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    Quote Originally Posted by cpsubrian View Post
    Man that hinged amp rack is genius. I have been looking at my trunk for a while thinking how I would do it and still have room for golf clubs, luggage, etc. I think that type of a system would do the trick and look very hidden.
    Thanks.

    Heres a pic of a finished one I had in my Intrepid:



    Might give you a better idea of where I'm going with it................
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    Updates:

    I got tired of the hinged shelf and installed the 4 channel amp and Mputer on a false panel on the RH side of the trunk. The fold down shelf was an OK setup in my Intrepid, but it never seemed to suit the 300M.
    So:







    I still have to tidy up the wiring and I'm thinking of making a couple black plastic covers for the power/speaker leads and RCA's just to "slick it up" a little more.
    Then I'll make the panel on the LH side of the trunk which will house the shallow mount clarion Sub and the amp.

    Here's a little of the build process:

    Building the buck for the panel-







    Getting there-



    Ahh, there we go-



    Test mounting-



    Amp fitted-



    Putting it all together-



    Latch for hinged panel visable (brass at the front). You can't see it under normal conditions but I'll probably spray it black also-

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    Bezel:



    Not happy with it though...............

    I'll be redoing it when I save up enough "sheckles" for a transflective.
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    you go white - it was about the ime to post your project
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    *Update*
    (Updated original posts also)

    New sub and box:




















    (Kinda looks like a big Zit, doesn't it? )













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    *Update*


    Time to work on supplementing the stock Mputer cooling now:

    So here's the beginning of my cooling scheme for the Mputer.

    First, out with the PCI Wifi card. I'll find another way to get wifi, maybe I'll look around to see if a USB Wifi card is available. Whatever, It's not as important as keeping things cool and operating.
    Then in goes a squirrel cage fan that is made for a PCI slot and conveniently sits right above my DSATX power supply. Airflow, quiet and great cooling for the power supply in one neat package. Perfect.

    Now, How do I deal with getting that heat out of the trunk? When it gets to around 30 C, things can get "dicey" with the computer thermaling on me randomly. This just won't do as it will soon kill the Mputer if it's allowed to overheat too often.

    Hmmmm, how to get that heat out and create some airflow? Hmmmmmmmmmm.......................

    Well, I'm going to make use of something that's already built into the trunk and that all the young bucks with big subs hate:



    That's right, those pesky stock vents. Those things that flap and vibrate when the bass hits. But, the same thing that makes it buzz is what works for me. The flaps are a one way reed valve. Air out, nothing in.

    But the vent won't let air out unless there's vehicle movement or the HVAC is on. Even then, it's pretty pathetic for flow. More for humidity and pressure equalizing than anything else. It just won't help "as is" with cooling the Mputer.

    So we need to modify it (just a little bit ):







    Installed:



    Almost looks as if it should have always been there! All I have to do is fab up a nice littel black trim ring for the cut carpet.

    When the Mputer is on, the fans will spin (speed and operation controlled automatically by the Mputer) and the hot air will be expelled. When the Mputer is off, the flaps will seal off the vent. When driving, the Mputer will be on, the fans will be blowing and the outflow of air will prevent exhaust gasses from entering the vehicle. Perfect setup!

    Next up:

    A case and ducting to pull air directly off the computer heat sinks..........................
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    white - you go man!

    did you happen to peek through my workshop window and steel ideas??? - just joking, I already modified my vents, something similar to yours, and will be using solar panels to power them up (0 usage of battery) - I have 6 I'm going to fab into my custom spoiler on top of my trunk and those can deliver serious power.
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    Well, the Old "M"puter has been giving me fits lately.

    Random reboots, locking up erratically and just plain screaming in my ears with no warning.

    Today, she finally tanked for the last time. No matter what I did, She refused to even post.

    Oh, just great! Mumble.....grumble.....frickin'.....grumble....


    So, nothing to do but rip into it. After a couple hours of trying to figure out what's wrong by removing various parts and components, I find the PCI video card was some how causing it to lock up. When I connected an external monitor to the on board video chip, things started booting up.

    Yippee! I found the problem!

    But;

    The 7" monitor won't display off the on board chip, it won't produce a resolution that the monitor will recognize (800x480). So I need the video card....

    I grab the card and start looking at it closer.

    AHA!

    The ground for the Dsub connector has broken where they built in a 90 degree turn to mount it.

    I've been finally been burned like every other carputer user has;

    House hold computer parts in a vehicle environment.

    The vibration of the card had finally flexed the video cable back and forth enough to break the ground connector on both sides. Out comes the old soldiering iron and a few minutes later, the connector is repaired and beefed up slightly to better deal with it.

    I slip the card back in to the slot, hook up the video cable and.........success!

    The dash monitor flickers back to life.

    Ahhh........satisfaction.

    But wait...........what's this?

    Ahhhhhh crrraaappppp..............the spike has frigged up the hard drive. It's all messed up and nearly nothing works.


    GGGGggggrgrrrrrrr.....

    4 Hours later, the OS is snappy again, the audio is working, OBDII monitoring is functioning, on board video/graphics/dvd and HDRadio are fixed and my Ilists (like "flick scrolling" on your ipod) is all back up again.

    Still have to fix joystick and steering wheel controls, but that won't take long.


    Took the whole day, but it's good to go again.

    For another year until something else crops up....
    For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
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