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

  1. #11
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    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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    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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    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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    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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