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  • Nissan Patrol GU 2004 - 4.8ltr Semi Auto

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a long time lurker who has finally got off his arse to start a worklog. I saw another Nissan Patrol with an awesome install and have been hooked since.

    I'm taking my sweet time with my install probably because I'm a bit lazy, but now my girlfriend is hassling me because I haven't had any sound in the car since before Christmas 05 and she wants music.

    My plan is to completely replace the stereo in the car with the screen and system. I have the following hardware and have been slowly doing the install;

    M1-ATX DC-DC
    Xenarc 10.2" Touchscreen LCD 1020TSV
    Epia M10000
    512 mb Ram
    200gb Western Digital IDE HDD
    GlobalSat BU-353 USB GPS Mouse
    Dlink DSB-R100 USB FM Radio
    Dlink USB Airplus Wireless Adaptor DWL-G122
    4 Port USB 2.0 Hub
    Kenwood 4 x 100w RMS Amplifier

    Pictures to come..

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      I have built a customer case for the system and M1-ATX from 3mm MDF and hotglue. Hotglue is your friend. I also made a small case for the HDD to give it a bit of protection.











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      • #4
        Next I cut the hole in dashboard. My model Patrol comes with optional passenger side airbag. Mine doesn't have it, so I have a compartment in the dashboard that I can use for the CarPC. Mind you it is a VERY small compartment. I cut the hole in the dashboard and hinged the panel section so that it can cover it back up. I have not put a handle of any description on the panel, so that at a glance it looks standard and you couldn't tell anything is there.











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        • #5
          heya that looks awesome.. whens the screen going in?
          2005 Nissan Xtrail
          DFI 855GME-MGF - Celeron M 1.4GHz - 256Mb RAM - 200Gb SATA HDD - OPUS 150w - Xenarc 700TSV

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          • #6
            I've started on the screen. It's the part that is taking me the longest to do. I want to make sure i do a good job on it as it is the part you will see the most. I'll post some pics for the progress of this shortly.

            A photo of the dual battery and the fusebank. The dual battery is isolated from the main battery by a RedArc SmartStart Battery Isolator.



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            • #7
              This looks great mate! I like it because it's completly stealth. And that dash will looks amazing with a molded screen in there.
              What do you need a second battery for?
              Renault Megane...the OEM look

              The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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              • #8
                All the wiring goes through the firewall of the car at one point in the passenger side footwell. Its right below the CarPC in the dashboard to keep the power wire length as short as possible.




                My GPS receiver is also on the passenger side of the car as the USB cable length isn't very long. I have placed the recevier inside and right up the top of the A pillar. It's out of the way up there and fits neatly



                After the computer was set and installed where it should go it was time for me to start making a mess of the dashboard to make room for the Xenarc. A couple of pictures here show the behind of the dash facia with the stereo removed. Then a picture of it after I chopped the supports out to make enough room to fit that large 10.2" screen in.



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cris
                  This looks great mate! I like it because it's completly stealth. And that dash will looks amazing with a molded screen in there.
                  What do you need a second battery for?
                  I run a second battery for the other accessories that I have in the 4wd. eg: Fridge, UHF CB Radio, reversing lights, work lights, interior power sockets. I also used to run a few accessories off it that I will be removing. Mainly the Magellan GPS and my PDA.

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                  • #10
                    Here are some more close-ups of the hacking job I did. I think if I was to try and get it back to standard i'm going to have a diffictul time doing so. I have also included a pic of the computer in its new home. Inside the dashbox that was made for it. You might note that it only just fit in there when closed.







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                    • #11
                      Wow, you are a brave man...cutting from the metal bars...takes courage. I too was faced with this option when I did mine, but I wasn't strong enough.
                      Renault Megane...the OEM look

                      The Lost in Europe Ford Escort

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                      • #12
                        A picture of the dashboard face BEFORE my modifications to it. I made a few pencil lines on it, but didn't really stick to them in the end anyway.



                        A few unsure cuts later. I basically removed the buttons so that I could keep them neat and re-use them later as a section.



                        I got a little side tracked here and started taking the Xenarc apart.



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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cris
                          Wow, you are a brave man...cutting from the metal bars...takes courage. I too was faced with this option when I did mine, but I wasn't strong enough.
                          LOL... I didn't have a choice. The screen is so big, it wouldn't fit any other way. I get a lot of glare on my dashboard which means that I need to angle the screen back a bit. This is actually a good thing for the viewing angle from the driver's position. I tried to cut the bars as cleanly as possible and I've kept them, so if I do need to put them back in I still can give that a go.

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                            Working on the screen and getting the angle right to make sure that it was viewable, and that it fit in there neatly was not as easy as I had thought. I started by making a new plate to hold the screen out of 9mm MDF. I used MDF because it is fairly strong and really easy to work with. Used a router and a jigsaw to get it just right and recessed the screen so it sits well in the MDF.








                            Made some side support and cut some more off the dash to get the viewing angle nice. this took a bit of time and a lot of fiddling around and cutting cardboard to the right size and shape to get the angle right for the side supports.




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