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    1998 Toyota Supra RZ-s Install

    Hey all,

    I've been building this thing for a few years now and finally got off my back-side and installed it properly into my Supra. This is the second car it has been installed in but the first one where I have actually been happy with how it turned out. Check it out.

    Parts & Specifications:

    Hardware
    Mainboard: Via EPIA M1000 - C3/EDEN 1Ghz Processor
    RAM: 256mb ultra low profile DDR266 RAM
    Audio: Onboard 5.1 Channel
    Video: Onboard Via Unichrome AGP
    Storage: Samsung 40Gb 2.5" low power HDD
    CD/DVD: Philips slot load DVD writer
    Power: M1-ATX 90watt Smart Automotive Power supply
    Case: Slim-line 1-DIN Case (i was originally going to mount in the dash but it was too deep and hit the traction control ECU).
    GPS: Benelec USB GPS Mouse Receiver
    Audio: Kenwood KDC-X990 Headunit with 2-Channel Amp and 10" Subwoofer
    Screen: 7" Lilliput Motorised In-Dash Touchscreen

    Software
    OS: Windows XP SP2
    Front-End: MediaEngine
    Sat-Nav: Map Monkey

    Detail
    The audio from the PC runs to the kenwood headunit which powers the speakers and has a sub-output to the Kenwood 2-channel amplifier which in-turn powers a Panasonic 10" subwoofer. The end result is unbelievable. The sound quality and bass response of such a small and relatively inexpensive system is amazing which has made me quite happy with the result.

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    The Car
    Here is my 1998 Toyota Supra RZ-s TwinTurbo which currently pumps out a modest 350hp at the wheels.




    The PC Pre-Install



    The PC During Install
    The PC has been mounted on the floor under the drivers seat where it is out of the way yet still easily accessible and can't be heard.


    Screen
    Lilliput 7" Motorized In-Dash XGA Touchscreen


    Amplifier and Subwoofer
    Kenwood 250watt 2-Channel Amplifier bridged to Panasonic 10" Subwoofer


    Plans/Gripes

    At the moment I'm finished and happy with the result, but I'm also thinking about what I can do next. I have a Phidget USB IO board that I want to hook into a few things (like power windows, etc) but I need to look into software to run that and will work with MediaEngine. If there isn't any I suppose I will have to write one.

    Other than that, my only gripe is with Map Monkey and it's constant "You are over the speed limit" warning. I drive a Supra dammit! I LIVE over the speed limit. I suppose I will have to figure out how to turn it off.

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    Pics aint working for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinlekiller View Post
    Pics aint working for me.
    Oops. Forgot to add www.mp3car.com to my gallerys list of allowed sites.

    All fixed.

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    Hi jazz13 very nice car and install!

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    Man! Thats a very nice car you got there. How do you like the in dash lilliput ? I read the reception on the radio is not so good.

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    ...so what exactly would be the point of having the windows controlled by the computer...

    I've tossed around the idea of doing this a couple of times, but never really rationalized it out fully

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinlekiller View Post
    Man! Thats a very nice car you got there. How do you like the in dash lilliput ? I read the reception on the radio is not so good.
    I don't use it for the radio so wouldn't know. I only use it as a VGA monitor and that's it. But yeah, like you, I heard on here somewhere that the radio/amp/etc are pretty crap quality which is why I use the Kenwood headunit for all that stuff. Just as a VGA touchscreen though it does the job well enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis5587
    ...so what exactly would be the point of having the windows controlled by the computer...
    Wank-factor.

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    yeah, the most i can get too...

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    nice looking car and setup. I just am wondering why you put so much work into the car and carputer to have a plane sub box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sporty_drew View Post
    nice looking car and setup. I just am wondering why you put so much work into the car and carputer to have a plane sub box.
    Function over fashion my friend. It may look plain, but it sounds great. I can also take it out whenever I want without any stuffing around.

    Why do I take it out you ask? Well.. 260rwkw + about $8k in suspension & handling mods = an awesome track car.

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