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    Big dash and alot of options, what to do?

    I have a 2001 toyota Highlander. It has a nice area on the dash. I looked into buying a Pioneer In-dash GPS system (avic-n2). But its a lot of money. Then I came across this site for the first time yesterday, which is great! I happen to have a laptop to use, and was looking into different LCD's to buy. I also learned about and downloaded Media Car v1.90. So from my understanding Im half way there. What I wanted to get was feed back from the pro's about some things. I want to try and keep it simple for the most part, being it will be my first of many projects. The wiring alone will take me forever.

    -I have a factory radio installed in a 8"x4" slot. Is there an lcd display that will fit that easily, or will I have to learn how to use a dremel?
    -How do I get a radio if I am basically using a computer? Will I need an Aditional DIN-1 slot for a radio?



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    Joe

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    well depending on the brand and quality by saying you get a 8" the dimensions are probably going to be around if not (W206 mm H150mm 28mm) so your going to have to learn how to use a dremel and a few other things.

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    I wanted to add a picture of the Dash im working with. I thought of removing the radio, and using the Xenarc 7"IDT to take up 1-din and then having a normal car stereo take up the other 1-din.

    My concerns are that the xenarc will block the AC controls when it opens up and extends upward. I would really like a screen that will just fit the 8"x4" radio slot. (as shown in the pic)

    What I need to know is;
    where will a radio go? (will the pc house a radio?)
    will I have to custom make a dash?
    should I just go with the Xenarc7"IDT and radio combo?
    Am I missing anthing?

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    you can get FM tuner cards pretty cheap for pc, dunno about laptop.

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    usb tv tuner card with fm.
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    Cool I have a 2002 Highlander but you don't want my setup unless you spend the next month of your life stuck in a workshop and know how to program assembly language and built electronic circuits


    edit....I posted this a few months back of what I did to my dash bezel.

    I built this for my SUV.

    This is the face of it.
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    The screen is driven by a 12V motor. I build the whole thing from scratch and it's driven by an 8051 microcontroller. I build the circuit to drive the screen and I have a bypass switch as well. The bypass switch has a manual and auto mode and if I am to park in a parking lot someplace I simply select auto and when I shut the vehicle off it will automatically close.

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    hey chuck, what does you door consist of?

    cool project, BTW
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    Bought a textured piece of 12" x 12" ABS plastic through You-Do-It Electronics in Needham MA.

    I used a guillotine cutter to cut 3/16" strips. The length of the door slips my mind but it needs to be long enough for the drive bolt to catch on to it.

    I bought sticky back felt from a local craft store hoping it would hold the door together...I applied the felt to the strips and put heavy weight on it for a couple days. It has worked great so far any how.

    Chuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster
    Bought a textured piece of 12" x 12" ABS plastic through You-Do-It Electronics in Needham MA.

    I used a guillotine cutter to cut 3/16" strips. The length of the door slips my mind but it needs to be long enough for the drive bolt to catch on to it.

    I bought sticky back felt from a local craft store hoping it would hold the door together...I applied the felt to the strips and put heavy weight on it for a couple days. It has worked great so far any how.

    Chuck
    Another decent source of abs is on amazon, partsexpress sells 24" x 12" for $4 - $8 depending on the thickness.

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    Chuck, Cool project, I read about it in another thread. I wasnt thinking of getting so involved. ( I dont trust myself ) What I did want to try was getting a motorized 1din LCD unit installed and then use the other din for a stereo. (The radio slot is double din right?) I should be able to handle a project like that. Or what I really want is a simple LCD that will fit right in to the radio's slot, and wire that to a laptop. But Im not sure how the stereo would work. My understanding is, you have a computer, then a stereo. Im not sure If I would want the older laptop I have to handle a stereo. My most important goal is to try and stay away from fabrication. At least for this project. I want to learn that for the future.

    Joe

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