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    Info on Dual-Din Car Computers

    Hello,

    I am interested in starting work on a car computer. I would like to place all of the components IN-dash where the Dual-Din car stereo currently resides.

    Basically, I am just looking for anyone that has done/seen anything similar. I would like to look at detailed pics/info of such systems to give me some ideas for my own.

    Can anyone help?

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    These are two ideas I'm tossing around right now for mine. Originally I wanted the screen to fold down to reveal the DVD & USB/Firewire ports but I can't find a 6.5" widescreen LCD with VGA.
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    Come on guys... there HAS to be more of you out there that have done Dual-Din setups, right??

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    Quote Originally Posted by grooves12
    Come on guys... there HAS to be more of you out there that have done Dual-Din setups, right??
    Try reading the "Show off your project" section of this forum. Or !
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    I have seen some old skool stuff back in the like MpegCar (Damn Rio Pay Out).
    if it were me goin for a double din install I would first take a ruler to my din and find out excatly how much space I have (HxWxD). Then I would get the specs on all my parts. Make cardboard temptlets from the specs. The I would place the cardboard mock up of the carpc slide in the din and see how much space I truely have. Dont forget about the cd/dvd/cdr/cdrw/dvdr/ drive. then when all the parts come in (buying a combo of parts that will fit of course) I would first "dry fit" carpc in the car. Then after making sure you have enough room I would start buildign the case using sheet metal (its thin its strong). Once everything is built and the carpc is ready to rock I would trim all the cables inside so that they have just a little slack in them, so that it will be tighty for one thing and it will be less heat producing crap in the little saunna. then I would test everything for three hours to much sure there is nothing wrong for an extended period of time. THEN I would install the hunk of metal in my dask with some gusto
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    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grooves12
    Come on guys... there HAS to be more of you out there that have done Dual-Din setups, right??

    am working on a double din project right now - in my A4. i have a C134 case which is going to be in the bottom din slot - it will protrude out about 2.5 inches, but thats not too big ot a deal to me cause its black and matches the interior of the car - and i still have access to the AC. the top din will have my lilliput screen - on a sheetmetal tray - it will be on its back at rest, and when the computer is in use you slide the tray out, flip up the screen and slide the tray back in. It is going to be a tight fit, but with a faceplate attached it shouldnt look too bad. Plus there will be room on the top to wire an audio kill switch (cutting the switched power on to the amps) in case i need to drop the volume in a hurry. Currently i am planning on wiring the inverter into the glovebox for power..still working on that issue.

    I built the harness for the 'puter out of 1/16th inch sheet metal (steel) and i am going to epoxy brackets onto it (the computer) and screw them into the harness. I wanted the screen not to be 2 visible, which is why i devised the tray.

    Any input much appreciated, hope that helps you out a bit.

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    epoxy isnt the way to go with sheet metal man
    you got to weld the ****!!
    Quote Originally Posted by menudude View Post
    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SjLucky
    epoxy isnt the way to go with sheet metal man
    you got to weld the ****!!

    ....you get me the arc-welder, and ill weld that ****!!!

    till then, its gotta be the pox.

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