Willy: I'm just using the no-name ebay one and it works great. I think its called the BU-303. Its mounted under the rear windshield inside the car on the deck where the 6x9 speakers are (behind the trunk).
tj!2k4: I thought only the hood was fibreglass? Fack, I think I'll have to try what you're suggesting!!!
ibanez: sorry, trying to make sense of all that lol. the one you linked about is two pieces because its for a 2000-01. The 2000-01's had two amps in the trunk and one under the factory HU. Hence, two separate wiring harnesses because of the routing of the wiring (i believe).
1) connect the soundcard to the RCA's using a RCA Y-Adaptor like this: http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=search
2) since you're not using an opus, get a radio wiring harness also (this is the one that you get that has power, ground, ignition, accessories, speakers, etc...). Connect the accessory wire of this wiring harness to the remote wire on the amp wiring harness. Do the same for the ground. If you dont want to do this, you can tap into the factory harness. Personally, I hate doing that.
3) Since you also have an '04, you'll need another amp to run the highs (2 woofers and 2 midrange speakers are run off the amps in your trunk, the highs in the doors and rear deck are run off the factory HU). For this, run at least an 8 guage power cable from your battery to your trunk. You'll need an inline fuse no more then 12 inches from the battery to be safe. Run another line (18 guage should be fine, remember larger the number, thinner the cable) from the accessory on the wiring harness to the amp in the trunk and wire it to the 'remote'. A nice place to mount the amp is inside the quarter panel trim inside the trunk. Run a ground from the amp to a spot on teh body, preferrably within 2 feet (mine is within 3 and its still fine).
4) If you dont want the amps to turn on with the car (if the laptop isn't on), you could always run a switch on the accessory line from the harness, then run from the switch to the remote turn ons for the amps.
I hope that clears it up, because in all honesty your questions were confusing me lol :P
I have no idea what paint he used, he mixed it himself to match my factory bezel. I dont think he would even know if I asked him, sorry
As for your last question, there are a few options for that right now. Check in the GPS forum and input devices forum, there were a few active topics on it right now. I'm working on a custom solution for this right now that I might be selling, so I'll post with more details when they come available