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    Finshed!

    Woo Hoo!

    I've finished the rough install of my setup. I moved the deck to the lower cubby hole and mounted the screen up where the deck used to be like I had envisioned.

    Some pictures of the process are here:

    http://dvigroup.smugmug.com/gallery/2704794#143314772

    Basically, I made two U shaped brackets and screwed them in horizontally to the factory stereo mounts. I didn't end up needing the bottom one it seems, because the screen is pretty stable the way it is. I had planned to use magnets to hold the bottom edge in place but my screen hasn't moved yet with all my driving.

    I used a picture hanging device to attach the screen to the bracket. It's the type with two metal pieces that just slide on to each other. One piece is attached to the upper bracket and the other piece I attached to the screen. Then the screen just sits right into place.

    It was wonderful to have the screen in it's final place for my road trip last night. 4 hours in the car and it worked beautifully!

    The only think I want to adjust is to raise the screen mount up about a quarter inch because it does run into the HVAC controls a tiny bit as it sits.

    Now all I have left to do is finishing work to make the lower deck stable and hide some wires.

    Comments welcome.

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    Nice.
    I like the picture hanging bracket, good idea.

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    nice, a removeable in a pinch. good work.

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    Thanks.

    Yeah, I wanted the freedom to remove the screen in extreme heat or cold situations, or if I'm in some bigger city and worried about theft.

    I need to make a cover for the hole though when the screen is out.

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    Okay well I made a post in your first thread and spent a long time on it, then I found this with updated pics! So here's the text....

    First: Some kind soul has uploaded pdf versions of the 3g service manual. Here's the website: http://www.fast-4ward.com/3GsvcManual/preface.pdf).

    Second: Maybe consider using a higher end audio card on your PC and wire it directly to your stock infinity system instead of through your headunit? If you check out my worklog you'll notice that I've completely gotten rid of mine (mostly because I fried it on a previous install, oh well...) but, other than bandwidth issues, I like my setup now, and I have just as much (if not more!) control over EQs, sound quality, etc. I do NOT, however, nor plan on buying, an FM receiver for my car. I hate the radio, especially when I have access to my entire music library in my car.

    Third: Even though you've removed the stock headunit, does compass and thermometer still show on the clock pod? My GT doesn't have that feature, she's an older girl. ;-)

    Fourth: Maybe fabricate? Check out this website for an awesome 8 inch install and relocation of HVAC controls. http://www.eclipseforums.org/fortopic190976.html+hvac (that's from the 3g forums site, there's a duplicate thread in this forum as well).

    Fifth: check out eclipseforums.org, lots of good info there as well!

    Welcome to the 3g community.

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    BTW, even though I said "maybe fabricate" I really liked your idea of the supports to hang the monitor. Just throwing out a suggestion. Keep up the good work!

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    What happens to the screen in a rollover?

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    OK, here are some updated pics:

    http://dvigroup.smugmug.com/gallery/2618559#171191811

    If you're interrested, here are some pictures of the process:

    http://dvigroup.smugmug.com/gallery/3124849/1#171193816

    The current version is made out of some exterior house insulation boards that I stacked together into a block and then carved out. I then used some water base clear coat to protect the foam from the paint that I finished it off with.

    This version is VERY 'freshman' work, but it's a leap ahead of what I had. When I finally have some more time I will be trying to make a version 2.0 that will have a foam base, but then be built up with bondo and then shapped and colored and textured more OEM.


    Quote Originally Posted by RealoRc View Post
    What happens to the screen in a rollover?
    Well at present the screen would come unhooked and swing around a little. The length of wire attached to it would keep it from going too far, but it could become a hazard and certainly would take some damage. I hadn't thought of that, but it's a simple fix if I decide to fix it. Honestly though, that $160 screen would be the last of my worries if I rolled though... *smile*

    If your concern was hazard to people, I've always got misc stuff floating around in the car so I'm always going to have some hazards flying around. If the concern is for the screen, then the price point between the damage to my car and the replacement screen price just makes the screen not matter so much. Besides, full coverage with modification coverage makes for an easy replacement anyway. (WITH gap insurance! If you buy new and have full coverage, NEVER drive without it!)


    Quote Originally Posted by heptoman View Post
    Second: Maybe consider using a higher end audio card on your PC and wire it directly to your stock infinity system instead of through your headunit? If you check out my worklog you'll notice that I've completely gotten rid of mine (mostly because I fried it on a previous install, oh well...) but, other than bandwidth issues, I like my setup now, and I have just as much (if not more!) control over EQs, sound quality, etc. I do NOT, however, nor plan on buying, an FM receiver for my car. I hate the radio, especially when I have access to my entire music library in my car.
    Well I'm stuck on keeping my head unit for now. Three reasons.

    1. BULLETPROOF. I've been working with computers for about 11 years now and I'm not about to trust my only entertainment source in my car to a computer until it's as reliable as my head unit. Random software crashes, hardware failures, finiky whatever... I can't afford to be without SOMETHING for the 5 hour drives I take quite often. And it is entirely possible for me to be too busy for weeks to put time into fixing the computer and if it's certain hardware then I have to wait for parts to come in on top of that. Head units are just built very well (good ones are anyway) and to date I have yet to be without a working head unit. I've spent plenty of time with my current CarPC (admitidly in it's beta stage) down however.

    2. Satellite radio. At some point this will become moot, but for now anyway, the only reliable way to have Sirius in my car is through my head unit. And I'm not just holding out for hardware that 'works' but also a great interface that provides for everything my head unit does as far as features and capabilities. Plus, #1 concerns. Until my CarPC has run for a VERY long time with no issues, through every season, I'm not going to move my satellite radio to the PC for fear of being without it.

    3. Problem looking for a solution. At least at this stage of the game, I don't have any reason to want to ditch the head unit. My head unit isn't preventing me from doing anything, and at times (#1 again) it's a blessing. So until it becomes a hurddle I'm not going to look into going without it.



    Quote Originally Posted by heptoman View Post
    Third: Even though you've removed the stock headunit, does compass and thermometer still show on the clock pod? My GT doesn't have that feature, she's an older girl. ;-)
    Yup. The compass and temp aren't driven by the deck. Luckilly they have their own source of data and driver hiding up there behind my rearview mirror.


    Quote Originally Posted by heptoman View Post
    Fourth: Maybe fabricate? Check out this website for an awesome 8 inch install and relocation of HVAC controls. http://www.eclipseforums.org/fortopic190976.html+hvac (that's from the 3g forums site, there's a duplicate thread in this forum as well).
    Well as much as I would love a finished OEM look, fabrication is very new to me (as the pics above show) and I'm not all that gung-ho about diving into it. The fab I've done so far has gone OK, but I'm on the fence.

    Seeing as how this one project is the only place I have any need for it, it's tough for me to dedicate much time to learning this skill. If I was going to do it for friends and maybe sell some stuff, then maybe... but I don't have time for that anyway. Honestly, I'm the guy who is usually looking to buy something that I can make work out of the box. If YOU had a fabrication item that would work for me, then I'd buy it instead of make it. I'd much rather pay someone who has spent the time to learn something and do it well, than stumble through it myself. This isn't ALWAYS true, but more and more as I get busy and older I just want it to work and don't want to mess with it.

    (but you did the whole CarPC thing!) The big exception to this is when there isn't a solution available, and of course I'm a computer guy so if there is a computer project to do I'm usually up for it. There are retail things out there that sort of do what a CarPC does, but they fall far short in many key ways. If there was a complete solution that didn't cost a stupid amount of money, I'd consider just buying it.

    Don't get me wrong, I have that same spark that a lot of you guys do when it comes to wanting to figure something out and make it yourself, but these days I'm just short on time and I'd never get anything done if I didn't let go of that feeling like I do now.


    Quote Originally Posted by heptoman View Post
    Welcome to the 3g community.
    Thanks! So far I'm lovin it. Both my own 3G and the community. Thanks for your comments!

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