    I've wanted to build a CarPC for quite some time, I have years of experience with computers and plenty of experience with electronics as well as car modifying and stereo work, I had planned one for my old '97 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, but that car had major electrical issues causing it's early death, before I could get to this project. Then I moved out and didn't need a car for 3 years, just using my fiance's 2007 Honda CRV (stock) when needed, now I'm still on my own but living far from my new job (47 miles each way) so I needed a car, with a good stereo for the daily ride... So I bought my 2006 Altima SE R in Jan of 2011, and knew it was finally time to get down to business.

    Before I begin I just wanted to give a shoutout to my brother, my best friend Ari, and everyone on MP3car.com and Nissanclub.com forums (for all the dash light reset procedure's that keep popping up while testing audio equipment with sensors unplugged!)... I've learned a LOT about this stuff while researching and building this project, without you guys I wouldn't have been able to do it.

    Parts, Parts and more Parts!
    Stock Setup in the Altima:
    BOSE 6-Disc CD Changer in-dash (non-MP3/WMA)
    BOSE Amp in Trunk
    Front Doors: Component 6.75"(6 3/4) Speakers (Tweeters in A-Pillar's)
    Rear Doors: Coaxial 6.75"(6 3/4) Speakers
    Rear Deck: 6x9 Speakers - used solely as "Subwoofers"

    Current Setup:
    JVC KD-NX5000 DVD Player
    BOSE Amp in Trunk
    Front Doors: Component 6.75"(6 3/4) Speakers (Tweeters in A-Pillar's)
    Rear Doors: Coaxial 6.75"(6 3/4) Speakers - Disconnected
    Rear Amp: Kenwood KAC-1502S 2 Channel in trunk
    Rear Deck: Pioneer 6x9 4-way Coaxial Speakers
    Sub Amp: Pioneer 2 Channel 760W Peak (was given to me with the sub's in the box - need to write down model number)
    Subwoofers: Pioneer 10" x2 in a sealed box mounted in trunk


    Project Build
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" in-dash
    Clarion EQS746 Equalizer
    Front Amp: Kenwood KAC-1502S 2 Channel under pass. seat (location pending)
    Front Doors: Alpine SPS-610C 6.5"(6 1/2) Component Speakers (Tweeters in A-Pillar's)
    Rear Doors: None (for now - may stay this way, don't want overkill)
    Rear Amp: Kenwood KAC-1502S 2 Channel in trunk
    Rear Deck: Pioneer 6x9 4-way Coaxial Speakers
    Sub Amp: Pioneer 2 Channel 760W Peak (was given to me with the sub's in the box - need to write down model number)
    Subwoofers: Pioneer 10" x2 in a sealed box mounted in trunk

    Accessories:
    PAC LC1 Volume Knob (only if I can't fit the EQ in an accessible location from the driver's seat)
    3.5mm right angle
    3.5mm Ground Loop Isolator (if needed)
    3.5mm -> RCA Cable
    Galaxy Tab 30-PIN to USB Car Charger Power Adapter
    American International ND0K726 Double DIN Mounting Kit
    Sandisk Micro SDXC 32GB - Extra Storage for the tunes
    PLX Kiwi Bluetooth - OBDII Diagnostic! (Yes, the car is modded, why? because racecar.)

    Apps on the Tab:
    Sygic Aura Navigation w/Sygic U.S. Maps - Offline Navigation
    Torque - OBDII Diagnostics
    Tasker - To automate stuff
    Tablet Talk - SMS/Call Notifications on the Tab from my phone
    PowerAMP - For playing music stored on the MicroSD Card
    Madsonic - To stream music from my server at home (via WiFi tethered to my phone)

    The plan as of right now is to connect everything as follows.

    Tablet Dock Connector -> USB -> Car Charger (opened up and hard wired to 12V Accessory power to turn on/off with car accessory)
    Tablet 3.5mm Headphone Jack -> 3.5mm to RCA Cable -> Input of Clarion EQ -> Output to 3 amplifier's / Second RCA to 3.5mm cable on AUX input for friends to connect their iPod/Phone's to the amplifier's

    Tasker is set to do the following:
    When Power is connected from charger
    Turn on Screen (no time-out/3 hours of timeout as no timeout doesn't seem to work)
    Turn on WiFi
    Turn on BT
    Open PowerAMP
    Set Media Volume to 15

    When Power is disconnected
    Close all running applications
    Turn screen timeout to 15 seconds
    Turn off WiFi and BT
    Set Media Volume to 3


    Progress:
    Installed:

    6K D2R 35w Low-Beam HID's
    Front Speakers: Alpine SPS-610C 6-1/2" 2-Way Components
    Front Amp: Kenwood KAC-1502S
    Rear Speakers: Pioneer 6x9 4-Way Coaxial
    Rear Amp: Kenwood KAC-1502S
    Sub Speakers: 2x Pioneer 10"
    Sub Amp: Pioneer 2-Channel 760W
    PLX Devices Kiwi Bluetooth OBD II Adapter
    American International ND-K726 2005-06 Nissan Altima Single/Double DIN Dash Kit
    Clarion EQS746 1/2 DIN Graphic Equalizer with Built-in Crossover
    6' Auxilliary Input Cable Stereo Mini-Jack to 2 Male RCA
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7"
    USB Auto Quick Charge 5V; 1A
    Duracell DC -> AC Power Inverter (100W w/USB 5v/2.1A)
    Premium USB Sync and Charger Cable for Samsung Galaxy Tab
    HHI (HandHeldItems) Anti-Glare and Anti-Fingerprint Screen Protector


    The PLX Wiki device is plugged into the OBD II Port and the wire is tucked directly above the OBD Port behind the plastic underneath my steering wheel, then zip tied in a coil. The little bit of wire I needed was ran out through a small notch cut into my fuse box panel door that is off to the left of the OBD Port, and the PLX is currently hanging out about 1-2 inches down from the bottom of the fuse box. I will be double side taping this device to the under side of the dash for permanent mounting.

    I have so far installed all the speakers and amplifier's, (Front Alpine Component Amplifier is located under the passenger seat, other two amplifiers are attached to the back of my Subwoofer box in the trunk) and re-ran the remote wire for the amp's and EQ to the RED 12V Ignition line that originally connected to the old JVC Headunit. I have removed the JVC Headunit and all of it's accessories (BT Adapter, Speed Sensor, GPS Antenna, Aux In cable), and installed the Clarion EQ under my A/C Controls in the cubby. To install that we removed the door and used the Dremel to cut out a slot along the top edge of the cubby, then screwed the mounting brackets from the EQ into the side of the cubby and wired it all up. The AUX In from the EQ is a RCA -> Mini (3.5mm) cable ran from the back of the EQ underneath it and out the front of the cubby, this is a 6' cable allowing all passengers to be able to plug their iPod/iPhone/Android/MP3 Player into the car's stereo.

    The tablet is now installed (non-removably) in my dash.. We ended up not using any bezel from the dash mounting kit, and we just used the two brackets that screw into the support bar in the back and they stick straight towards the front of the dash, where the bezel is supposed to click onto. The tablet leans against these two supports stopping it from falling back into the dash, and the dash surround presses against the Tablet pushing it back against these supports making it nice and snug. Kind of difficult to explain, but I'll try to snap some pics of the mounting if anyone is interested. I have a few cell phone pics below of the install (EQ and Tab).

    UPDATE 11/19/12
    I just (finally) ordered my Samsung HS3000 BT adapter with a long (12') MicroUSB Cable and 3.5mm Audio Cable. I am going to mount the Headset up top on the headliner somewhere towards the center of the car and run the power and audio wires down the pillar into the Power Inverter and EQ respectively. Once I receive and install it I will post some newer pictures. I have not yet had a chance to make a better bezel, this one works for now.


    UPDATE 6/15/12
    I have installed my new Duracell Power Inverter I just ran the cigarette lighter plug into the console and tapped into my cigarette lighter located below my A/C Controls, then USB from the tablet to the Power Inverter.

    Lastly, I have now finished my first attempt at a Bezel to cover up the gaps all around the tablet as well as the Samsung logo on the right side of the tablet, pics are at the bottom of this post! NOTE: This was my first time every fabricating something like this, so it's not perfect, but for now it'll do as I am going to a Nissan Summer Car Meet this weekend (Sunday - 6/17). However, I do plan on making a second bezel that doesn't have the little imperfections this one has. I made the bezel out of some extra Acrylic that my step-mom had lying around from her old Laser Engraving business. It is a piece of black 1/4" thick acrylic that I just used a Dremel and drill to cut/sand down to the shape I measured out. Then I sprayed the edges (inside and out) with black enamel paint (I had it laying around and it is flat-black so it works for me) as the edges of the acrylic (after being cut/sanded) were white.

    Also while I was in there I pulled up my shifter bezel (shiny silver - which doesn't really match anything else in the car) and PlastiDipped it flat-black, so there's one pic of that as well.

    UPDATE 11/27/12!

    Just put up pictures of the tablet with the HandHeldItems Matte Anti-Fingerprint Anti-Glare screen protector at the end of the post for those who are interested in how it looks and how well it works.

    Pictures! Yay! Everyone's favorite part!
    Stock Head Unit (This is my car - pictures are from the dealer's website the day I went to go check the car out)




    My Current Setup (JVC Head Unit)




    New CarTab!!











    UPDATE 6/15/12!







    UPDATE 11/27/12!








    I look forward to hearing everyone's questions, comments and I am definitely open to anyone's input as this is my first time doing this - so any advice is appreciated.
    Last edited by Diablo2424; 03-13-2014, 11:01 AM. Reason: Update - Tablet installed and working great!
    Worklog: 2006 Nissan Altima SER CarTab!

  • #2
    Have fun! Look forward to seeing the progress. Regarding navigation...there are many cool ones. That Sygic looks cool. I also find the google navigation just as cool. How do you plan to mount your tab? In-dash? In my altima I decided to just modify a double din dash kit...saved a bunch of time. Do you plan to make yours removable?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by hexxamillion View Post
      Have fun! Look forward to seeing the progress. Regarding navigation...there are many cool ones. That Sygic looks cool. I also find the google navigation just as cool. How do you plan to mount your tab? In-dash? In my altima I decided to just modify a double din dash kit...saved a bunch of time. Do you plan to make yours removable?
      Yea, I need the offline feature of the Sygic though, I found a few others but this one looks to be the best.. we'll see once I get it in the car and start using it though.

      I do plan on mounting it in-dash, I was going to go with a permanent mount, but now I'm thinking of maybe making it removable, either on a sliding tray (possibly powered, using an old PC CD-Drive internals) or maybe just be able to tilt it forward then slide it out.

      I just have a few little details to figure out, and once my check clears in the bank (hopefully today/tomorrow) I'll be placing a nice order with Amazon and Sonic Electronix

      One thing I need to figure out is, if I use my Samsung Galaxy S II Bluetooth to my Tab for my phone capabilities while driving, how the Tab is going to pick up my voice. As the built in the microphone is hidden inside the dash...

      I also need to make sure the Tab can connect to two BT devices at once (My Phone AND PLX Kiwi for Torque) or I may have to get the WiFi PLX Kiwi device.
      Worklog: 2006 Nissan Altima SER CarTab!

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      • #4
        Order Placed!!!

        Here's the list of parts on their way:

        Clarion EQS746 1/2 DIN Graphic Equalizer with Built-in Crossover
        PLX Devices Kiwi Bluetooth Wireless Trip Computer and OBDII Scanner
        6' Auxilliary Input Cable Stereo Mini-Jack to 2 Male RCA
        USB Auto Quick Charge 5V; 1A
        Kenwood KAC-1502S Stereo / Bridgeable 350 Watts 2 Channel Car Power Amplifier
        Premium USB Sync and Charger Cable for Samsung Galaxy Tab
        American International ND-K726 2005-06 Nissan Altima Single/Double DIN Dash Kit
        Metra Raptor Amplifier Installation Kit 800 Watt PKBL1
        Alpine SPS-610C 6-1/2" 2-Way Component Car Speakers

        I also picked up a few goodies for the car, non-stereo related...
        Nokya Arctic Yellow H11 Headlight Bulb (Stage 1) - Fog Lights
        D2R 6000K (White) HID OEM Repleacement Light Bulb for Nissan 2002-2006 Altima Low Beam (One Pair) - Low Beam replacements for my crappy stock HID bulbs

        Worklog: 2006 Nissan Altima SER CarTab!

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        • #5
          What are your plans for the old JVC?

          I bought one used years ago and it came broken, I'm mildly interested in buying yours if the price is right.

          I also rock that equalizer and use it in a very similar setup that you do. Great choice.

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          • #6
            Love the yellow fog light look and can't wait to see the progress that you make on the install.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Hubbard 0 View Post
              What are your plans for the old JVC?

              I bought one used years ago and it came broken, I'm mildly interested in buying yours if the price is right.

              I also rock that equalizer and use it in a very similar setup that you do. Great choice.
              Actually I plan on selling my JVC to help recoup some of the money I spent on this tablet project. So I will definitely be listing it for sale (with the Bluetooth adapter of course) once I get it out of my dash. I also have (and currently use) the remote for it, everything with it works great. The Bluetooth adapter plugs into the CD Changer port on the back of the head unit, then I also have the 3.5mm input cable which also uses the CD Changer port (on the back of the bluetooth adapter is a pass through for that port, so I have my 3.5mm adapter plugged into there) and that works great as well. I usually use that with my phone to listen to Pandora while I drive. I'll definitely let you know when it's available for sale.

              Thanks for the recommendation on the EQ! I wasn't sure which to go with and based my choice on reviews I had read on various sites, glad to know you have it and love it.


              Originally posted by daclothe View Post
              Love the yellow fog light look and can't wait to see the progress that you make on the install.
              Me too, thanks! I'll definitely keep this post updated... a few of the parts shipped already, I love Amazon. lol
              Worklog: 2006 Nissan Altima SER CarTab!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Diablo2424 View Post
                Yea, I need the offline feature of the Sygic though, I found a few others but this one looks to be the best.. we'll see once I get it in the car and start using it though.

                I do plan on mounting it in-dash, I was going to go with a permanent mount, but now I'm thinking of maybe making it removable, either on a sliding tray (possibly powered, using an old PC CD-Drive internals) or maybe just be able to tilt it forward then slide it out.

                I just have a few little details to figure out, and once my check clears in the bank (hopefully today/tomorrow) I'll be placing a nice order with Amazon and Sonic Electronix

                One thing I need to figure out is, if I use my Samsung Galaxy S II Bluetooth to my Tab for my phone capabilities while driving, how the Tab is going to pick up my voice. As the built in the microphone is hidden inside the dash...

                I also need to make sure the Tab can connect to two BT devices at once (My Phone AND PLX Kiwi for Torque) or I may have to get the WiFi PLX Kiwi device.
                Is your tablet GSM or CDMA? Also what is the reason you need to connect your phone to your tab? I know you can pair them and the kiwi will pair as well. I use the kiwi in my car. Using your tab for voice calls that's a whole other thing.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by hexxamillion View Post
                  Is your tablet GSM or CDMA? Also what is the reason you need to connect your phone to your tab? I know you can pair them and the kiwi will pair as well. I use the kiwi in my car. Using your tab for voice calls that's a whole other thing.
                  My tablet is WiFi only, no GSM or CDMA, that's why I would need to connect it to my phone via WiFi Tethering of my phone's 4G LTE connection. Yea, I've looked up that I can pair both my phone and kiwi, however, I have also learned that there are currently no apps out for Android that will allow my tablet to work as a bluetooth "headset" to my phone. So pairing the tab to my phone will not get the audio of my phone calls to come through the speakers of my car :-(. I'm still looking for this... along with some others over on XDA Developer's forum... see: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=844605
                  Worklog: 2006 Nissan Altima SER CarTab!

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                  • #10
                    oh. right. Its not so much the app but the bluetooth profile. So my solution was just to get a bluetooth module for my car that just so happens to support both A2DP and HFP. I use it for the handsfree profile. I have that bluetooth device connected to the same channel as my tablet so calls from my phone and music from my tablet go through the same channel on my mini amp. You should not have a problem connecting your tablet to your phone's wifi and having it connected to the Kiwi at the same time. Two different wireless technologies.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hexxamillion View Post
                      oh. right. Its not so much the app but the bluetooth profile. So my solution was just to get a bluetooth module for my car that just so happens to support both A2DP and HFP. I use it for the handsfree profile. I have that bluetooth device connected to the same channel as my tablet so calls from my phone and music from my tablet go through the same channel on my mini amp. You should not have a problem connecting your tablet to your phone's wifi and having it connected to the Kiwi at the same time. Two different wireless technologies.
                      Yea I've been looking into this whole thing and as of right now it doesn't seem possible. I or someone will have to develop and app that re-writes the bluetooth stack within the tablet so it shows as a Headset, not a Tablet, allowing the phone to send it's audio over to the tablet.

                      Then I thought about it and that would mean the Tablet would have TWO BT connections, one from my phone one from the Kiwi... so it wouldn't work anyway. I think I may have found a solution though. I am currently looking for a BT headset that has a USB charging port as well as a 3.5mm headphone out jack (there are quite a few out there that do surprisingly). I'm going to have to get one of these take it apart, then re-wire the microphone (extend the wires) so it's up on my gauge cluster in front of my while I drive, and I'll use the 3.5mm jack and convert it to RCA and plug that into the AUX input of my EQ. So I'll just have to answer the phone call's on my phone, then press the button my EQ to switch the input to the phone. (This input will be on an RCA splitter with a second RCA -> 3.5mm wire coming out for friends to plug in their iPod's when they are in the car with me)

                      As of right now, this is my current proposed solution... we'll see what happens as I get the tablet into the dash and the project further underway.
                      Worklog: 2006 Nissan Altima SER CarTab!

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                      • #12
                        Front Alpine 6.5" Component Speakers are now installed... Amplifier is under the passenger seat

                        Hopefully Next weekend I can start working on installing the EQ and working on this tablet mounting.... still unsure of how I'm going to make it removable, I just know that I am going to do so... somehow...
                        Worklog: 2006 Nissan Altima SER CarTab!

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                        • #13
                          Update first post with text, pictures coming later today...

                          Equalizer installed yesterday, took about 6 hours, but it looks GREAT! Tablet install coming today... possibly just a permanent mount for now, will change that later... what a project this has been, but I can't wait until it's complete!
                          Worklog: 2006 Nissan Altima SER CarTab!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Diablo2424 View Post
                            Update first post with text, pictures coming later today...

                            Equalizer installed yesterday, took about 6 hours, but it looks GREAT! Tablet install coming today... possibly just a permanent mount for now, will change that later... what a project this has been, but I can't wait until it's complete!
                            Sounds cool. Can't wait to see the pics.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hexxamillion View Post
                              Sounds cool. Can't wait to see the pics.
                              Updated first post with pics... Tab is mounted non-removably for now... not sure how/if I'll be changing that... but we'll see... I still need to buy my BT Headset and wire that up, but for now I got the basic's (Music) working as I had planned, just have to decide on which Music App I want to set as default, lol...
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