Face lifting my most loved baby - new legs & the perfect 8" double-din install
Its been just over a year since I bought my 2. Though the car has very few miles on it and has been garaged all its life, my problem of being an idiotic perfectionist drove me to tune & replace parts most of this year.
The beginning of last month, I was left with two primary upgrades to accomplish - New Legs & a New Din & with both fitted, its a joy to post this thread -
Need to start by thanking my friend Vaibhav & both of us dearly THANK this forum for all the information it houses, I wonder where we'd go looking for answers had it not been for this place. :)
(I'm a sucker for stock when it comes to the car's engine & body therefore care was taken to ensure no cutting & pasting around the original dimensions of the interior.)
The Baby (1990 Toyota MR2 JDM - Turbo)
IBM Thinkpad R52
IBM Replicator II (Cable management is great)
8" Lilliput 869 (From mp3 store)
GPS receiver (From mp3 store)
Space Navigator SE
Rubber Keypad (forgot brand)
Belkin 7 port usb dock (output 5v 3.8amps, powered by adaptor - 220v in, 5v/3.8amps out)
Belkin AC-DC converter 12v input, Max 200w output (currently happy to power screen, laptop & Belkin USB dock)
Laptop power on incorporated to dash with laptop mounted permanently under seat with replicator.
Secondary acc switch incorporated
Lenso 16" NX
Front - Yokohama S Drive 205/50
Rear - Yokoham Decibel 225/50
I've yet to take worthy pics of these, will post soon.
- There are potent 220 volts running in your car with a DC-AC converter set up & if you're not conscious of it, those volts can bite you in the donkey. :peace:
- A 7" double din for the MR2 double din slot is a waste of active area with 8" screens around. I was shipping across the globe, therefore accurate measurements were critical
(Stripping the frame & setting the screen behind the dash cavity - and the first view of the front was blissful.) :high5:Can't say for other cars.
- No matter what quality, AC converters if starved of power will surely blow fuses & short circuit in their core.
- Give the GPS receiver some time to figure its whereabouts post first install
- It pays to run a secondary ACC switch... will suit your moods, every day's not the same :)
- The space navigator can be a pain to start control with but given some time & calibration, it can prove a wonder.
- The rca output cable from cpu to system's aux in... ground it on the stereo/ head unit side & it'll take care of most of the noise interference. Don't f with it unless your power is off/ volume is nil.
I'll get home & take some shots of the control buttons to power Thinkpad & ACC secondary + pics of new wheels.
Thanks for reading & thanks once again for all the resident knowledge & resources here. Pls let me know what you think :)
(Sorry for the crap pics)