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  • 2007 Mini Cooper 7" Screen Fab Help

    This center console is a pain. Moving the volume knob and CD is not possible since it is integrated into the speedo disply above. I'm thinking of installing the screen as pictured below. I'll need to move the AC controls and toggle panel all the way down. I'm not sure how I'm going to physically cut and paste the sections neatly. I'm looking for tips and suggestions. Thanks!







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    Well, I purchased an Exacto solder hot knife to cut as straight a line a possible between the volume knob and A/C controls. The plastic there is very thin. I tested out my dremel on another section and it was a little rough and destructive. It would be fine if I just needed to cut a hole for my screen, but I also want to preserve what I cut out as much as possible.
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    • #3
      A mini is a tough project, i would really like to see where you get with this. My buddy has one and want to put a pc in, but space is soo limited in those things. You should probably consider removing the lighting switch panel and making your own, as for the ac, i think you should have some room under the monitor, once it is in. A hot knife seems to be the cleanest way to do things, and some abs cement.

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      • #4
        I did some cutting with a Exacto-knife solder. Still need to pick and sand the edges clean. What's the best technique and type of sand paper?



        Here is where I'm thinking of relocating the A/C and toggle controls.

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        • #5
          Nice work so far.
          The moulding is ABS so ABS cement is the way to go, or have you tried ABS welding using the hot knife and some ABS stock?
          The controls should move OK if the wiring is long enough but usually you can get more slack by unwrapping the harness tape.
          PLEASE post up your work as the MINI community would be very glad of the tips.
          MINI COOPER S PRO

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          • #6
            Originally posted by chrislamb View Post
            Nice work so far.
            The moulding is ABS so ABS cement is the way to go, or have you tried ABS welding using the hot knife and some ABS stock?
            The controls should move OK if the wiring is long enough but usually you can get more slack by unwrapping the harness tape.
            PLEASE post up your work as the MINI community would be very glad of the tips.
            Thanks! I'll look into the cement. I really hope the wire reaches. I tend to do things backwards with a baby and a toddler in the apartment and no garage with my car parked far, far away. If things are looking good, I'm probably going to have to get a "professional" to cleanly weld things together and bezel my screen. Not sure I have the time to learn how to weld, mold, sculpt, sand, and all that stuff. I really wish I did, though.
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            • #7
              Since your working with plastic, take a look at the epoxy Dynatron 660. Its really easy to apply and sand. It could help you a lot to blend the face of you screen with you OEM Bezel. It looks like a really big relocating project, so good luck and don't give up!!
              VmtSquad - I sold my soul to Honda!
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              • #8
                Oooops, I was wrong.
                In fact the moulding is ABS/PA. That is a blend of ABS with PA added.
                ABS cement might struggle to grip into it so I would suggest you use a 2 pack structural adhesive and flame the mouldings first.
                Sorry for my mistake.
                MINI COOPER S PRO

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the tips and encouragement! After some more cutting, here's what I'm thinking. It's going to need a lot of work to blend together, especially the bezel.



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                  • #10
                    Looking good.
                    Hotmelt glue is also very useful for inside surface construction.
                    As far as I know you are the 1st to try this, when you finish the MINI community will be very grateful.
                    Keep up the work.
                    MINI COOPER S PRO

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                    • #11
                      I had some Mighty Putty around, and I couldn't resist even though some Dynatron is in the mail. First I photocopied the front of my screen to make a cardboard template. I don't plan to open up my touchscreen and incorporate the front bezel this go around because if I call it quits, I'm just going to externally mount it with a proclip device. Then I went crazy with the putty. Still needs a lot more sanding. My wife wasn't happy about the dust cloud I was making in the apartment.









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                      • #12
                        I see that you ordered some DYnatron 660 for your project....GOOD CHOICE!!! You'll see its easier then you think...

                        Let me give you a suggestion: If you really wanna make a good lookin job, simply remove the FRONT face plate of you LILLI and use some Dynatron to make it fit onto your mini bezel....that way you'll get a perfect FIT!!!

                        GOod luck bro....!!!

                        Here's an exemple from Nexson:




                        THIS IS HIS MAGIC THREAD: Nexon amazing work
                        VmtSquad - I sold my soul to Honda!
                        Final Install
                        CarPC progress: 95%

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                        • #13
                          I'm still hesitant to remove the front face plate of my 2008 629 Lilliput monitor until I know I can get a hold of an extra one easily. I see the older face plates for sale, but not the new off-center one.

                          If I find out that the wires don't reach in my attempts to relocate the A/C and toggle controls, then I'll want an intact monitor to just mount externally.
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                          • #14
                            Here's some more progress. I relocated the remaining piece after some dremeling. I still haven't had time to take apart my car's dash to see if all the wires and controls can actually reach. Probably won't have time for a couple weeks unfortunately.

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                            • #15
                              I had some downtime at work to finally paint my bezel/console piece, take apart my mini cooper's dash, and cross my fingers. All I can say is it's better to be lucky than good. Everything barely fit. The wires and connectors were plenty long to reach the relocated A/C controls and toggle panel. After being used to a 3.5" back-up camera monitor, the 7" screen is breathtaking. I also have video 1 to my back-up camera and video 2 to my DVR/dashcam. Wathcing movies and surfing the web via my EEE 1000H laptop and tethered Treo Centro as a modem is awesome. While I had my dash apart, I also installed the Parrot Evo bluetooth with MFSW interface. It was a good day. Here's some cellphone pics of the new console.





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