UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter


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UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by Stew » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:20 pm



Not sure how many panels you have to sell to make it worth your while, but if you were thinking about another such item please consider a DIN radio adapter. If it could be done for about the same price as the UNOBTAINIUM 2.0 panels I would put my money where my mouth is and be your first customer :) Those gauge panels you made are such good quality, you've got me wanting more!

Without stealing anyone's ideas of course, something along the lines of these... as far as I can tell no one is currently making any such item anymore.







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19,119 miles when I got it from dad Oct 15, 2017 --- 25,245 miles and counting as of Mar 23, 2019!

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Re: UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by oldmopars » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:16 pm

I would think that there would be more interest in a set up like in this post: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50410
There are very few DIN radios that are water proof. However there are several Marine style radios that include MP3 and AUX inputs that most riders want.
Single DIN radios are still out there, but so few newer cars use them and the interest in CDs is going away for other digital media, they may go the way of knob radios. Still there, but few.

If I could dream, it would be that someone created an adapter that would plug into the 1500 where the radio plugs in and is an AUX input. Remove the radio, turn it into a storage box like I have done and just have a AUX wire and maybe a USB input also.

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Re: UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by bluthundr31 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:27 pm

Both of those single DIN mounting panel designs look nice. For riding purposes though, neither of them is "angled" for easy reading to change modes, or channels. I have no idea what the cost of those panels are, and I haven't found any available. Personally, I would prefer having the "face" of the radio "looking up" at the riders eyes making it MUCH easier to see what the radio is doing.

There are A TON of marine quality, waterproof, single DIN radios out there with Bluetooth capability, USB ports, Aux-in ports, and all the other features most of us are looking for. The round, or "oval" face marine radios are great too, large buttons and clear "readouts".

That Jensen radio that Smack67 installed is EXACTLY what many riders would be happy with. Waterproof, Bluetooth, USB, and Aux-in is great, ,but the power and output of the unit is VERY acceptable for the cost. The OEM radios are getting to be almost 20-33 years old, and the cost of "fixing" them is getting outrageous, , , thats IF you can get someone to diagnose it AND fix it.

If that Jensen has only 2.5" depth, it would EASILY fit in a "hole" that was 3" deep. I think I have a decent idea about what to do, , , , , I know of a "blank" panel that bolts to the same mounting holes on the centershelter as the OEM radio uses, , AND this panel has a cassette door cover for a seamless look. There is 3" of clearance between the air filter and the front (closest to dash), and 3.5" clearance between the air filter at the point where the centershelter angles downward toward the gas door.

That Jensen radio would look GREAT here, , , (This dual radio is a single DIN that is fine when the "body" is detached from the "face" and set on a plate.)



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Re: UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by bluthundr31 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:31 pm

Not sure how I did it, , , but, without warning, the speakers of my $20 radio quit working. So I bought a new radio for $13.99 (Wallyworld), slapped it in, and its all good-to-go. I must've blown a circuit on the old radio. I figure if I blow a radio every 12-18 months, it'll take about 10 years before it stops being "cost-effective".
The bluetooth pairs to my headset and iPhone, the Aux-in plays music from the phone, and using the NAVI app on the phone I never get "lost". The USB port charges the phone so i never have to worry about the phone going dead. The USB port also plays MP3's from a thumbdrive when reception in the hills/mtns gets too bad. "loudness" ON/OFF is great for freeway speeds, and selective equalizer helps with clarity.
Mama is "partial" to the fact that the remote control lets her "over-ride" my choice in music. This setup is a "quantum leap" ahead of the crappy little Kenwood radio (stuffed in the left fairing pocket) that came standard from Honda.
The "blank-off" panel was the key to being able to use 21st century technology for all of my "music" needs, and I wouldn't go back for any amount of money, , , ,

This pic shows the Dual radio on my beast, and the "thumbdrive" is in the USB port. The Aux-in is unplugged for the pic.



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Re: UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by oldmopars » Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:13 am

bluthundr31 wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:31 pm
Not sure how I did it, , , but, without warning, the speakers of my $20 radio quit working. So I bought a new radio for $13.99 (Wallyworld), slapped it in, and its all good-to-go. I must've blown a circuit on the old radio. I figure if I blow a radio every 12-18 months, it'll take about 10 years before it stops being "cost-effective".
The bluetooth pairs to my headset and iPhone, the Aux-in plays music from the phone, and using the NAVI app on the phone I never get "lost". The USB port charges the phone so i never have to worry about the phone going dead. The USB port also plays MP3's from a thumbdrive when reception in the hills/mtns gets too bad. "loudness" ON/OFF is great for freeway speeds, and selective equalizer helps with clarity.
Mama is "partial" to the fact that the remote control lets her "over-ride" my choice in music. This setup is a "quantum leap" ahead of the crappy little Kenwood radio (stuffed in the left fairing pocket) that came standard from Honda.
The "blank-off" panel was the key to being able to use 21st century technology for all of my "music" needs, and I wouldn't go back for any amount of money, , , ,

This pic shows the Dual radio on my beast, and the "thumbdrive" is in the USB port. The Aux-in is unplugged for the pic.
Dual radio.JPG
You still have not said where the "Blank off" panel came from. WHere did you get it? Is it OEM or aftermarket?

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Re: UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by tnt9339 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:50 pm

The 91 Interstate had a Clarion radio, I believe, in the left pocket and the blank panel in place of the Aspencade radio/cassette. It is no longer available. I have been looking on eBay for one for what seems like forever.
Hopefully bluthundr31 will get it worked out and we can have new ones.

Tony

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Re: UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by bluthundr31 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:45 pm

yep, it's all in the hands of the "vendor" now, , , ,cosmetically, it will "look" just like the original '91 Interstate panel from the top, and bolt up the same way. I worked on modifying the "legs" so they're a bit more "beefy" and since there are only three of them, I wanted them to hold up for a bit more weight. I'm changing to the same material that is used for the Unobtainium 2.0 panels and the positive feedback from the guys who bought them have supported my opinion that it is stronger/sturdier than the original. The blank-off panels will be BLACK.

The Marine radios with a short (<3") "body" with all the bells and whistles for the 21st century technology will make your group, or solo riding so much better. There is some good information about being able to match up the wiring so that the handlebar controls will work too!! Figuring all that out is WAY above my pay-grade though, , but it's being done for sure.

I'll give more information out as I get it. THANKS

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Re: UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by T_birdman » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:31 pm

So who is putting this together? Throwing myself in the hat as a potential customer! Would love to upgrade to the 21st century stereo scene! Has the "Mech-less" option been considered? No moving parts, easy to encase to make more water-resistant, BT and AUX capable. I'd definitely like to be brought up to speed on the progress of this whole concept, please!

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Re: UNOBTAINIUM 3.0 PANEL? DIN adapter

Post by bluthundr31 » Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:37 pm

The "Gauge panel" has a label of "Unobtainium 2.0". The "Blank-off" panel is being labelled "Unobtainium 2.1". Since both panels were unobtainable, and almost impossible to find, , , I figured it'd be the logical choice. BOTH PANELS ARE BEING MADE IN THE USA.

Because the Unobtainium 2.1 panel will have to support some weight, (radio's are less than 2lbs usually), I have increased the gussets on the legs, and increased the "ribbing" on the underside of the panel. From the top, it will be cosmetically identical to the original, but I had doubts that the original would support much weight. I have also had the vendor increase the amount of "High Temp Resin" for these panels to resolve any heat issues with direct sunlight. The panels will be BLACK.

As stated earlier, there is 3" of clearance,(from the panel to the top of the air filter housing), in the forward part of the panel closest to the dash panel. There is 3.5" clearance, (from the panel to the top of the air filter housing), at the point where the panel slopes downward to meet the gas cap door. Any waterproof Marine radio (or standard "indoor" radio) with a "body length in excess of 3-3.5" with a "face" that can be detached from the body but connected with the mfg. ribbon cable can be installed easily. Mount the face on the panel, and secure the "body" of the radio to a thin metal plate using the same "mounting" tabs/holes used by the "legs" of the panel.

Any member interested should PM me so I can put you on the list to be notified when the panels come in. I'll start an "UNOBTAINIUM 2.1" thread once I get them.



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