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    Very nice, not over the top, well done!

    Some white loom over those speaker wires in the doors would finish them off for a A+. Even black would look OK IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilG View Post
    Some white loom over those speaker wires in the doors would finish them off for a A+. Even black would look OK IMO.
    You know, I have 2 packages of the coil on wire loom sitting on my workbench, and I don't know why I did not think to use it here.

    I did dress it up better than those pictures show though, I used 4" ty-wraps every 6" to follow the bundle. I also soldered all the speaker wire connections except those on the crossover and amp. For thoes I use a rubber dremel tip to polish any oxide layer, then stripped fresh wire, and tighten screws extra tight. And I applied No Ox to the connections.

    Why? Because one of the crosovers had oxidation from water on it's wire contacts, from when the crossover was sitting at the bottom inside the door, and on the other door the 6.5" speaker was cutting out because the spade connector had vibrated loose. I want solid connections from now on.

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    IMO, it really does help, here's what mine looked like before I had to run 3 sets of wires into each door. I guess it offers a bit of protection from damage and the elements too.
    I think I wrapped black tape really tight around it. It's been there 3 years now and no issues.

    If your X-overs are in the doors, you really should try and get them out of there and run an extra wire to the doors. I pretty much destroyed mine having them there. I don't use them now but I'm not sure I can even reuse them in another vehicle due to issues.

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    Yes, I moved my crossovers to the other side of the vapor barrier, so there should not be any more moisture exposure. I'll wrap my wires with that coil wrap.

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    This weekend I laser cut an Acrylic cup holder glow ring for my console:


    Between the cups I added a USB port and a Touchscreen Stylus, and up front I added a place to keep my sun glasses:


    I used the same Aqua Green LED's that I used for the speaker glow ring:


    I made a cold boot to music playing video, which shows about 30 seconds from Ignition Switch On till Music Playing, about the same as the Mylink Navcom had. Ignore the sound as my phone could not begin to deal with the bass response:
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    Nice Job! love the boot up time for sure. SNO

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    Those cup holder rings look factory. Nicely done!
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    Thanks for the nice words! I needed a USB port that was easy to reach, but did not want to mess up my interior so the only hole I drilled was in the bottom of the cup holder part of the console, then I cut fake bottoms of the cup holder to hide the wires, and put that non slip rubber over it, so it hides the wire real nice. You only see a black shrink tubed cable dropping straight down under the USB plug, and right next to it the black touch stylus. Hides pretty good.

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    wondering if you have managed to spill coffee into the USB connection yet?

    Spilled coffee is one of my biggest fears, and an taking that fear seriously in my F350 design.

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    haha! No coffee spills yet, but I guess it could happen.

    Even so... I'm one of those guys who reads up on specifications so I know what I can get away with, and USB is surprisingly robust. USB 2.0 specifies that upon a short circuit, the USB hub (motherboard) is only allowed to shut off that port and none of the others. That port could burn out on the motherboard, but the others should still work. I guess if I were to plug in a self powered hub, it could take over the protection role from the motherboard. Then there's the coffee.

    So... Fun with science time, did you bring your safety glasses Timmy?

    Tests show coffee conductivity (Siemens/meter) increases with temperature.

    Coffee Temperature 4C 22C 30C 40C 50C 60C
    Coffee Black .138 .182 .207 .237 .275 .312
    Coffee w/Cream .265 .357 .402 .470 .550 .633
    Coffee w/Sugar .133 .185 .210 .250 .287 .323

    So lets take a cup of warm 60C coffee with cream that measures .633 S/m which inversed is 1.58 ohms/meter or 1.58K ohms per mm, the gap between the USB terminals, and assume a full 5V available, we get .0032 Amps, so coffee in theory cannot short the USB port since it's capable of taking 500mA.

    We're gonna need a new Timmy!

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