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    Protecting the computer

    I'm going to put a computer in my spare tire well so its mostly out of site. I will mount the CD drive so I can still access it(and my USB hub), but what I want to know is what should I do to it to make sure its protected from anything harmful. I know I'll use 2 fans, and I'll make sure its firmly screwed in so it doesn't bounce around or anything crazy, but do I need to put it in a special case? I wanted to just fiberglass areas for it to mount on or something... basically what precautions should be taken?

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    you dont really need a special case, as long as all the parts are secured so they dont come off. if its near the bottom, make sure you dont have any leaks around the trunk, as the water will fill the wheel holder.
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    Originally posted by Charliey
    you dont really need a special case, as long as all the parts are secured so they dont come off. if its near the bottom, make sure you dont have any leaks around the trunk, as the water will fill the wheel holder.
    funny you should mention water filling that space...In my old Sunbird, I had leaks in the floor, well they've since been pounded out, caulked, and sealed with bed liner. Well, I didn't know it at the time, but I have a leak in the weather stripping around the trunk. Well needless to say it rained three times before I noticed that my wheel well is FULL of water.

    At least I know I did a good job sealing the floor...it had no place to go.
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    yeah it happens in our 91 mazda 626. Theres a problem somewhere with the trunk seal and theres often water in the wheel area. the jack that was in there got really rusty.
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    I went to borrow my mother's jack.. it had a good 3 inches of water in it. Make sure your seals are good!!
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    Had the same problem with my '86 RX-7. Clogged hatch drain tubes resulted in the spare tire well filling up...Very annoying.
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    ok, so how did you fix/prevent this? The spare tire well is the only place i can really fit a comptuer. I'm going to put some vents in there for cooling, but I'm worried about water now.

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    check your trunk line seals, and the wheel wells.

    My cars new so theres no water leak at all.
    Mine needs to be updated.

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    Just make sure your trunk seals are good (there should be no nicks) and the taillight gaskets. Also, any missing rubber plugs in the bottom of the wheel well should be replaced. Any little flaw in the trunk seal will allow water in.
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    Take a hose and just drench your trunk for a bit. Then open it up and look for signs of leaks or water build up anywhere. If its gonna rain soon check you trunk and look for leaks. I know I had to reseal the tailights in my car because water was getting in around the seal.
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