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    2002 Ford F-250

    UPDATED PICS AND A FEW NEW ADDITIONS IN POST 31



    This is my install on my 02 F-250. I've only seen two other installs on the superduty series, and those two were very different from each other and now mine is again different from both of those. I installed the sound system in it about a year ago, which was my first time doing anything with car audio, and just completed the installation of the truckputer, which is the first time I've worked with bondo (actually Liquid Plastic and Icing, see below), let alone install a computer in a vehicle. Now for the good part:

    Truck:
    2002 Ford F-250
    4 wheel drive
    7.3L Powerstroke diesel
    Crew Cab


    The computer:
    • Via Epia SP13000
    • Garmin OEM GPS -15L module with antenna mounted on roof(excellent GPS system, always instant locks with 7-8 satellites)
    • Samsung 80 GB 2.5" HD
    • Opus 120 watt (had a m1-atx but was worried about the 12v draw powering the LCD screen)
    • Avay USB wireless adapter with 7 dB gain antenna mounted externally
    • Slim slotload CDRW/DVD drive from a mac mini
    • 8.4" Optrex sunlight viewable LCD - SVGA, 480 nit, great anti-glare coating , 4 wire resistive touchscreen with USB interface, dimmable for night use via a pot (knob on the right of the screen in the dash). The screen is powered off the opus and the pot uses the 5v line from the opus to send .1-4.92v to the screen. The screen is very viewable during any time of the day, with hardly any reflection off it at all.
    • Travla C158 case - fits almost too perfectly, I had to remove the feet to get it under the seat. The seat scrapes a little paint off the top when I remove the case. I had to cut the case up a little (new standoff for psu, 3 new fan slots, etc) to get everything to fit.
    • Scantool.net OBDII tool with ProScan software
    • Running Centrafuse, iGuidance, the game emulator from reddeath, and other various programs


    Fabrication:
    • New upper and lower dash pieces
    • I used Liquid Plastic from hzemall.com as the filler. It's like bondo but is made to bond with plastics and is somewhat flexible when it dries, so it won't crack if the plastic bends. I also used their "Icing" to fill in the pin holes.
    • I made a pull out switch bank from a cupholder with 6 switches. 4 are blank for now, one controls the main power to the computer (via a relay), and one controls power to the acc line to turn only the computer/stereo on if the truck is off.
    • I made all connections for the case removable and accessable from the outside. The gps plug is in the hole that was for the original powersupply, and I made a wiring harness out of spare atx male/female connectors that has unregulated power in and regulated power out. This way I can just unplug everything from the computer and take it out of the truck.
    • I also made a cover for the LCD out of a piece of ABS plastic and a bent piece of metal to hook to a slot above the LCD screen. The LCD is the most visible, but every aftermarket component of my truck is or can be hidden from view.
    • Previously made: Custom Sub box behind the rear seat, amp/power distribution/crossover rack that slides out from under the rear seat.


    Stereo:
    • Alpine CDA-7998 CD/MP3 Flip out head unit
    • MB Quart 5.25" Premium components in kick panels in the front
    • MB Quart 6.5" Reference components in the rear
    • 2 JL 12w3v2 subwoofers in custom box behind the read seat
    • Hifonics BX1500d mono amp for subs wired for 1000 watts at 2 ohms
    • Hifonics ZX6400 amp 4 x 85 watts for the components into 4 ohms
    • 0 awg wiring


    Please feel free to post any questions/comments you have.

    I have a lot of progress/construction pics too, post if you would like to see some.
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    1)Original Dash
    2)GPS antenna on the roof and wifi antenna next to the radio antenna
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    wow thats PIMP! is there some sort of cover for the screen?
    i got dat ***** sittin on 22s! SUPERMAN EDITION!

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    see 3rd pic on 2nd post. You may have been posting as I put it up

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    yeah thats what i seen. i was making sure its a cover
    i got dat ***** sittin on 22s! SUPERMAN EDITION!

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    well then you sir, are correct

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    Wow, very nice install. Great work - that's super clean. The matching pull out button panel is sweet.

    Any performance mods to the truck?
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    No performance mods yet. I've got a new alarm system and sliding tonneau cover lined up to go in soon, and after that I can't decide if my next project will be lifting it or doing the performance mods. Both have their pros and cons, but I'm afraid whichever I do it will get very expensive . If I do mod the drive train, I will build it around a 120 or 140 hp chip from TS or DP, if you are familiar with them. I can't get any bigger with the chips because my 02 has powdered metal rods, not the stronger forged ones. To run those chips I'll get a 4" or 5" cat-back exhaust from MBRP, but here I can't decide whether to straight pipe it or not. I'll probably run an AFE intake, but I don't particularly want to get into modifying the turbo and injectors yet. With all this new power I'll get a 4 pillar gauge pod to mount on the A pillar with boost, pyro, egt, and voltmeter gauges (my truck didn't come with a voltmeter, I've always wanted one), along with at least a new valve body housing and/or torque converter, if not a rebuilt tranny from BTS. But that's all in the future. See what I said about it getting expensive?

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    Great install, looks awesome.
    The anitglare coating on the LCD, more info please?
    btw, nice choice in amps.
    Installed
    Asus A7N8X-VM - AMD Mobile Athlon 2400
    512 Ram - 60GB HD - Opus 150w
    Lilliput 7" - Rikaline 6010
    [00000000000001100010-] 98% Completed

    Check Out My Install!!!

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    The LCD is this one: http://www.optrex.com/products/partd...8D084J-FW-A-AC
    along with complimenting lcd controller, inverter, etc.

    The overview of the anti-glare coating, which is a treatment that this LCD comes from the manufacturer with, is this:
    The new Anti-reflective coating reduces the surface reflectivity of the LCD panel to approximately 0.3%, compared to the 6 to 12% reflectance offered by a normal anti-glare surface. This enables the panel to provide oustanding performance in very high ambient light environments with excellent legibility, no glare, no decrease in luminance or contrast, and no increase in backlight power consumption

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