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  • 8.4" Subaru Forester install

    Hello everybody.
    I have a 8.4" Touch screen display from www.cartft.com
    I plan to install it in my Subaru Forester using a 2-DIN dash board. This dash i have it is a spare part, so meanwhile my Forester will still look like a car because now is a 1-DIN dashboard bezel installed, holding a JVC HU.

    The problem is that my 8.4" is so big (and it's a 4:3 raport size), that i have to cut more even if it is a 2-DIN. Probably i will destroy the bezel of the display so i can have a proper finish.I can use the display without the side controls anyway...by remote.
    The other problem is the PC unit i will use. After a lot of thinking i have decided for a Toshiba Portege laptop. It has a broken display, so i was able to get it for 150 USD. Having a PIII Mobile 750MHz processor (intel) and a 30GB HDD, along with a CDROM unit, (in time i can change it with a DVD but i don't really care for now) i think will probably suit my needs for now.
    I plan to take the CDROM out of the laptop and install it right bellow the display..or replacing the cup holder if i decide for a stealth aproach.
    If i will be able to...and i will have the laptop hidden somewhere, but i hope to be able to reach the keyboard somehow. If not, i will replace the laptop keyboard with a bluetooth one.

    Any advice about the materials or things i should consider will be highly appreciated.
    And, of course, i will try to post pictures of the whole job, step by step.

    Thank you for your amazing job on this forum...
    Mugur
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  • #2
    sorry to hear, that you should have knows that 7 inch is perfect double din screen.

    Now you got more problems, and headaches. if you still can can i would exchange it back to 7, personally i am mounting 10.4 monitor in double Din, in my Jetta.

    try getting, and external USB keyboard, and maybe cd-rom as well, that would simplify the process, and you would not have to mess with more wires, i am not familiar with forrester's chassis, so i woulnd know, if you could manage mounting laptops, bexing the gloves box on you firewall, it would be nice.

    Before you start butchering your car, think if audio too, make sure you can run, audio, and whether you would be satisfied with it.

    Yev
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    • #3
      as for materials you will need

      epoxy
      fiberglass strand filler
      space pieces of ABS, and extra fiberglass hardener to make ABS sludge
      you can also go with regular fillers, but they aren't as reliable

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      • #4
        thanks YEV.
        The width of the display (of course, taken out of his bezel) is perfect for the opening, not even 1mm difference. My problem is it's height, but with some work i think i will manage.
        I will post some pictures after i take out the TFT display from it's bezel.
        As i said before, nothing wrong will happen with my car, because i already have another dash to work on.
        The audio part i did'nt get it.. probably because english is not my native language. But yes, i will have audio too.
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        • #5
          where are you from, english isn't my first language either

          what i am doing in my case, i plant the screen deep in the board, and i will have a slide door to cover everything up, the usb ports, slot-load dvd rom etc.

          In case of audio, what i meant is before you start the project make sure you are satisfied, and it works properly, that was my problem, i ended up upgrade car audio system too, becuase the factory Mk5 Jetta speakers could not handle it, as a result i had bad experience.

          anyway if you have any question please don't hesitate to ask, and a post a picture of the dash, that would be helpful

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          • #6
            Yev: i am from Romania.
            Taking picures in the next few hours so you can see what i mean/hope
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            • #7
              okay I am Russian By the way

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              • #8
                back with pictures

                Back with photo...

                Modified bezel to fit a 8.4" screen. Sort of "on the edge" job...
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                • #9
                  okay,

                  now, is there a way you can program the monitor to power automatically, you you can avoid buttons.

                  Also did the screen came with the remote, you can also drill a small hole, and align it with infrared sensor, that way you can turn on/off the monitor with the remote, if it came with one

                  if you can't you might want to see whether you can move them, and how complicated it would be to do.

                  take, a butter knife, heat it up until it glows red hot, and cut the piece in the middle.

                  Now you have 2 option you can keep the monitor in the wat it is, and just feabricate framed, the benefir of that set up would be less sun glare, vecause the screen would be partially in shade.

                  Or,

                  You can take hot knife, and cut exact shape of the lcd frame, and plant it in with the eopxy, and then use some filler to sand it smooth, and paint
                  http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2709993
                  look at the first page, that was my inital project, but now i got a bigger screen.

                  you have a perfect space on the bottom to add some accesssories, like
                  Video IN, few USB jacks, maybe slot load cd rom drive if you have money to get it.

                  try to think of everything at once, to fill the gap you have few choices, you can go with acrylic glass piece, paint it, or you can illuminate it with some LEDs if you have that kind of taste, or just spray it black.

                  for finishing touch, get some of the body polyester filler, and add some fiberglass resin if you can get some, and apply it with the brush just like oil paint, then sand it down until you like the results.

                  you have to keep in mind that fiberglass doesn't stick to ABS plastic, so you might want to sand it so the surface is ridged, it would help body filler to stick better, and stay there for longer time.

                  you can also try cutting the pieces of ABS platic you stipped, into little pieces, and dissolve them in fiberglass hardener, once you mix it it would look like a sludge time of paste that you can apply it with the spatula, and then sand it and paint.

                  sorry if i have used the complicated english, if there is something you still don't understand, please point out, and i will clarify it.

                  Yev
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                  • #10
                    oh also, with that little opening, if you can find a keyboard small enought, you might use it like a drawer, where keyboard slides out.

                    Yev
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                    • #11
                      Thank you Yev.
                      I wil post again once i will have something to show.

                      - the buttons are very small and are mounted on a sepparate small board.
                      i can manage to place the board somwhere, or i will just use the IR sensor.
                      Also, the display starts once it receives signal

                      - all the materials you have specified, i bought them already.
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                      • #12
                        well then, patience is they key, if you rush, it will look bad

                        goodluck,

                        Yev
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                        • #13
                          thanks YEV, your bezel looks very good.
                          I hope i will do the same...
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                          • #14
                            Phase 1: getting done the display support with EPOXY. It is very strong it seems...
                            Preparing the phase 2: cd-rom + usb and other inputs area
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                            • #15
                              nice work... I like what you did so far

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