Xenarc TS mount in 2 slot console
I want to mount a Xenarc 7" VGA Touchscreen in my BMW E46. I have like two DIN slots available (and some more space, as the console is wider than DIN). I wonder how I can build some frame for the display to fit in there. Has anyone used such a display in a E46? And if yes, did you have to manually design a faceplate?
My second best mount would be an in-dash screen, that can be armed out for operation, but I would prefer to use an in-console solution like the 16:9 navigation system available from BMW.
fiberglass is your friend.
Damn that looks great!
I wish I could do it
sq_geek: that install is nice; but it's not a 7" screen. it's an 8". It also requires you to mold into the horizontal dash trim, which is a real problem if you do not have the Anthracite or Matte Chrome trim. I have Aluminum which is made of real live metal, so it's pretty impossible to match with plastic. It'd be also hella hard to match wood trim. I was going for something that had OEM look and direct fitment into the opening without any modification to the car.
DocBru: I am doing one in my M3. I am fabricating a dash piece to replace the upper portion. there is a trim piece that lets you snap the climate controls in where the cubby normally is (above the buttons for heated seat/dsp/dsc/etc -- this is where cars with NAV have them) The only problem is that due to the vertical size, I'm ditching the buttons on the monitor (soldering on some external buttons)
here's a photo of the dash part as of this morning. I'll be getting paint on it soon. It took about 35-40hrs of work to get it done, but I am very pleased with the result. For paint, krylon ultra flat black matches the OEM color perfectly on the right texture. I am still searching for a suitable under-texture. I initially tried wrinkle paint (like used for valve covers, etc) covered with several thick coats of ultra flat black. It looked dead-on OEM, but the paint was way way too thick and I wasn't happy with that. I took the paint all off and re-primed it again tonight. I'll be getting some different texture tomorrow to try instead.
Also, the BMW P/N for the dash piece to move your climate controls is 51 16 7 001 410. You will need this is you do not have NAV, which I'm guessing that you do not since you are looking to the car PC.
I may be able to make you a dash insert for the right price, also. It's tons of work but *shrug* you got a BMW right
BTW you guys are gonna dump your pants when you see how my optical drive is mounted
gork: yeah you're right... I do not have the 16:9 nav, so i have the climate control above DSC ... i know it can be mounted below, that's what I'm going for. The only thing I miss is the thing on your photo
How did you do it? Fiberglass?
btw, I also do have aluminium trims (aluminium "black cube"), it can't be integrated I think... but I don't need that... just black would be sufficient
Here's what I did:
I cut down the xenarc bezel to fit in the space. This essentially involved trimming the bottom off to where the LCD panel would just fit.
I then sprayed expanding foam insulation over the bezel and carved it to the rough shape I wanted. with knives and files.
I coated the foam with Bondo Glass Fiberglass reinforced insulation. This stuff is a lot stronger than regular Bondo. I did some rough filing to get it to shape.
I then carefully removed the foam from with an x-acto leaving a shell of Bondo Glass. I globbed a lot of Bondo Glass to the inside of the shell for reinforcement. Some places were solid Bondo Glass.
At this point, I did a tremendous amount of filing, cutting, sanding, cutting out air-bubble holes, refilling with Bondo Glass until I had a fit that was very close to exact (but a little bit smaller)
Next, I used lightweight body filler (I used Bondo Ultimate, but the regular stuff probably works just as well) to come to the final shape and perfect fitment. I removed and filled all imperfections at this point and sanded everything flat and smooth -- I worked up to 320 grit paper here.
Then I had to build the mounts. I basically cut and bent some steel slot covers I had and attached them to the car. I then filled some of the remaining space behind the part with Bondo Glass and pressed them onto the slot cover brackets in the car and let it cure in place. I used foil to protect the car's interior from "fallout."
When this dried, I cut the excess crap out of the back and put in a little more Bondo Glass to fill in the gaps back there. The piece is almost 100% solid now.
Then I used some sandable primer to fill in all little remaining imperfections and wet sanded with 600 grit paper. That is the state you see above. It's back to that state again after my paint debacle yesterday.
I'll post a full writeup with photos for each step when I am done with the whole project. When the piece is totally built, it should be possible to make a cast out of it, and then produce a 100% bondo glass part WITH TEXTURE already on it! .. but at this point unless I get a lot of interest, the part will probably remain a one-off..
I thought about one more thing -- that part number for the lower console piece is different if you have a non-smoker package (IE no ashtray) I got the one with the ashtray because it has a light inside it -- I want to put some switches and stuff in place of the ash tray and having illumination in there will be nice