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    2004 Eclipse LCD install?

    I just bought a 2004 Eclipse GTS 5 speed and I love it. Of course now comes the part where I move my CarPC into it.

    I don't want to have a fabricated in-dash setup where I replace the deck because I need to go into a normal deck via an aux input, and I already have a screen so I don't want to buy a new screen like an in dash flip up. My screen is an 8" 4:3 format screen.

    Has anyone done an install of a screen in a third gen eclipse that was non-intrusive? I think I'd be OK with a little bit of farication, but I don't want to tear into my car unless I can buy a duplicate dash so I have an orriginal to revert to.

    I was hoping maybe someone had worked in a screen in front of the shifter with a minimal amount of fab work to the bottom console and not had to touch the top center console at all.

    (I have been searching this forum as well as club3g and haven't found one that wasn't a fab yet...)

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    i have a 2003, i will post some pics of my install tomarrow, maybe it will give you some ideas on what to do. I actually molded my screen into the dash and my PC is directly behind it... Also i moved my deck to where the clock is, i like it there.. for some reason the stock clock doesnt look like it belonged there to begin with anyways.

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    Well on the 04, that clock pod has a compas and temperature in it when the deck is turned off (or always when you use an aftermarket deck) and I really like that.

    What I am considering though, is instead of the pocket under the deck that the afternarket kit gives you, to move the HVAC controls up one and then shorten up the console so there is a bigger gap under the controls.

    That's a lot of fab though and I'm not sure I want to tear up my car that much...

    Darn those passengers... My screen works fine mounted on an arm up from the passenger seat bolt, it just gets in the passenger's way. *smile*

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    ahh, just take out the passenger seat, prob solved, pls they get more leg room sitting in the back... , i did that when i was reapolstering my seats, it was actually kinda spacious.

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    Here is a concept of an idea I was tossing around. Although I don't even know if moving the HVAC is possible.



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    it is possible but, the only thing that makes it complicated is the fact it has plastic cables attached to it and they can easily be damaged. I have the same sized screen and what i did was cut out the two vents above the HU and fiberglassed the screen from the top of the vents to the bottom of the HU and left the HVAC alone. i installed my PC directly behind the screen in the dash, As soon as i get off work i will post pics.

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    Cool, I'd love to see it.

    Part of my restraint is that I really do want to keep a normal deck in control of the audio and just come in via an AUX in.

    I'm just not happy with the current state of technology when it comes to satellite radio and terrestrial radio in the PC world so those things I want to remain in the realm of the 'just works' world of normal car stereo decks. Plus we in the computer world all know that things are prone to fail. And when they do, I don't want to be left with nothing in the car waiting for time to fix it.

    And the reasons I don't want an DIN sized motorized screen are first of all I already have this screen, and because they stick up in front of things (like the air vents) which isn't all that important, but I want to try to make a setup that doesn't block or impede any normal function of the car.

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    Pop up screens look like ***** in my opinion, pls anyone can install them, now when it comes to custom installs that look damn near factory, thats what takes a little skill.

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    That too. I want it to look slick, almost like it came that way.

    My problem now though, is that a replacement dash piece from the dealer is $150. ouch.

    And I'm not finding them on eBay... any ideas?

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    i went to a junk yard and found one from an 02 model(same thing) and it only cost me about $15. The only reason i bought it was just in case i ed up the one that came with the car, but there it sits in my closet never used. The only time i think it will come out of my closet is if i decide to sell my car, but that wont happen anytime soon.

    if you go to my myspace page and look at my pics, you can see how i installed a 5.6" TS into my dash last year, ive since upgraded to a 8", it makes a huge difference...

    http://www.myspace.com/davidleonardsworld

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