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  • Mini-ITX Double Din Install (Ford Focus MK1)

    Hi Guys,

    I recently bought a Ford Focus which has a double din stereo slot. I had a carputer in my old Fiat Brava but it look very 'bodged' and not OEM.
    My original equipment were:
    Micro-ATX mobo
    M4-ATX PSU
    liliput 619GL-70NP/C/T 7"
    P4 processor
    2.5" hdd

    I was basically looking for an install that I could put into the double din slot like a stereo. I want to basically make a stereo (hopefully with inbuilt amp too. I will probably look into this a bit more.
    http://www.mp3car.com/blogs/146409_i...an-accent.html

    This is the best install that I have found:
    http://www.mp3car.com/show-off-your-...my-tacoma.html

    I would like to keep my original touchscreen, hdd and possibly PSU.

    I just need to know what sort of case size I can work with, what sort of fitting. I there is a case that I can buy to do this is would be great, but they all fit NANO-ITX (which is still a possibility).

    Has anyone got any tips for me? I think the hardest part for me is making the case. And even better if there was a way to remove the screen or cover it to stop thieves
    Car: Ford Focus
    Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

  • #2
    You're not going to fit the hardware you have into a doubleDIN slot. The microATX motherboard itself is too big. You'd need mircoATX or smaller formfactor.
    One thing to consider is that the tight fit of all the components creates a potential issue with EMI (electromagnetic interference, aka "noise") in the audio and/or video. If you do run into this issue, it becomes more difficult to track down with everything packed in so tightly.

    Also, cooling is another element you need to consider, especially with all that hardware jammed into a small space.

    As far as cases, your best bet is fabricating one yourself. ByByte has a DD case designed for nanoITX motherboards. You might be able to use that as a starting point, but there would still be a good deal of fabrication, for which you're on your own.

    One good way to make your install stealthy is to have a stock stereo faceplate that you can put on to cover the screen.
    Making the screen removable will likely be troublesome.

    Good luck to you!
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
      The microATX motherboard itself is too big. You'd need mini ITX or smaller formfactor.
      fixed

      i agree on the other points.

      for the theft prevention, the best idea would be to use a removable screen mount, so you can hide the screen when parked-- which means that you don't want everything integrated into the dash for easy theft removal...


      but, if you decide to go the indash route, another member to look for is blk02si:
      http://www.mp3car.com/fabrication/14...cd-fb-amp.html
      My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
      "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


      next project? subaru brz
      carpc undecided

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DarquePervert View Post
        You're not going to fit the hardware you have into a doubleDIN slot. The microATX motherboard itself is too big. You'd need mircoATX or smaller formfactor.
        One thing to consider is that the tight fit of all the components creates a potential issue with EMI (electromagnetic interference, aka "noise") in the audio and/or video. If you do run into this issue, it becomes more difficult to track down with everything packed in so tightly.

        Also, cooling is another element you need to consider, especially with all that hardware jammed into a small space.

        As far as cases, your best bet is fabricating one yourself. ByByte has a DD case designed for nanoITX motherboards. You might be able to use that as a starting point, but there would still be a good deal of fabrication, for which you're on your own.

        One good way to make your install stealthy is to have a stock stereo faceplate that you can put on to cover the screen.
        Making the screen removable will likely be troublesome.

        Good luck to you!
        Sounds like a lot of effort =(

        I've also found out that the focus only has a 1.5 din =(.

        I might have a look into BugBytes iPhone install =P

        Or there is quite a lot of space under the front seats.

        Either way I think I'll just install the screen now and decide what I want later.

        Thanks for your inputs =)
        Car: Ford Focus
        Currently stock setup. Trying to decide on the best setup for me.

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