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Thread: 2010 Honda Ridgeline - Carputer Build

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    2010 Honda Ridgeline - Carputer Build

    2010 Honda Ridgeline Carputer Build

    I have been mostly lurking the forums for about 8 months now reading on different builds, adaptations, front ends, etc. I have gained such a vast amount of knowledge from this forum that I must thank everyone who has posted a question and everyone who has provided a solution. It is wonderful to see how much an online community can come together to help each and everyone in need of aide. That said, let me cut to the chase and present my project that I have undertaken for about a month and a half.

    Vehicle: 2010 Honda Ridgeline RT
    Build Purpose: one integrated entertainment system that could manage all my needs and expand my knowledge of computers and electronics
    Build type: Reliable, Cost efficient, and durable.

    Now to the parts list

    Computer:

    Mobo: Zotac GE6100 itx E-E ($30 with combo discount)
    CPU: AND Sempron AM3 2.7Ghz ($26 with combo discount)
    Mem: AData 2GB ($34)
    LCD: Lilliput 869 8 inch Touch screen ($185)
    PS: M4-ATX 250W ($90)
    HDD: 80Gig Hitachi Hard Drive ($$ Free)
    OS: Windows XP Pro SP3 ($$Free)
    Front End: Centrafuse 3.0 ($$ Free borrowed)

    Music:
    Radio: ADS RDX-155-EF ($7)
    Speakers: Boston Acoustics RM6 ($$ Free, from previous vehicle)
    Amplifier: Kenwood Excelon xxv-02A 4-Channel ($$ Free, from previous vehicle)

    MISC:

    Dash kit: Honda Ridgeline Kit DD kit($15 )
    Wiring kit: Honda Ridgeline stock wiring adapter kit ($13)
    GPS Recv: MS-Pharos GPS-500 ($19)
    GPS SF: Garmin Mobile PC ($$ Free Borrowed)
    Rear View Cam: Pyle PLC M24IR ($38)

    Total: $457.00 (Budget was $600)

    The hardware and software are integrated and running perfectly fine with M4 doing what it is supposed to with IGN on and off settings. Just waiting to custom rig a USB header for onboard adjustments via M4 software.

    Build Pictures



    Any comments welcome. Also, Now I am in the process of adapting the screen onto the kit and then the rest is just install into the vehicle. Once it is done, which should be probably in the early April, I will keep you all updated.

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    Choosing a PSU (Power supply unit). I tried two websites to choose my power supply. 1) Asus (down as of 2/19.2011) and the other is 2) New Egg (http://images10.newegg.com/BizIntell...alc/index.html ). This is what prompted me to choose the M4-ATX which is a 250W PSU.



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    Any updates on 8" screen integration to the Double Din kit? Post pics please. I have a Ridgy too and starting to plan my carpc setup as well. Also what did you tap to provide power to the PC? Did you run another power cable thru firewall for this? I had a pc with same cpu. I was never got more than 80 watts, perhaps you could have gone with a smaller PSU like an M3-ATX?

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    Glad to see a fellow Ridgeline owner planning on a vehicle pc build.

    At this point, the screen integration is at its early test phase of mocking up the expansion limits on the existing Metra Dash kit. Since I moved to a new location for living accomodations two weeks ago, I just unwrapped the pc two days ago and had to retest everything. As soon as the process is underway, I will post as much information and pictures as possible to help others.

    I chose the M4-ATX based on the requirements provided on NewEgg. Even though there are no Internal amplifiers attached to the PC, the power requirements provided for my setup exceeded 200W and thus I opted for the M4-Atx. Also, the price was to be considered as the Opus was almost double the cost of a single M4.

    I have a 400W power inverter in the vehicle and will be running a 4-channel amp as well. I have one set of power cables already in the cabin through the firewall and now I am in the process of using a distribution block to power the computer and the amplifier.

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    Another Ridgeline owner here... I also am looking to do a similar build. I saw your post on the RL owners forum... and have now found this place! Great info here... but not much on our Ridgies...

    Interesting that you decided to go DC ->AC -> DC instead of going with a direct DC power supply. I have the same quandry... use the built in inverter or go with a power conditioning DC supply... Hmmm decisions...

    You should follow up here with pics of your final build - what I saw looked nice.
    Questions: Why the 8" v.s. the 7" screen? and how are you going to mod the kit to fit the 8"?

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    The M4-ATX is a DC to DC power supply.

    I went with the 8" because the price was not that different between the 7 and 8 and with the crutchfield guys screwing up on the measurement I asked them, I had to mod the 8" screen. The internal diagonal dimension is close to 7.75" so about quarter of the diagonal viewing area of the screen is cut off. The Double Din kit is modded already and ready to receive the screen.


    The Motherboard is dead as of now so I am waiting to send it back to Zotec and get a replacement one.

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    RE-Animation

    Got my replacement MOBO and change my 1GB x 2 to a 2GB DDR2 memory with a heat spreader. Dual memory had some start up issues on the old board and price was cheaper on the single 2gig stick.

    Metra Double Din Adapter - Hacking and Screen Installation.


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    Screen Mating

    Screen Mating - attaching the 8" Touchscreen to the Metra Double Din Adapter




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    Looking good

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    Looking great! Do you still have some of the screen not visible because of the kit? I thought it was interesting that you opted to use metal clips in some places, attached with screws to what looks like strips of wood bonded to the plate. Did you consider just making some wood pieces and making a one piece fit with a router - then bonding it to the plate? Your solution looks to be a nice one... just curious. As you probably know from the ridgie forum, I am a big fan of JB weld...

    I can't wait to see it mounted in your RL.

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