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    Smile 2006 Toyota Matrix

    I've seen some 2004-era Toyota Matrix installs, and they all look great. I have to say those images re-inspired me to restart my carputer. My last undertaking was with a 2000 Mazda Protege, but due to a transmission going splat, I had to sell it off...

    Here's my second attempt, with a much cleaner install (considering the car is only 6 MONTHS OLD.) Just got this car after graduating college, so it's my precious now.


    2006 Toyota Matrix XR

    You'll see some things that are not 100% complete, and I could use some input on those parts.


    I cut the bottom of the bezel open, and used a quick dry epoxy like play dough. It's a solid seal.


    Front view of the LCD with the goo in place. Unlike older Matrix, the bezel is wider and more easily fits an LCD. Inside is a 7" Lilliput.


    LCD installed in bezel. You'll see some gaps... I need to figure out how to fill it. Also, there's a little red wire to the right. I've since sleeved all the wires inside and wire tied them neatly. Power cables run from the engine to the lower left corner of the drivers dash, and then up to the glovebox where the computer is installed.


    Wider shot of the inside with the monitor.


    As mentioned, the power cables run through the firewall to the lower left part of the driver's side. I removed the OBD-II and wired it into the carputer, and instead, affixed the little control panel to that location. Switch on the left will cut the ACC/remote wire that runs to the PC so I can shut it down before parking. (Yes, it has an auto shutdown, but I just like to make sure sometimes.) The switch on the right is a KILL switch. Not only that, but that switch, when off, will not allow power to leak to the carputer if the car was to sit for a while. This saves the battery.


    And yes, here's the computer. The glove box folds up very nicely, and I have a ground loop isolator (and some grounds) to keep the audio clean. This actually works perfect. Everything in the glove. You can see the head unit too. I really didn't like the other Matrix installs where they would chop up the inverter section. Keep it clean...

    Anyway, the only issue I really have is getting that stupid Lilliput power cable hidden into the dash. Aside from that, and filling the gap in the LCD section, this is a completely hidden in the dash install. Originally I planned to have the computer under the passenger seat, but it doesn't look OEM at all, and I don't need people tripping on wires, etc.

    Carputer Specs:
    Epia MII-12000, Opus 90W power supply, 512MB Ram, 250 GB HDD.
    Media Engine, IGuidance 3, Streets and Trips.
    PCMCIA Wireless Card (802.11), Bluetooth Adapter (For GPS, and 3G internet via my Treo 650).
    USB extension with base (reaches from glove, under carpet to middle console for easy USB access.
    Autoenginuity OBD-II connected to car.

    Can't think of much more. I'd like to potentially add a night vision camera to the front or rear of the car.

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    I think you're going to have to bondo/glass it. It's really not too hard. Play with some scraps of plastic first to get a feel for it and then give it a go!

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    I used balsa wood to fill the side and body filler (bondo) to cover it up.
    Another Matrix evolution.
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    WOW - forget about ever using this glovebox for anything else -
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    Yeah, youve got a nice install. I found an extra faceplate for my Vibe GT off of ebay, so I wasnt really worried about chopping mine up. May I suggest bondo to fill the holes. It workes pretty easy. And I believe MatrixPC has a good write up. Actually, I know he does, I based mine off of his!
    I too have my computer in the glove box!

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    Another matrix

    I did my screen with a spare bezel I got from a friend who works at Toyota. I simply used Epoxy resin to fill in the gap... It looks like I had less gap to bridge. Im using a xenarc monitor. I then filled it with bondo, sanded, primed and painted wetsanding all kinds. I like the results. I also have a spare lower console . (A/C controls, the storage space/inverter, cig lighter and ring around shifter part) I then got one of those doors for the storage space (people without the inverter option) and put the dvd drive, a removable hard drive and 4 port usb combination removable drive chassis. Im just waiting on the amp to get it all in.

    Alas mine is an 04 XRS and doesnt have that sweet clock in the upper part of the bezel. I think it adds a nice touch.

    Good luck on the rest of the project!
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    Process meter!
    CarPC [#######-] 90% (In, some loose ends)
    Audio [#######--] 80% (Rear speakers to be installed)
    Total in car [#######_-] 85% (mostly everything)

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    Any thoughts on how to get the cigarette lighter out from the third "row" in the radio bezel area? I tried, but it doesn't seem to budge very easily.

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    It has to be dissassembled. There is a plastic part of the tab that has to be pryed out of the way to pull the metal sleve off if I remember. Hopefully the pic will help
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    Process meter!
    CarPC [#######-] 90% (In, some loose ends)
    Audio [#######--] 80% (Rear speakers to be installed)
    Total in car [#######_-] 85% (mostly everything)

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    Talking Question for you...

    I just came across the incredible computer installation you;ve done on your 06 Matrix...that's pretty unbelievable. Compared to what you have doe I have an incredible simple task but have no real experience and would love some advice.. I'm trying to hook up an ipod to the factory stereo and have ordered the required part (PIE: TOY03-AUX) but have no interest in paying the quoted $100 labour cost the audio places are chargin for the install. I'm almost positive I can do it myself but I have no experience removing factory face plates and rewiring car stereos. Undoubtedly you would have had to go through these steps to ge tthe stereo exposed. Is this something I can do without buggering up my system? Any help you could give me would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks again.






    Quote Originally Posted by Avalerion View Post
    I've seen some 2004-era Toyota Matrix installs, and they all look great. I have to say those images re-inspired me to restart my carputer. My last undertaking was with a 2000 Mazda Protege, but due to a transmission going splat, I had to sell it off...

    Here's my second attempt, with a much cleaner install (considering the car is only 6 MONTHS OLD.) Just got this car after graduating college, so it's my precious now.


    2006 Toyota Matrix XR

    You'll see some things that are not 100% complete, and I could use some input on those parts.


    I cut the bottom of the bezel open, and used a quick dry epoxy like play dough. It's a solid seal.


    Front view of the LCD with the goo in place. Unlike older Matrix, the bezel is wider and more easily fits an LCD. Inside is a 7" Lilliput.


    LCD installed in bezel. You'll see some gaps... I need to figure out how to fill it. Also, there's a little red wire to the right. I've since sleeved all the wires inside and wire tied them neatly. Power cables run from the engine to the lower left corner of the drivers dash, and then up to the glovebox where the computer is installed.


    Wider shot of the inside with the monitor.


    As mentioned, the power cables run through the firewall to the lower left part of the driver's side. I removed the OBD-II and wired it into the carputer, and instead, affixed the little control panel to that location. Switch on the left will cut the ACC/remote wire that runs to the PC so I can shut it down before parking. (Yes, it has an auto shutdown, but I just like to make sure sometimes.) The switch on the right is a KILL switch. Not only that, but that switch, when off, will not allow power to leak to the carputer if the car was to sit for a while. This saves the battery.


    And yes, here's the computer. The glove box folds up very nicely, and I have a ground loop isolator (and some grounds) to keep the audio clean. This actually works perfect. Everything in the glove. You can see the head unit too. I really didn't like the other Matrix installs where they would chop up the inverter section. Keep it clean...

    Anyway, the only issue I really have is getting that stupid Lilliput power cable hidden into the dash. Aside from that, and filling the gap in the LCD section, this is a completely hidden in the dash install. Originally I planned to have the computer under the passenger seat, but it doesn't look OEM at all, and I don't need people tripping on wires, etc.

    Carputer Specs:
    Epia MII-12000, Opus 90W power supply, 512MB Ram, 250 GB HDD.
    Media Engine, IGuidance 3, Streets and Trips.
    PCMCIA Wireless Card (802.11), Bluetooth Adapter (For GPS, and 3G internet via my Treo 650).
    USB extension with base (reaches from glove, under carpet to middle console for easy USB access.
    Autoenginuity OBD-II connected to car.

    Can't think of much more. I'd like to potentially add a night vision camera to the front or rear of the car.

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    Adapter

    I'll assume you have another '06 Matrix, or Corolla, before I answer this one.

    What you can do is pry the bezel off around the radio. You don't need tools, and it doesn't break anything. Just pull the bottom piece above the fan/heat controls. Then you'll see four screws holding in the cd player. I had a 6 CD player, so it was a hefty unit. You should be able to yank that out and plug in the iPod cable. Depending on the unit, there are a few "open" connectors not being used - which I assume are for accessories like yours.

    Just open up and poke around. Take pics if you have an issue with something. Since it's factory, I assume it's easy to install.

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