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  • New Generic Double Din chassis design

    Well with the amount of interest I've received on double din chassis kits, I decided to draw up a generic kit concept. This kit would have the mounting 'ears' built right into the .063" aluminum and hold an ITX mobo, m2-atx (or other power supply) 3.5 or 2.5" harddrive (up to 2) and the LCD controller board. The LCD itself would be mounted into a foam or plastic trim kit. This will keep all components well grounded and provide a thermal heat sink effect. All PCB's would be mounted on standoffs. Is this something there would be interest in if I make a few?

    http://home.comcast.net/~joe.shock/pix/dd_render_1.jpeg
    http://home.comcast.net/~joe.shock/pix/dd_render_3.jpeg
    http://home.comcast.net/~joe.shock/pix/dd_render.jpeg
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  • #2
    I'm using the WRX kit and am going for a full indash setup, but if that weren't around I'd be straight onto something like that.

    Infact, after seeing that seconnd tier you have put in above the mobo, I'm thinking that might be the way to go for to mount my HDD and m2-atx.

    Have you had any issue with heat? Just on the bench my whole chassis is getting quite hot, but no more than the stock headunit does at the moment in the car. That second 'level' might help me mount a fan in the somewhere to help with the heat.

    I reckon quite a few people would be keen on that as few people have the knowledge and resources to do it themselves. Even if they don't go for a full indash setup like you and I, they will still have a nice solid chassis to mount their screen on and anythign else that doesn't need easy access (PSU/SDC/HDD).

    Would you pre-drill the holes for the most common components? (the WRX kit has the holes pre-dilled to mount the M10k and any other mobos with the same mounting points)
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    • #3
      How much you think this would go for? My only concern really is heat. I understand how heatsinks and all work, but how would this act like one? I think it's a good idea if you don't want to worry about fabricating your own case, and want to keep things organized!

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      • #4
        Would it be possible to have adjustable ears instead of fixed ones? I have an 05 Focus and the mounting locations are about 2 1/2" deeper than the Mustang.

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        • #5
          This would probably go for around 80 USD. The holes for the mobo would be machined in place (mini ITX form factor) Also I can make the ears adjustable which is probably a good idea for a generic case. Make them slide so the actual chassis depth can be adjusted. Ill post up some more renders when I get home
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          • #6
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            • #7
              The Thermal properties of aluminum are what keep the heat down. If you have ever felt aluminum it stays cooler than the ambient temp. It has very high heat dissipation properties and works to draw heat away from components. Virtually all chipset heat sinks are made from aluminum or a aluminum/copper combo.
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              • #8
                Joe, you are one smart guy. I think you could sell a ton of these.
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                • #9
                  I have been thinking about putting a PC in my car for a while and I would DEFINITLY be interested in this. Would this bracket be able to hold the xenarc 700TS LCD screen with out taking apart the LCD?

                  http://www.xenarc.com/product/700ts.html

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by blk02si View Post
                    The Thermal properties of aluminum are what keep the heat down. If you have ever felt aluminum it stays cooler than the ambient temp. It has very high heat dissipation properties and works to draw heat away from components. Virtually all chipset heat sinks are made from aluminum or a aluminum/copper combo.
                    Thanks for the explanation. But doesn't the metal have to actually be touching the components to function? Sorry, I'm new to the whole getting rid of heat thing.
                    Even though, I can't wait to order this baby!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by blk02si View Post
                      The Thermal properties of aluminum are what keep the heat down. If you have ever felt aluminum it stays cooler than the ambient temp. It has very high heat dissipation properties and works to draw heat away from components. Virtually all chipset heat sinks are made from aluminum or a aluminum/copper combo.

                      This part is not quite true:
                      "If you have ever felt aluminum it stays cooler than the ambient temp."

                      It may "feel" cooler, that effect is due to the Aluminum being able to dissipate heat better than the air at the same temp.

                      Water has a similar effect.

                      Direct measurement of an AL object sitting on a table for some amount of time will show the same temp for the table, AL object and the air in the room.

                      But the object and the table may feel like different temperatures.

                      AL is certainly an effective heat sink material, which seems the point of the post and very accurate
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                      • #12
                        Even very slight movement of air cools aluminum. I swear, I just let this chassis sit for 15 minutes on a bed in 68 degree temps. Feeling this chassis right now its easily 20 degrees cooler than the ambient temp. I should have a few PC heat sensors laying around, I want to hook them up to the chassis and see if this is really true because its kinda errie how it just stays cold, I just set it on my lap so I could type and I could feel the coldness through my pant leg. Here are some pics of a custom build for diosagain that is the first chassis to use the shelf system. This is a custom DIN 1.5 setup. The renders at the top of the post are the DIN 2.0 setup.

                        I should also add that this chassis is extremely lightweight, yet extremely rigid due to the fasteners and bends.

                        http://home.comcast.net/~joe.shock/pix/din_1.5_1.jpg
                        http://home.comcast.net/~joe.shock/pix/din_1.5_2.jpg
                        http://home.comcast.net/~joe.shock/pix/din_1.5_3.jpg
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by blk02si View Post
                          Even very slight movement of air cools aluminum. I swear, I just let this chassis sit for 15 minutes on a bed in 68 degree temps. Feeling this chassis right now its easily 20 degrees cooler than the ambient temp. I should have a few PC heat sensors laying around, I want to hook them up to the chassis and see if this is really true because its kinda errie how it just stays cold, I just set it on my lap so I could type and I could feel the coldness through my pant leg. Here are some pics of a custom build for diosagain that is the first chassis to use the shelf system. This is a custom DIN 1.5 setup. The renders at the top of the post are the DIN 2.0 setup.

                          I should also add that this chassis is extremely lightweight, yet extremely rigid due to the fasteners and bends.
                          Let me know how the temp measurements turn out
                          do the same test with the case and a glass of water on the same table.

                          Ambient is ambient.... let it sit long enough the air, table, case and glass will all be the same temp.... it is a branch of physics called thermodynamics.
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                          • #14
                            The case looks great! I can't wait to get my hands on it.
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                            • #15
                              i may be interested in one.

                              i dont know how much room i'm going to have because i molded my screen to my 03 mustang double din bezelradio bezel.


                              does the screen mount to the chassis?
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