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i am going to give you a few of the simple steps i took to customize my 360 and for very little $$$


 
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Step 1: Taking apart your 360

you can find out how to do this through many sites. NOTE: this will void your warranty

Step 2: Layout your design

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i chose to do a simple design i found on this site. you can draw out any design you like, just be careful and do whatever your artistic ability will allow you to do.

i was playing around with my other xbox so i thought id also show you this design too. it may not stay this way i think i am going to make the corners bigger and maybe a little fatter lines.

Step 3: Cutting out your design

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i used a dremmel cutting about 1/4 to an 1/8 of an inch from my line and sanded to my line. i would suggest practicing on something else first (only pic i have related)

Step 4: Taking disc drive apart

i do not have any step by step for this, if you have problems check online to find out about taking apart. you will find i believe 4 screws on the bottom very simple.

Step 5: Disc drive layout

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just as the case use your imagination. just leave a piece connected (kinda obvious) so the top wheel will remain in place.

Step 6: Cutting out your design

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same as the case i used a dremmel and cut about 1/8 of and inch from the line and sanded to my line. (sorry my pics are not specific i did it over a period of time)

Step 7: Adding lights

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i found these ribbon lights and it looks perfect check em out i ordered them here http://www.ledlight.com/flexible-led-light.aspx

so i just finished the lights. took about 5mins. i found that by powering to the fan they really barely lit up so i found a spot on the motherboard that worked perfect. as shown in picture below i put 1 strip around the bottom i also put one around the top above the dvd drive. the led strips have adhesive on the back so they stay in place. i soldered both lights to the connection shown in the the picture

another thought i had i think im gonna try on my other xbox are those tube strobes you can get for your car that plug into the 12v outlet that illuminate with sound. those things are pretty bright and i play a lot of first person shooter games it would probably go crazy. ill see if i can find something and post a link.

Step 8: Painting your project

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PRIME YOUR PROJECT before you paint to ensure your paint will outlast your xbox

i used krylon spray paint dries in ten minutes which is great to allow you to put alot of coats on it. i painted my disc drive in a flat black and my xbox case in a pumpkin orange but of course you can use whatever floats your boat .


i recently saw a video about some one elses mod and people want to know about the power button. after taking the faceplate apart the power button is heat welded on. i cut the ends off carefully with a razor and later reattached with glue. after cutting the welds you can the take the ring of light and the power button off. i took my time and taped off the light part of the button trimming it with a razor. i then primed and painted 2 coats, after it dried i removed the tape lightly wet sanded then added one more coat. the end result the button appears completely painted from far up close you can see the light spot, and when powered on you can see the light. i painted orange and my light is still green all in all it worked really well for me. pictures are not very good i had to shut the flash off to be able to see the light

Step 9: Plexi glass

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you can find this at any local hardware store. i chose to cut the glass and put it on the outside of the box with screws and nuts. you can epoxy it to the inside but i found that it sat really close to the heat sync and you will notice on the heat shield you remove that it as stained from cooked on dust. once its epoxied its pretty much permanent. i also went a step further and took a clear cd or dvd whatever the ones you will find on the bottom of a stack of blank discs and i cut out small windows and glued them to the inside if my disc drive if you do this be careful to use some thing strong for glue as it could fall inside and ruin a disc but i wanted to keep the dust out of there as much as possible. sorry if this isnt all that and if it doesnt help you much i wish i took more photos throughout this process to make it easier to see but, im sure you'll find it fairly simple take your time and good luck if any one wants to game look me up my gamertag is fankyspanky

i took this pic off the heats shield so you can see why i chose to put the plexiglass on the outside of the case ive tried to scrub this off with brillo pads and cant get it off i can only imagine what the glass will look like considering itll be under the case and sitting directly on top of the heat sink i'm not saying my way looks better i think it looks way better epoxied, but down the road i think itll look horrible so i tried to find some nice stainless screw heads to blend in with all the other chrome
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samc123452 years ago
i like cake
TurbineModz4 years ago
Could you please go into a bit more detail about taking off the power button? I'm airbrushing my latest project in Arctic Camo and the last have always been carbon fiber.

I don't want my ROL or power light screwed up because of the paint job so please help me :)

P.S so far nice tutorial, following it through :P
ledhedgn4 years ago
I used these same pins, and it gave me a short, any ideas?
fanksta (author)  ledhedgn4 years ago
sorry i havent been on this site in quite a while i really have no idea why it wouldve shorted unless the wires were somehow touching the next pin
i figured it out, 2 different sections of my circuit was touching the metal casing of the 360, causing the psu to see an oversurge, nudged the things away and added heat shrink and it fixed it up
matt9204 years ago
Did you put two strips in your xbox?
AND
Can u put up a pic on how to connect the strips?
fanksta (author)  matt9204 years ago
yeah i used two strips sry i know longer have this xbox so a pics out of the question but the strips i got had adhesive on the back side so i just stuck them to the inside of the metal case after the board is in and make sure you have room for your dvd drive
Valeil5 years ago
QuackMasterDan has a quite good instructable on how to disassemble your 360.
Hitman75945 years ago
a few questions
1) can you explain your painting process in a little bit more detail lots of tutorials out there but i like how yours turned out
2) can you explain your lighting a bit more im kinda a noob at led lights also can you explain how i would hook up cathode lights
Thanks!
Dont forget to Prime
fanksta (author)  Hitman75945 years ago
painting is real easy just take your time lightly mist over the surface each coat will cover more if you do to much at once you will end up with lots of runs after it dries spray on your clear coat also being careful as this will run too the clear coat is important to protect against scratches

as far as the lights i had a hard time understanding the leds myself and didnt want to buy the wrong things or connect any thing wrong so i got the led strips the link is on the tab real easy to connect  a pos and neg wire just solder to the back of the board where i noted and youll have no problems and the strips have adhesive on the back so you just stick them in place. no matter what you use for lighting i would use the spot on the board i noted as its constant power and 12v

good luck
thanks so much that helped a ton last thing really quick is wet sanding do you do that? what is it?
fanksta (author)  Hitman75945 years ago
if by chance you happen to rush a nd get a run take some like 400 grit sandpaper wet the surface and gently sand the run out. if you take your time after your first coat of paint the surface should still be pretty transparent and after each coat you will cover more and more runs should be no problem eliminating any thought of wet sanding. if you put your glass on the inside i would recommend a thin sheet  due to the amount of room you have. if you put it on the outside i would go a little thicker take you time with it as it will break easily while cut or drilling any holes
what dremel did you use and what bit
fanksta (author)  Hitman75945 years ago
i used a metal cutting bit and the dremel doesnt matter you wanna find the right speed and do that in the area you are cutting out cut about a 1/4 of an inch from the line and use the small drum sanding bit and sand to the line
what was the thickness of the plexiglass? did you use 1/8 inch?
fanksta (author)  Hitman75945 years ago
my sheet was probably closer to 1/4 but it was on the outside on the inside i would go no bigger than an  1/8
also what type of plexiglass did you use thickness ect.
your instructable inspired me, here's mine :)
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fanksta (author)  redstarsrbija6 years ago
i like the color combo
CALAMITY!!! My xbox is showing error E74 :(.... boooooooooo
fanksta (author)  redstarsrbija5 years ago
thats not a hard fix in fact this orange one had e74 when i got it. you can do an x-clamp replacement which may or may not work or you can heat up the board with a pen torch or heat gun (over the graphics chips only) just be careful on the amount of heat your using you could crack the board, but this is the best fix good luck see ya gaming
thanks man : )
Is that a matte finish? That's awesome.
somewhat i guess lol, i did put a clear coat on but it was very thin
your custom xbox inspired me to make my own.
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fanksta (author)  Mr. G Reaper5 years ago
nice work
larz12305 years ago
this is my first mod I think it looks ok for my first time   
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bruno855 years ago
cool
godzilla1945 years ago
sound activated are here http://www.xoxide.com/bluecathode.html it cost extra
dakkenly5 years ago
So you didn't take the case off? Lol I need to know how to take it off...
fanksta (author)  dakkenly5 years ago
just stole this link from youtube havent really watched but theres hundreds out there http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joF4n_HT6X0
omarg89005 years ago
hey where did you buy that strip of leds? did you use a resistor or just like that thanks.
fanksta (author)  omarg89005 years ago
they just require 12v you cant you power from the fan step 7 shows you where to buy and where to connect
http://www.ledlight.com/flexible-led-light.aspx
what are the measuments for this?
fanksta (author)  xirishboyn19x6 years ago
hope this helps... i used quarters on the edges to round them off
are American quarters the same size as canadian quaters lol just wondering lol
canadian quarters are a bit smaller, I just got back from toronto canadian quarter is slightly thinner looking at it, but pretty much the same
fanksta (author)  syngaming6 years ago
the circles about the same, i think there a little thinner
Alex19946 years ago
Sorry a little bit unclear, did you screw them into the upper and lower holes and how did you get them best through the plastic?
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