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Thread: 05 RX-8 custom fab install (motorized flip-up screen)

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    I was inspired by this and did it in my RX8.

    Top tip, don't use hot glue for ANYTHING (I used it to secure the servo in place) - parked up outside my parents for the weekend, opened the car door and it was like a sauna, came back and it didnt look quite right (the centre part had sunk) - went to start it up, and nothing happened other than the NOISE of the servo, so I manually lifted the screen up - it was very floppy and the screen wasn't working at all. Ended up taking it all apart and realising it was a write off

    Had to destroy my casing to get the screen out (it was a Mimo UM-740, dont recomend them at all for this kind of job, screen is too shiney), and bought a new screen (transflective) - started working on rebuilding the housing but gave up (it actually costs quite a bit to build when you take time, spray paint, primers, sandpaper, getting a 2nd hand dash, mistakes etc into account) and paid for the Mazda tray (the new one that has a slide cover, not the one thats always on display) in the end.

    If you want to do the job easily / quickly the Mazda tray from japanparts is the easiest route, but doesn't look anywhere near as good as the self builds - the self build is pretty stealthy too where as the tray is a bit of an advert for robbers! Hoping that as its a Mazda part the Mazda garage wont frown too much when I get it serviced too.

    LEARN FROM MY EXPENSIVE MISTAKE!! No hot glue, no Mimo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatproblem View Post
    I was inspired by this and did it in my RX8.

    Top tip, don't use hot glue for ANYTHING (I used it to secure the servo in place) - parked up outside my parents for the weekend, opened the car door and it was like a sauna, came back and it didnt look quite right (the centre part had sunk) - went to start it up, and nothing happened other than the NOISE of the servo, so I manually lifted the screen up - it was very floppy and the screen wasn't working at all. Ended up taking it all apart and realising it was a write off

    Had to destroy my casing to get the screen out (it was a Mimo UM-740, dont recomend them at all for this kind of job, screen is too shiney), and bought a new screen (transflective) - started working on rebuilding the housing but gave up (it actually costs quite a bit to build when you take time, spray paint, primers, sandpaper, getting a 2nd hand dash, mistakes etc into account) and paid for the Mazda tray (the new one that has a slide cover, not the one thats always on display) in the end.

    If you want to do the job easily / quickly the Mazda tray from japanparts is the easiest route, but doesn't look anywhere near as good as the self builds - the self build is pretty stealthy too where as the tray is a bit of an advert for robbers! Hoping that as its a Mazda part the Mazda garage wont frown too much when I get it serviced too.

    LEARN FROM MY EXPENSIVE MISTAKE!! No hot glue, no Mimo!
    Where do you live? I have used hot glue before, but only in small applications. I really don't recommend it either because even if it does hold, its very brittle and can shatter. Maybe you want to look into a plastic epoxy next time, or even better a plastic welder?

    The MiMo is so bad. Alot of people stand by it. I hated it, its shinny and the quality seems less, and the scrolling is annoying. Also half the time the driver acts all buggy and you have to disconnect and reconnect the screen alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Where do you live? I have used hot glue before, but only in small applications. I really don't recommend it either because even if it does hold, its very brittle and can shatter. Maybe you want to look into a plastic epoxy next time, or even better a plastic welder?

    The MiMo is so bad. Alot of people stand by it. I hated it, its shinny and the quality seems less, and the scrolling is annoying. Also half the time the driver acts all buggy and you have to disconnect and reconnect the screen alot.
    I live in that really hot and sunny place called England - I used some polyweld for most of it but didn't trust it (seemed to flake off?) so backed that up with the glue - but on the servo I only used hot glue.

    Mimo - the touch screen drivers they supply are incorrect! I phoned touchbase (who supply the touch screen drivers) and they said that the version on my CD was a beta version (ended in a b) and should have ended in a p (production) - when they sent me that I have 0 driver problems. That said it was waaaay too shiney - tried a 3m anti reflection cover but that wasn't great. I quite liked the quality of it, everything was pin sharp (being digital), but I think VGA is better than USB for car pcs.

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