I understand most of this but everyone is putting no more than a 7 inch monitor into these cars. Befor I even founf this forum i planned on putting a12.9 inch Fiberglassed into the dash. Why doesnt anyone use this approch?? any comments will help. And prob save me a lot of time and money
Well, for one, a 7" widescreen is pretty close to double din size, so most anyone can fit it in there. My Mustang for example would take one look at the 13", laugh and spit it back out. Just too big for a lot of people. Also the touchscreen is already there, where on your screen you would have to add it. No biggie, but additional cost and time to do it.
However, i cant say that i would recommed just jumping on the lilly bandwagon either (did that once ) Do some research and be well informed before purchasing any lcd!
2005 Ford Focus ST
sorry very new and dont know the lingo
din = ?
din is roughly 7" x 2"
the size of the opening in your dash for the stock radio is usually single or double din. A 7x4 opening is prety close for a 7" lilliput to be melded in.
2005 Ford Focus ST
ok that makes sense but Im not concerned with space i figured i would mount somthing like this
then glass around it. The only problem is Ill have to lose my glove box because the screen will overlap. oh by the way i have a yukon. The reason i wanted to go with something bigger is so that i can see it while driving to select songs and whatnot. Also the passengers will be able to see it clearly from the back and i dont have to put 2"-4" headrest monitors in. Do you think a monitor like this will have problems with the sun light? or temp Hot or cold?? and help is greatly appreciated.
I wouldnt worry about the heat/cold as much as the glare issues and lack of brighness. A lot of lcds, especially when a touchscreen is overlayed, are hard to read in the daylight. If you have dark tint, you should be ok, but that is another nice thing about the lilly's and smaller lcds, they are more or less designed for car use, so they tend to be pretty bright. Also the viewing angle may not be so good, may want to check it out, cause if you maount it in the passenger side area, the driver may have a hard time reading it. All in all, a desktop monitor should be fine, if you have the room i say try it
2005 Ford Focus ST
ok as with a lot of people on here i assume I just thought about putting a pc into my car a few weeks ago, and thought i was the only on eon earth.. well I was wrong. anyway. A few years back I hooked a pc soundcard jack to rca converter from radio shack from my pc to my home amp. I only got it to play from one speaker. (1 channel) I searched and searched (Web and phone) for a sound card with 3 rca outs and counldnt find it (I run 3 amps in my truck). I was going to use a xp1800 home pc layed in the back with some extended cables. Now i just read that the soundcard jack (1/8th i think) will work if you get the adapter for stereo. Two black lines. is this correct. its very important to me to get at least 4 channels. as always any help in doing this is appreciated.
for the sound, you need to have a module to take the spdif output (one RCA which sends a digital signal 5.1 surround) and then this module decodes the digital signal and sends independent outputs for front left, right, rear left and right and subwoofer.
Check the forum, plenty of info on this
ok ive got some reading to do. . .
One more thing, A few of you look at this and see if I should just buy this and save on the confusion and research on building my own. also what is it worth if i should buy it.
I realize that half of the deal is making it but, ive got a few hundred hours of Fiberglass work to do to my truck to worry about.