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    Question fabricating din housings

    hello board,
    I've been reading for a while, but this is my 1st post

    I just had some questions about fabricating din housings. I've been able to and find the dimensions and what not but I am still curious as to how alpine, kenwood, and similar companies make products that can fit in so many cars?

    I've installed an aftermarket radio in my civic and i know that all you have to do for the mounting is pop in that plate into the din housing and then slide the radio in. Removing the radio is pretty easy too, just slide those metal tool things down the side and the tabs pop out and just pull the radio out, just leaving the plate inside.

    So my questions are as follows:
    1. Do these companies make different plates for each model of car? My instinct would say no, since when I bought my aftermarket HU, I didn't buy like the civic version of it or anything like that and the plate that came with it worked.

    2. Do those plate mounting things conform to some sort of standard?

    3. Finally, has anyone tried to fab some sort of universal din mounting bracket for their in dash carputer setup?

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    The standard is DIN. All cars, that I know of have at least a single DIN. Many have a double-DIN or space for 2 standard receivers.

    Now for the mounting... the only thing I can tell you is that they make mounting brackets for installing aftermarket receivers.
    http://www.cardomain.com/shoplist~t~...tallation+Kits

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    All aftermarket headunits are standard sizes, either single or double DIN. Some cars however require a faceplate adapter because the car manufacturers decided to blend the headunit into the cars dash

    If you used the headunit cage as the basis for a mounting bracket I wouldn't think it would be too difficult
    Leo

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    Well... unless they're all from the red states...

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    Thanks for the replies

    Quote Originally Posted by egeekial
    Now for the mounting... the only thing I can tell you is that they make mounting brackets for installing aftermarket receivers.
    http://www.cardomain.com/shoplist~t~...tallation+Kits
    The link was helpful, thanks

    So as I understand, the faceplate is what you buy for a specific car to make it look stock, but that doesn't effect the ability for the HU to mount to the car?

    I'm still confused on how you could fab something to mount in various cars.
    Hypothetical situation 1:
    I build a carputer. I buy a new car. I want to transfer carputer to new car.

    Hypothetical situation 2:
    I build a carputer. Carputer needs repair. Take carputer out to fix. Put carputer back in.

    Since I'm still in the design phase and I see that these hypothetical situations is something that I should account for in my design. Instinct tells me building a simple stainless steel cube more or less won't be adequate. Any ideas on how to fab a mounting bracket like the ones that HU come with (and then of course the box that mates with that mounting bracket) or where one can be purchased?

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    well, if anyone else was interested in the post, I was able to find this information : http://www.installdr.com/TechDocs/999015.pdf

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    You may be interested in something like this:
    In-dash computer with DVD ROM
    Car pc integration with ease
    Car mediacenter

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    ...Also,

    If you're running a VIA epia motherboard M series, you may find this of intrest: CaseTronic C134B and, when coupled with a DWW-7VGT, would make for one sweet look for a 2din setup.
    •Micke

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    I got the C134. Don't be deceived. They say it's a single DIN, and it is. But I guess the DIN spec doesn't specify depth. It's really long. Double check that the length will fit in your dash. It's abnormally long compared to typical receivers, so make sure your car can swallow that much case.

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    good point..

    anyone know how 'deep' the vw passat DINs are?
    •Micke

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    Quote Originally Posted by grepzen
    ...Also,

    If you're running a VIA epia motherboard M series, you may find this of intrest: CaseTronic C134B and, when coupled with a DWW-7VGT, would make for one sweet look for a 2din setup.
    Sweet. I might just get this setup. First time to this kind of things but yeah. But do you think the built in 60W is enough? Im also going to put in a USB wifi adapter and Im not so sure about the screen but thats OK. Seriously though I was just thinking "what if I can get a mobo with a built-in CPU like the XBox?" I have a PSone screen if its possible to utilize it. I dont really care about touch screen as I can just buy the flexible keyboard and thumb-mouse for input.
    Whats the difference between the Travla C134 and C150? They look about the same.

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