ICE & HFT 2001 Type-V: Fit Nexus 7 Tablet, New Stereo System (Head Unit, Amps, Speakers, Sub)

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  1. AlHarris Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I've just bought a 2001 Type-V to replace an RX8 as my main car, primarily because I have another RX8 as a toy (400 BHP, twice the normal power, using a turbo-charged RX7 engine) and I couldn't find anything else that I liked. She'll mostly be used for doing the 200 miles each week that I do commuting to see my sons and the odd weekend away.

    Top of my list for now are a service, undersealing, fitting better summer tyres on the existing rims, getting winter tyres on another set of rims and replacing fuses with LED fuses (they light up when the fuse blows, a great help when your engine dies on a motorway at night, as happened to me once).

    So far, all so sensible. The rest of my list contains my plans to add a few bits and pieces that I took out of my last 2 RX8s before I sold them:
    Digital video recorders, one filming through the windscreen and one through the rear window, each recording a loop onto easily-removable SD cards.
    A new stereo head unit feeding an amp (either 2 x 155W RMS or 4 x 70W RMS), speakers (I have some Focal units bit I don't know yet if they'll fit), and sub with amp (500W mono or run off the rear of the 4 x 70W). What I fit depends on what speakers I can fit in her and my RX8.
    A Nexus 7 tablet in place of the sat nav to give me Bluetooth, recorded music, gauge display using an OBD dongle (if she has one . . . .), sat nav, phone control and anything else that I can think of.

    I'll do a write-up of the Nexus install with pics as I do it.

    My biggest issue so far is getting hold of a workshop/maintenance manual and wiring diagrams. I've spent a couple of hours searching here and on the internet that resulted only in my getting increasingly frustrated at finding nothing other than a US manual that may or may not apply.

    Added: Once I've done all that I'm tempted to do what I'm doing for my RX8, an aerodynamic assessment with wool tufts and pressure gauges then experiment with a few things to reduce the drag coefficient (quoted at 0.33; the RX8 is 0-30).
     
  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Re: 2001 Type-V: Fit Nexus 7 Tablet, New Stereo System (Head Unit, Amps, Speakers, Su

    Keep us posted on your various projects AH . Looking forward to the Nexus write up. 
     
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  3. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Re: 2001 Type-V: Fit Nexus 7 Tablet, New Stereo System (Head Unit, Amps, Speakers, Su

    I can tell you there is definitely Honda dealership software which go through the whole car inside and out floating on the internet, google Honda ESM Accord (hope that's okay mods?)
     
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  4. AlHarris Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Re: 2001 Type-V: Fit Nexus 7 Tablet, New Stereo System (Head Unit, Amps, Speakers, Su

    Alas, my build thread will be delayed.

    I've got all the bits, service manual, circuit diagrams, camera and time off for the rest of the week to do this, reversing camera, parking sensors, digital video recorder in windscreen, stainless steel brake lines and a full major service. :Smile:

    Then tonight, on the way back from seeing my kids, in the dark and wet, some Frenchman decides to turn left from the right hand lane of a roundabout without indicating just as I'm on his inside going straight on. BANG. I can't see the full extent of the damage in the dark and a quick torch inspection shows a badly mangled front wing and driver's door. The door opens only a couple of inches before it fouls on the wing. :Angry::Aghast::Frown::Frown::Frown::Frown::Frown:

    Alas, there's no point in changing things until I know whether she'll be repaired or written off. I know Type Vs normally sell for less than £1,000 and that an insurer would take the cheaper option of writing her off if she were a normal car. However, I paid a lot more than that as she's done only 38,000 miles and until now was in excellent condition having been cosseted and garaged most of her life by the previous owner.

    On the plus side, the other driver was pretty honest (at least at the time; people often have a change of heart after the shock has worn off) and I was able to record him saying that he was turning left from the right hand lane, that he hates driving at night and that he can't see very well at night. Also no-one was seriously hurt, albeit that I've now got a recurrence of the tennis elbow that I thought I'd finally got rid of 6 months ago.

    I'm an actuary by trade, so I work in an insurance company, am used to crunching numbers and know how the system works. If he and/or his insurer don't play ball then I'm off to a specialist solicitor straight away.
     
  5. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Oh man this sucks big time.. hope you can salvage the car fella :Blink:
     
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    Good to hear that all involved are all OK. Cars can be repaired/replaced, fingers crossed yours will be replaced repaired quickly.
    I find insurance move a lot quicker when its the other persons fault.
     
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    Any pictures of the damage buddy? :Frown:
     
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  8. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Any update on the car mate?
     
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  9. AlHarris Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Apologies for not updating, other things got in the way. After a long process, I'm keeping her and the accident damage was sorted yesterday.

    However, my other car needs some work doing to her now that is a higher priority for me. I'm therefore having to keep the Nexus project on hold for a while longer.
     
  10. exec Premium Member Club Supporter

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    rebuilding the wankel engine? :Tongue: any pics of the rx8?
     
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  11. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Got any updates for us @AlHarris - really interested in your Nexus 7 project :Smile:
     
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