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  • Does anyone have a Subaru Impreza auto pc under front seat?

    I'm wondering if anyone has done this and what size PC they got under there if so.

    I have a Subaru Impreza Outback Sport and was looking at auto PC in one din slot and in-dash touch LCD in the other but I'm beginning to wonder if I can squeeze the computer under one of the front seats instead and I'm wondering if anyone has gone down that route that can give me their thoughts on it.

    Cheers.
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    Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Arathranar
    I'm wondering if anyone has done this and what size PC they got under there if so.

    I have a Subaru Impreza Outback Sport and was looking at auto PC in one din slot and in-dash touch LCD in the other but I'm beginning to wonder if I can squeeze the computer under one of the front seats instead and I'm wondering if anyone has gone down that route that can give me their thoughts on it.

    Cheers.
    I don't have my PC under the seat, but I have an AMP under passenger seat.
    The AMP I have is Pioneer GM-X374 the size is H1.94" W10.44" D9.31".
    The AMP is tight under the seat, especialy the height. So if you can find a case that is about 2" height or less, or if you make one, I think it will work.

    Here is the photo of AMP.


    Like you can see, the PC case can be much wide. Just not any higher.

    BTW, what year is your outback sport?

    I hope this helps, and good luck.

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    • #3
      2000

      Thanks for that info. It's extremely helpful.

      How did you get the wiring in place for the amp? It looks like you have two different cable routes?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Arathranar
        2000

        Thanks for that info. It's extremely helpful.

        How did you get the wiring in place for the amp? It looks like you have two different cable routes?
        Well, the photo you see above, left side is power and speaker connections and right side is connection from sound card.

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        • #5
          I has meaning where and how you routed there cables from within the central arm rest. I have yet to dismantle mine to see where cables could go or how much depth is available in the din slots.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Arathranar
            I has meaning where and how you routed there cables from within the central arm rest. I have yet to dismantle mine to see where cables could go or how much depth is available in the din slots.
            I see, what I did was, I have usb soundcard located under driver seat. That is why cables are going to armrest area. I connected to speakers at the connector where headunit was connected to.
            So there are lot of cable at the armrest area.

            As for the din space, mine won't be too helpfull, but I have picture of my car when I look everything out of console area. If you see my signature.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ryuandwings
              I don't have my PC under the seat, but I have an AMP under passenger seat.
              The AMP I have is Pioneer GM-X374 the size is H1.94" W10.44" D9.31".
              The AMP is tight under the seat, especialy the height. So if you can find a case that is about 2" height or less, or if you make one, I think it will work.

              Here is the photo of AMP.


              Like you can see, the PC case can be much wide. Just not any higher.

              BTW, what year is your outback sport?

              I hope this helps, and good luck.
              holy crap! That would be a kick *** case for a computer! And about the same price as one.
              -Josh
              1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Arathranar
                2000

                Thanks for that info. It's extremely helpful.

                How did you get the wiring in place for the amp? It looks like you have two different cable routes?
                I have the exact same car. The is enough space under the seat for a car pc, but you going to have to keep it extermely low profile. I have mine mounted in a custom enclosure in the trunk. With the enclosure I've built back there, I have nearly unexhaustable amounts of room back there. Now just to mount the Optima battery I just got....
                2000 Subaru OBS

                Dell P3 @ 900 Mhz
                7" Lilliput TS w/DigitalWW in-dash mount
                80GB External HD

                I am Zero Bitrate....

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                • #9
                  My seats appear to be slightly different to yours. The rear of the seat has a rounded fabric covered bit that comes down pretty low. I'm not convinced I could push even a 2 inch high case in from the back. However, by moving the seat all the way back I can probably get a 3+ inch custom case under there from the front *I think*. I have a micro atx motherboard I'm now thinking of using since I have no other use for it. I'm hoping it will fit under the seat with a half height TV & FM card in one of the 2 PCI slots.
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                  • #10
                    My suggestion would be to put the PC in the trunk as well. Then if you want to save some bucks you could build an enclosure for the dash top where the little compartment goes. Take a look here.

                    http://www.dustins.org/articleQuery....uter+-+Display

                    -Dustin

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                    • #11
                      I don't want to put it in the trunk for several reasons:
                      1. It will be far too visible there since the Outback Sport is a hatchback.
                      2. I tend to haul stuff around fairly frequently so I need the trunk space empty (and with nothing breakable in it).
                      3. I don't want to run wiring to the trunk - under the passenger seat will be pretty easy.

                      So I'm still looking at a custom case under the passenger seat. I did discover you can buy metal cases so perhaps I can simply buy a metal box and cut the necessary holes in it.

                      I'm trying to work out the cheapest way to mount a display (preferably touch screen). The one from digitalww is expensive at $450 but will neatly fit into a din slot - I have read worrying things about brightness (made worse by the touch screen output) and inability to get 800x480 native output from the via chipset on EPIA boards (which is the same as the one on the mATX board I hope to use). I'm also thinking the 7" lcds are pretty darn small and it might be nicer to have a 1024x768 native lcd instead. No idea how to mount that.
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                      Motion LS800 Tablet PC and dock.
                      Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

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                      • #12
                        If you like that housing i could be talked into selling it. That is ofcourse assuming that you have the pod on your dash that i speak of. If so it will screw right in. No cutting of OE. The reason i was thinking of selling it is i may redo the housing to put a camera in the front or possably my radar detector. Basically looking for ways to reduce the clutter in my car

                        -Dustin

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                        • #13
                          I might well be interested - I don't really have time to get into custom plastic work myself.

                          As of yesterday I'd been wondering whether I could replace the pop-top storage thing that's on top of the dash with something more useful - I saw pictures of people having their radio's mounted in there with the addition of 'stock' (i.e. purchased from Subaru) mounting hardware. If I moved my radio up there I could then mount my LCD in the double din slot that would now be available (but that really requires a nice custom plastic mounting plate). However, one of the things I'm wondering about is how good/useful an LCD at that level really is. Higher up would seem to be much more useful. So your approach may be good.

                          Let me think on it. Do you have big pictures of:
                          "It's not the image of perfection I had originally thought it might be. There are some flaws here and there but once again for a first time I like it."
                          so I can see what you aren't 100% happy with?

                          What LCD is it designed to fit?
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                          Motion LS800 Tablet PC and dock.
                          Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

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                          • #14
                            Viewing the screen is perfect. You don't have to take your eyes off the road as it is at your eye level. It can't be called an obstruction because you can see the hood and scoop all around it. After you get used to your apps most of the time you don't even have to look at it because you can see the major changes out of the corner of your eye.

                            No its not the immage of perfection. But thats me the creator talking. You know how it is when you work on something for months with grand visions in your head. There are some paint bubbles because I didn't wait long enough for the bondo to cure so it was still emiting some gasses and a couple of the lines arn't perfectly straight. Then again im not asking for an arm and a leg for the thing. Just the cost of the screen basically. Im not looking to make money and im not looking to get into the business of this. I just want to make a version 2 without having to eat this one.

                            Ill post some better pix when i get home. Those are from a crappy lil webcam and i just recently got a 5mp cam for my bday. Actually if you would like to pm me with your email addy ill shoot them directly to you. Save my poor lil webserver from the wrath of forum surfers.

                            -Dustin

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