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    I am looking for something like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHVm6WptQvg

    I've found two local installers and I am going to get quotes this weekend.

    How much would you say is a fair price for this kind of fabrication?

    I have a Ford Focus 2005 ZX3. I've measured my tablet(Motorola Xoom) and its fits in the stock radio bezel width wise but not height wise. I also know they'll need to relocate the cigarette lighter.

    If you need more details to get an idea of the fabrication involved, let me know.

    Stock radio (which I have replaced with a computer + single din retractable screen.. not that it matters for the new tablet install):
    http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/...loseup-480.jpg
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    Not sure, but when did Stephen Dorff start doing car stereo installs?

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    • #3
      to replicate it exactly?

      first off, if i ever see a prius decked out like that near me, i will laugh so hard, i would need to pull over...



      the jl cl-rlc volume knob their using retail for around $60+tax(i use 4 of them)

      for the fabbing the ipad bezel, i would estimate around $1,000..

      my reasoning:

      here's a thread with some estimated cost for a fabbed screen:
      http://www.the12volt.com/installbay/...927&TPN=1&PN=1

      the reason i estimated more then the linked thread is because the ipad bezel is going to be more complex-- you not only need to make something smooth with the dash, but need to integrate the ipad charger cord, and the opening for the ipad.

      after the little amount of fab work i have done so far, i would estimate that it would take around 2-3 weeks to correctly finish the bezel...
      Last edited by soundman98; 03-02-2011, 09:29 PM.
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      • #4
        Okay, first off - I seem to recall you worked for Microsoft....right? :-)

        Second, Soundman is about right. It took me 2-3 weeks to fab and install in my dash. Worklog is here.
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        • #5
          I think 1K is a tad optimistic. Here is CA the best you could find would be a guy asking $80/hour - but $100 is more common. So if he spends 3hs sanding, you would pay $240.00 - I'm guessing they don't charge the time it takes the fiberglass to cure, still LOL...I would say at least 2K if not more (for OEM stock, but glossy type fiber glass which I reckon looks cheap, should be less), not sure if Seattle is cheap, the SF Bay Area is not.

          Please come back to us with your estimates.
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          • #6
            after i started thinking about it(i easily forget how much work one bezel requires), i was starting to think the same thing-- maybe a more realistic estimate would be nearer to $1,500/2,000?

            a major factor is the experience level and the quality of work of the fabricator.

            a guy fresh out of a car audio school might do it really cheap-- maybe around 700..

            but a guy that has been doing fab work for years and has his own shop, and plenty of work referances is going to charge much more..



            Originally posted by RipplingHurst View Post
            Please come back to us with your estimates.
            +1 it doesn't seem like there is much info online pertaining to rough costs for bezel work...
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            • #7
              I have done / do work like that and unless you get ripped off for being an NBA player I doubt you would pay more than 5-750$ for that. That was a simple job, akin to some custom kickpanels. Find a reputable local shop and tell them what you want to do. I think you'll be surprised how cheap it is, especially in this economy.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bugbyte View Post
                Okay, first off - I seem to recall you worked for Microsoft....right? :-)

                Second, Soundman is about right. It took me 2-3 weeks to fab and install in my dash. Worklog is here.
                lol, how'd you remember that... Lets pretend I'm installing it for a friend jk...

                So I got a rough quote from a high end local shop (they had 3 Ferraris in the garage when i visited) and they basically want to fabricate a cradle on their CNC machine. It would be made of ABS(i think) plastic. They would somehow mount the cradle into the din slot. End result would protrude from my stock bezel a bit. They assured me it wouldn't look as bad as it sounds and judging by their work I believe them. They said this would take about 2 days which I think puts me at $1,200. I dropped the dock connector off and they're working on getting me a better estimate by tomorrow.

                I stopped by car toys (since it was close by) and I wont get into their cocky attitude & trying to upsell me. Long story short they would modify my exiting bezel and fiberblass it more like what you see in the video I posted... He said $1300.

                I am going to meet another guy this saturday or sunday. On the phone he said about $1000.

                Functionality is top priority for me but at the same time I don't want it to look like I picked up a car mount from ebay. We'll see.

                My other issue is I need a way to control the volume so I need a head unit somewhere. (no more space in the dash with the tablet there)

                Looking at all the work you put in on the bug I see why this fabrication costs so much, in fact I'm surprised it doesn't cost more. Its hard to justify $1200 in fabrication for a $800 tablet in a 2005 Ford Focus w/ 100k miles. I'm still pretty sure I'm going to do it though. I need to replace my carPC & the tablet is perfect.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for posting it back, very interesting! Looks like it worth it! Now post pictures when all is said and done...2 days? That's impressive! They must be huge!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by buurin View Post
                    My other issue is I need a way to control the volume so I need a head unit somewhere. (no more space in the dash with the tablet there)
                    the jl audio cl-rlc that was used in the original video you posted works really good for this, and compared to headunits, is pretty cheap--$60(mine were $55 on ebay).. there are some headunits that are that cheap, but some could adversely affect the sound quality.. i wouldn't pay any less then about $150 for a decent, new head unit(and don't touch used ones unless you can hear them before buying)..

                    i did a review of the cl-rlc's a while back, and am still using them in my install. i have been very pleased with their performance, and they do exactly what they are supposed to(volume, and preamp control)..
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                    • #11
                      +1 for the CL-RLC. I also use it, 1 year on, perfect.
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                      • #12
                        Got another quote today... This guy says he will fiberglass my existing bezel so the tablet will fit. Due to the power + usb(audio) attaching to the bottom of the tablet he says we need to relocate my climate control & head unit to the glove compartment. $1200 firm all said and done. 2 days of work. 1 day with the car.

                        This would be a nice functional setup -- but it'd be harder to go back to stock & would cost me some money to do so. My car is a 2005 w/ almost 100k on it. My concern with this type of setup is if I need to get rid of the car in the next 3 years or so that would be a bit of a waste.

                        Is this too cheap? Hes been in the business for 20+ years. He has tons of photos of his work & a facebook page with good feedback. He has no staff but runs two garages, one at his home dedicated to auto work.

                        Thanks for the link to the volume control. I may get an amp + control. Might save some money on the install since he doesnt have to fabricate the head unit into the glove box.
                        Last edited by buurin; 03-06-2011, 03:09 AM.
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                        Project Status: 90% Complete

                        Next Step: TIVO for Radio

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                        • #13
                          Here's the install I did on my Bro's prius: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cRM2...e_gdata_player

                          If I was charging, I would probably ask $1000
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                          • #14
                            for a guy in business-- keeping his brick-and-motor shop open, i don't think $1,200 is too much for what he has-- you said that he has tons of references, and pics of previous work, which is a huge plus.

                            i have always hated the idea of moving my climate controls-- it has nothing to do with the labor involved, but because i use them all the time, the idea that they would be moved farther away from me..

                            have you considered putting the ipad in landscape position instead of portrait?

                            assuming this is your dash:
                            http://image.motortrend.com/f/852540...front_dash.jpg

                            after looking at some how-to's, i would recommend getting a second radio bezel-- this way, you can have one modified one, and still have the original-- so if you want to return it to stock, it is just a couple snaps away..



                            you keep bringing up the age and mileage of the car vs. the overall project cost-- if you are concerned about that, then don't do it.

                            personally, i have a "diy, or don't do it at all" metality, so the overall cost of the projects that i do doesn't matter as much because i gain a lot of knowledge on many different subjects. they just take forever to complete!! not to mention, when you diy, there are no labor costs(ok, maybe a case of beer,and some pizza here and there ) so the overall cost of the project is cut way down. fabrication like this is almost always has higher labor costs then material costs due to the amount of time it takes to do all the sanding, and paint work..
                            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
                            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


                            next project? subaru brz
                            carpc undecided

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by torres1708 View Post
                              Here's the install I did on my Bro's prius: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cRM2...e_gdata_player

                              If I was charging, I would probably ask $1000
                              Oh awesome, this is the video I've been showing installers. I think that install would be perfect for me. $1000 is a nice price too Are you close to Seattle? Seriously.

                              ---------- Post added at 09:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:54 PM ----------

                              Originally posted by soundman98 View Post
                              for a guy in business-- keeping his brick-and-motor shop open, i don't think $1,200 is too much for what he has-- you said that he has tons of references, and pics of previous work, which is a huge plus.

                              i have always hated the idea of moving my climate controls-- it has nothing to do with the labor involved, but because i use them all the time, the idea that they would be moved farther away from me..

                              have you considered putting the ipad in landscape position instead of portrait?

                              assuming this is your dash:
                              http://image.motortrend.com/f/852540...front_dash.jpg

                              after looking at some how-to's, i would recommend getting a second radio bezel-- this way, you can have one modified one, and still have the original-- so if you want to return it to stock, it is just a couple snaps away..



                              you keep bringing up the age and mileage of the car vs. the overall project cost-- if you are concerned about that, then don't do it.

                              personally, i have a "diy, or don't do it at all" metality, so the overall cost of the projects that i do doesn't matter as much because i gain a lot of knowledge on many different subjects. they just take forever to complete!! not to mention, when you diy, there are no labor costs(ok, maybe a case of beer,and some pizza here and there ) so the overall cost of the project is cut way down. fabrication like this is almost always has higher labor costs then material costs due to the amount of time it takes to do all the sanding, and paint work..
                              I plan to install in landscape orientation. This is better for a couple reason.. The on screen keyboard will be larger and the controls in the media app are also large in this orientation. It also simply doesnt fit well in the dash when in portrait.

                              I don't plan on getting rid of the car for at least 2 years. Its given me no problems so far (5 yrs. 100k miles) but if it starts becoming problematic I could see wanting to just get rid of it. I've considered maybe now its just a good time to get a new car which is an option but I dont have a very compelling reason to do so.

                              I dont have the skills to DIY. I would love to though. Judging by some build videos I've watched this doesnt seem like a good starter project.

                              My only real building experience is model airplanes (large gliders) which do require fiberglassing & sanding...

                              Are there any good sources that have DIY info that could help me determine if its even remotely possible to DIY for a first timer?
                              B Smoov
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                              Next Step: TIVO for Radio

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