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    hey burner

    I basically want to put my lcd screen in exactly the way you've done it on my '98 328i

    which specific model of lilliput lcd did you use? was it the 4:3 model or the 16:9 one?

    it also looks like you removed the lcd from its supplied housing... is that because it was "too big"? was it difficult to hook up and manipulate once it was out?

    also I'd really like to hear how you fashioned the bezel because i really want a clean factory-esque look. (i don't really like the lcd's that are just basically stuck into the opening) and i like the way you've done it. How'd you secure the screen to the bezel and the bezel to the bottom of the sunglasses holder?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by allr0007 View Post
    hey burner

    I basically want to put my lcd screen in exactly the way you've done it on my '98 328i

    which specific model of lilliput lcd did you use? was it the 4:3 model or the 16:9 one?

    it also looks like you removed the lcd from its supplied housing... is that because it was "too big"? was it difficult to hook up and manipulate once it was out?

    also I'd really like to hear how you fashioned the bezel because i really want a clean factory-esque look. (i don't really like the lcd's that are just basically stuck into the opening) and i like the way you've done it. How'd you secure the screen to the bezel and the bezel to the bottom of the sunglasses holder?

    thanks
    Hey!

    Its a Lilliput 889GL (16:9).
    Yeah, i had to remove it from the housing, because it won't fit otherwise. Theres a steel-tube supporting the dash back there, and the lcd-panel clears it by about 0.5-1cm!
    The panel is wider than the opening (width of sunglass-holder) - so you have to mount the screen with the whole center console out of the car;
    [media]http://klostergata.mine.nu/~burner/Lilliput/lilliput.jpg[/media]

    "How'd you secure the screen to the bezel and the bezel to the bottom of the sunglasses holder?"
    - The plastic part with the buttons, and the lcd-bezel is ONE part. Its fastened with the original "method" from the sunglass-holder.

    To make the bezel i cut the sunglass-holder in two, positioned the top half on top and filled inn the centre part with fiber-glass putty (reinforced with some steel-wire).
    On the backside - i glued the original front-plastic from the Lilliput and cut the excess plastic off.
    Then I sanded it all down, fiber-glassed some more - sanded down again. At last i applied a layer of more fine putty, and sanded some more. The shape/profile on the edges is a real pain to get factory-lookin' - atleast with the tools i had. :P

    To fasten the panel I glued in some "ties" which can be tightened.
    I pasted a link with pics of all this (except the fabrication of the bezel) in the original post. :P

    Hope you got your answers! Good luck, and please ask if theres anything

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    Updated!

    I updated my configuration a few months ago.. Time to post it here :P

    First off, new setup of my trunk:
    Looks like hell now, but there will be a cover over there some day :P


    Connecting my HQCT to the original FM/AM-amp:


    Parking sensors:



    Control circuits for the PDC:


    USB-hub under the back seat:


    Wireless keyboard:



    "Connected to BMW"


    Live GPS-tracking (this is an external database):


    Console:


    Oh, the car is repainted and got new rims, tinted windows etc too


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    Quote Originally Posted by burner86 View Post
    "Connected to BMW"
    Good to see another N95 user here.

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    Nice car, nice setup.

    What kind of angeleyes are you using?
    I tried some on my E36 Compact while I had it, but those where not CCDs and they stopped working all the time.
    In my E46 I where to change to some CCDs bought from GS-Bildeler (a for non-Norwegians, a car shop that sells original and custom parts for BMWs), but they where the wrong color for me, so I gave them to a friend of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crinos View Post
    Nice car, nice setup.

    What kind of angeleyes are you using?
    I tried some on my E36 Compact while I had it, but those where not CCDs and they stopped working all the time.
    In my E46 I where to change to some CCDs bought from GS-Bildeler (a for non-Norwegians, a car shop that sells original and custom parts for BMWs), but they where the wrong color for me, so I gave them to a friend of mine.
    Thanks!
    I bought them from GS, item# ANE36106.


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    So, do you like it down there?

    I had thought about putting it down there, as I wouldn't have to move the Climate controls.

    There is that bezel sold here to mount the screen up high, but it's $175.00 U.S.

    My car is being lightened up for autocross, and I'd rather put my gauges where the head unit would normally go, but I thought it might be difficult to get to the touch screen down low.

    Since my E36 is OBD1, I don't have the option to put up virtual gauges, so that doesn't have to be considered.

    I would think there would be less glare down low, so it looks like to me that it's a win-win down low. cheaper, less glare, and don't have to move the climate controls.
    08' WRX - lightly prepared for D-stock autocross
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    Quote Originally Posted by murphyslaww View Post
    So, do you like it down there?

    I had thought about putting it down there, as I wouldn't have to move the Climate controls.

    There is that bezel sold here to mount the screen up high, but it's $175.00 U.S.

    My car is being lightened up for autocross, and I'd rather put my gauges where the head unit would normally go, but I thought it might be difficult to get to the touch screen down low.

    Since my E36 is OBD1, I don't have the option to put up virtual gauges, so that doesn't have to be considered.

    I would think there would be less glare down low, so it looks like to me that it's a win-win down low. cheaper, less glare, and don't have to move the climate controls.
    I think its perfect down there.. I can rest my hand on the shifter while touching the screen.
    And yeah, like you said - i dont have to worry so much about direct sunlight..

    The only problem with this position, is that my passengers can't see it/operate it that well..
    But hey, its a BMW - made for the driver

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    Quote Originally Posted by burner86 View Post
    But hey, its a BMW - made for the driver
    So true!
    But the newer BMWs miss the driver oriented dashboard...

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