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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 01-25-2005, 11:52 PM   #61
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I'd definately be up for it... considering you can buy a touch screen for only 80 bucks... that means for the 180 for the dash piece plus 80 for the screen plus the ps2 slim you could have a dvd player and ps2 in your car for only 300 bucks or so... when compared to a flip out unit, thats quite the deal... plus it would look damn cool. Would it be possible to attach the screen to the cars stereo?
What touch screen can you get for $80? Link?

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Old 01-26-2005, 08:24 AM   #62
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I'd definately be up for it... considering you can buy a touch screen for only 80 bucks...

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Old 01-26-2005, 01:23 PM   #63
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That is what I was thinking.... By the way I sent you a PM last week, never heard back.

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Old 01-26-2005, 01:26 PM   #64
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That is what I was thinking.... By the way I sent you a PM last week, never heard back.

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Sorry, lemme check.
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Old 01-26-2005, 04:14 PM   #65
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Sorry, lemme check.

Your faceplate looks great! Nice and clean. - to great craftsmanship!
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:18 PM   #66
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Is it possible to fit Xenarc 700TSV/700TS in that faceplate?
If yes.....when are you going to start selling it?
I'll be interested to buy one.
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Old 01-27-2005, 12:15 AM   #67
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So I take it you guys are completely against the idea of a "blank" that you can cut to your own spec for guages, etc? Everyone here wants us to pre-determine what monitor setups are right for you, and just pre-assemble it?

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Old 01-27-2005, 09:40 AM   #68
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So I take it you guys are completely against the idea of a "blank" that you can cut to your own spec for guages, etc? Everyone here wants us to pre-determine what monitor setups are right for you, and just pre-assemble it?

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Yes I think that is the general concensus
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Old 01-27-2005, 02:19 PM   #69
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Old 01-27-2005, 03:39 PM   #70
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Id do it at $100, but I would need to hold at least a 7" screen.
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Old 02-01-2005, 12:28 PM   #71
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any updates

any decisions made on this GB?
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Old 02-02-2005, 04:28 PM   #72
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any decisions made on this GB?
Since a lot of people want the screens already installed, i have to find a good quality screen and make these preinstalled. I'm sorry, but $80 touchscreens aren't going to cut it...you have a BMW, it will need a screen of moderate quality.

If someone wants to buy themselves a $80 touchscreen and have me install it in a blank, i may make arrangements to do that.

I'll give JLevi some screens I think will work well and you guys can vote on what you want installed.

Give me some feedback guys,.....

Screen Suggestions? Does it HAVE to be a Touch Screen?
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Old 02-02-2005, 04:34 PM   #73
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Would you still be able to make a blank if we want? Thanks Josh!
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Old 02-02-2005, 04:57 PM   #74
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Guys, this is a great concept and I hate to be a wet blanket, BUT since Jon posted the poll and is soliciting feedback, I think even at $150, it would be way overpriced. I don't necessarily see how, without a monitor, this would be different than say, all of the CF aftermarket shifter trim pieces or gauge trims that are readily available as low as $40.00. Again, while this application would be much cooler than those pieces, bottom line is that it's a fabricated piece of CF or plastic.
Don't get me wrong, I REALLY dig the ingenuity and passion for this!
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im paying 400 for custom monitor trim but hopefully the money is worth it in terms of quality.

prob should show a few pics of the trim then set a price.
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Guys, this is a great concept and I hate to be a wet blanket, BUT since Jon posted the poll and is soliciting feedback, I think even at $150, it would be way overpriced. I don't necessarily see how, without a monitor, this would be different than say, all of the CF aftermarket shifter trim pieces or gauge trims that are readily available as low as $40.00. Again, while this application would be much cooler than those pieces, bottom line is that it's a fabricated piece of CF or plastic.
Don't get me wrong, I REALLY dig the ingenuity and passion for this!
I guess the difference is this isn't mass produced.... as stated before... these are hand made for the most part. You said it yourself, "bottom line is that it's a fabricated piece of CF".... go to somebody, anybody and ask them how much they'll charge for a one time application. The first one I made, cost me about $400, and that didn't include my time.

My cost is about $30 for materials and overhead. Carbon Fiber, Epoxy, Vacuum Bagging Supplies (i.e. bleeder clother, breather fabric, bagging, plastic sheeting), Vacuum oil (needs to be replaced every 3 made), electricity...etc, etc.

If i were to make a couple hundred or so...i could spend more money on a more efficient system, but that's not the case.

Once it's off the mold, it needs to be trimmed, sanded, painted, fit, holes cut,.. and if a screen is being fit...it needs more work, including a backing support piece, more fitting, more supplies, etc.

About 4 hrs of work are needed after the piece comes off the mold (In addition to the 30mins to set up the epoxy process and 8hrs of wait time to cure).. So if I were to sell these at $40, my time is valued at less then $2.50/hr. Go to your local car install shop and see if their labor rates are this low.

This is supposed to be an option to resort to for those who want a LCD screen in their dash and keep the Business CD or whatever head unit they have in their current location.

I enjoy doing this kind of work especially since not a lot of people can do it for themselves. However, i have plenty of projects that I would like to do for myself and this effort has to be worth my freetime as well.


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Lafengas your price of $150 (has this been set?) is completely acceptable. I've priced other custom installs for a similar piece and the "shops" are trying to get $500.

There explanation (the shops), it's a one time piece and the set up cost will be at least $300 just for the mold work. They then need to be paid for the actual production of the piece and estimate it at an additional $200.

I know these shops usually charge excessive labor rates, so the $500 may be an overpriced quote, but I think it more than validates your right to ask for the $150 price. I assume your doing this on your free time, and I think we can all agree OUR free time is much more valuable time.

Currently I'm trying to close the deal on another piece that I've already started the process of buying, but if it falls through, I'd definately pay you the $150 for a blank.
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:15 AM   #78
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Lafengas, as mentioned in my email, I am very interested!

Especially if it came with a touchscreen already installed, in my last car I had a Lilliput 7" screen and I can recommend it.

Might be an idea if there is enough interest to provide two models e.g a VGA touchscreen model like the Lilliput for Car PC users and a Pioneer screen for those that don't.

Just an idea, but as I say would be very interested in the first model if you do one, fancy the idea of getting my car pc in the Bimmer.
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Old 02-05-2005, 01:37 PM   #79
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I've only just been directed to this thread, great idea, I would be absolutely interested.

I would love a blank to cut to size, I'm getting a 6.8" Necvox screen and I'd be happy to modify to fit.

Let us know how this works out, but as I said, definitely interested
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