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    "SuperCam" 1998 Toyota Camry

    Car is a 1998 Toyota Camry CE V6. From the factory it has about 190 horsepower and 200 ft-lbs of torque delivered through a 5-speed manual transmission, power windows and locks, a/c, and cloth interior. It's beige inside and out, but that's where the boring bits end.

    Pop the hood today and you'll find a TRD Supercharger (Eaton M62) shoving 7.5 psi of boost into the motor, and all the necessary mods to support that extra power - last dyno run showed about 290 hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque... at the wheels! It makes 200 ft-lbs of torque at only 2000 rpm with zero lag. Gotta love roots-style blowers! Combined with a TRD LSD (a must in a FWD), a ClutchMasters segmented kevlar stage 3 clutch/pp combo bolted to a Fidanza flywheel, it'll hurl the car down the 1/4 mile in about 13.7 seconds on a good day.

    The exterior sports a conservative TRD (Molly Designs) body kit and lip spoiler, and currently sits on 16x8 BBS rims with 225mm wide tires. A keen observer might notice the shiny stainless Greddy EVO-II exhaust peeking out from behind the trailer hitch (mostly used for a bike rack). No tint (tho I plan to add it soon), no fancy graphics, no obnoxious 12-foot-tall wing on the back, and no huge chrome wheels. I like to keep things simple except where it really matters (under the hood).

    The interior is still pretty basic aside from 3 Greddy warn/peak mem gauges on the driver's A-pillar: Boost, Exhaust Gas Temp, and Fuel Pressure. Below that I mounted an Apex'i S-AFC into the place where the factory dash dimmer knob and some blank knockouts were. It's not just stuck on the dash - i cut up the panel and permanently affixed it there after painting its bezel black. Oh - don't forget the baby car seat in the back for my daughter.

    So yeah - it deserves the name "SuperCam."

    Now I'm ready to start adding the carputer. I have a bunch of parts all ready to go from the aborted attempt i made at putting one in my 1997 Miata MX5, including a 7" lili. I just relocated the radio to below the climate controls last weekend - surprisingly easy - the factory harness and antenna wire reached down there with no trouble at all. this eliminated a cig lighter and ash tray, but I don't smoke, plus there's still another 12vdc socket below that, so I'm ok.

    I plan to use an old Dell Inspiron 4000 laptop (p3/650, 256mb, 40gb, cracked screen) and a port replicator mounted under the driver seat. It'll run XP (will of course strip it down as much as possible to make the most of those 256mb) and I'm leaning towards RideRunner for a FE. I have a DeLorme LT-20 USB GPS receiver, but the only software I have is Streets n Trips 2004 - obviously worthless. I don't plan on getting too fancy with the carputer - i just want GPS and MP3s, so having a FE is almost overkill, but it sure simplifies things.

    I plan to just use an inverter since the laptop power supply filters out noise quite well. Might add bluetooth to link with my phone, but need to find and experiment with software for that, then find a good mic to turn it into a speakerphone. I have already added w3bm4ster's auto-turn-on module to the port replicator itself so that i didn't have to try to work inside the tiny case of the laptop.

    Actual snow in Houston!

    (Before I got my current wheels)

    Custom-mounted SAFC:


    Relocated Radio:

    Gee, wherever shall I place a screen?

    More here:
    http://s601.photobucket.com/albums/t...amry/Carputer/
    Previous: CamryAmp 1.0 - 95 Camry SE V6 Coupe (sold)
    Current: CamryAmp 2.0 - 98 Camry CE V6 5spd (still bench-testing)

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    Sounds good Gibson! I personally would really recommend Garmin Mobile PC. I don't honestly know if or how well it integrates into RideRunner, but I know there's a really good plugin for it on Centrafuse.

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    from what i've seen online, that looks like it's very touchscreen friendly, except for maybe the minimize button. if it's that nice, i may just forgo having a FE at all and just run winamp doublesized, have a few playlists right on the desktop, and the gps icon as well. cake. then again, having a button to switch between day and night mode on the screen would be nice (and free). either that or a light sensor, which isn't free.

    i don't need/want the ability to play videos, games, etc etc in the car - i'm usually the only one in the car, so that stuff would be a waste. maybe solitaire for when i'm sitting in the car waiting for something... or for when a major wreck shuts down the freeway for a while...

    hmm maybe i should look into a data plan for my phone that is tether-friendly, or a usb device for the carpc.
    Previous: CamryAmp 1.0 - 95 Camry SE V6 Coupe (sold)
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    I like Centrafuse for the ease of use it gives and integrates with everything. I use the CarPC primarily for MP3, navigation is next and everything else is whatever. Centrafuse just makes it super easy, and with Centrafuse there is a plugin I intend on using that will go into "night mode" based on the sunrise/susnet time from GPS data.

    This one: http://forums.fluxmedia.net/plugin-d...cf3-1-a-2.html

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    Something else I'm looking at doing is adding some physical buttons that will connect via serial port to directly control winamp. no need for a FE that way, and tactile buttons so i don't need to really look at the screen to do stuff.
    Previous: CamryAmp 1.0 - 95 Camry SE V6 Coupe (sold)
    Current: CamryAmp 2.0 - 98 Camry CE V6 5spd (still bench-testing)

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    Looks great~
    I searched around the forum this is the only camry that's 4th gen.
    Looking forward your next step.

    BTW, other than find physical buttons connect via serial port you may try modify an old keyboard or mouse and assign hotkey in winamp. This approach is easier both in hardware and software compared with serial port and dedicate control circuit solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xbtsw View Post
    Looks great~
    I searched around the forum this is the only camry that's 4th gen.
    Looking forward your next step.
    Actually it's not. There's another from several years ago, and it's also a 98 if i remember right. he started off wanting to integrate a screen like i plan to, but ended up getting a single-din motorized screen.

    BTW, other than find physical buttons connect via serial port you may try modify an old keyboard or mouse and assign hotkey in winamp. This approach is easier both in hardware and software compared with serial port and dedicate control circuit solution.
    to me, it's not any easier hw/sw-wise. I already have a little Cherry keyboard that fits nicely in the glovebox. I also already have the buttons purchased (cost me like $10 on ebay), and i don't have a spare keyboard to hack up (though i spoze i could prolly find one at goodwill or something). I do know about OSKs, and appreciate how it can de-clutter the car, but I prefer the real thing. who knows though - maybe i'll find an OSK program that changes my opinion.

    I have a serial port, so I might as well use it... with this winamp plugin. i already have the buttons (which have LEDs in them so i can see them at night), i just need to build it.

    I could assign one button to "Show Desktop" and eliminate the need for a frontend. Maybe assign another button to a batch file that will change screen gamma, winamp skin, etc to do day/night mode for me. I do prefer physical buttons over TS stuff, though TS does have its place.

    Then again with physical buttons to control winamp, I could have winamp itself minimized or just use a tiny skin that doesn't use much screen space, then have the GPS maximized. I could then control winamp with the actual buttons whether winamp is visible or not. Lots of possibilities here.
    Previous: CamryAmp 1.0 - 95 Camry SE V6 Coupe (sold)
    Current: CamryAmp 2.0 - 98 Camry CE V6 5spd (still bench-testing)

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    When I was going to add buttons I picked up a gamepad for $10. Solder some wire and buttons onto the pads and place the button where ever you'd like. And the board from the pad is small enough to fit inside of a small project box. Assign the buttons to perform certain tasks and your set. If you get one with a thumbstick you could even use that as a mouse.

    I was going this route until I realized I had no place to put the buttons or thumbstick.

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    i thought about that too, but i don't have a game port, only have 2 USB ports (yes i could use a hub) and couldn't find software that could do all the good things this plugin can do. technically it's not really a plugin - its a standalone exe w/ tray icon so it can do stuff (including starting winamp if it's not already running) at any point. in a way, it works just like a frontend, just without its own GUI (aside from the configuration util).

    one of my favorite pieces of this plugin/util is that you can assign 3 functions per button, so with 15 buttons, you can have 45 functions! this way i will have one button that when you press once, it just goes to next track, double-click and it jumps ahead 10 tracks, hold it down and it fast-forwards. granted i probably won't use all 45 functions, but it's nice to have that capability!

    then the only trick will be making professional-looking labels for each button. :/
    Previous: CamryAmp 1.0 - 95 Camry SE V6 Coupe (sold)
    Current: CamryAmp 2.0 - 98 Camry CE V6 5spd (still bench-testing)

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    This thread is useless without engine pics.

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