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    Well, I've got the mobo on standoffs, but those standoffs are expoxied onto the case (I scratched it up pretty good to give the epoxy something to grab on to. I'm going to put gorilla glue on over the epoxy just to be safe, but I'll probably still have to keep my eye on it to be sure it keeps hangin.

    Can't wait to get it in!
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    I used metal standoffs in my build, Drilled and tapped some 6-32 holes in the chassis and screwed them in. I never thought about using epoxy for standoffs but thats a good idea. There is epoxy out there that is actually stronger then the metal it bonds! I have some at my work that is an industrial product called "Lord Adhesive"

    Can't wait to see it installed in your truck.
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    Where did you find the "Rustoleum fine texture flat black spraypaint"? I too bought the black matt plastic bumper spray paint and based on what you wrote above, I don't think I am going to even bother popping the cap on it. I looked online for the rustolem one, but have had no luck.

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    Nice progress - just be careful where you touch the tip of your magnetized screwdriver! they're great for working on cases but on motherboards or other electrical components, be careful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by diosagain View Post
    Where did you find the "Rustoleum fine texture flat black spraypaint"? I too bought the black matt plastic bumper spray paint and based on what you wrote above, I don't think I am going to even bother popping the cap on it. I looked online for the rustolem one, but have had no luck.
    I found it at Home Depot, its not an exact match to the stock black pieces in the interior, but its durable, looks good, and helps to hide the last of the small imperfections in my bezel. Its a spray paint that is made to get good adhesion on plastics, and I'm thinking that is what makes it feel so much more durable in this application.

    And, yea, you definitely don't want to get the magnet close to the HD, but for putting the LCD screen in with its tiny screws it was helpful. The nice part about that little set up was that after I took the magnet off, it left a residual magnetization on the tip that was just barely enough to hold a screw on.

    Thanks for the compliments, just waiting on an amp and shes going in the truck! (I wish the HQCT-eA was available on the website right now, two birds with one stone would be amazing)
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    I wound up using the rustoleom and it came out good. You're right it doesn't really match the trim but its only slightly off. What do you think about spraying the trim spray using a light coat over the rustoleom spray. Here is the picture if you want to take a look:

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    if its straight plastic, and you could lightly sand it, you could probably do it. I'm not that bold, though.
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    any updates dave?
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    Glad you bumped this, I've been so busy with grad school that I forgot to update. I've had the tacoputer installed for a couple of months now, and it's been working like a charm.

    The install was not without a couple of hiccups, but for the most part the planning I did was enough to make things go pretty smoothly. I removed the driver's seat (easy to do, 4 bolts) so that It'd be easier to run wires and mount the amp under the seat. This turns out to be a great place to mount the amp, as there is a rubber grommet and grounding bolt directly under the driver's seat on the frame. With this ground, I've had no noise like I've had on some car audio installs.

    It was DEFINITELY a tight fit, however, and even with 90 degree plugs on the back of the mobo, I had to modify some of the in dash pieces to get it to fit, and its still pretty snug. There is a heavy plastic piece that runs behind the stock radio that I had to cut up to make room for the audio cables to run underneath the computer. If I had to do it again, I'd have gotten a smaller mobo.

    The .063 aluminum chassis that blk02si bent up for me needed to be modded, but has provided enough stability and support to hold all of the pieces sturdy, even on rough dirt roads.

    I'm using Iguidance and Streets and Trips for nav, depending on the situation - I love the expandability of the carputer - definitely the biggest plus.

    A big thanks to the forums for all the info, could not have done it with out you all. Anyone with any questions whatsoever, please post them here or PM me, I'd be glad to lend a hand.

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    Where are the pictures?

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