looks awesome man! great job.
But yeah, like he said. I have a garage full of parts ready to go into this thing. My full votex kit will be painted over the winter. I'm waiting for my 2nd set of wheels to get here (should be wednesday or next week) and begin refinishing them. I have quite a few interior things to do. Maybe do a full interior swap with a CC over the winter. Also putting together an insane multimedia system for this car and moderate stereo upgrades. I care much more about convienece and luxury than I do about being ostentatious.
I did this in 20 days, just imagine what I can do between h2o and SoWo.
Holy crap. Its been a month since I've updated this thread? Well...nothings happend in a month.
So, heres my winter set up.
And heres my next project.
Okay, so I built a CarPC for my old car. Its just sitting in a box and needs to be revived. So, I'm starting to re-do my set up and prep it for my B6. This is my very very early introduction post. I'll update much more tomorrow.
Heres my mobo and the whole set up. Basically its just a desktop mobo with a tiny footprint..
Its an Intel D510MO board integrated Intel Atom 1.66 dual core.
Using the M2-ATX power supply which converts 12v to 18v which is what the PC is nice and happy running at. It has a few trick features. It hesitate booting until it senses the car's voltage stabilize at 12v. Does the same with shutting down. When you key off, it shuts down the car. PC runs for 15-20 seconds and shuts down into hibernate.
Its just 2gb of ram, onboard wifi, Intel HD Audio integrated card.....pretty basic features.
One of the big things I'm doing is convertion from an HDD to a SSD. I'm actually only going to run the SSD as a boot drive to work my O/S and basic programs and having a 2nd internal HD (500gb) for media storage. Advantage is incredible boot times, opening programs quickly...shutting down quickly, things of that nature. Its something you don't really think about.....but you really do want your radio to work the second you key your car on. Waiting 30-45 seconds is way more annoying than you'd think.
I'm just running an Lilliput EB701 screen. I had to make my own and fit it to the dash kit MP3 car sells. Apparently they sell them pre-made. But heres a pic of my screen going together.
I'm going to be using the same screen. Its 7" LCD touchscreen VGA input with secondary for backup camera. Haven't decided if I want to utilize the backup camera or not since I didn't get park-a-tronic.
Highly recommend the Metra dash kit. Works seamlessly with this build
Installed screen in the old car.
Screen shot using CF and embedded dash command.
Also another upgrade I'm looking into is doing a true 5.1 surround sound system. I'm really having trouble figuring out how to do this given my onboard sound card and my inability to upgrade to another.....So we'll see what happens with that.
Basic goals are
Studio quality sound
On board diagnostics in real time
Changes from my old set up will include the switch from WinXP to Win7, conversion from Centrafuse for a front end to RoadRunner (possibly) Switching from Dash Command and ELM dongle to Micro Can and Vag-com. Making the screen look better, being able to individually control each stage, higher quality audio, maybe looking into multiple screens. Also would like to some how integrate a nob into my set up some how. I want to mimic the style of iDrive or Command system, I just want it to be user friendly. The nob is totally astetic and used much like a mouse would be. The only advantage is I won't have to lean ever so slightly forward to touch the screen.
Why CarPC not a normal Nav unit?
Cost. Features, and ability to upgrade. Normal aftermarket unit costs $1,200-1,500 Factory Nav units are close to $2k. I used a bum netbook I got from a friend for free and have less than 1/4 of that into the whole build. PC offers better sound processing ability. PC has the ability to upgrade and change as your needs do. Its totally custom, unique and fun. If you don't like something, just change it. This isn't possible with a factory or aftermarket nav system.
So yeah, stay tuned. Its one of my winter projects. I'm just awaiting a 6 channel amp, a "receiver" to process it into 5.1, my SSD, and a few odds and ends. I'm also renovating my air ride set up so both these builds will going on simultaneously. Be patient. It may be worth it.
So, did an inventory today, This is what it looks like out of the box. The only thing missing from here is power wire from the distribution block, ground from the distro block, remote and thats it. Just a matter of running all these wires to their respective places.
Thanks for all the kind words.
The bra came from local dealership for $35, and is totally over engineered. Theres about 20 clips 4 snaps and 2 pieces of velcro that hold that sucker on. Such a PITA, but so worth it. My front end is jacked with road chips and is going to have to be resprayed anyway. Thats how I got it though.
There will be a horn for next year. Saw way too many people with them at h2o not to. It will be hidden and secret and not working off the regular horn switch though.
CarPC is in progress, but its mostly happening inside my house. I'm awaying on an dc/ac adapter so I can plug this puppy into my house and get all the programing done before I have to install it in my car and try and trouble shoot from there. All I'll say is there are a couple tricks up my sleeve that carPC allows
Right now the car gets driven maybe a total of 10 miles a week, and its winter, and the cars under construction. Tint is in the works, but no need yet. I'd rather have fresh tint for show season.......same with my votex kit. I'm not going to risk breaking it until I show it off a couple times
Car will be going up on jackstands either next weekend or the following and the whole trunk rebuild and carPC build, and a lot of things will be happening. Soooo yeah be patient, It'll be a long winter
Every time I see these insane air-setups in a trunk, it looks more like some contraption used to launch the attack Trunk Monkey at whomever attempt to steal the car.
Updating a little more, Did this a couple months ago. Got my inspiration from a few other people doing this, so I did it too. Brushed steel.
So, I don't want to modify too much of the car itself. I like the B6 just how it came from the factory mostly. So it's all OEM+ type stuff. Unfortunately I won't e able to swap steering wheels out until after SoWo, but it will get done. That awful 4 spoke has got to go.
Got to clean up these brakes some how. I was thinking about a blue caliper since they're just unpainted .:R brakes anyway. Thoughts? I'm not sending it off or doing anything crazy. its got to be one of those off the shelf kits.
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Yes, its just 3m Brushed Steel Vinyl. They have it in 3 shades that I could find, and all kinds of woograin. I got it all off ebay for <$50. Really easy to do if you have any experience working with vinyl.
As for the CarPC, its still just sitting in my closet. I sold my mobo and a couple of other things that were just old though. I got one of those knock off Nav units for China and it works just about as well it just doesn't connect to the internet. Which is okay I guess. It'd be nice. Its just soooo much work to install a CarPC and has such a large footprint that I kinda axed the idea in the way of having a really clean trunk set up for air ride. Bummer, I know.