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    STiPC, my 2006 Subaru STi worklog

    about two years ago i made my first carpc for my 2006 acura rsx. it was a pretty successful build, and i think very clean and well done for my first time. all work was done by me.
    i have since parted ways with that car, and removed the carpc before i did.

    i now have a 2006 subaru impreza sti. when i first got it, i actually bought a pioneer avic f90bt... i was not happy with it as it was very slow. i sold it and purchased an ipad with an intent to use it in the car. the mounting process was actually very simple, clean, functional, and also removable. the ipad was cool and all, but lacked many functions. i was also annoyed with putting it in and taking it out whenever i got in and out of the car, which led to me actually not taking it at all most of the time and just plugging my iphone in for music. so, i sold the ipad.

    so here i am now, with a perfectly good carpc i built about 2 years ago, just waiting to be used again. on with the specs!

    • (i will have to update these specs later as i remember them)
    • Intel D945GCLF2 Atom 330
    • M4ATX power supply
    • 2GB ram, 320gb WD 7200 RPM hard drive
    • Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bt
    • Bluetooth
    • Wifi
    • Pharos USB GPS
    • USB OBD reader
    • 7 port hub to go into the center console
    • Xenarc 700tsv 7" screen (i kind of want to go bigger soon, but dont want to waste this monitor or more money)


    so where would be better to begin than mounting of the monitor?
    (btw i have moved to italy, so my resources have been cut... cant find anything here!)

    i used epoxy to mount the monitor frame to the... ummm whoops i dont know the name of this piece... shroud?


    first layer of body filler


    sanded it down, put another coat of body filler


    sanded it down again, filled up any small holes with more body filler, and then sanded it with 400 grit sand paper... as this was my final coat of body filler


    after primer and wet sanding with 800 grit wet sand paper... ready for paint!


    gotta paint the whole family!


    after three coats of "antique metal" rattle can paint


    sorry for the iphone pics, i dont like to bring my dslr "on the job". i promise to take pictures with my dslr camera sometime next week.

    i must say... i love this color. when i first got the car i had sprayed these pieces with rubberized black paint. it was a nice texture and all, but i think i like this a lot better.
    and the picture makes it look brown-ish... its not!

    pictures of inside the car next week!
    thanks for taking the time to read.

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    very nice clean job there. paint looks good too especially from a spray bomb! keep up with the progress. SNO

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNOtwistR View Post
    very nice clean job there. paint looks good too especially from a spray bomb! keep up with the progress. SNO
    thanks! the paint actually looks perfect... im real happy how it came out


    update:

    some things i still need to attend to:
    • i need to run the microphone for hands-free calling
    • i need to figure out what gps software i want to use
    • and i need to find my usb OBD!! it mustve grew legs...


    this was my ipad mount, figured id take a pic before it all came out. its empty behind it because the hvac piece and all was off the car



    installation:

    its so much easier and efficient to just take out the seats and center console to run all the wires. (though, for some reason the center console is still on in these pics)







    7 port powered hub in center glovebox... what a convenience!


    my trunk weights. top- pc, power supply. middle- amp for door speakers. bottom- sub amp. the wires are a mess... i plan on doing some cable management sometime next week maybe.


    you can see the relay for the amp turn on, and that stupid power filter for the monitor, which i believe serves no purpose as i still have horizontal lines on my monitor.


    testing


    reassembly!







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    Awesome job. 2006 STi here too and I really like what you've done. Very glad the seats are easy in/easy out too! Nice job on the bezel mod -- I'm guessing it's not your first go around with doing mods like this.

    I did the same thing as you... Started with a Lilliput 629 off of a mac mini, then transitioned over to the iPad. I haven't left the iPad though and almost all of the functionality I want is there (so long as I'm jailbroken -- damn you 4.2.1!!!). What functionality were you missing? Often times there are things out there you don't even know about. As for always taking it in/out, yeah, I agree, but I use it outside of the car, so I consider that a perk, not a drawback.

    Anyway, great job again, look forward to seeing what else you do with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr4284 View Post
    Awesome job. 2006 STi here too and I really like what you've done. Very glad the seats are easy in/easy out too! Nice job on the bezel mod -- I'm guessing it's not your first go around with doing mods like this.

    I did the same thing as you... Started with a Lilliput 629 off of a mac mini, then transitioned over to the iPad. I haven't left the iPad though and almost all of the functionality I want is there (so long as I'm jailbroken -- damn you 4.2.1!!!). What functionality were you missing? Often times there are things out there you don't even know about. As for always taking it in/out, yeah, I agree, but I use it outside of the car, so I consider that a perk, not a drawback.

    Anyway, great job again, look forward to seeing what else you do with it!

    im a mechanic, and help my dad with body work... so i have some experience (and most importantly, supplies) with bondo.

    oh i remember seeing your build on the main page some time ago! man you really changed the whole look there, and relocated the vents too... pretty sick.

    i can tell you i will miss the capacitive touch screen so much. but, while i did have the 3g model and 3g enabled, i did not have constant internet access. actually, in philadelphia i did... i drove around listening to pandora and internet streams no problem, but here in italy its not like that. i lose 3g all the time. also, pandora isnt available here at all (wtf!).losing internet also made google maps a hassle.

    i learned after i sold my ipad that the 3g models have a-gps... i never tried it.

    so to sum it up, this is what the ipad could not offer to me-
    • constant 3g internet for internet radio streams (though, changing to a pc will not fix this)
    • OBD reader support
    • true gps
    • expandable memory-or even just a usb port so i can plug a thumb drive
    • hands-free calling. this may eventually (or already) be offered thru an app. its definitely possible.
    • it was also just maybe one inch too big, which in the end didnt bother me that much.
    • i never found a proper way to dock it. i always had the charger cable AND the 3.5 cable plugged in. the cable i bought (ipad to usb, rca) did not allow me to use the volume rocker, and i wanted to keep that function. basically i wanted one cable to charge and output audio to my amp, while controlling the volume with the rocker on the ipad.


    also, a FE application would have been perfect... just to have everything in one centralized location would have been nice... (music, video, pictures, eq, internet, etc etc)


    im waiting for the release of the asus EEE pad. its SUPPOSE to have windows 7, usb ports, bluetooth, wifi, 3g, gps, camera, blah blah at a reasonable price. i may consider going that route if it does indeed have all of those features.


    EDIT* so i found a video you made, and noticed you somehow "linked" your ipad to your "engine" i dont know how you did that, ddnt know it was possible with the ipad. obviously something needs to be purchased to do this?

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    Yes, that's using a Kiwi Wifi. It plugs into your OBD-II port, emits a wifi signal. Join that network on the iPad and you can read data. However, there are many variants of OBD-II. New Subarus spit out frequent information. The 2006's spit out 10Hz total. So if you display 2 gauges, you get 5 Hz on each, 4 gauges = 2.5 Hz, etc. etc. The new protocol allow for a few hundred updates/sec, so there's no issue with it at all.

    The iPad/iPhone side app is either Rev or DashCommand, your choice, though I now prefer Rev. The new update to DashCommand gave it a GREAT overhaul, but it displays so much information that my update speed is junk for the already mentioned reasons.

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    love the install bro! looks great and wish I would've seen this before I did my tablet install good idea with filling in the sides making just the screen visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viceversa View Post
    love the install bro! looks great and wish I would've seen this before I did my tablet install good idea with filling in the sides making just the screen visible.
    thanks. can't wait to get my 7" acer tablet in (it'll arrive july ~24...) so i can switch it out with this computer.

    my worklog is going to be revived

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    Looks really clean, and it's in an STi!

    Now why replace with a tablet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randallflagg View Post
    Looks really clean, and it's in an STi!

    Now why replace with a tablet?
    thanks.

    i'm replacing with a tablet for the following reasons:

    • the "wow" factor
    • the capacitive touch screen is so easy and nice to use, and the lcd behind it is just beautiful & bright
    • my carpc is now about 4 years old. it's kind of slow and its just now dawning on me. i upgraded to an SSD (ocz agility 3) and the boot up time went from roughly 1min 20 secs to 45 seconds. meanwhile, my laptop with the same SSD boots up in 15 secs.
    • i can lighten up my trunk. the computer itself and 1 amp are coming out. will be left with 1 amp and the sub. (will be placing a head unit behind the tablet)
    • GPS. yes, the carpc has GPS. i even had a usb gps receiver plugged in and all, but i never got the software setup, it's kind of complicated. i love tomtom, which is not available on android yet, but in the mean time i can use sygic navigator (which uses tomtom maps), or google navigator or maps.


    i'm not losing many functions. for myself, i only use the pc to play music. the tablet does that. i also had OBD hooked up thru USB, but that's sorted out as i bought a bluetooth USB adapter.

    i have a 10" tablet in the house, and i feel it's a little big. i will be making the car tablet removable for security purposes, and it will be nice to use the 7" around the house or for when i go on buses, trains, or planes.

    i'm sorry if im upsetting some people by "going to the dark side". tablets have replaced the need for carpcs for the average user who uses it for only media playback. for advanced functions, stick with the carpc.
    Last edited by BERTMAN; 07-16-2012 at 07:04 AM.

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