The Bench Setup

Before I get everything installed, I need to get it all working and electrically setup the way I want. In order to do this though, I needed to get everything setup on the bench and create a control interface to take place of various signals that just aren’t on the bench (RX8 stuff like ignition, throttle, etc) Below you can see my control panel make from Lexan plastic, switches, LEDs, potentiometers, and labels.

Now this all looks nice… until I start wiring it all up.

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And now for a shot of the overall setup.

I’m pretty happy with how this all turned out. Everything is arranged nicely and to top it all off I was even able to hook everything up without having to make any custom high voltage cables for the bench setup. Also, after always having my laptop sitting out in the way just waiting to get broken I decided to mount a 24″ 1080p monitor to a swing arm hinge embedded in/behind the pegboard and I couldn’t be happier with it. I had the beefy swing arm just laying around, but was missing the adapter piece that goes from the arm bolt pattern to the monitor… so… a bit of CAD time and a few hours later I had some custom adapters fresh off the printer and the monitor up on the wall