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    OK, So.... On to the fabrication.

    I just started and here is what I'm doing. The Lilliput screen is going into the double din area in place of the factory stereo. The controler for the Alpine PXA-H701 is going down where the cigarette lighter and ashtray are located. Here is the bezel before cutting:



    I cut the bezel so that the screen would fit flush. I just got a little dremel cutting wheel that would fit on my air tool. It cut pretty easy.



    I took apart the screen and taped in the front to hold it in place. I then taped over the gap between the front of the screen and the bezel. That was to keep the epoxy from bleeding too much out the front.


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    I then epoxied the front of the screen from the back of the bezel. I also epoxied the holder for the controller:


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    I got some SEM bumper repair stuff online along with some SEM primer and paint. It just came in yesterday, so I'm hoping to start filling the bezel this weekend.

    Here is the screen and bezel installed as a test fit. I've been driving all week with it like this. I just can't go without my tunes.

    That blue stuff is the epoxy:






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    Quote Originally Posted by SpottedBeaver View Post
    You need to let off the gas, leadfoot.
    lol yeah I am a bit of a leadfoot, bit it probably has more to do with the fact that I have the AC on all the time

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    Hey Beav, nice work! I'll be doing a similar install in my 04 Tacoma soon. I'm glad to see someone else tried it before I got started. No headunit for me tho-I only listen to Sirius.

    Great pictures. Keep 'em coming

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    ghettodish: That's not a headunit. It's just a faceplate that controls the DSP.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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    Yeah, there is no head unit. Between XM and my 4700 or so mp3s, I just don't listen to radio anymore. I might consider adding radio later, but it's not on the to-do list yet.

    What you see below the touchscreen is the Alpine RUX-C701 Controller for PXA-H701 Audio Processor. I'm running digital-out (toslink/SPDIF) out from my carputer into my sound system. It sounds sweet.

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    Fabrication

    OK... I had a busy weekend, this last weekend.

    First, I got my optical modification done to my XM Direct Unit. It turns out that MitchJS is still selling the XM mods. Thanks to Mitch and it was an easy mod.


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    Fabrication

    I started with filling in some fiberglass where my controller is going.



    It looks pretty rough but I'm not nearly finished here.

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    Fabrication

    I added a few more layers of fiberglass and then filled in the cracks and joints with SEM bumper epoxy. If you hadn't noticed, I also epxied the case for my DVD drive under the controller area.

    I now have a lot of sanding, more sanding and some spot filling to do. I spent about four and a half hours straight, last Sunday sanding. I should mention that I'm tired of sanding. I want this to look right.

    My goal is to have the primer and painting done this weekend. Then it is off to adding features to the carputer itself.


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