looks good, make sure to update us when you finnish that sub
hey guys, I thought I would share my first CarPC attempt. Overall I am very pleased with the install. I still have a few things to add yet.
I bought the 01 civic from my gf to use as a daily driver. I also have a 93 3000GT, but I am trying to keep the miles off of it right now.
My main goal for this install was to have all of my music available (32,000+ obsessively organized MP3s), GPS, WIFI, bluetooth (to connect my cingular 8125), and the ability to view video.
My other goal was to keep the car extremely low key, I dont want my **** stolen and I wanted it to look as stock as possible.
I apologize in advance for the ****ty picture quality. My Sony took a **** a few months ago and I am using some old POS.
I called honda and ordered the 01 coupe tweeter sail panels. I shaved them to fit the kicker tweeters before I realized the panels were not the same size as the sedan version (my fault for not reading more online). Rather than waste days trying to fabricate matching new panels, I installed the tweeters in the doors along with the 6" mids and a sheet or two of dynomat. The speaker locations were not my first choice, but they sound good and they look pretty stock in person. Plus, I have installed q-logic kick panels before in my ex's Eclipse and they were the most annoying things EVER. It was impossible to not kick the **** out of them all day.
The hardest part...fabricating a new bezel to hold the Xenarc 7" touch screen. I used the somewhat hard to find double din Metra radio kit. I believe the part number is 99-7865 for reference. I picked one up on ebay and had it shipped for $18.
I took the Xenarc screen apart and started cutting down the front bezel to fit behind the Metra bezel. You have to really cut the Xenarc bezel down. Once that was done and test fitted into the dash, I epoxied the two plastic bezels together. I used a 15 min epoxy from Advanced Auto Parts. Be sure to scuff up the plastic up a little with sandpaper and clean it off good before going to town with the epoxy. Once that was dry, I use Gorilla Glue everywhere I could and went to bed. After reading over turbocad6's "How To Make A Factory Bezel" thread, I stopped by a local auto body supply shop and picked up an expensive 3M automix plastic repair kit (the one on the right). This ran me $40. It smells like ***, but then again you should wear a mask when messing around with any of this crap.
Anyways, I used the 3M stuff to hide the seam between the two glued together bezels. I probably sanded/primed/painted the thing at least 30 times and it took about 4 days to complete (maybe a couple hours a day while doing other things). Its not perfect, but its as close as I can get without better tools. Everyone who has seen it thinks its perfect, im just picky. I apologize for not having any pictures of the process, but here is the final result. I think it looks a lot better in person. Also, the entire panel is sticking out a little at the top, I didnt want to secure it in place yet.
Next, I installed both Eclipse Amps. They were both about the same size, actually they may have been the exact same size. I put the Mono XA1000 under the driver's seat and the Eclipse XA2000 under the passenger's. I plan on raising them a little off the floor. I had to trim the civic's plastic air cond/heat tube things under the seats slightly. I wanted to make sure they were well out of sight and wouldn't be kicked if I ever have anyone sitting in the back (not that I probably ever will).
No, I am not worried about heat. I realize people freak out about heat issues with amps. I am not running the equipment hard and from past person experience with amps, I dont think I will have any problems.
I ran 4 gauge power from the battery, through the firewall, around the pass side kick panel, then under the pass seat. There, it hits a distribution block and i am running 8 gauge to the amp under that seat, over to the amp under the drivers seat and down the pass side to the trunk to the inverter (inverter is just temporary).
Here is a shot of the amps, with the seats slid all the way to the front.
And another of the XA1000
I decided not to go with any rear speakers. It was weird at first not having the rear fill, but like a lot people will tell you, you dont need it when you have good speakers up front.
The next thing I did was install the USB wifi antenna thing and the GPS unit. I wanted to keep these items out of sight, but I also wanted them to work well and not be blocked by a ton of metal and glass. I decided to take the easy route and I climbed into my trunk. I checked out the rear deck and noticed the speaker grills were plastic. I took a sharp knife and cut a slit in the pass side rear speaker and slid my Garmin 18 puck on top of the speaker (but below the plastic rear deck girlls) and taped the speaker back together.
This is a great spot, its completely outa sight, it has an almost direct view right out the back window and it was super easy. I didnt have to take the back seats out and remove the rear speakers or deal with any of that "ish". I did the same thing to the drivers side speaker and stuck the wifi antenna thing in there. Here is how it looks:
It looks like nothing, exactly what I was going for and they both work great.
The last thing I need to do yet is work on the trunk. I started fabricating a fiberglass subwoofer enclosure this weekend. Will update when I make more progress.
Here are some pics of the screen in action. Im running a custom skin I am working on right now. I loved how clean centrafuse looked, but I wanted the flexibility road runner offered, so I am calling this skin "reFused" as of right now.
I will upload an actual screen shot soon so you can see how clean it really it is.
Here is another shot of the screen. I might have to take new pics to get a better shot of it. This camera does not do it justice and that white line is just a reflection.
And I know at least one civic person will bring up the angle of the screen or how the sun effects it. Yes, the sun washes it out...bad. The angle is fine, could be better, but its not bad. It looks awesome at night. I can see it during the day most of the time, enough to play music without any issues.
Open to all comments, good or bad.
looks good, make sure to update us when you finnish that sub
I'd be too worried about peoples feet...
nice install can't wait for the sub box to be finished... and no rear fill for the win
Thanks for the comments guys.
I have been staring at that hunk of fiberglass for a few days now. Will update once I figure out what im doing.
Thanks again guys.
wow. so im in my car fiddling with the touch screen while im in line at Dunkin Donuts this morning and this DD delivery driver is unpacking crates in the way of the line so we are all sorta going around him. Then OF COURSE when I am beside him, he knocks the crate/pallet thing over into the side of my car.
He was an *** about the whole thing too. Story of my life, I swear!
Looks great- Good work! Your time invested really shows!
Oh hell no! DD would be hearing from me. I hope you got the delivery drivers name!
BTW Nice install man. I really dig the "stealth" look. That is what i am going to try to acheive, mostly to keep my trunk as fuctional as possible. Keep up the good work!
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