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    The wires then run in the crease of the back seat, completely hidden from view until where you see them in the back. That's the only part of the wiring that's exposed to the passengers. Barely worth noticing. That seat folds down, allowing the wires to get to the trunk that way.



    The GPS reciever is on the rear deck under the window. The USB cable for it runs pressed against the corner of the glass and is also invisible to the passagers of the car.



    And finally...here it is all up and running with my fun windows background


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    I'll do pictures of the computer itself after I add that shock absorbption layer.

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    nicely done... can't wait on the rest of the pics... Maybe i'm the most impatient... who knows

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    Sorry to be a critic, but those cables look terrible. With a bit of extra work you can route them under the carpet (Enforcer Handy Hint : Wire coat hanger and sellotape) behind the centre console and then under the rear seats. Next time I take the back seat out I will take photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    Sorry to be a critic, but those cables look terrible. With a bit of extra work you can route them under the carpet (Enforcer Handy Hint : Wire coat hanger and sellotape) behind the centre console and then under the rear seats. Next time I take the back seat out I will take photos.
    I thought about it and decided it was alot of effort for not alot of payout. When the seat is back there is no seeing those cables. And since I hardly ever have passengers in the back seat anyway, I just don't care enough to go through all that. With the seats in their upright and lcoked position, this is a completely clean install. Plus with the cables the way they are they are accessable in the event something needs to change.

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    Your install looks really awesome! I just modded my sunglass box, I cut some of the sides and the top off so i could lock the monitor into that! It fits pretty snug, whats best is that it easily comes out if i want to put it away from unwanted people! I am still thinking of how i could mount my computer into the glovebox, It will fit perfectly fine sideways, but i wont have access to the cd-drive. I really dont mind moving it every now and then if i need to, i might also just take out the cd drive and mount it in the top part of the glovebox, inside that is. I will take more pictures in the morning when I do some more work on it.

    www.nitrostudios.net/carputer/ if you want to see a crappy picture of the screen in place. I used my cell phone to take the picture so its ability to capture light is crappy. I will take a better one in the morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital318is
    Your install looks really awesome! I just modded my sunglass box, I cut some of the sides and the top off so i could lock the monitor into that! It fits pretty snug, whats best is that it easily comes out if i want to put it away from unwanted people! I am still thinking of how i could mount my computer into the glovebox, It will fit perfectly fine sideways, but i wont have access to the cd-drive. I really dont mind moving it every now and then if i need to, i might also just take out the cd drive and mount it in the top part of the glovebox, inside that is. I will take more pictures in the morning when I do some more work on it.

    www.nitrostudios.net/carputer/ if you want to see a crappy picture of the screen in place. I used my cell phone to take the picture so its ability to capture light is crappy. I will take a better one in the morning.
    How much room in in the glove box if you take the actual "glove box" out? I don't really want my computer in there because it's kinda loud. But I might want to do something else in there someday, but I'm too lazy to take out the compnents just to see what kind of space is available.

    If you have any questions on the 3 series install, feel free to ask. Even with your crappy picture it looks like the screen is in there good. I'd like to see some better pics if you can get them.

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    Also, how well does that FM transmitter you've got work? Do you know yet? That's the way I've decided to get my sound to the stereo.

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    Here's my display mounted.

    It's not permanently mounted yet so I still have wires hanging. But that's probably the location I'll use. It's on a flexi-post type thing mounted to the side of the center console.
    And here's a mini-write-up I did for another forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipjacks
    Also, how well does that FM transmitter you've got work? Do you know yet? That's the way I've decided to get my sound to the stereo.
    Test it out this morning, it works amazingly good. All i did was tune it to station 88 and it came in pretty clear. I will get better pictures posted soon on the install.
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