Agree with you 100% Turbo, I'm guessing I'm going to do the same overhead install on my Sequoia. I have lots of space on the dash, but why not use that one? It's wasted space really.
And yes, I checked for clearance. You can go all the way down and back with my install. I made sure many times every step of the way. I'd hate to have to limit the functionality of the seat in any way. Strangely enough, I had more trouble with the PSU case I decided to use for the DSATX than with the Morex case itself. Also because of an electric motor in the right side too. After stripping the carpet, I had plenty of room for it there.
More pictures coming. I'm thinking about using an air conditioner vent to cover it all up. But first I'm still working on my "contraption" (the pieces of wood elevating the case by 3"). I want it to be able to withstand a fairly good kick, and the first tests with my 12 boots are good! I run two pieces of wood under the rails (forming an U shape), with the support in the lower part of the U, so if you kick it, mechanically you're kicking the seat rails themselves. I opted for this solution, to avoid screwing the case support on the side rails since screwing on wood/metal can become loose over time (unless you use nuts, but they would be a pain to access for maintenance), and may not withstand a kick like I'm giving it right now! (Almost) no screws maintenance: you just remove the pieces under the seat rails, and you can slide the whole system down (until the wiring allows), and so having complete access to the system in no time.
+1That looks neat!! More pics please!! (May I suggest you start your worklog?)
ah, ok, that's what I was asuming. your fabrication looks nice & that's a great idea & all, but the lilli's aren't really known for great viewing angles, that screens gotta be very hard to use in normal seated position. ever think of tilting it back a little? I'm sure having that screen there, even the way it is, is better than no screen, but tilt it to a usable angle & it'll be great.
I thought of having my screen pivot but then I couldn't really think of any time that I would want it closed, so i just did fixed open mounting. I was more concerned with it looking good opened than closed too. either way nice install & good job there...
Some more updates:
Computer case and PSU case (made of an old drive bay) painted flat black:
Ready to go into the car:
With the "impact protection" device in place. It's made of maple (hardwood), so as to withstand abuse. As I mentioned before, it makes an "U" shape device together with two bars under the seat rails for strength.
With the PSU case attached:
With the PSU and Carputer:
Zoomed out...the seat is all the way to the front and up, allowing plenty of space to work!
test fitting ;D:
Now how to finish up the job? Like this?
Either way would be fine I guess, I'm not showing it off anyway. I doubt I would even tell people where my carputer is (in case a "funny" curious passenger decides to kick it hard just to "check it out" if it's really there.). The problem is, how to protect it from, say, people working on the car, or vacuuming it, or a kid looking for a lost toy? Lots of cables and leds there, people get curious.
Solution on the next post in a moment.
I got hold of a diffuser, like this one:
This is what I was visualizing:
With the help of some tools (dremel, Wiss tin snips), I trimmed here and there:
The idea was to fit it in here:
Looking promising, with the seat all the way back:
And finally, painted Flat Black, as the rest of the case:
With the seats on my driving position:
And with the seat all the way down and back:
I decided to fit some insulation tape on the extremities, just in case. Not sure if I'll keep them. Note that there's also room for a 120mm fan behind the grille, which may or may not be needed come summer time. I don't think so, but it's a bonus!
And that's the final result (that's what you would see if you were 4' tall!)
Overall, I'm very happy! Fabulous time for a Guinness!!!