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    2008 350z GT Replacing Stock Cubby with Nissan Navigation Console

    I wanted to make some headway before I posted a weblog. Wanted to make sure I was going to go through with it first. Now there is no turning back, about 75% of the parts have now arrived. I expect the project to be finished end of April. Taking a week off to do the complete install. Now its prep work... and a lot of it.

    Its cold up here in Canada and this time of year cabin fever madness begins to set in. To stop from running around the snowbanks naked and yelling spring will never come all my energy is focused on my project.

    The goal: To make a hybrid system taking the best of what I have stock in the car such as bluetooth phone, XM Radio, FM Radio and steering wheel controls. Frankly, Car PCs suck at phone integration and steering wheel controls and just cant compete with the reliability accuracy and speed.

    Stock H/U HOWEVER everything is upgraded beyond that point as far as sound. First a powerful DSP in the new Rockford Fosgate 3Sixty.3.which will take the SPDIF from the Xonar Sound Card, it will be able to be controlled from the carputer or Iphone release is in June 2011 so for now will be using a PAC AOEM NIS2 System Interface Kit to add an Amplifier . Rounding off with HAT Components, Kenwood 5 ch amp, JL 10 3v3 sub and custom box from Wicked CAS.


    1. A complete stealth install. You look in the window and the car looks completely stock, including the factory nav unit.
    2. All Nissan Factory parts to convert standard cubby hole to Factory Navigation shell
    3. The lastest ION2 with Nvida graphics and HDMI
    4. Xenarc screen - took a while to decide but after having a Lilliput for 5 yrs on an earlier install I wanted to try Xenarc and wanted the auto switching AV2 for a reverse Cam
    5. Oh yeah the reverse cam which is a Boyo 425
    6. A 5HZ GPS receiver AND iGuidance 2011
    7. Asus Xonar DX sound card running SPDIF
    8. Wifi ( I pulled the Genius USB Wifi from my old install)
    9. Bluetooth - same as above
    10. Logitech Mini diNovo keyboard
    11. ODBII not going to use my old install want auto shut off
    12. ergonomic touch pad - this thing is awsome
    13. Integration of Iphone -This will be my internet Gateway using Mifi it becomes a router for access, Moble Mouse the Iphone can control the carputer. errr and yeah a phone. However this will plugged into another device a PAC which will charge it and give it integration into the stock radio, its not needed for the carputer directly.
    14. Ordered an extra Heated seat switch from Nissan to turn the computer on and off, will go where the blank is located on console with the other heated seats switch. Will anyone notice 3 seat switches and only 2 seats?
    15. Fusion Brain
    16. Opus 250W intellegent Power Supply
    17. Will add stuff as I remember.

    OK I have all these parts now except for the Rear cam which has shipped and the ODBII (figgin manufacture wont answer my questions (ODBPros.com)

    Whats in progress?

    1. A customized skin for the 350z running RideRunner about six weeks in about 75% done took the majority of my time so far.
    2. Hacking the Xenarc screen - IR Sensor, Photo Sensor, Power off/on light and all buttons to be re-located - 50% done its apart and sensors are hacked off. A big thank you to Xenarc on the tech support so far on this part and my back if I need extra parts.
    3. Figuring out how to transfer the Xenarc buttons to underneath the 350z Nav buttons to have functionality to the buttons. This is a big goal of mine. This piece cost $300 + and is completely useless right now all it will do is light up and cover up a hole. I know I can make it better than that.
    4. Carputer hardware is 90% done all hooked up and running stress tests. Less the 250W Opus which needs to be connected and attached.
    5. Carputer Software 90% done ODBII Skyline skin and new Digital Dash skin needs to be done.
    6. Need to figure out wiring for that seat heater switch
    7. Waiting forever for the boys from Fusion Brain to explain how to hook up an accelerometer
    8. Need to order B-Quiet sound deadener - bulk direct
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    Custom RideRunner Skin for 350z here are a couple of screens, im not going to post them all. The round instrument cluster and the colors Black, Silver and Orange make it look like it belongs. I created the screens from the Xenarc so the fonts are large, legible and in proportion. It may look off on these screen shots. The Nissan Logo brings you to Menu 2 and the little Z bottom right is the exit button. I learned with my first install, most skins look great on a large monitor, then you transfer it to a small 7 inch and everything is way to small. By building the skin with the 7inch Xenarc it came out very easy to read from a distance.
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    nice work!

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    Sensors removed from Xenarc
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