kindle fire in a wrx as head unit
decided i wanted to use a tablet as a headunit in my car and do it all on a small budget. im not too big on audio like most of you and just really preferred to have access to my music library. since ive had the car ive been using the jazzy engineering aux-in adapter for my ipod and have been relatively happy.
looked at the android options on the market and picked up a kindle fire for $120 on craigslist in pristine condition. immediately rooted it with cyanogenmod 9 and loaded up my favorite music/nav apps.
the good news is that its right about double din size and its all touch screen. the bad news is that it doesnt have bluetooth or gps. bluetooth isnt a big deal but both gps and wifi are tethered through apps from my 4g unlimited data samsung galaxy s3. with gps tethering i can now use google maps turn by turn navigation but its not perfect. it drops the connection occasionally. there is also some glare so i might need to buy an anti glare/screen protector but ill see how it is for now.
i tried to see how i could use the kindle as the headunit strictly and bypass using a traditional headunit too but i think i was better off relocating a new headunit to the glove box so i bought a jvc kdx50bt from crutchfield for $100. still waiting on that to come in. i plan to use the aux port and the usb port to channel music into the speakers and also charge the kindle at the same time.
so far all ive done ive done some test fitting and to my surprise i wont need to hack the radio face plate at all. this is good too since i want to buy the subaru carbon fiber trim at some point instead of using the crappy 3m cf vinyl that you see above. the kindle has to rest on top of the ac controls behind the faceplate so it sits slightly higher than id like but the whole screen is still visible in the opening.
will update as i go along and receive the parts. should be done by next weekend! any comments or suggestions are welcome since im a noob audiophile...
made some progress today. went to home depot and picked up a 14 gauge hyco bar. not sure what its used for in real life but it worked perfectly as the predrilled holes matched up to the radio holes.
i also had to hack a piece of plastic. if you look above the first hyco bar you can see where i hacked off. basically the same width of the kindle. the kindle now slides right in between the hacked off sections and rests on the block of wood.
then i found a peice of wood lying around and used that as a shimmy. screwed it into the hyco bar on the back side.
now with all the dash peices back in place. fits like a charm!