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Thread: Advice on location, size, and setup of the lcd in a durango

  1. #11
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    I should have it setup in the next couple days. I will post pics

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    personally, the gooseneck thing looks hideous.

    where are you located? if you are in an area where you do not need the A/C all that much then removing the vents is a viable option and has been done before. However, if you are in an area like us, removing A/C vents isn't even remotely an option...lol

    if you aren't obsessed with your cup holders you could mold to there where it's at finger tip while your arm is on the arm rest, then mold some cup holders infront of it. THAT would take a LOT of fabrication and a lot of time. Done right, I think it could look really cool.
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    well here is the deal... this is my first carputer install, i think for right now I am just going to give the gooseneck a 'try'. I am doing this to more or less see how I like the carputer, get a feel for it, and then decide exactly where and how I want to customize it. I do need the a/c, but i have looked at that more than one time, If I pull my deck and my 2 center vents I could fit an 8" touchscreen in it. This might be the route I end up going in the future, but for now, I would like to get a feel for the setup itself before I go ripping and sawing things apart

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    the dash is identical to our 99 dakota.

    We've fabricated guage pods into the dash (above the ac controlls) and have molded in the radio so you don't have the ghetto kit look there any more.

    The dash is easy to work with, and easy to make it flow, it's just a p.i.t.a. to find the space for a screen, I've been trying to get my husband to make the switch in the truck for a few years now
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    I looked on your site, and couldnt find any pics of the dakota install. Did you say you did do this or you are working on it? I would love to see how you set it up.

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    no computer IN the dakota

    I said that we have fabricated gauges in the dash and had fabricated it so that the head unit looks integrated and not stuck in with a dash kit

    I also said that I'm TRYING to get my husband to do it, but he's a little reluctant. If we go standalone for the truck though, we will be doing it, no questions asked.
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    well i got the lcd setup with the gooseneck, and quite honestly i think it will work quite fine for now. I have been having some problems with hardware. I am a computer guy and literally have around 10 or so p4 processors, just as many motherboards, and a few currently unused 250, and 320 gig hard drives. but for some DAMN REASON (god hates me), all of my p3 hardware is failing tonight (i want to use p3 for the fact it requires less power, and runs extremely cool). I have been getting quite unlucky. I have a 1ghz dell p3 system that I got running, got everything working, I go to start to install it in the car and I realize that the power button on these dell systems is an integrated mess (it doesnt follow any standard, and is wired quite oddly into the mobo). So i said screw it, grabbed another p3 setup laying around- this one was a compaq 1ghz, I got this one fully setup on a different hard drive, go out to the truck, pull the board, put it in the truck and try to plug my ps into it and this compaq is a damn 24pin connector, not a 20 pin... so no biggy, ill just find an adapter. So after an hour of searching i find an adapter (20 pin to 24pin adapter), plug it in, and nothing powers on. I am suspecting that this board required odd amounts of power. I guess i am just having a bad night :/
    I am thinking of ordering the m10k board/processor setup, I think it will be a good idea.

    Installation area:
    I am installing the motherboard/hd/ps under my passenger seat. It will work quite well there I believe and recieve nice airflow with a small fan. I am going to update with pics once it is finished.

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