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    Great car coming my way, want to make it better with a mac mini. Any suggestions?

    Alright, so i have just placed an order for a 2009 dodge srt8 challenger, and i really want to put a mac mini in. The only problem is, i want to keep the car completely stock and dont want to do any permanent damage seeing as it will probably be worth alot of money in the future. The interior is set up a lot like the new dodge chargers. I was wondering if anyone here has installed in a charger and has any location tips, or any ideas on whether i should try to split connection from to the screen in the stock navigation and install some sort of a switch. Honestly any tips will be greatly appreciated seeing as i dont really have much of a clue on how to do this, just a good general car knowledge and i know what im doing with a computer. Id say installation should be interesting at the least. Any ideas?





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    Most factory nav screens have poor resolution for a computer display and generally only have composite inputs, not VGA that you would need for a mini. Also, it's doubtful you would be able to find drivers for the touchscreen even for Windows, much less Mac OS X. Your best bet would probably be to replace the factory screen with a VGA touchscreen in the same location. With careful work you might be able to avoid modification to the dash and restore it to factory when you want to sell it.
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    If you are purchasing the car for an investment, I would advise against altering it in any way. That will only reduce the value.

    To put a proper car PC in it, you will need to replace the stock nav screen. They are video screens and don't display near the resolution of a VGA screen. Text will appear fuzzy on it and you won't get much screen real estate if you use the stock one.
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    First, if you are buying a car and planning to actually drive it then thinking it will go up in value in the future is a long shot at best.

    That said, it looks like the factory NAV unit is a true double DIN. So you should be able to pull it, set it aside for reinstall later, and then fab up a TS to fit right in that location.

    With a lot of planning, poking around, and some ingenuity you should be able to find spots to run your power line and mount additional units (power supply, amp(s)/head unit, etc..).

    If you have to punch holes in something, hopefully it is something that you can buy another copy of so you can put the original off to the side some where (e.g. if you wanted/had to modify the glove box to hold the computer, etc..).

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    one idea i have seen a lot of other people do is build a frame for the screen and mount the mini behind the screen. it would be a way to avoid altering any other part of the car, but it would be a pain to get to the mini if you needed to do updates or fixes of any kind. just a suggestion though
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    thanks for all the suggestions. With all of you saying i wont be able to use the stock screen, that was just an idea. Another one i had was probably alot more realistic, dodge makes swivel mounts that go right in front of the original screen made for a little screen like this. I am not purchasing it as an investment, it will be more of a nice surprise down the line if you get what im saying. Ill be driving the hell out of it, but ill only take it to about 20 or 30 thousand miles and go looking for something new as it sits in the garage. Im just looking to have a lot of fun in this car, and if everything i do is bolt on, it will be easy to remove when im even thinking about selling. Ive thought about it a little more and will probably end up putting the computer in the glove box seeing as there arent really any good places i can see that would be accessible. I guess it will be a lot of feeling out the car once i have it and seeing what would be best.

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    honestly, if you think what people on a forum say to me is gonna sway my decision on whether to do it or not, i didnt come here for that. I just came here for some advice on how to do it, not whether or not to do it. If i was questioning the fact that i was going to put it in i probably wouldnt be here asking questions yet as to how to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmfootball69 View Post
    honestly, if you think what people on a forum say to me is gonna sway my decision on whether to do it or not, i didnt come here for that. I just came here for some advice on how to do it, not whether or not to do it. If i was questioning the fact that i was going to put it in i probably wouldnt be here asking questions yet as to how to do it.
    hey man i agree. its your car and (i assume) you are a grown man that can make your own decisions about your own car and what to do with it. sounds like you have your mind made up, much the same that i did once i committed to my project. it is extremly rewarding to build up a system like this all by yourself and keep it running. anyway the people here are only trying to help. most all of us here just want to see the maccar community grow. so feel free to pick our brains for advice, and good luck with the install!
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    For advanced features and convenient ones, shutdown and sleep modes, you have to get through your ignition. If you use an invertor just not to make modification, you will get problems such as noise and heat and they are not very good when it comes to intelligent monitoring.

    Do it man. I have the same problem and I know with little mods, the company will void my three year warranty but I am doing it anyway. It is worth it.
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