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(CLOSED) Group Buy: 2-Gauge Pod & 1-DIN Pod

Old 06-14-2004, 11:09 AM
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(CLOSED) Group Buy: 2-Gauge Pod & 1-DIN Pod

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Old 06-15-2004, 05:18 AM
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Thanks Omicron!

Now that we are back underway officially, I am working to put together the finishing touches and post the info up for everyone... or is no one interested anymore?
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I am interested.
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Old 06-15-2004, 06:49 PM
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:56 AM
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RMagic 1DIN Dash Panel and 2 Gauge Ashtray Pod Group Buy

RMagic 1DIN Dash Panel is 49,613 JPY ($456.75 USD)
RMagic 2 Gauge Ashtry Panel is 31,973 JPY ($294.34 USD) (requires your stock ashtray)
RSW 3 Gauge hood is estimated to be 21,000 JPY ($193.34 USD) for black FRP and 31,500 JPY ($290.00 USD) for CF

The RMagic 1DIN Dash Panel and 2 Gauge Ashtray Pod are made from fiberglass (FRP).

The RMagic 1DIN Dash Panel is available with and without the Bose center speaker cutout. Please specify which you require.

There is a development regarding the RMagic 2 Gauge Ashtray Pod. According to what RMagic has told me, you have to send them your stock ashtray for them to modify and it will take 2-3 weeks. The gauge cutouts are available in 52mm and 60mm. Anyone who wishes to order this will need to either send me their ashtray or purchase a second one to send off to be modified. They will also need to specify the gauge cutout size the would like to have.

The 1DIN Dash Panel weighs roughly 1kg and the 2 Gauge Ashtray Pod unit should weigh under 500g. The 1DIN Dash Panel will take approximately one week, but I am unsure how long it will take to complete a large order for everyone. I'd give them a few weeks. The 2 Gauge Ashtray Pod will take 2-3 weeks according to RMagic.

The RSW 3 Gauge hood is estimated to be 21,000 JPY ($193.34 USD) for black FRP and 31,500 JPY ($290.00 USD) for CF, however, it is currently being redeveloped. According to what RSW told me it should be ready by early July. I will start another thread for this one when the time comes.

Shipping and handling will be via the Japanese Postal System's EMS Express Mail, as it offers tracking.

EMS Express Mail

Oceana, North America, Central America, Middle East
Up to 1000g : 2400 JPY ($22.10 USD)
Up to 1250g : 2800 JPY ($25.79 USD)
Up to 1500g : 3200 JPY ($29.46 USD)
Up to 1750g : 3600 JPY ($33.14 USD)

Europe
Up to 1000g : 2800 JPY ($25.79 USD)
Up to 1250g : 3250 JPY ($29.92 USD)
Up to 1500g : 3700 JPY ($34.06 USD)
Up to 1750g : 4150 JPY ($38.21 USD)

For more shipping information, please see http://www.post.japanpost.jp/english/index.html

There will likely be import fees that need to be paid. Using this shipping/mailing method, the US postal system and customs service will handle the paperwork and assessment. They will contact you directly for payment. Find more information at http://www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/impor..._purchases.xml

Regarding payment, the easiest method for me is for everyone to pay via International Postal Money Order in yen. However, I realize that this may be a rather large inconvenience for some people and others may want to use their credit cards but I cannot take them directly. You will have to pay via your PayPal account.

Thank you for your interest in this group buy and thank you for your patience as I try to get this all together.

Best regards,

Japan8

P.S. More info to come as I finish putting it together...

*** MOD EDIT: US Dollar amounts added as of 6/18/04. Note that exchange rates fluctuate, so these US prices may vary ***

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Old 06-17-2004, 10:58 AM
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Old 06-17-2004, 11:01 AM
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Here is the 2 Gauge Pod Ashtray...

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Old 06-17-2004, 12:29 PM
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I like the 1 Din dash piece, however has anyone figured out whether we can put a new reciever in the thing and get it to work succesfully without blowing up our cars?
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The 1DIN dash panel costs $453 + shipping + import fees... yikes

Any way for these guys to make the panel for the non-Bose stereo (no center speaker cutout)?
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:39 PM
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"The RMagic 1DIN Dash Panel is available with and without the Bose center speaker cutout. Please specify which you require."

Now back to my question.... can anyone verify whether its possible to put an aftermarket reciever in this 1 din dash piece and actually get it to work without screwing up the car?
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:04 PM
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I'm sure they can, otherwise why would anyone make a 1 DIN dash panel like that and NOT have the stereo working.

I don't think you can make the aftermarket receiver work alongside the controls of the RX-8 though... ex: If you change the volume controls on the RX-8 part, and have the new reciever register it changing the volume.
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Old 06-17-2004, 02:11 PM
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I am waiting for the Aux in module that has recieved so much attention on this board to have the 1 DIN feed into the standard head unit.

I am planning on putting in a Pioneer AVIC-N1 there and running aux in so I can keep my stearing wheel controls. The only sound that would be coming out of the AVIC-N1 is NAV directions, and MP3 music which sounds like crap anyway so ultimate sound quality through the aux in setup is not a requirement.

Until the Aux in module comes out, buying this piece might not be a great idea unless you are going to bypass the factory unit all together.
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Originally posted by RX8-Raider
"The RMagic 1DIN Dash Panel is available with and without the Bose center speaker cutout. Please specify which you require."
You're right... it would obviously not hurt if I'd read everything before asking a question :o

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MP3 music which sounds like crap anyway so ultimate sound quality through the aux in setup is not a requirement.
You have obviously never heard any MP3 made with a good encoder at a high enough bitrate...
If you had, you'd know that they sound just fine - especially in a car where the circumstances for hi-fi sound are far from optimal anyway.
Also, if you think that "sound quality through the aux in setup is not a requirement", then why wait for the AUX-IN module at all? You can use an FM modulator - that should well suffice, now shouldn't it?
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Old 06-17-2004, 05:17 PM
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Originally posted by RX8-Raider
"The RMagic 1DIN Dash Panel is available with and without the Bose center speaker cutout. Please specify which you require."

Now back to my question.... can anyone verify whether its possible to put an aftermarket reciever in this 1 din dash piece and actually get it to work without screwing up the car?
It is possible. The issue kidcas ran into was not that this installation isn't possible, it is that the PCB located behind the faceplate is apparantly a bit delicate. However, OverLOAD, Xero and several others have repeatedly removed and reinstalled their HU without problem...
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:15 PM
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Originally posted by Tamas
The 1DIN dash panel costs $453 + shipping + import fees... yikes
If Tamas's estimates are correct, that would mean I would be paying somewhere in the neighborhood of 600+ CDN! From the picture, the quality looks like second to none, but 600 is a little too rich for my blood. I wanted one so bad too.
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I've found that MP3 cds (Blade, Lame, Xing, Fraunhofer encoders at 192 and 256 kbps) sound terribly compressed, especialy when listening to bass heavy music (Drum + Bass, Breakbeat) and the ability to have more music on a disc isn't worth it

As for the the FM modulator, I've always found them kludgy, and would perfer a more elegant solution, but if this Aux in module takes too much longer I may go with it so I can make this happen this year.
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Old 06-19-2004, 08:48 PM
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Originally posted by moRotorMotor
If Tamas's estimates are correct, that would mean I would be paying somewhere in the neighborhood of 600+ CDN! From the picture, the quality looks like second to none, but 600 is a little too rich for my blood. I wanted one so bad too.
The price is definitely steep and I wish I could bring it down, but RMagic knows they've got the only commerically avaialble piece on the market so they are firm on the price.

Besides... it will actaully cost you in the same neighborhood to have one professionally fabricated, especially if it is a whole panel, and NOT a cut into your stock piece.
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Additional shipping info and installation info...

Shipping to Australia will be:

1,000g 1,800 JPY (16.44 USD)
1,250g 2,100 JPY (19.18 USD)
1,500g 2,400 JPY (21.92 USD)
1,750g 2,700 JPY (24.66 USD)

The following threads cover what you need to know to remove the stock dash panel and install the RMagic one.

https://www.rx8club.com/series-i-do-yourself-forum-73/diy-mp3-factory-head-unit-removal-install-7644/

https://www.rx8club.com/showthread.p...d&pagenumber=1


43,000 JPY?!! How much is that in American money? ... try this tool http://www.xe.com/ucc/
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To make things simple for all parties involved at various levels, could those who are buying please add themselves to a list in the following format...

#.Screen name- Product(s) desired

I will name a closing date once I feel we have enough people on the list. Once the list is closed I will PM everyone with detailed payment information, etc.
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Old 06-19-2004, 10:49 PM
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1 x 1DIN dash panel
sent to australia

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Old 06-20-2004, 06:57 AM
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Further payment info.

This is a group buy, NOT my job. As such I want to keep the payment options simple and keep the costs down for everyone. That is why we have the two choices of PayPal and International Money Order. For those who do not know PayPal, it is an online payments system which appears to be expanding into online banking. It can be used for utilities payments, eBay, group buys, etc. A personal account is free... http://www.paypal.com
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Old 06-20-2004, 12:53 PM
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FYI, I moved the stuff about the Can-Scan digital gauge pack (and the Car-puter info) into it's own thread, here.
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Old 06-20-2004, 12:55 PM
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If it were available, my order would be:

Omicron: SW 3 Gauge hood in black FRP, $193.34 USD

But, if the CanScan digital gauge pack thing works out (being discussed here), then I'd have to order the ash tray piece.
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