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Thread: 06 Accord CarPC - LOTS of pictures!

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    I would white out the S/N of your X50, just to be safe.

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    looking good! Can't wait for you to get the bezel tomorrow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by protias View Post
    I would white out the S/N of your X50, just to be safe.
    Done - though not sure what good the SN would do for them...the thing is out of warranty I'm sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nexson View Post
    looking good! Can't wait for you to get the bezel tomorrow!
    Me either! Bezel arrives, GPS arrives, and AMP kit arrives tomorrow!

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    Wednesday April 28th - Install Lilli in Bezel!

    Wednesday April 28th:


    WOOT! So I love working next to the local UPS Sort Facility. All the trucks are loaded here, and leave from here. Right next door, literally 30 second walk from out our door to into their door. I walked up to the front desk at 9AM to see if the daily delivery had been made - when my personal Santa was just bringing the 2 wheeler through the door with the morning delivery!

    I got my 3 boxes from reception, and two boxes for my "neighbors" in Cube Land, and away I went! I stacked 'em on my desk and started with the one that has the piece de la resistance...the bezel!



    Nexson packaged this thing for war! I was very careful while opening it, slicing with an exacto knife along the edges of the buble wrap/tape.



    Yes, that is felt surrounding the bezel! Nexson did an awesome job packaging this thing up!




    So, now it's time to rebuild the LCD! I noticed, however that the screen was awfully dirty. It is a year old, it sat in storage from December until now really - might as well clean it up! I used a small glasses cleaning kit that I have.



    I noticed while placing the LCD brackets in place that the bottom right corner is very much a "tight fit".




    Then I moved on to the control buttons. In the future I would suggest placing the buttons first before doing the LCD brackets simply because the lower left bracket overlaps the buttons by a small amount. Before driving any screws I always test place, and Nexson had recommended to verify that the screws are the same length, as he has heard of issues putting a bezel back together once and accidentally driving screws that was too long through the front! When driving the screws I would always tighten them all about 1/2 - 3/4 then finish driving them in a star pattern (like you would when changing a tire on your car). With the brackets, I found it easiest to hold the bracket in place with my exacto knife while doing the last few turns of the screwdriver. Also note that the brackets had a flat side and a beveled side.




    While trying to place the control board I did have to remove the bottom left LCD bracket. The control board was very touchy. I found that I had to start driving screws at the bottom, and then start at the top. Also make sure the plastic buttons are fully set before you start placing the control board. And finally, if the screws are too tight the buttons have a "sticking" quality. You don't want it too tight but you don't want it too loose either! So this one took a bit of playing around with to get just right.



    Before continuing I verified everything was connected, I verified the buttons were easy to press, and I made sure I had not forgotten to fully drive any screw. The absolute hardest part was final assembly. Trying to get things to fit, and plug in - while not apply pressure to the bezel in the wrong areas. Was a little frustrating, but patience and a slow assembly are key. I found it easiest to set the bezel in my lap (on the felt) and against my stomach. I leaned back in my chair a little bit and then it was very easy to get the cables connected securely. Then I appplied gentle pressure to get the bezel clips back in place, and finally drove the last 4 screws into the back of the bezel.





    It wasn't until now that I realized there was a piece missing from the kit...the third little metal clip. I'll have to contact Nexson and see if it's rolling around in his shop! The last step is plugging it in and testing it, worked like a charm! Then just storing it until install date...so I wrapped it back up in the felt and put it back in the cupboard.




    I ran out of time so unboxing the rest will have to happen another time!

    EDIT: I didn't notice until reviewing the photos....there's a monkey picture as the seal on the screen! lol This photo has it clear from above and this photo has it blurry from side. Amusing to me I guess...

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    I spoke with Nexson, and it's not missing a clip - that's the way it is suppose to be...sooo...SCREEN'S DONE!

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    Awesome, that should be about it right?

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    Wednesday April 28th:


    So I had some time to quick snap pictures of the GPS, Lilliput power wire, and the amp kit. Between the time that I purchased the other Kicker AMP Kit and now Kicker discontinued my AMP Kit and went with a different fuse holder/style. Other than that, not much real exciting to say about these items. More exciting things will happen with these down the road!






    More parts coming later this week!

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    April 29th - Car2PC Arrived

    Thursday April 29th:


    The Car2PC device came in from InDashPC (AKA Grom Audio per their packing slip). This is the device that I'll use to bring the factory AUX port down to a stereo mini connection, it also provides a USB interface to use the steering wheel controls via a Centrafuse Plugin. A nice little all in one package!





    It came with the main Car2PC converter, the Car2PC to AUX harness, a harness to convert to stereo mini & USB, driver CD and a printed copy of installation instructions.



    The first thing I noticed was that it's plastic. I had this assumption it was metal, it is not. Not a big deal, just one of those "Oh." moments. On the "top" end of it is the connection for the AUX harness. On the "bottom" end is the connection for the USB & Stereo Mini connection.



    You can see in the picture that the molex connection from the Car2PC looks nearly identical as a standard ATX 20 pin connector, just missing a full set



    The second thing I noticed was that they chose to make some proprietary cable instead of just putting USB/Stereo Mini on the device. For some reason I was thinking they had a female stereo mini jack on the device, and a printer style USB connection on the device.



    I noticed also that the cable they provided has a male end, not a female end. Which is logical since they included the stereo mini on the cable.




    It is nice that they include a set of directions and the driver disc with the device. Too many companies have decided to make everything "Online Only". Kinda drives me nuts.



    Tomorrow the 25' Stereo Mini Male to Male cable arrives. Crap. I have to order another one, just in a Male to Female version...

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    Way to go.... looking good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forfend View Post
    Awesome, that should be about it right?
    Missed your response first time around somehow.

    Almost done: I need to get the materials to build false wall in trunk, brackets to hold the PC in place, and the electrical wire to run from Lilli to PSU & HUB to PSU.

    I need to do the software installations as well. So really not a LOT, but enough to keep spare time occupied.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX1Cruizer View Post
    Way to go.... looking good!
    Thanks! Just sent the Passport remote out to be fabricated into the panel. Once it comes back and I have everything else should be able to finally piece this sucka together!

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