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    Well, I still can't get in touch with LaxPlaya8513 (The guy who sold me my amp), and I was just informed that my new controller board wont be coming in until Wed. I have a 6 hour roundtrip drive on Friday, so that means no carpc, and no audio. Oh well, I will update beginning of next week when all my stuff comes in.

    -Elliot

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    yhought u had an amp

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    I originally bought an amp from Best Buy (Alpine MRP-T220) for testing purposes. I planned on returning it and buying a 4 channel amp later (It was $140). I saw the same amp in the 4 channel version here for $100 shipped from LaxPlayer8513. I paid him on 12/24 of last year, and I still haven't received it (exactly a month). Apparently he had a family emergency and had to go out of town. I understand this, but I have waited long enough. He still wont reply to my emails, or to the paypal dispute. I am trying to get him to next day air it to me, so I can at least listen to music on my trip (even though the lcd wont be ready).

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    Just got back from the Florida meet. Had some good times, and now have some good ideas. I also received my amp and xm tuner. Here's my current to-do list:

    • Receive/install lcd controller board (Tuesday/Wednesday)
    • Build enclosure (Weekend)
    • Power switch turn on (Next week)
    • Install Powermate through door and change led color to red (Next week)
    • Install backup camera (Eventually)
    • FM broadcasting station (A week or 2)


    And here is the list of possible future projects:
    • Some sort of TV receiver + antenna [Eventually]
    • Steering wheel controls (Eventually)
    • OBDII (Eventually)
    • Bluetooth phone connectivity (Eventually)
    • Sub amp and subwoofer (Eventually.. maybe)


    I'll update in the next few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pistolen08 View Post
    Steering wheel controls (Eventually)
    Do you have any ideas on this? I would like to add them too. I haven't seen anything that would look good.

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    My mom has an '01 MDX, and it looks like the steering wheel controls would fit for my RSX. I was going to take a better look and measure to make sure. I also noticed that the RSX steering wheel already has the mounting location for the buttons. Here is a picture of the MDX steering wheel controls I was looking at using:
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    I started working on the enclosure box which will house the computer, amp, etc... The dimensions are 39" x 14" x 5" and I built it out of 1/2" plywood. After much sanding/sawing/screwing it all started to come together (very nicely I might add). I put a small gromit in the back to wire all the cables through, and the lid is on a hinge with a latch where I can lock it. I still need to finish the lid (add fans and cold cathodes) and then carpet the entire thing (I got the carpet at home depot). I also set up the terminal switch for all my 12V wiring. Here is a mockup picture with all the components for fitting:

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    Here is a quick photoshop sketch to show how I will setup the lid. I chose red since all my interior lights and guages are red. The cold cathodes will synch with the music and will behind a lexan window. I plan to use an acura logo as a fan grill for my exhaust fan, and I will place the razer led on the top so it can shine down on the box in a fan shape. I hope it will turn out as I plan.


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    Update:

    I finished installing the power button (Link), and ran the griffin powermate through the door gromit. (pain in the ***)

    Since the button LED ring takes 1.85V input, I used 440 ohm resistor from the 12V DV source. I have to admit, it looks awesome, and completely matches my interior. I don't have seat warmers, so there was a blank button cover in the dash. I drilled a hole through the middle, and put the button through that. I will post some pictures of it when I get home.

    All that is left to do is:
    • Carpet the computer enclosure
    • Power Supply solution
    • Dremel holes for fans/cold cathodes in enclosure lid
    • Fabricate Acura emblem as fan grill

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    Out of curiosity why did you mount your powermate in the door. Or did you mount it somewhere else like the exterior?
    I mounted mine on the shelf where the back seatbelt comes out and I get perfect reception.

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