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    Mounting the case

    Assuming I'm using a standard slim desktop case, what options can you guys come up with that would mount the unit attractively and professionally-looking. I've seen all kinds of bungee rigs and stuff like that, but I'd like a classy installation. Almost how you'd mount a CD-changer. Of course, I've not even installed a CD-changer before, so I dont know how this is done.

    Here's another "twist" that I"ll throw in. I'd like to have some kind of "quick latch" that would let me unplug the few wires I'd have going into the case and take the case out. This has to be as easy as possible.

    Here's the case I'm thinking of: http://www.viahardware.com/sv24_1.shtm

    I figure I can screw a handle onto the top of it pretty easily: (http://www.pcmods.com/details.asp?prodID=9)

    I figure I could just bolt some L brackets to the floor of the trunk. It's one of those fiber-y floors that covers a spare tire well. Would that be sturdy enough to hold a case down while driving?
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    Re: Mounting the case

    Originally posted by TheFly
    I figure I could just bolt some L brackets to the floor of the trunk. It's one of those fiber-y floors that covers a spare tire well. Would that be sturdy enough to hold a case down while driving?
    It should be fine, unless your in to doughnuts (not the kind cops eat), handbreak turns and the like. But then driving like that tends to make the harddisk unstable, and CDs skip anyway.
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    I have had my case mounted with L brackets to the rear "bench" area of my RX-7 for two years...It's made roughly of the same material as the spare tire covers. Using washers on the other side will hold things fine...Oh, and I have done doughnuts, handbrake turns, etc. and not had any mount related problems.
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    Heh, but you have a RX-7, thats normal driving for a sports car , I would find the sight of a NB doing a handbrake quite amusing I must admit .
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    Originally posted by MP3DUB
    Heh, but you have a RX-7, thats normal driving for a sports car , I would find the sight of a NB doing a handbrake quite amusing I must admit .
    Come on, you of all people should know what a VW can do. *winks*
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    I know what a dub can do, doesnt decrease the amusing value of it at all tho
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    Yeah. I guess you're right. Flip one over on its back and watch it try to get up like a poor turtle. *winks*
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    phew, thats quite a website u have..... some of those click thru sites are a little different...... ! webcams... gotta love em!
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    I went for the easy solution and it ended up working very well.

    A tad of velcro on the bottom of the case. The grippy side.

    Provides a gentle up/down hold, but a very strong horizontal hold. Meaning, just sitting on the carpet, it grips and won't slide in the least. But if I lift it straight up, it comes off fairly easily (but with enough grip to safely hold it down on bumps).

    I like the velcro solution. Extremely easy to remove (lift) and take inside. Very easy to put back (just set it down in place from straight above -- no sliding it into place).

    Unit hasn't budged in a year.
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