Acura mini-itx project reborn

Published by Andrew Hreschak in Acura ITX Car Computer, general information, installation overview
Published on 11/18/05 @ 10:36:00 am using 3279 words, and has 59493 views

Removing the front console (cont'd)

Removing the front consoleRemoving the front console: Removing mount screws (photo #37)

Next we remove the two screws on either side of the on-board diagnostics (OBD) port. It's visible if you look straight into the empty space where the cubby back wall used to sit. You'll need a relatively long screwdriver for this one, the Leatherman wouldn't reach. Be very careful when you have the screws out. You're working pretty deep inside the dashboard and it's difficult to get a hand in there to hold onto the screws. If they fall inside you'll have a nice rattle somewhere down the line.

Next, empty any coins, etc, that you have in the "Not an Ashtray" tray. You've been warned!

Removing the front consoleRemoving the front console: Removing front console (photo #39)

For the next step, you'll have to start the car and put it into a low gear. The reason for this is that the housing we're removing will not clear the gear shift. I started the car and put it in 3rd. (Remember to keep your foot on the brake through this entire procedure. It's easy to get distracted by what you're doing and let the car roll forward). The console should now release, with a pretty solid popping sound. You'll have to lift it over the shifter (photo #39), and lay it down on the floor in the passenger's side. Now shut off the ignition.

Removing the front consoleRemoving the front console: Disconnecting the power port (photo #40)

The last step involves disconnecting the power block (photo #40) from the front power port (the one to the right of the "Not an Ashtray" tray). It comes apart pretty easily, at which point the entire console can be removed and set aside. Now that our entire console and dashboard area look completely ghetto, we're ready to start doing our measurements for fitting whatever we want to fit in there.

Since I won't be able to work on this on a daily basis, I plan to wrap each of the exposed power blocks in plastic and secure them with zipties or rubber bands, mainly to keep dust and other particulates out of the pins.

My dashboard looks ghettoWe're done for now: My dashboard looks ghetto (photo #41)

Here's what we're left with after day one... I'm going to take the next week (or more) to do some measurements and look for material from which to fashion a replacement faceplate that will match either the grey of the dashboard, or the woodgrain of the trim. I'll also need to figure out if the stock headunit mounting frame will be usable for the LCD and new headunit, or if I'm going to have to look to an aftermarket mounting kit or fabricate a custom chassis to house the headunit and touch screen.

Stay tuned...! (or jump ahead to the completed Acura ITX system installed in the car)

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