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    Hey nappyjim,

    I like your install, and need your help. I currently have a simular installation in my corolla, however, I pick up my new mazda 3 later this week.

    I am starting to work out some installation details based on my current knowledge of the car. I plan on replacing the stereo with the Xenarc, but I have no idea how to cover it up and make it look nice. Any chance you can provide me some details on how you fabricated the face place?

    Thanks!
    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by viller
    Hey nappyjim,

    I like your install, and need your help. I currently have a simular installation in my corolla, however, I pick up my new mazda 3 later this week.

    I am starting to work out some installation details based on my current knowledge of the car. I plan on replacing the stereo with the Xenarc, but I have no idea how to cover it up and make it look nice. Any chance you can provide me some details on how you fabricated the face place?

    Thanks!
    Rob
    Real easy. Mine doesnt look quite as professinal as the others here, but for 20 minutes work, i think it looks great. Just get the metra dash kit "metra 99-7504" and simply saw off the extra parts until the screen fits behind it. You'll understand what I mean when you see the dash kit,

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    Updated with some better pics. Sign the damn guestbook please!!

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    Updated again, pics of installing the GPS mouse and wireless internet reciever under the dash. Pics of the wireless keyboard/mouse reciever under the center console, and some pics of the 100 feet of wires in the trunk, lol.

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    Nice job. I have a mazda3 as well (4-door mazda3i, though). I just installed my screen last night and am configuring the OS right now. I'll post pictures of what I got when I finish as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dionysus
    Nice job. I have a mazda3 as well (4-door mazda3i, though). I just installed my screen last night and am configuring the OS right now. I'll post pictures of what I got when I finish as well!
    would love to see pics. Did you replace the stock cd player with the screen also?

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    I always thought it was difficult to have an indash screen in the new mazdas due to the fact that they come in a one piece plastic dash with everything on it. great work!!!

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    Nice setup dude! BTW, are you getting a satelite lock for your GPS under your dash? or doe it have line of site to the sky that I am not seeing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJKhan85
    Nice setup dude! BTW, are you getting a satelite lock for your GPS under your dash? or doe it have line of site to the sky that I am not seeing?
    IM actually getting better locks than I was when I just had it above the trunk.

    No, the plastic is real thin, so I dont think it causes much interferne. Same thing with my wireless adapter. I tested it with the plastic off and with the plastic on and I got about the same signal strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nappyjim
    IM actually getting better locks than I was when I just had it above the trunk.

    No, the plastic is real thin, so I dont think it causes much interferne. Same thing with my wireless adapter. I tested it with the plastic off and with the plastic on and I got about the same signal strength.
    From what I understand plastic and glass doesn't block a GPS signal- only metal- so the plastic dash of the Mazda3 doesn't obstruct the signal at all. that's why GPS recievers can be enclused in plastic as well.

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