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    thoughts regarding my 7th gen accord ('05)

    First off, hello everyone, I'm new here and pretty new to doing much of anything other than driving with my car. However I have been building PCs of various sizes and shapes for years, so an PC/CAR integration project sounded like it would be right up my alley.

    my plan for now is to mount a 7" TS in the lower dash area by tearing into one of the metra lower dash kits and molding it to fit the panel from the screen (which I still need to acquire). I don't like the way the upper conversion kits look plus they are expensive and I'd like to keep the factory HU fully functional, which since I don't have navigation , dual climate controls or XM is really not that hard.

    The PC portion I am planning to have live in the compartment under the center arm rest, I'm expecting to have to mod a fan in between the inside and outside of the compartment either on the passenger side or the rear, I'll probably use one of my 80mm 24dB 'stealth' fans since I don't want it to whine; and I'm considering covering the outside with either a speaker grill or a laser cut grill as I'd use on a PC. (But really the actual PC is the one part I'm not concerned with.

    My current problem is that Honda apparently makes it super hard to get their wiring diagrams unless you pay for their damned $70 book, and although the acc (cigarette lighters that won't accept a cig lighter =/) ports on my car say they are rated for a combined load of 120W which would be plenty for my needs, the damn things are disconnected when the car is off and really I'd like to allow my controller/opus deal with timing things. which brings me back to my dilemma, I'd like to avoid running a separate power cable through the firewall, but if it comes to that thatís what I'll do. I'm currently in the process of trying to figure out if there is somewhere easier to draw the power safely from or if there is a way to make the cig lighter ports always on. any input along these lines would be much appreciated.

    But for now since I don't have the TS yet and I plan to do my initial testing with a laptop rather than the custom fit mini/nano-ITX motherboard I just started with some infrastructure. I have an add-on aux port in the mail (the soundgate one) so I decided to run the cables I'd need and make a mounting plate for the inner arm rest box. (I'm just using super long cables for now because of the planned laptop test phase)

    But for those of you that care I took the little wedge shaped piece at the bottom of the inner box and build in a big pass through to use for now for my VGA cable, then mounted a size M power plug and 2 RCA ports. I also mounted a VGA port near the bottom but for now that one does not have its rear port attached yet so it is completely non-functional.


    taping the front surface up before any cutting really is a good idea =)


    I had initially planned to put the RCA ports to the left and the power on the right, but the center hole got a bit out of hand and I had to change my plans a bit.


    here is the back view when the plate is mounted back in the arm rest thingy.


    Close up in the house of the front side mounted back in the arm rest.


    In the car with cords as well.

    Oh yea my car is the 4-door sedan with the I4 and manual 5-speed tranny

    Well that's it for now, as my project progresses I'll post more... now I suppose It's time to drop some $$$ and get my self a touchscreen to play with...

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    Always good to find a fellow Accord owner and CarPC beginner. I am also in the planning stages of my first carpc for my 06 Accord SE with manual 5-speed. In answer to your question, as far as I know the only way to get the unswitched (always on) power to where you need it is to run a new wire through the firewall. Everything I've found so far says that the unswitched power currently available inside the cabin won't be able to handle everything you're going to throw at it. Its best to add a new wire with a new fuse on it. I still haven't found my way through the firewall yet so I can't help you too much there.

    I have a question for you too. You mentioned using a metra lower dash kit to install the screen in the lower part of the dash. This is right were I was planning to do it as well, except that I've only been able to find metra kits for single din stereos. Which kit are you planning on using? Any links would be helpful. Also, If you're installing the screen in the lower part would you be willing to sell the factory box that was there? I don't need the door, just the actual box that the door mounts to. If not that's totally cool, the dealer wants $160 for one and I thought this forum might be a better place to look.

    Good luck with the rest of the install!

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    I am just planning to cut into the single DIN lower conversion kit then once i get the opening as I need it I will fabricate some type of bezil for it, I'll probably end up taking the screens and controllers outside of their factory mounting and building up somethign custom, since much like yourself I could not find any particularly useful dash kits out there ,especially since in dash screens aren't really an option either since the climate/factory HU controls come out of the dash as such a steep angle, the only pics i've seen of in dash screens mounted there involve either not fully opening or sitting about an 1" outside of flush with the lower dash so that the screen can fully extend, and I'm not really trying to do either of those. I have a few ideas but until I have a screen in front of me I am not going to be able to say with any degree of confidence what I will be needing, or how exactally I'll do it, but when i do decide I'll try to take pictures and explain why I made the decisions I did.

    I'm planning to order my TS today, so once i get it I'll keep you posted on my progress.

    With regards to the factory storage box for the lower dash, I'm going to hold on to it so if/when the screen breaks I can just go back to factory if I don't feel like going through the effort of re modding another screen into a dash piece.

    If anyone knows anywhere with diagrams, pictures or instructions for running a wire through the firewall in a 7th gen accord it would be greatly apruciated since I can't seem to even find any third party manuals for 7th gen accords for some reason.

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    Sounds like we're just about in the exact same boat. Good luck on your work. I'll keep checking back. I'll let you know when I get a little more down & dirty with mine and keep you posted on what I find. Good luck!

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    I have a friend who has a 7th gen accord and who is interested in installing a pc but cant figure out where to install the screen. I was wondering if you had started on installing teh screen and had any pics.
    Thanks
    Oh why do I spend so much time and money on a technology that works only half the time? Is always a work in progress? Is never complete? I wonder.

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    I've got it in, located in the lower dash area, I'm pretty happy with the location but I need to remake a more permenant shroud. I'll get some details and pics up soon, but I will be out of town for about a week and won't be able to get them up until I get back.

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    I just started to build my car pc on 2006 accord
    I'll put the TS on lower compartment with custom fiberglass
    I ordered a custom fabrication from this gentlemen right here
    FS: 05 Honda Accord Compartment Lilliput Fiberglass Mold

    result will be posted when the dash kit is done.

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    Location to run power wire

    Hey guys, I recently installed an infinity basslink in my 06 Accord SE and had to run a power cable from the battery. I found a rubber grommet through the firewall on the driver side near the brake and gas pedals. You're gonna have to put the drivers seat back and pull off some panels before you can actually see it. I just pushed the rubber aside a little bit and the wire ran right through. Instructions on pulling off these panels is here:

    http://www.handa-accessories.com/acc...d-security.pdf

    This is instructions for the installation of the security system, but a portion of the instructions have steps on how to remove the driver side panels.

    Also, as for mounting a screen for your carputer, you guys might want to consider this:

    http://img233.imageshack.us/my.php?i...rdgt2053lo.jpg


    I found this mod at v6performance.net. What's really awesome is the screen folds back into the dash when it isnt in use so you wont have to worry about having something in plain sight for people to steal. I've been thinking of adding a carputer when I get the money, but right now it's out of reach. I'll prolly ask you guys for help when I get around to it.

    Here's the URL for the actual product, I think you have to contact them directly to get it:

    http://www.asiasonic.com.tw/www.asia...htm#Accord-0.5

    Now, I actually have a question for you guys, I want to actually do the exact opposite of having an always on power connection. When I initially installed the basslink, I didn't bother running a remote wire because the basslink is supposed to automatically shut off when the car turns off and it stops detecting a signal from the speaker wire. However, recently I noticed that the feature stopped working and the basslink remains on whenever I turn the ignition off even after waiting for 10+ minutes. (The basslink is supposed to automatically shut off in 5 minutes) So, the only way I can fix this is if I actually run a remote wire to the sub. I know that normally the remote wire is wired to the head unit and turns on and off the sub by sending a 12V signal. Since I have the factory head unit, I've read that I can wire the remote wire to the "acc" wire of the car so that whenever I turn the ignition on or off, it sends the right signal to the subwoofer. Can I just wire the remote wire to say, a cigarette lighter line? It uses a 12V line and like you guys said, turns off when the car turns off.

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    Please post on the forums! Chances are, someone else has or will have the same questions as you!

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    OMG OMG OMG!!
    finally found instruction how to remove dash panel
    I LOVE YOU yingyang006 haha

    I did exactly the same thing with you to run the wire, I don't need to open the dash actually
    just crowl under the panel and pull it. took me well over 30 minutes

    for your basslink, I'll definitely use the cigarette lighter with relay..
    so it's not getting power from the lighter

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