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I want one in my RANGER!!!! And.....one in the bed of my ranger!!!!!!!
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I want one in my RANGER!!!! And.....one in the bed of my ranger!!!!!!!
so whats stopping you
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Well tonight i did some more sanding and i have my bezel at a point where im happy with how it looks, i have a few imperfections i still need to touch up on the underside but i got a little carried away with the primer so its all gooey and ill have to wait until tomorrow.

I did manage to get some primer and paint on the front bezel, this paint is weird, i dont really like rattle can jobs ever but it seemed like it would do the job nicely, but i may end up just going with a satin black.


Touching up small things with body filler now.
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Finished filling in the gaps where the hinges used to be.
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What i did to fill them, since the panel is so thin and flimsy, i took my retired under 21 license plate i found in the closet, flattened out a corner and cut out some small squares for fillers that would give me some strength as well, glued them in place behind the holes and filled in over with some fiberglass filler.

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Just look at that clean edge
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Heres the paint i picked up, believe it or not this has been the most expensive part of this build at about 14 bucks.
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The pictures of the paint is before clear, i have to wait 48 hours before i can hit them with some rubbing compound and try and shine em up.


What you guys think on the color?




C.O.D time, time for some jumping 360 shots, if anyone cares to join in on the festivities haha.

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Looks great so far!
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you sir are a mad man.... very nice. this is awsome
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Fa sho man, i still get the heebiejeebies sometimes knowing it only takes one bridged solder connection to destroy something, iv put my share of ps2's and xbox's in the garbage i can tell you that you just accept the risk and try some things and know when to back away from whats over your head.

Got anything specific you'd like to make for your ride?
i want to try led's around the inside of my ride but nothing crazy and new like your doing. i found out i am not the best with the soldering gun early on. i have a few xboxs that dont really work ive been meaning to mess with. no idea what to do with them tho.
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i want to try led's around the inside of my ride but nothing crazy and new like your doing. i found out i am not the best with the soldering gun early on. i have a few xboxs that dont really work ive been meaning to mess with. no idea what to do with them tho.
Check out the last 2 led project i did recently, one for a customer, and one for myself.

This guy is obsessed with this whole cornhole game, i haven't heard of it until he mentioned what he wanted to do, but i did 2 of these boards to match (just the led lighting) he did the construction and had a shop pront the vinyl decal. The flasher is only about 25 bucks, pretty neat and LOTs of ways to in cooperate it





Custom board for a sheriff • Cornhole Players :: Cornhole Game Forum | Rules | Building Info

This is more automotive related and super easy, simply replaced the bulbs in my chevys gauge cluster and hvac controls with gigantic 10mm diffused leds.

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All the dash pics are from my original carpc build in my blazer, if anyone wants to check out the full thred, which is still in progress...just slowly...haha heres the link, tons of pics, almost step by step and has good examples of working with fiberglass and different techniques of molding that i might help explain some things to some.

LayItLow.com Forums -> Carpc Build


So, if you need any help with an led project, id be glad to help
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Nice!
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yea i read about the cornhole game on the layitlow forum or on here. i forget. once i get cash saved up ill def look into all of this and message you on it. just bought a motorcycle that kinda has stole all my cash of lately.
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Awesome!!! Do mine next!!!
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I like how you have the gauges that tell you PSI and all ........ I just get lights lol
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I like how you have the gauges that tell you PSI and all ........ I just get lights lol
Remember those gauges are from my chevy, not the mazda and just posted them as an example, although with dashcommnd by palmer performance ill have almost the exact gauge layout and may even eventually get rid of my conventional gauge cluster for a digital on screen version.




Thats the default gauges but are fully customizable...somehow or another..
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I do believe iv found a new reason for living, i wasnt aware polk made a beastly 5 channel amplifier thats absolutely perfect in every way for my planned setup.

Check out this bad boy, im sure ill be getting one here in a few weeks or so, along with some of the polk db series 10s or possibly 12s =D!!!

Polk Audio - PA Series Amplifiers Overview & Models



Just check out these specs, all listed as continuous output.

4 channel output
80 watts x 4 (@ 4 ohm)
125 watts x 4 (@ 2 ohm)

mono channel output
and 600 watts x 1 (@ 1 ohm)
280 watts x (@ 4 ohm)

98dBA Signal to noise ratio, impressively high.

250 mV to 7.5 volt input ranges.

3x40 amp fuses, total of 120 amps of maximum draw, check the math folks, 120amps X 14v (average volts) = a total of 1680 maximum watts of output total, this thing is just impressive... with all the ingrediants for loud, clean, obnoxious music.
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Update folks!!!

Iv got some paint on my bezel now, after coats i stopped spraying and havent put any clear on, i noticed i have some blatent imperfections i somehow missed lol, sadly ill have to wait until after the holiday festivities to go back and touch them up, it will be worth it to me.

Anywho, iv manage to secure my mobo, the thing that's supposed to be a heat sink, hard drive and battery pack down snugly, i picked up some high efficiency thermal paste for the processor and what i believe is the gpu.

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Heres my bezel after some paint, no clear coat.

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Everything looks to be working, i had an issue with the pc audio only on one channel, i know its not a problem with the female jack i extended since it still works with my ipod. i may have to solder directly to the motherboard for audio, duno yet havent had a chance to diagnose really.

I need to trim the backside of the faceplate trim ring, it hits on the top corners a little and is going to chip paint if i dont tend to it before final paint and clear.

Little quarks expected as always,, they will all get worked out here soon enough.


Heres a fancy video even to check it out in action, still using spare usb keyboard and mouse for testing, no narration as im terrible as commentary.



What do you guys think, overall im happy on the outcome

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Very very clean work!
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Thank you sir, i do my best to keep things clean.. and as awesome as possible.

Also, forgot to mention it but tomorrow i still need to wire up a relay, and open up and hardwire my little ac power adapter so this thing will charge when the ignition is on, seal the ac center ac duct and mount my cooling fan, and also scavenge myself a surface mount momentary button and solder on some extension leads for the power button.

Im thinking about using some magnetic reed switches hidden behind a panel or maybe the mirror to toggle the on/off switch with out a physically visable button, and maybe using my alarms trunk output as a remote way to boot the pc, would match the remote start perfectly

So many ideas, so little time.
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Thank you sir, i do my best to keep things clean.. and as awesome as possible.

Also, forgot to mention it but tomorrow i still need to wire up a relay, and open up and hardwire my little ac power adapter so this thing will charge when the ignition is on, seal the ac center ac duct and mount my cooling fan, and also scavenge myself a surface mount momentary button and solder on some extension leads for the power button.

Im thinking about using some magnetic reed switches hidden behind a panel or maybe the mirror to toggle the on/off switch with out a physically visable button, and maybe using my alarms trunk output as a remote way to boot the pc, would match the remote start perfectly

So many ideas, so little time.
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This thing just get awesomer all the time. That would be so sweet to have.

How much money do you think you have invested?
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My investment in its full total, including the netbook, head unit, and supplies would be somewhere around 375 dollars, considering i already had all the hardware and salvaged what ever extra parts i needed, my current investment out of pocket is somewhere around 25 bucks.
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On a side note, with the addition of the polk coaxials i ordered, were 120, the polk 5 channel pa1100.5 i plan to get in the next few weeks for 340, and 2 10" polk db series woofers for about 65 each.

Would add on another 590 or so before fiberglassing materials for the enclosures and flushing the amplifier in.
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Remember those gauges are from my chevy, not the mazda and just posted them as an example, although with dashcommnd by palmer performance ill have almost the exact gauge layout and may even eventually get rid of my conventional gauge cluster for a digital on screen version.




Thats the default gauges but are fully customizable...somehow or another..
Yeah I know, I was just stating I like that as opposed to mine lol.
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Yeah I know, I was just stating I like that as opposed to mine lol.
Well, then muh bad yo haha.
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Well, then muh bad yo haha.
It's all good.
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wow dude.... cant wait to see the finished product
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wow dude.... cant wait to see the finished product
That makes 2 of us lol
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