2004 - Mazda 3 Hatch - Custom CarPC Install (photos+)
PHOTOS TO COME! :photo::photo::photo:
I recently purchased a 2004 Mazda 3 MAXX Sport Hatch. Within one day of driving, I decided for my sanity to stay in tact the stereo had to go. With Mazda's non-standard dash and no AUX input, the only solution was to rip it all out and start from scratch. Perfect opportunity for CarPC me thinks!
- Low key installation that looks stock
- Car PC to be powerful but power conscious
- Simple to use front end that my lovely girlfriend can operate
- Fully integrated front end
- Learn as much as possible on the journey
- Was hoping to learn how to fiberglass, but I don't think I'll need to for this :mmph:
After a week of solid research (thanks to everyone who posts on this forum, OzMazda and also Mazda3 Forums, your knowledge has been invaluable!) I think we're ready to dive in. I'll try to keep a worklog here in case anyone is interested in doing something similar to what is becoming Australia's most popular small car.
So the plan is a false floor in the boot to hide the amps/power, CarPC under the passenger seat and touch screen in the dash. Still trying to decide on a couple of things, if you can offer any suggestions, it'll be much appreciated!
- What DAB+ (HD) USB radio should I use with Centrafuse?
- What Front/Rear speakers?
- What battery?
- Best way to carpet the boot?
- How to protect the cables under the passenger seat?
--Car PC specs--
Case: M350 (from mo-co-so)
MB: Zotac H67ITX-C-E (Wifi / Audio / HDMI / USB3)
SSD: OCZ Octane 128GB
CPU: Intel i3 2120T (2.60GHz | TDP 35W | Intel HD 2000 | LGA1155)
RAM: 4GB DDR3 PC3 1333 (2x2GB) Kinsgton HyperxBlu
LCD: Samsung 7” touchscreen (from our mate Derrik in this thread)
Dash: Scosche MA1540B w/ MA03B Radio harness
GPS: GlobalSat BU-353-S4
BT: Bluetooth 2.0 CSR USB Dongle (normal size)
Diag: ScanTool Red OBDLink SX
Steer: Joycon EXR Steering Wheel Interface
Radio: TBA (suggestions??) DAB+ (HD)
Amp 1: Response 2 x 150W (bridged)
Amp 2: Coustic 4 x 75W
EQ: Clarion EQS746
SUB: Response 10" in sealed box
SPKRS: TBA (suggestions??) 6.5" splits
BATT: Optima Yellow Top (capacity suggestions??) will get this when the current battery dies
This is the plan for all components. Biggest install I have ever done - a bit scared!
This is the sketchup plan of the false floor. It's on hinges so that the whole floor can be lifted to get to the spare tyre. The glassy sections are going to be removable carpet to let me get at the area underneath.
A big thanks to Chris and the team at Mobile Computing Solutions (www.mo-co-so.com) - thanks for letting an Aussie guy order a bunch of stuff from the US - sooooo much cheaper over there!