Very nice install.
Very nice install.
AMAZING install, plus a personal favorite!
Seamless integration, and in an ALTIMA! that's almost the EXACT setup I'm wanting to do in my own Altima!
Any tips / pointers / warnings before I start? My biggest question is probably: What size screen fits best?
Nice clean screen install! Getting an 2008 Altima myself soon and glad to see someone else in the area :-)
Altimas give a great dashboard arrangement for a carputer...Though I would have rather put the monitor in the top cubby, and the carputer in the bottom. Replacing the entire headunit is an interesting idea! Though I'm wondering how certain controls are used, such as volume, etc.
By putting the carputer in the lower cubby, and the monitor in the top, the headunit could remain (well, wires might need to be taken care of), and FM/AM/CD could stay
This is the screen I used: Lilliput 8" Widescreen (16:9) VGA Touchscreen 889GL-80NP/C/T
It fits perfectly in this 3rd party dash (but this is for the 2005 nissan altima, I am not sure if the 2008 has one similar)
Maybe the only tip I can give you is be very carefull when you install the monitor USB cable to your motherboard. I have burned my monitor USB controller once and my motherboard USB controller 2X just by not being too carefull
Another thing you will need is lots of patience, as you can see it took me almost 2 months from the date I started to finish the job.
The reason I did not put the monitor on top is because I would have to do some kind of fabrication with bondo etc... The dash kit mentionned above was a perfect fit for the double DIN enclosure, and I do not need to keep the stock radio around anymore, it just makes it look ugly.
Take a look:
Look back at checksum's pictures -- notice there's a little cubby above the monitor (where the original headunit was). In the new altima, there are guages there...
Though I might just do the carputer project in my '04 ford expedition -- more room on the dash board:
this setup is elite! excellent job!
Duct tape and a Bandana for the win, b!shes!!!
Cost so far: Less than a grand ;]
Economy/Commuter cars + Computers = many entertained miles