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    Acura TSX Install with amp, sub, indash screen

    This project has been complete for a while, but I just got around to posting the pics. A big "Thanks" to all of you on this forum, there is no way I could have done it without you.

    The car is a 2004 Acura TSX without the Nav option. Part of my goal was to install this in a non-destructive way, and I pretty much suceeded with that. I had to drill a few holes in the trunk liner, but otherwise I could remove everything and put the stock parts back. Pics are posted below, but if you are interested in more detail I have more pics with descriptions Here: http://www.vanderwoude.net/gallery/TSX

    Summary:
    Via Epia M-10000 MB
    512 Ram
    Morex 3688B case
    Opus 90W - outrigger mount
    Lilliput 7" VGA touchscreen with fabricated install
    Screen powered off Opus 12V via relay (Key off -> screen off)
    Dash piece includes USB hub and switches
    Auxillary 12V->5V DC-DC regulator to power USB Hub (relayed by 12V off Opus)
    Creative Live! USB External soundcard
    JL Audio e4300 4ch amp (2 channels to front speakers, 2 bridged to sub)
    JL 10W0 sub in custom enclosure (fiberglass)
    Alpine Type S 6.5" component speakers mounted in stock speaker locations
    Audio out to stock headunit, all dash and steeringwheel controls still functional.
    KnuKonceptz 4 Gauge Amplifier Installation Kit and distribution blocks
    USB GPS (BU-353) mounted under rear deck: reception is great
    USB XMPCR for XM radio antenna under rear deck: reception good not perfect
    USB 802.11G mostly for sync with my MP3 collection (23G and counting)
    OBD-II serial interface

    A lot of work, but I enjoyed doing it, and enjoy using it.
    If I can do it, so can you!
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    Via Epia M-10000 / Morex 3688 / Lilliput 7" / Opus 90W
    Acura TSX / Done!

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    looks lovely! nice screen fabrication!!!
    2005 Nissan Xtrail
    DFI 855GME-MGF - Celeron M 1.4GHz - 256Mb RAM - 200Gb SATA HDD - OPUS 150w - Xenarc 700TSV

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    I love the sub box. very clean.

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    Very Nice!

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    I've had 2 TSX loaner cars and each time I looked at that space with the storage bin I thought it would be perfect for a screen. Very nicely done.
    '03 Acura 3.2TL Type S
    '04 Buick Rainier, factory nav
    '99 Honda Shadow 1100

    -8" Lilliput TS, laptop, (too) large inverter, and I'm nowhere near putting them anywhere.

    For Sale!

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    my sis has a 05 tsx.. im thinking of installing a sub in her car, how did u connect the sub to the stock audio?

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    Did you use the cables from the cat5 as relays for your on/off reset etc?
    Continued Worklog... Upgrades in progress:
    *15.4" WXGA LED backlight touchscreen upgrade
    *Custom fiberglass dash bezel

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    That;s looking really good! Any pic of the stock dash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiriller
    my sis has a 05 tsx.. im thinking of installing a sub in her car, how did u connect the sub to the stock audio?
    Check out the diagram with the rest of the pics (linked above). Basically, I took out the stock rear deck 6x9's (used as subs in this car) and ran the speaker out to the speaker level input for channels 3&4 on the amp.

    Quote Originally Posted by BiGGY
    Did you use the cables from the cat5 as relays for your on/off reset etc?
    Yeah, that was the plan. I ran a cat5 from the front to the back just to have it there if I needed it. When I decided to add buttons to the dash/screen piece, I thought: use a piece of cat5 and a jack so they can "quick connect". I never hooked them up. The right button was swapped out for a switch hardwired to the acc line on the opus. Switch off->opus off after a delay. I use it like a Valet switch anytime I don't want the computer starting up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cris
    That;s looking really good! Any pic of the stock dash?
    Yes, follow the link in the first post. There are a bunch of pics, including one of the dash pre-install.

    Via Epia M-10000 / Morex 3688 / Lilliput 7" / Opus 90W
    Acura TSX / Done!

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    very very nice setup
    i own a tsx too......... i'm going to try to install a similar monitor in there....but not going to have a carputer
    do you think i will have enough space to put a half din dvd player right under the monitor? and what kind of bondo did u use? is bondo filler ok?

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