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Thread: Stealth Install - Nexus7 + Alpine IDE178BT remote faceplate (concealed)

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    right guys, update time!

    sorry for the delay - our son was born on 09/05/14 so I've been kinda busy. As the project was dragging on, I've had to make some changes, but its now finished.

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    I found it very difficult to motorise the faceplate inside the storage tray, tried numerous different ways but ultimately decided I needed to get it finished so I can help out with the new baby!

    I made a housing for the remote faceplate in the top tray and made the faceplate detachable, as I'm pretty sure that some kind passing thief would be inclined to smash my car up for it. The area around the connector to the faceplate could do with being a bit neater, but overall I'm happy with it.

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    I've also added a button to turn tablet on/off down by the gearbox (pic to follow)

    I hope you've found this thread useful. I'll try and grab some more pictures/ a video soon, when the baby is asleep!

    Ben

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    Very nice and neat; would like to see the motorization. I'm planning to extend the faceplate on a Sony HU and the connections are similar to yours, I wanted to ask what wires did you use? So far i will use CAT-5 unless i come across something better or a reason not-to...
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    Best wishes for ur new son. Is it the first ? Nice install there but i was hoping to see somethng with movement to get some ideas. Anyway best wishes for ur birth.
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    i used cat5, as my alpine headunit had 16 pins, so two lengths of cat5 worked best for me

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    thanks, yes it's our first - still adjusting to it ! I would have liked to motorise the faceplate but ran out of time and commitment! tried a few different ideas, but the noise was quite significant which is why I was put off. I felt I didn't have room for a servo, which would have been a better setup.

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    here is a link to the best idea I had with the motor:



    the idea was that an arm would be fixed to the bolt, which would raise the faceplate.

    watch out for the volume on the video - the motor is loud!

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    This is looking great, good job!

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