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View Poll Results: Would you be interested in this custom trim?
Yes, I this Josh's labor is worth $180 39 21.08%
Yes, but I would pay a maximum of $150 86 46.49%
No, this is overpriced and unnecessary. 60 32.43%
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Old 01-21-2005, 12:07 PM   #21
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$180 is WAY to high for plastic trim...... i would pay $150-$180 for CF but not the plastic
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Old 01-21-2005, 12:21 PM   #22
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I'd love one of these to use with a dayton vdo screen. Where can i buy one from and will you ship to the Uk
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Old 01-21-2005, 01:12 PM   #23
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i might be interested if it included a screen
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how about a molding for those who want to move the AC down and clear out the OEM HU unit that way the whole screen can be moved up.
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I'll talk to Josh.
Basically, this thing is carbon fiber for strength - so whether or not you get a CF finish, you pay for the material and the INCREDIBLY difficult labor.

I'll see about monitors, too
You would be able to hook up anything you wanted in there - DVD, nav, carputer, w/e

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Old 01-21-2005, 05:53 PM   #26
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I'd definately pay the $150 +/- dollar range. The OEM part that I've already bought will only fit a monitor in the 6-1/2" x 3-3/4" size range.

If you start selling this part, I'll scrap the OEM piece and buy one of yours.

FYI - OEM part cost $161 + S&H = $180 (Pic below)
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:57 PM   #27
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The oem part is plastic, mass produced, and doesn't have the specs you want - yet people will pay $180 for THAT?!

I was thinking about a $100 price point until Josh told me what's involved - each trim is hand made... and I'll be paying him a LOT of money to make these.
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Let me know when you have some for sale.
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:14 AM   #29
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Jon your a great guy, you ve taken care of me so many times.

so here we go. i personally think its UGLY.. its all about Rich's setup to be honest with you guys.

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What about us cabriolet drivers? My M# would love one!
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Old 01-23-2005, 11:23 AM   #32
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Ever thought of making that piece leather-wrapped (kinda like how LeatherZ does for the VDO guages)?
It may be able to blend in more than that plastic.
Somehow... that plastic doesn't look like it blends with the OEM plastic.
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Ever thought of making that piece leather-wrapped (kinda like how LeatherZ does for the VDO guages)?
It may be able to blend in more than that plastic.
Somehow... that plastic doesn't look like it blends with the OEM plastic.

thats exactly what i was trying to say..
but this looks very hott





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Is that Xenarc Screen that somebody posted a good touchscreen?

Also i would be very interesting if it was less than $180
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Old 01-24-2005, 02:20 PM   #35
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Nice Trim

Definitely interested if it came with a touchscreen. Understand the high price with the labor involved but would probably be wiling to spend around $220 with a nice quality touch screen.
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The touch screen alone will cost more than that I would think.

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I'm gonna have to agree with sheef BUT, That package is just stupidly priced. 450 For a piece of plastic he wants, I got my Front bumper for cheaper for that, I got my LIP for cheaper than that. I swear if we went with that it'd be welll over 1000, I think What Levi offers is GREAT because its so useful and AFFORDABLE at the same time. Althought I do think that the way it buldges out on the side kinda makes it stray away from the OEM look which I'd like to keep... It doesn't look as clean as i'd like it but in CF that wouldn't be a problem I don't think as much.
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i m sure rich would do a group buy tho and offer these guys good prices
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Wow, i idn't even know this thread existed 'til now

Alright... I'll try to answer some questions and misconceptions here...

Frist a little history. I made this piece for myself because I purchased a Pioneer Navigation unit, wanted the touch screen, but didn't want to lose my factory head unit. I personally don't smoke and only used my "sunglasses" compartment for pens. It seemed like an ideal spot for my Navigation touch screen.

So I made a mold (which was needed for my process to form the Carbon Fiber)

The picture posted is my unit and the first unit I made. I only used a flat black spray paint with some added texture to get what you see... I didn't do much researching to get the actual plastic to match 100%, I CAN find a better alternative... such as the application used for the other dash piece mentioned in this thread, not a problem.

1.) it's Made of Carbon Fiber. I used Carbon Fiber only because I have a lot of it handy and do other projects using this material. It is not a piece made of plastic.

2.) It DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE A LCD SCREEN. The unit will be made as a "blank". It'll have a hole cut out for the factory button strip and the rest will be left as "open space". This open space can be used for whatever you wish, I can't custom make one application that will suit everybody's needs.

You can put gauges, head units, whatever you wish in this area. There is a reasonable amount of room behind this trim piece to put a lot of things. The actual USUABLE area on the faceplate is 7.625" x 4.25"

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Faceplate has a pre cut hole to accomodate the button strip, Over 7 1/2" x 4" area is left open for YOUR creativity, what ever you wish to put in its place.

As far as pricing goes, I gave Jon a number that I would like to receive given the amount of material, overhead costs, and about 4hrs of physical labor to make these worth my time. I enjoy doing this kind of work, it's a hobby and I take a lot of pride in my craftsmanship. If you don't like it or it doesn't suit your needs, that's fine, I understand. But I know several people who wish to keep their Factory Business Head unit and have no other alternative for increasing the ammount of usable dash space.

Bottom line is it's a hand made custom piece using quality materials, I've seen lesser go for a lot more here on the forums.

Here's what the piece would look like as a "BLANK" (minus the hole cut for the factory button strip)



Everybody's oppinions are welcome. I know not everybody can use this particular item, i just wish one was available when I needed it. It would have saved me a lot of time, money, and aggravation.


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Interesting..maybe I can put my gauges there
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