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    Thread: PhatBox Mounting Mod!!!

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      05-03-2004 02:12 PM #1
      All, I'll post pics later tonight, I just wanted to give it a road test to make sure there were no issues.
      For all of the GTI/R32 guys who DON'T want their Phatbox to stick out of the CD changer location, or mount it vertically on the side of the wheel well, or on the back of thier rear seats....
      I took the liberty of openign up my new Phatbox (yes new, I doubt I'll have warranty issues), to see what was inside to see if I can mount in a more "stealthy" way.
      Since the unit is basically solid-state electronics, the mod was simple. Also, this mod had to be simple and NOT modify the PhatBox permanently.
      I bascially remove the guts from the big aluminum "fake"amp module, and installed the complete unit in a Radio Shack Electronics Experiment Box. The box cost $6.99, and was simply moded with a Dremel, and an Exacto blade.
      Once the mods were done, I installed the Phatbox unit into the new box, and re-mounted the front facia onto the new box.
      The new unit sits/resides in the CD-Changer mount, WITH the door closed, and WITHOUT cutting the side door/panel.
      I'll post pics tonight for those who are interested.....

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      05-03-2004 10:44 PM #2
      I would be curious to see...thanks [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      05-04-2004 08:49 PM #3
      I have pics of the mod ver 1.0, can anyone host them for me????
      I can e-mailthem to you if not, just PM me.....
      Larry

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      05-04-2004 08:56 PM #4
      email them to Anthony127@comcast.net [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    5. 05-04-2004 11:04 PM #5
      Although I have completed my own version of this experiment on my Fiancé’s GTI I would still like to see how you approached the matter. If you want pictures of my project I would be happy to email them.
      garand@selbie.org
      Rob Garand

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      05-05-2004 12:55 AM #6
      thanks Rob. I did send the pics to Antony, and I hope he can host them for everyone to see. If not, let me know and I can send pics out...
      Anthony, can you also host Rob's pics??? Might be good to look at 2 different approaches to the same isssue?????
      Thanks,
      Larry


      Modified by lsinlv at 8:50 AM 5-5-2004

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      05-05-2004 01:10 AM #7
      Here you go Larry...nice work bro [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]







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      05-05-2004 11:45 AM #8
      Thanks Anthony for hosting the pics!!
      For some clearification.....the foam strips are anti-rattle. The original front facial will be attached using double sided tape.
      This is version 1.0, with version 2.0 coming soon. I wanted to see if it would work WITHOUT damaging/modifying the PhatBox, and it worked better than I thought.
      Since I don't plant on pulling the cartridge in/out often, this design is OK, but the cartridge is difficult to get to easily. I will be using a slightly shorter box on version 2.0, but then I loose the potection the complete box affords.
      I'll keep everyone up-to-date as I move forward.

    9. 05-05-2004 02:41 PM #9
      God damn it.
      Why didn’t I think of that? Argh. I'll take some pics tonight, and then I'm going to go back and do that.
      I actually removed all the components, found computer mounting things, spent an hour to drill out all the right holes (in the box) and mounted the circuit’s right into the box. The plastic box unfortunately isn’t very sturdy so I was trying to find another way to do it. Your idea is perfect, thanks for the pic.
      Any one know if they make an adaptor for Mazda's? I'm so envious of my girl right it’s not fair that she gets all the cool gadgets.
      Rob Garand

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      06-17-2004 06:42 PM #10
      Any updats on the Ver.-2?

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      06-18-2004 12:22 PM #11
      you know what? I got side stepped on other projects....I gotta get back on this one....gimme a week or so!!
      Thanks for a kick in the ass! [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    12. 07-07-2004 10:57 PM #12
      Even Ver 1.0 looks as if it will disappear under the rear armrest of a Corrado much better than the original space-waster factory case... (yes, I'm still debating the PhatBox for the Corrado.) (It's already plug-n-play with the rest of the stereo I've got in there from a '99 Passat )
      Want to see Version 2.0 [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      07-08-2004 04:37 PM #13
      Many will be hating me as I have yet to get to V 2.0, just because v 1.0 works, and I haven't even pulled it out since I took the pics (read - lazy).
      I will eventually get to V 2.0, but for now I have not time nor real incentive (again read - lazy).
      I promise when I get time again, I will do a V 2.0. It will be the same, only cleaner looking, but function/form wise it will be the exact same thing.....
      someone else here, show me up! make a better box than me, give me some incentive.....

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      07-09-2004 10:15 AM #14
      I have a PhatBox on the way thanks to LuisV. I'll attempt to do a Ver. 2.

    15. 07-11-2004 06:02 AM #15
      Update.

      Phatbox harddisk is garbage. It recently died. I spent several weeks with Customer Support, reformatting, reloading, checking for errors ect. After all that, they determined it most likely suffered a severe jolt or jink and the internal disks are physically damaged (its just a lap-top hard drive after all). So I then ask If I send in the entire Phatbox or just the cartridge for warranty coverage (1 year). Neither. No Warranty coverage. The DMS cartridge is only covered for DOA, because it is not supported if it is used in any manner that may cause vibration, motion or shaking, such as walking with it, driving with it, shaking it ect. WTF.. However you can buy a replacement for $178
      Screw them. I will wait till Phatbox is discontinued and and pick up some new cartridges for cheap. Till then we purchased a pair of Ipods. Five Thousand times cooler, cheaper, and more useful. Ipods have built in alarm clocks, games, date book and planner, and a much better interface. Also iTunes owns Phatbox Music Manager. Lastly I purchased the iPods from Best-buy and they are covered by a 2 year replacement or coupon warranty. No receipt needed, no reason needed. Just bring it to the store with the box, they look you up in the computer and give you a voucher for original purchase price..
      Rob Garand


      Modified by Garand at 11:04 AM 7-11-2004

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      07-11-2004 08:20 PM #16
      Thanks for hijacking my PhatBox mod thread....
      This thread was trying to help out others with thier installs of the PhatBox, not wanting to hear that YOU were having warranty issues......
      back on topic....

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      07-13-2004 07:43 AM #17
      I got the Phatbox in last night. I did the same mod but a little different. It fits right at home in the CD changer spot. When I get my digi. cam batteries charged, I'll take pics.

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      07-14-2004 02:30 PM #18
      After making the same mod. I've noticed that it gets really hot. I was thinking of adding a few small computer fans. I wonder if I could hook at least one to the remote wire that runs to the back in the cd changer bundle. Does anyone have any ideas?


      Modified by vr6gtispeed at 3:04 PM 7-14-2004

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      07-14-2004 07:00 PM #19
      Here are a few pics of my PhatBox Mod. I mentioned above about it being kind of hot so I think I might try to use a heat sink and fan from an Intel PII processor. I’m not sure what I’m going to use to power the fan but I’ll work something out.








      Let me know what you think.


      Modified by vr6gtispeed at 7:02 PM 7-14-2004

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      07-15-2004 06:42 PM #20
      SCHWEET!!!!
      Great Job! Much cleaner than mine.....
      I also noted the heat issue, and just added an aluminum block w/heat sink grease (not pictured) to the existing heat sink.
      I don't think a fan is needed (as it's already been 110 here) and I've not encountered any overheating issues, but a fan couldn't hurt.
      You chould be able to get 12V (if that's what the PII fan runs on) from one of the PB leads, but you may have to put a RF choke on it to quash any RF from the fan motor.

      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      07-25-2004 02:13 AM #21
      Good work guys...I might have to try something like this when I buy a Music Keg which is Kenwood's version of the Phatbox...actually even licensed by Phatnoise.

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      07-25-2004 06:42 AM #22
      Hey that install is sweet. I really like it. I almost bought one too but I really want to see them make it hold video too! It shouldnt be too difficult to make it play video too. I guess that will come with the next generaton models!

    23. 04-26-2005 12:34 PM #23
      Has anyone else done this mod? I just ordered the $120 phatbox, and am planning to try this when it arrives. Is anybody who's done this willing to put together a step-by-step DIY so that an idiot like myself can figure it out?
      Thanks!!
      ROB

    24. 04-26-2005 10:30 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by 1.8TWolfsberg »
      Here you go Larry...nice work bro [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]






      Can anyone host these images again? I'd like to see them.
      ROB

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      05-05-2005 12:22 PM #25
      So you guys don't think heat will be a problem after doing this? I like the fan idea ... just don't want noise or any interference. I am doing this soon.
      [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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