2001 tacoma quad cab big screen 10.4
Well since this forum seems to be short on tacoma big screens, I thought I'd post my progress. As soon as bezel is done, and touchpad is embedded in armrest, then all the big work will be done.
Here's what's there:
JL10W1V2 in .45 sealed behind the rear seat. (that's right, a 10 in a 01-04 quad cab.... and everything still looks factory... Who says a 10 can't fit in a quad taco?)
Boston acoustic 6.5pro with the tweeters in the 'triangle' cover for the side view mirrors -- not in the doors. HUGE improvement over stock location.
SoundStream 60x4 amp, channels 3-4 bridges to JL sub.
EQL 15band eq.
T5720 thin client running xp embedded
Shark 10.4 screen from gooddeals18, with touchscreen removed.
linksys usb wireless (to sync media folder)
8gig usb thumb drive for music
omnibook600 9v-24vin, 12volt out switching supply
(future) adstech instant FM
(future) touchpad embedded in center front of armrest
(future) ps3 wireless thumbpad.
(future) front end software?? currently just using MP11.
What's really cool, is there is no hard drive in this. There is no fan in this, there are no funky inverters or power supply problems. I don't have to worry about a dead battery. When you are ready to shut down, just key off... with flash boot and EWF, who cares? It boots from power on to playing music in about 15seconds. I removed the touchscreen, as I found out just playing around with a touchpad, I could control everything I needed that way, and the improvement in sunlight readability without a touchscreen is AMAZING.
It's all legal... Since the T5720 comes with a license and software images for either ubuntu, or xpe, I'm 100% legit, and I didn't have to build a thing...
Relocating an 01-04 taco hvac controls is EASY. it's all wire, and if you 'unloop' it from the a-pillar to a-pillar rollbar, it's long enough. Just some creative dremel, and then screwed it to where the ashtray/lighter area was.
I make a rigid mount for the screen that bolts into the original factory stereo steel mount, so everything is good and tight, no vibrations.
Everything is auto-on. The screen is auto-on when source is present, and the T5720 bios power option allows it to boot whenever power is supplied.
Only concern I have is night driving, I may add a power disconnect switch to the monitor, so on nights that it's just too much, I can just turn it off, while the music plays...
fun project. didn't even lose my mind doing it.
Now, for the finishing touches on that bezel......