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  • Help me fit a screen in my dash

    Hi all see below pics.

    This is my dash now



    This is what I was thinking



    Do any of you guys have any better ideas ?

    Would it be better to completely redesign this centre area, can I change the current heater controls and the other buttons with custom ones or buttons from another make car ?

  • #2
    Why cant you redesign the entire centre area and pick and choose where you would want the buttons/controls. That being said i like the idea of moving the hazard light/cigarrette lighter down there, but i wouldn't move the heating/cooling controls up. I would move them down, but fabricate it so they would form a V shape, this way the top section (the larger part would fit a screen nicely.
    My purpose in life... to do everything the wifey says too... or atleast thats what she tells me :P

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    • #3
      That sounds OK, but I have no experience in dash fabrication and I don't want to mess it up.

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      • #4
        I don't want to discourage you, but maybe you should lok into having a shop do the modifications for you. That way, if they mess it up, they have to fix it.

        What I would do is remove all the components you want to move, Make a wood or perhaps carboard template, and fool around with that to see what wil fit where.

        Once you have a working "model", you can start fabricating in fiberglass,abs, or whatever medium you feel the most comfortabl ewith and can get the finnish you want.

        I'd have all the components you want ot fit in on hand also. Nothing sucks more than going off manufacturers specs only to find out when you try to install the part, that it has a weird bump or different dimensions than what you have built...........

        Cheers

        BJ
        For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
        Leonardo Da Vinci

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        • #5
          cheers, how much would something like this cost to have done professionally ?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Red_Stafford View Post
            cheers, how much would something like this cost to have done professionally ?
            Well, that all depends on your area. Look for a shop that does custom audio installs and give them a ring.

            I woudl think it won't be cheap though. You can spend anywhere from a couple hundred to 5 or 6 hundred bucks on a custom bezel alone.

            Or, you learn to do the custom work yourself. If you go this way, get a couple bezels from a wrecker and experiment a bit to build your skills before cutting up your own car.........
            For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
            Leonardo Da Vinci

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            • #7
              Also if you dont want to fabricate and dont want to spend that much to fabricate, there are flipout screens. it looks like you have a 1din slot available. Problem is flip-outs really suck. But there is another option you can use as a backup.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
                Also if you dont want to fabricate and dont want to spend that much to fabricate, there are flipout screens. it looks like you have a 1din slot available. Problem is flip-outs really suck. But there is another option you can use as a backup.
                Why do flip out ones suck, and if they do then the is no other option than to fabricate one into the dash is there ?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Red_Stafford View Post
                  Why do flip out ones suck, and if they do then the is no other option than to fabricate one into the dash is there ?
                  Well there are also roof mount, but that is akward.

                  Flipouts are no good because:

                  Motorized ones fail often and reduce your $400 screen to garbage
                  They refuse to work in temperature extremes. Even though the screen can work, the monitor "protects" itself, and refuses to open in extremes
                  They wobble. Think about it, there is nothing supporting the screen except for some cheap gears. So when you press it, it will wobble.
                  They usually block air vents (in your case it will too)
                  They look cheap and non-OEM. More cheezy.

                  The list continues as well...
                  Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
                  1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
                  30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
                  15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
                  Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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                  • #10
                    yeah i have a one din flip out (manual) and i regret it... I'm going to sell it at some point and made a bezel for a screen...

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                    • #11
                      You might even be able to find a user on this forum in your area that would be willing to help you out for a lot less then what a shop would charge you. I know guys in my area always are willing to work on peoples car's rather then have them go through the shop because they keep 100% of the money and dont have to charge for overhead costs and such!
                      My purpose in life... to do everything the wifey says too... or atleast thats what she tells me :P

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                      • #12
                        custom shop or DIY.
                        you pick
                        if you like to try the DIY.
                        experiment until you think you can do it.
                        I started with Fiberglass
                        sprayed old release on dollar store plastic bowls till i got it right.

                        now i could make a boat if i wanted...welll maybe not a whole boat
                        06 Altima..SER front bumper.
                        CAR PC.....soon to be true!!
                        Oshawa Canada!!

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