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    Quote Originally Posted by brrman
    yeah that looks good Sunglasses - is that carbonfiber sticker tape?

    the little fan grid (someone asked?) sucks in air from the cabin for the automatic climate control to determine the cabin temp.

    98Explorerxlt: HVAC is a common term for the A/C unit in an audi. I used 100/300/400 sandpaper - and then 1000 between my final coats of satin black. The HVAC controls were moved to where the ashtray was.

    I'll post some pics of the process later today.
    Brrman, How did you change you climate model to fit in ashtray hole?

    I have tried but the only way is to remove the housing as the lugs stick out too much,

    Did you make a custom housing? my car pc is ready to fit this weekend,

    I have dremeled the top of the ashtray compartment out so I can route the wires down there

    Ron

    btw yeah its carbon fiber tape, was expensive though 25 quid a metre

    a pic of it all sorted


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    turn me on is a cool song

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    brrman, GREAT JOB!
    That's simply astounding!

    Any idea where I can find somebody to make something like that for my car, or is it simple enough to just do myself?

    Thanks!

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    Im in the process of writing a tech document. I had never done anything like that before, man, so I think anyone can do it. You just need the courage to cut up your car.

    I've attached an image of the final install into my car.

    havent had a chance to get pics up yet, but here is an excerpt fro mthe document...


    Moving the A/C Controls:
    This had to be the most frustrating and difficult aspect of the interior modifications. First I removed the ashtray – it is not hard once the A/C control box is removed. The A/C unit is enclosed in a box, and would not fit in the ash tray area. Hmm. So let’s remove it from the box. Now it consists of a faceplate with a ribbon cable to a circuit board containing the rear connections. Going to be tight, but I think it will go.

    Next, build the faceplate that will replace the ashtray and holt the A/C controls. This was insanely difficult for me. I am no master at car modifications or stereo installations so what I did was cut out a square piece of cardboard and shaped it bit by bit as it slowly took on the form that would fit in the ash try position. Finally I got it fairly suitable and then used that as a template for cutting out the ABS plastic version. The plastic version was not perfect so I added bondo to the edges, sanded, etc to fix the defects in the shape.

    Don’t forget you have to cut out the rectangle in this plastic piece to accommodate the A/C controls. This is where I lost my cool several times. The cut out is so tight near the bottom corners that there is barely 1/8 an inch left to the faceplate. While putting the finishing touches on the faceplate (ie. sanding) I broke it. After cussing a massive string of expletives (I had worked all evening to get this far) I went to work on a second faceplate. I broke that one too. I nearly exploded. Sat down with a beer and told myself I would do another one tomorrow.

    A week later I had the third faceplate done, but I had a slight crack where all the others had broken. I was getting no love from above. It did not matter anyhow. I primed and painted the faceplate and then epoxied the faceplate to the A/C front panel. FINALLY.

    Wait – “How does the faceplate stay secure in the ashtray position?” you ask. I used a series of plastic tabs glued on the bottom of the unit so that it would hook into holes I had drilled into the console. Then one more tab on the top (one that was not too tight so that I could remove the unit with a little force). The circuit board containing the plug wiring is simply laid in the back behind the face.
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    Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
    Carputer 2.0: removed. Back to stock.

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    I'll just get interior panels from a junk yard to cut up instead.

    That looks so incredibly nice, very good job. Now I just have to figure out how to fabricate the piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclid
    I'll just get interior panels from a junk yard to cut up instead.

    That looks so incredibly nice, very good job. Now I just have to figure out how to fabricate the piece.

    Here's is some more of the document... no pics added yet tho

    Modifiying Dash Trim: (bondo hell)
    The dash trim has 2 dins, but I cut out the center divider to create a wide space for the screen. BE SURE TO KEEP THE SMALL GRID intake that is in this divider. It is employed by the fan that allows the automatic climate control to function – we will move this just below the screen in the dash trim (not above it because I want to get the screen as high as possible). A Dremel tool is invaluable here during cutting. I took apart the Zenarc screen and glued the screen’s plastic surround into the modified dash trim. Glue the small grid below the screen.

    That done, I proceeded to apply fiberglass bondo (not the red can – make sure it’s the “fiberglass” in the blue can) to the trim, taking sure not to cover too much of the included screen surround as to keep the screen’s stock look. Also be careful to avoid getting bondo on the fan intake grid.

    I sanded and bondoed, sanded and bondoed, sanded and bondoed. Using 100 sandpaper at first, then on to 200. On the last couple of applications I used 300 and 400 sandpaper to prepare for priming. After two evenings of work this unit was ready for paint.

    Modifying the Dash Cage:
    The inner cage also has a divider which separates the radio and the A/C controls. However on this divider is molded a small fan intake with a sensor inside it. It connects to a rubber hose and leads to a fan that is also attached to the cage. Cut out this center piece and move it to the bottom on the cage. I used two mini bolts with washers to adjust its height – so that it matched up with the location of the intake grid on the modified trim.

    There is also the problem of attaching the trim to the cage so that it is secure. Since we have removed the A/C controls from the lower din there are no latches to keep the trim secure to the cage at the bottom. I cut a small hole in the console surround and added a small tab onto the back of the trim that would insert into that hole and keep the trim secure.
    Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
    Carputer 2.0: removed. Back to stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunglassesron
    Brrman, How did you change you climate model to fit in ashtray hole?

    I have tried but the only way is to remove the housing as the lugs stick out too much,

    Did you make a custom housing? my car pc is ready to fit this weekend,

    I have dremeled the top of the ashtray compartment out so I can route the wires down there

    Ron

    btw yeah its carbon fiber tape, was expensive though 25 quid a metre

    a pic of it all sorted

    What program/skin is that? I really like that setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rireal
    What program/skin is that? I really like that setup.
    It is Sharkweb's audi skin for ME, you can download it here, as I have mirrored it for him

    http://www.fsplanes.net/audiskin.zip


    BTW BRRMAN I made my bracket to hold the Climate cntl out of balsa wood, its soooo easy to trim to shape, using the ashtray as a template

    Today I will be fitting the climate in the wood, and then covering it with carbon fibre tape

    <update> scrap that idea, the balsa wood is too brittle, and after i made the bracket it snapped when I sneezed on it

    I got some real thick plastic now, but its ganna be a ***** to cut
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    [QUOTE=Sunglassesron]It is Sharkweb's audi skin for ME, you can download it here, as I have mirrored it for him

    http://www.fsplanes.net/audiskin.zip


    BTW BRRMAN I made my bracket to hold the Climate cntl out of balsa wood, its soooo easy to trim to shape, using the ashtray as a template

    Today I will be fitting the climate in the wood, and then covering it with carbon fibre tape

    <update> scrap that idea, the balsa wood is too brittle, and after i made the bracket it snapped when I sneezed on it

    I got some real thick plastic now, but its ganna be a ***** to cut

    <further update> I recken its a figment of your imagination that you got the bracket to fit all the way round, after measuring and measuring again it just doesnt go

    So I have left the bottom part off and kept the sides and the top on, and this fits ok, except that the pcb part of the Climate doesnt fit behind the ashtray, so i may leave it up the top and route the ribbon cable down to the ashtray
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    Sunglasses - it will fit with the bottom, but you have to make the piece so that is comes out diagonally toward the shifter at the bottom, so it kinda slopes out more than the ash tray did (which is why I never used the ash tray as a template).

    I had like 2 - 3 mm on each bottom corner. very tight fit.
    Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
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