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    Lindsey's Install, 2006 - 2002 VW Jetta 1.8T

    I'd like to thank the site for providing all sorts of helpful information to a first-timer like me.
    Inspiration for the layout: ppgt94 (ID on here... awesome work)

    First, Take the car apart (almost... slight exaggeration) to get the center console out.



    I took the zenarc apart and cut the edges down a little so the case fit like this:


    I started off working with fiberglass, and it went smoothly until I started sanding and the fiberglass lifted off... So I started over with bondo.



    I've never worked with any of this stuff before so it was definitely a learning experience.

    Here's some of the bondo progress (and yes, I learned I should have made it smoother when it was still wet...later):




    Here's the sanding progress... The goal was to keep the line in the xenarc casing so it wouldn't be completely flat... I thought it would look nice to keep some of the lines. Sanding goes on for two weekends... sanding it down with 400, 800 and 1600 grit... then the sandable primer with wet sanding.



    Here's adding more bondo to the middle 'cause it wasn't flat:


    Here's how much bondo got under my nails! My gloves were too big, so I didn't use them all the time...


    I can't find the rest of the sanding pics, but basically, I sanded A LOT. Then my friend Greg (the perfectionist) took over with primer (used a can of sandable primer), wet sanding, painting and wet sanding and gave it back to me looking like this:



    I put the screen itself back in and also the slimline DVD (I don't think there are pics above of this, but I'll add more pics later... I cut out a slot for the DVD drive).




    So I am off to start installing the console back in the Jetta and running wires to the trunk.

    And, if you are interested, here's a pic of my car (with my friend, Eugene doing something to his camera):


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    Wow....very nice job on the Bezel fabrication

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    Thanks!

    BTW, the problem I'm currently working on is how to go from the laptop DVD drive to USB. Originally my plan was to use a 10 ft round IDE cable... use the adaptor from 40 pin to IDE then run the IDE cable back to the trunk (well that doesn't exist). So now I'm looking for laptop DVD drive to USB. I've seen it somewhat explained in here, but I honestly just don't see it.

    Do I need to get the adaptor to go to IDE from the laptop DVD drive and then an IDE to USB adaptor? And, do all IDE to USB adaptors require a separate power source?

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    Bezel looks sic, grats!

    This should fix your notebook dvd problem:

    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=92
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    WOW nice job I love the look that makes me wish I bought the Jetta I was looking at a while ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4MYFAST
    Bezel looks sic, grats!

    This should fix your notebook dvd problem:

    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=92


    I use that one too. Use firewire if you can. It'll save you a lot of headaches with bootup. And, you won't need a seperate power souce.

    ...No IDE connection required...

    -ZtH01

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    Sweeeeet, thanks for the suggestion - I've been searching these threads all day for what others did.

    Thanks for the "looks good too" this is gonna be awesome.

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    Looking nice. Thats gonna look completely stock once its in the car.
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    I really like how that turned out. You did a great job at showing the step-by-step processes through the pics.

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    looks really good!
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