2005 Focus ST (US version) project
As you can see by my join date, I have been here a while and yet never got much of a system together. I spent a few years driving a car that did not deserve a carpc. I just acquired a 2005 Ford Focus ST, the "fun" model, and have started collecting the desired components to finally get around to doing this.
The PC is a Foxconn NT330i that I have left over from a HTPC. These are fairly tiny, and yet powerful. They have an external antenna that will be easy to lengthen if necessary, and run off a typical laptop style power supply. Highly recommend the Foxconn netboxes
The LCD is a MiniTouch 700, I have had a liliput in the past and it was buggy, the reviews of the mini look good and the price is right. Got it along with a Bybyte double din enclosure. Hopefully most of my components will fit inside, besides the PC. I want it left accessible.
My ST has the factory Audiophile setup, and so am important choice had to be made. After researching standalone optical input amps (which seem to be completely nonexistent) I decided to replace the factory amp with a 5 channel Alpine MRX-V60 to simplify things and allow for future upgrading of the sub. I am not interested in winning a SPL competition, I am looking for good clean pure sound with more punch than bass. I will probably mount the amp under the front passenger seat, as I like my truck to remain available and it will shorten the wires dramatically.
I want to be able to control the volume easily, so I am going for a redundant volume control. It will be controlled not only on screen, but also with the stock "stalk" via the joyconn adapter and also a MCE remote. I use the MCE remote receivers in my HTPC's and they work flawlessly. Probably will end up with a basic Logitech Harmony at some point. Might even end up with a rotary volume knob at some point. Depends on how well the rest works.
I dont use the radio much, but cannot imagine a setup without. After researching it a bit, the Directed setup seems to be a popular choice and most likely to pull a signal. We will see!
The GPS mouse is a GlobalSat BU-353, I was satisfied with the reviews and hope it works well. Not sure about nav software yet, I wish Google maps was available for PC, it is so much superior to anything else I have used.
The Bluetooth dongle is just a basic unit, had good specs and decent ratings. Probably wont use it much anyway. Also got the dash kit and connector for the radio, as I dont cut wires. This all must be able to be undone if ever necessary.
2005 Ford Focus ST
Bybyte BBN-7 with Mini-Touch 700
Foxconn NT330i Atom PC
Dell MCE remote
Joycon USB adapter
Directed HD radio
MJS HD radio cable
GlobalSat BU-353 GPS
5 Channel Alpine MRX-V60
Scosche Dash Kit
Hosa 3.5mm to RCA Cables
Yet to acquire:
Frontend (Centrafuse or Roadrunner)
Spent some time and modified the 6 pages of Ford schematic into ONE simple page showing everything. Not sure why they chop it up so badly, but here it is in case anyone needs it.
and the stalk schematic so I can bench test the Joyconn