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    1997 Jeep Cherokee - Custom In Dash updated Dec 09 2003

    As always, it's still a work in progress, but I couldn't wait to show it off.

    Car
    Car: 1997 Jeep Cherokee
    Engine: ummm, a V6?

    Sorry, no pic of the car itself, as it isn't clean!

    Car Stereo
    Amplifier: Rockford Fosgate Punch 800a4 - 4 channel 800 watt amp
    Speakers: Boston Acoustics Pro Series Component Speakers (seperate woofer and tweeter with external crossover) in front, 2 JL 12" subwoofers in a PowerWedge box.
    Configuration: 1 channel at ~75 watts RMS left, 1 channel at ~75 watts RMS right, 2 channels bridged mono to subs at ~400 watts RMS. Yes, it is loud.

    Computer
    Computer: Via Epia M10000 Nehemiah
    Case: Custom Plexiglass bottom mounted in center console
    Power: Opus 90W DC-DC PSU w remote trigger option
    Storage: 40GB laptop drive
    Drive: Slim Slot-Load DVD/CD-RW/CD-R Drive
    Sound: Via "on-board" sound - AC97
    Display: Gain 7" LCD touchscreen from Xenarc
    Extras:
    • CoPilot 2003 for GPS Navigation (USB version)
    • XMPCR - XM Satellite Radio
    • D-Link DSB-R100 AM/FM Tuner
    • Microsoft Wireless Network Adapter


    Right now, I'm running Windows XP Professional and using the hibernate feature to enable a pretty quick boot. The Opus remote trigger works great for turning on my amp, but when XP comes back from hibernation - pop - there's that annoying sound of the sound card turning on. For input I am using just the touch screen with the On Screen Keyboard - what a pain, I am going to have to spring for a keyboard soon.

    I quickly coded up my own windows media player 9 skin, but have since decided to scrap the all inclusive screen (with equalizer, vis, and playlist visible all at once) for a better interface (work in progress).

    The XM PCR software is just about the worst piece of junk ever. It causes my system to not go into hibernation (if I don't watch it and shut it down manually when it fails, it would let my battery drain). However, it is cool to have XM Satellite Radio playing while getting Global Positioning Satellite navigation at the same time. Kinda makes the world feel pretty small....

    The DLink USB Radio sucks, frankly I hate FM Radio, so that's not a big loss.

    The low-down -- I am still not quite done, as I have yet to add my bluetooth adapter to allow T-Mobile internet access full-time. My Windows XP Embedded build is coming along, and I am writing the software specification for an all-in-one media player program that hopefully will be pretty slick and allow instant control of media files/CDs/DVDs (using the Windows Media Player 9 SDK), the XM Radio (using the XM PCR hacks and an XM PCR OCX), and whatever else goodies I can find. And yes, I am following all of the other software builds.

    So, here are some pics:











    I am not yet done with the install, I have one more round of putty, sanding and painting to get rid of those dents and dings (that was my fault for being too Dremmel-happy) on the dash. The cover for the console will be replaced, and I was thinking of mounting my DVD drive somewhere else with a firewire bridge (like gork's beamer). I also have to mount at least semi-permanently an antenna for my XM Radio and the GPS antenna/receiver. And of course, like so many others in the forums, I am working on some software as well.

    For the gallery of the not-quite-finished install, visit:

    http://www.seebq.com/gallery/carcomputer

    Since I just graduated from University with a degree in Computer Science, and don't have a real job yet, I am going to try to start a company providing in car computer systems, much like Gnet Canada, but cooler. Wish me luck.

    Comments? Criticisms? Praise?

    updated gallery photos!

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    sand down that center console a lil more, looks great, but i can see the imperfections in the way the light shines

    good work so far...but you shoulda gotten w7's jk
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    Quote Originally Posted by stkdidy ntshidy
    sand down that center console a lil more, looks great, but i can see the imperfections in the way the light shines
    Don't worry, I'm not done with the dash yet - the reason I included that picture is to show the imperfections. It needs a little more putty and a little more sanding and one more coat of paint.

    Quote Originally Posted by stkdidy ntshidy
    good work so far...but you shoulda gotten w7's jk
    The subs are already a bit too loud for my taste, I don't know why I got such a big enclosure so long ago.

    Thanks for the input!

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    Wink

    no prob on the input, way to keep this hobby growing
    2005 Mustang GT:
    12w7...arc audio kar1000.2t...jl 300/4 pushng focal 165k2p...pioneer premier deh-880prs...tm-701l...audiocontrol eqs
    want: my stereo actually IN the car

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    looks good, man, i wish i could do this kind of magic
    Current Status: For Sale

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    - Indash Motorized 7" VGA TS
    - DeLorme GPS (sold)
    - Power Inverter (sold)
    - Pioneer HU (sold)

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    dude that looks great - little more detailing and it will be awesome.

    How do you like the BA Pro Series speakers? I am about to spring the $ for them.
    Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
    Carputer 2.0: removed. Back to stock.

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    I have Boston pro 5.4 in the kick panel and 5.5 in the doors. They sound great
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    Quote Originally Posted by brrman
    dude that looks great - little more detailing and it will be awesome.

    How do you like the BA Pro Series speakers? I am about to spring the $ for them.
    As for the quality - they are top notch. I upgraded from some relatively cheap 2-way Eclipse speakers (that were not that bad), but I just had a big amp powering tiny speakers. I don't have to tell you that when you have a nice amp putting out plenty of wattage (RMS that is), you might as well have speakers that can handle the power.

    I was also just using the Eclipse's for the higher frequencies -- using the amp's built in cross-over. Now I send out full frequencies to the front and have some really crisp high end as well as good bass up front (even though the bass in the back is enough to drown anything out)!

    Anywho, they're epensive, but good. I believe Hi-Fi Buys (also known as Tweeter) has them, so you can go take a look at them, but the details are in the specs, as I'm sure you're aware. The seperate crossovers are big and the cover fell off one so it's surrounded by electrical tape, but it's completely hidden and other than that, they both work well.

    The paint should be dry by now (48 hours to dry fully) so it's back to the grind (literally - sanding) and puttying and another coat....

    I'll keep you guys posted,
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    ^^^just a question cuz ive only done small fiberglassing things before: why are you painting it in between layers of putty? seems counter-productive time wise...?
    2005 Mustang GT:
    12w7...arc audio kar1000.2t...jl 300/4 pushng focal 165k2p...pioneer premier deh-880prs...tm-701l...audiocontrol eqs
    want: my stereo actually IN the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by stkdidy ntshidy
    ^^^just a question cuz ive only done small fiberglassing things before: why are you painting it in between layers of putty? seems counter-productive time wise...?
    That is an excellent question. If I had done any type of fiberglassing, I would have known better - also, if I had realized that there were still some tiny imperfections after the first "coat," I wouldn't have needed to go back to the puttying stage. It is taking me a long time, I agree.

    I thought with enough primer and paint that it would look ok, and that perhaps the tiny imperfections would not be noticeable, or would get covered up sufficiently. I was wrong.

    Today, I goofed again, I decided to paint while it was raining, out in the garage where I'm working. Needless to say, the paint did not go on as smoothly as before. Looks like it needs another good sanding and priming on a nice dry day, and one more coat before I call it quits.

    So, note to anyone looking to do any type of fiberglass modifications, be careful what you get yourself into!

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