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#1 NorthernPhil

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Posted 28 February 2021 - 11:28 PM

I'm plotting some things, one of which would require chopping a hole in the top of the dashboard... which I have concerns about. Not the fact that I need to cut a hole, but HOW to do it.

 

As the top surface of the Bora's dash is that odd rubberised "soft touch" stuff, I have a couple of questions I need some input on.

 

Question number one: What is the most effective way of cutting this stuff? Brand new Stanley blade? Dremel?

 

Question number two: How do I make the edges of the cut look decent? Careful application of a heated edger? 3D print a "collar" for the hole and glue it in?

 

I'm assuming chopping holes in the top of the dash is fairly uncommon, but has anyone here done it? Or know anyone who has done it?




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Posted 01 March 2021 - 01:11 PM

all depends how exposed the hole is going to be... i would recommend using a hole saw or just drill a hole the soft material won't burn or anything like that.. (it'll have some melted sides in the hole you drill or hole saw.. but if you go and hack it you'll want to create something that makes a nice base/edge around that hole...  



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Posted 01 March 2021 - 07:39 PM

The intention is to have the end product looking like a OEM thing. 

 

What is actually going into the hole will be 3D printed, so I guess I'll just build a collar/lip into the design.



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Posted 02 March 2021 - 08:09 AM

Where are you doing this hole?  Obviously access will be difficult depending if you have it near the windscreen.  Go to a breakers and try?


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Posted 02 March 2021 - 09:19 PM

...wonder what it might be?

 

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 09:54 PM

Where are you doing this hole?  Obviously access will be difficult depending if you have it near the windscreen.  Go to a breakers and try?

 

Cabin-facing, not close to the windscreen.



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Posted 02 March 2021 - 09:54 PM

...wonder what it might be?

 

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 08:05 AM

it might be a big 10 inch screen, that is on a pop up mechanism? ( sweet idea... but know it won't be that lol) maybe just some central placed driver facing pod-less gauges ?  



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Posted 04 March 2021 - 03:57 PM

it might be a big 10 inch screen, that is on a pop up mechanism? ( sweet idea... but know it won't be that lol) maybe just some central placed driver facing pod-less gauges ?  

 

He says 'cabin facing', so um, perhaps it's a piggy bank for him to put his loose change in to fix it when he finds it doesn't work!


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Posted 05 March 2021 - 03:55 PM

I don't want to say yet, as I'm not sure if/when I'll actually do it. I will say I haven't seen it done before, though.

Also, already planning on a screen on the head unit.



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Posted 07 March 2021 - 12:24 PM

I don't want to say yet, as I'm not sure if/when I'll actually do it. I will say I haven't seen it done before, though.

Also, already planning on a screen on the head unit.

 

How are you gonna attach the screen?

 

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Posted 07 March 2021 - 05:52 PM

How are you gonna attach the screen?

 

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I'm looking at getting a Pioneer AVH-Z7200DAB, so the screen is part of the unit. Single DIN with motorised screen, so less obvious to any thieves, and I get to keep my cubby-hole.



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Posted 07 March 2021 - 08:55 PM

I'm looking at getting a Pioneer AVH-Z7200DAB, so the screen is part of the unit. Single DIN with motorised screen, so less obvious to any thieves, and I get to keep my cubby-hole.

 

Right, know what you're up to now. 


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Posted 08 March 2021 - 03:56 PM

What do you think I'm doing?

The Pioneer unit, and its screen, will be going in the standard radio cage position.

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Posted 08 March 2021 - 08:22 PM

What do you think I'm doing?

The Pioneer unit, and its screen, will be going in the standard radio cage position.

 

...never said it wasn't.  :fortune:



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Posted 08 March 2021 - 09:37 PM

...never said it wasn't.  :fortune:

 

Wait, now I'm confused...







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