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    can you use acrylic as a mold for a fiberglass screen mount? can it be shaped onto carpet and then easily removed after it cools down?

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    very cool i drive 03 325i myself and was wondering what other options did you consider for screen mounting.


    i wanted a place to hide away the screen to prevent people from breaking in the car. But motorized + LCD + touchscreen + vga = not found.


    anyways good luck, post pics when you done! the guys on e46fanatics.com would love to hear from you

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    Quote Originally Posted by mushupork5
    can you use acrylic as a mold for a fiberglass screen mount? can it be shaped onto carpet and then easily removed after it cools down?
    Yeah you can use acrylic or just about anything as a mold for fiberglass. Just remember that unlike polyethelene or nylon, if you don't use plenty of mold release, you'll never get acryllic OFF of your fiberglass. As for molding heated acrylic to carpet, I'm not sure. If you heat the acrylic just right it gets soft and formable without coming apart and sticking to everything. You can touch it with your fingers and push an indentation with it and none will stick to your finger. I bet if the carpet wasn't super shag and if it was scotchgarded or something you could probably get away with it. But the acrylic would harden really rough from the carpet. You could always just lay some foil or something over the carpet. I found that heated acrylic peeled right off of foil once it cooled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdevil
    very cool i drive 03 325i myself and was wondering what other options did you consider for screen mounting.


    i wanted a place to hide away the screen to prevent people from breaking in the car. But motorized + LCD + touchscreen + vga = not found.


    anyways good luck, post pics when you done! the guys on e46fanatics.com would love to hear from you
    Yeah I'm definitely planning on stopping by e46fanatics when I'm all done. I'm already blogging my progress on three boards, so I'm cutting it off at that until it's all done.

    Thanks for the compliments, guys. I'll keep posting pics. My vacation is ending tomorrow and I'll be back at work for a few days, but I'll keep at it.

    Oh yeah, for anyone considering mounting the screen where I am, there is one consideration. With a 7" screen, the only place where there is room for the seat heater screen, due to the depth of its casing, is below the LCD. This puts it in the most narrow place on the panel. Because of this, it's not a bolt-on operation and will actually require "modification" of the car. There are soft tabs coming off of the inside of the tunnel that the panel rests on. These tabs inclde the two holes under the wood shifter cover into which the panel is screwed down. They will have to be cut down to bare minimum (in other words, I'm HOPING I can even keep those screw holes to make buttoning everything down easier, but not sure yet). Also, on the heater control box itself, the tabs at the back that the mounting screws go through will have to be removed and the control box will have to be mounted to the new panel in another fashion. Now all of these "modifications" are hidden under stuff and easily remedied if you were to go back to stock equipment later, but just putting that warning out there that you would have to cut into your car to make it work this way. I'm also contemplating just removing the casing from the heater controls altogether just to see if that makes it any smaller, but we'll see about that.

    Alright, catch you all later.
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    Okay, didn't get much done tonight as I decided to get a life and go hit the bars instead. But I did find time to cut out the hole for the LCD. Broke down and bought a diamond cutting wheel for my Dremel. This thing is frickin' awesome! Cuts through four layers of carbon like buttah.

    The hole came out pretty straight and perfectly sized. Can't be completely perfect with only hand tools, but I was really pleased with it. I was worried I might have to fake a straight edge by using vinyl tape or something, but it came out well enough to where I think I can just leave it be with the LCD behind it.

    I'll save mounting the LCD for another day, but snapped a picture with it just set behind there to get an idea of what it will look like.
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    Lookin' good! I think you should make 2 of them, another one as an..err...backup...yeah...then sell it to me... LOL, just ordered my parts today! Here goes nothing.

    Anyone have a schematic for the dsp wiring if I want to replace my HU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edrock200
    Lookin' good! I think you should make 2 of them, another one as an..err...backup...yeah...then sell it to me... LOL, just ordered my parts today! Here goes nothing.

    Anyone have a schematic for the dsp wiring if I want to replace my HU?
    Sorry, I don't have that wiring diagram. As for making another carbon bezel... not in a million years! It took two days to get over my giant itchy skin rash and finally get some sleep.

    But if you've got the cash to spend (expect to spend at least $150 by the time you get all of the hardware and tools and materials and crap) and some time on your hands, I recommend making one yourself as a project. Composites layup is one of those really cool things because with little to no machinery, a little bit of imagination, and time you can make just about anything. And, although I could see it taking years of practice to truly master the craft, the learning curve is steep and you can quickly become very productive.

    Just wear gloves and a dust mask and goggles and long sleeves
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    Awsome project bro! That dash bezel came out really nice. Can't wait to see it installed! Wish I had the balls to form and cut carbon fiber. The way your project is coming out, I just may grow some...lol

    Once again, Excellent Job!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeddyT
    I believe these both require regulated 5V power, which is what the computer's PSU is putting out. So can I just run power and ground cables from a molex off of the PSU to the front of the car and use it to power the drive? And to do this, because the USB caddy uses an AC adapter for power, will I have to cut the AC adapter cord and splice onto those wires? Or is there just a better way?
    I'm not sure if you are still looking for power solution. If you've already found one please disregard this post.

    I have my USB hub, IDE to USB2/FireWire, and slim CD-ROM Drive in the front of the car. Here's what I use to power them: http://www.e-preview.com/products/ch...pter/index.htm.

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    Huh, that's pretty cool. But would it work with my slim drive? I'm using an bridge board that takes USB and 5V+ in and outputs IDE. The USB and power are separate. Does that make them both necessary? I wish I were at home so I could take a picture to show you what I mean. Also, I only have one cigarette lighter and it's going to be used by the LCD. I would need two more to power the USB hub and combo drive. How do you make it work?
    This goes for the guys, too. Because sometimes the guys are tapped out. But check your lease, Man, 'cause you’re living in F*bleep* City!

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