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  • My 2002 Honda CR-V Xenarc fabrication thread

    I'll try to keep this thread updated with progress.

    Status right now: Test fitting Xenarc screen, deciding best way to make it work.

    Looks like this is a very close fit that could look factory! If anyone has examples of how to shave off the sides of original Xenarc housing, please point me in the right direction.

    A few pics of my findings so far... Test Fitting only!
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    2002 Honda CR-V
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  • #2
    Looks like it's going to be a nice install!

    As far as the 1/8 inch, really rough grit sand paper?
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    • #3
      Dremel? But you will probably need steady hands...
      Roy

      2005 Range Rover 4.4
      Any ideas for putting a PC in this? :)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RoyN
        Dremel? But you will probably need steady hands...

        That's what's I thought, but if don't have steady hands, and didn't work much with the dremel, don't, you won't cut it straight, plus the size you need is way to small, so get a sandblock and use a low grit sandpaper, maby 80 grit, so you don't dig too much, but step by step. using a sandblock allows you to get a straight finish.
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        • #5
          Good idea. This way I can go little by little until fit is just right (and 'tight')

          How about the bottom part that I need to trim off? I think I need to dremel it first. And then sand with grit.

          Also, here is a screenshot that details the placement of the housing:
          click for image


          Originally posted by Cris
          That's what's I thought, but if don't have steady hands, and didn't work much with the dremel, don't, you won't cut it straight, plus the size you need is way to small, so get a sandblock and use a low grit sandpaper, maby 80 grit, so you don't dig too much, but step by step. using a sandblock allows you to get a straight finish.
          2002 Honda CR-V
          Carputer progress: 90% [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ -]
          Spent so far: $1105.90


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          ...or even Listen to my music

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          • #6
            Originally posted by justintime
            Good idea. This way I can go little by little until fit is just right (and 'tight')

            How about the bottom part that I need to trim off? I think I need to dremel it first. And then sand with grit.

            Also, here is a screenshot that details the placement of the housing:
            click for image

            If you use a dremel, be very carrefull, as if you don't cut it straight here, you might regret it (ask me, I now that now... ). If you ask me, a very fine saw (make sure it's really tight and straight) will do the job perfectly.
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            • #7
              Thanks for the pointers. I have decided to sand the Xenarc's front frame, until it fits. I will then glue it to the car's housing, and bondo/sand the 'joints', as well as paint the recessed area.

              I think it sounds like a plan, should look mondo factory.
              2002 Honda CR-V
              Carputer progress: 90% [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ -]
              Spent so far: $1105.90


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              • #8
                I would use a belt sander, stationary if you've got access to one. If not clamp it down and use the belt sander on it. Even a good palm sander would work. I have the Porter Cable model 333, it works great. Use about an 80grit for the palm or 120grit for the belt.

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                • #9
                  Should I worry about melting the plastic if I sand this thing?
                  2002 Honda CR-V
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                  • #10
                    possible. go slowing and lightly with the belt sander. with a palm sander you less likely to have tha problem. You might try with a peice of simular plastic. you could also try a table saw if it will lay flat. I've cut acrylic that way.

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                    • #11
                      I decided to amplify my audio using my Civic's original Honda radio, for a more OEM look. Too bad the display is not amber It will be relocated below the AC vents, as you can see. I cut the opening on the compartment...

                      Anyhow, here is my first test fit, looks rough and dirty right now. Will need to bondo, sand etc.

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                      2002 Honda CR-V
                      Carputer progress: 90% [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ -]
                      Spent so far: $1105.90


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                      • #12
                        Shots of initial test fitting!!

                        OK, been busy with this! I finally cut the Xenarc housing, and text fit it into the dash bezel. I am still impressed how everything in this vehicle seems to be fitting like a glove. There is less than a 1/8" clearance all around for the screen. (!)

                        Now that I verified everything fits right, I will be covering the 'seams' with fiberglass, sanding, painting, etc, for as close an OEM-look as possible. Will continue to post progress pics here...

                        Pics:
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                        2002 Honda CR-V
                        Carputer progress: 90% [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ -]
                        Spent so far: $1105.90


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                        • #13
                          Thats great!!

                          Hey Justin,
                          I am newbie and i started my research recently on carputers.
                          I own a CRV 2003 and am planning on purchasing a new car.
                          I am actually surprised that CRV is great for installing one.
                          sounds like theres a lotta custom molding and fabricating that needs
                          to be done. I love the technology but i cant and dont have the time
                          to custom fit these. how much would it cost if i got it done by someone else?

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                          • #14
                            My cost in materials alone was $1200 or so. There is not a whole lot of fabrication involved if you decide to use an amplifier instead of a head unit. in my case I wanted a HU and a volume knob etc.,, but the HU does not fit in the cubby hole beneath the AC vents (not deep enough). I am working on wiring between the HU body and the faceplate (lookup remote wiring via search) and then I will be done.

                            The CR-V has the perfect placement for the screen, and it also fits the computer in the tray under passenger's seat. I think the 2003 CRV also has that tray. 2004 and later have side curtan airbag controllers under the seat, and they ditched the tray.
                            2002 Honda CR-V
                            Carputer progress: 90% [▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ -]
                            Spent so far: $1105.90


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                            • #15
                              What are the features?

                              Justin,
                              Does the cost include the carputer too?
                              What features are you integrating with your carputer?
                              what about an amplifier? Did you look at widening the
                              cubby hole beneath the AC vents?

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