Originally Posted by JeffB
Here it is in short:
Replace CD changer with compact or laptop computer.
Install approx 8" water resistant touchscreen above the gauges.
Integrate with PCS data phone and WiFi.
Try to do it all for the price of a multipurpose GPS.
Great idea. there is few pitalls with it, but if the military can have a laptop that can be run over by a hummer and the lappie still runs, then why cant you do this to your lt.
for a waterproof touch screen i would go looking thru a marine shop for starters.i bet you could find one if you looked in the right place, im sure the boaties already have them for their gps syetms and the likes.
for a small pc, there is a few options. you could mount a notebook in the pannier and use an external screen, but you would perhaps have to disable the switch in the laptop that send it to sleep when the lcd is shut.this way you can mount the lappie in the pannier and keep the lcd screen shut on it and it keeps working.
the other thing to watch would be heat build up in the pannier. you need something that is alows air to circulate and is also water resistant. the only thing that comes to mind is coretex i think its called. there is some motorcycle suits around made of this stuff.infact one of my brothers has a suit made from this stuff and swears by it in rain/hail or shine. when its pouring rain and hes riding, he stays dry but wind still passes thru the jacket.
what you would do with the coretex is cut a hole or tow inside the pannier at the rear of the pannier.cover the hole with coretex and seal it there with my favourite stickem down thing, JB weld. you would want at least one hole about 2 or 3 inches round in the pannier, close to the exhaust fan on the lappie.
i doubt a off the shelf hard drive would survice the vibrations on the lt with out extra vibration dampeining. having said that, about 6 years ago maybe more, i saw a IBM thinkpad (cant remember the model, but it was pretty old, it was a pentium 166 with about a 40 gig hdd) that had fallen off the back of a Telstra 4WD at 100 kilometers an hour and it was inside its carry case and landed in bulldust on a station. it was picked up, dusted off and it still worked, not even the lcd screen was smashed!!! (if i hadnt of seen it with my own eyes, i would never had believed it)
a keyboard for the unit would be fun. i suggest the keyboard out of a sharp ZQ190 electronic organiser. it is a qwerty keyboard and kits nicely in the palm of your hand. of course you will need to find some electronic genius who can wire the keyboard up to a pc cable to plug in to the ps2 or usb keyboard plug in the lappie.
and just remember, anything is possible, if man can walk on the moon and michael jackson is really white, then anything can be done.