Another good day. I finally finished carving out the tool caddy just the way I like, so the box fits nicely in there, and there's room to open the case, as well as room for the cables sticking out the back. I also ran the power wires. I connected 14ga to battery + & -, & put an fuse inline to the + terminal, ran the wire through the rubber steering wheel boot (I hated doing it but couldn't find any other place) into the cabin. From there, I stuffed it under the door sills all the way to the trunk, under the carpet & into the spare tire well (STW). Power coming from the battery was 12.25V (car off) & 14.71V (car running).
For Switched power, I tapped a fuse. Also something I don't like doing, but it made too much sense not to. I have a nice fuse panel in the trunk, and I used a fuse tap to get power from fuse #17 (Autodimming mirror & Tire Pressure Monitors & Rain Sensor, the latter 2 which I don't have), which has a 7.5A fuse. It was 12V coming from the outboard rail (closest to the rear of the car). That means I put the tap on the blade closest to the nose of the car, that way the circuit is protected by the fuse. I ran that wire to the STW. Remember strain relief!
To make connections easy, I put a 4-pin connector on the 6-wire Opus harness (see post #18). So the 3 wires I have now from the car (hot, grnd, ign) went into the mating 4-pin connector. Plugged it in, and we're good to go. Well, I couldn't stop now. I hooked up the monitor & keyboard/mouse.
Fired it up, and damn if it didn't work. Just like it's supposed to. It was freakin sweet.
Technically, the move went well, and by definition, I now have a carpc up & running. Mind you, I still have to use my 50lb CRT, and the keyboard is only accesable in the back seat, but it works. I just gotta clean it up a tad.
I also looked at how I'm going to run the rest of the wires. Since all the remaining wires have to do with the center stack (aux-in, XM, Monitor) I'll probably run them straight from the trunk, under the rear passenger seat, go under the carpet about 1 foot & into the back end of the center console. From there it's pretty easy to route wires anywhere in the center stack, using instructions from Etadyne website. I want to order cables, but don't know what comes with the monitor yet. DAMN I need some dough for a monitor. There's a lot of wires:
They're all gonna end up spread along the middle hump of the floor.
And I'm STILL not done with my skin. Getting closer though.