Introduction: Xbox 360 Customized Case

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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 $$$

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

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


samc12345 (author)2012-12-18

i like cake

TurbineModz (author)2011-02-19

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

ledhedgn (author)2010-11-30

I used these same pins, and it gave me a short, any ideas?

fanksta (author)ledhedgn2010-12-05

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

ledhedgn (author)fanksta2010-12-05

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

matt920 (author)2010-10-26

Did you put two strips in your xbox?
Can u put up a pic on how to connect the strips?

fanksta (author)matt9202010-12-05

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

Valeil (author)2010-08-03

QuackMasterDan has a quite good instructable on how to disassemble your 360.

Hitman7594 (author)2009-12-11

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

Dont forget to Prime

fanksta (author)Hitman75942009-12-11

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

Hitman7594 (author)fanksta2009-12-11

thanks so much that helped a ton last thing really quick is wet sanding do you do that? what is it?

fanksta (author)Hitman75942009-12-11

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

Hitman7594 (author)fanksta2009-12-12

what dremel did you use and what bit

fanksta (author)Hitman75942009-12-12

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

Hitman7594 (author)fanksta2009-12-14

what was the thickness of the plexiglass? did you use 1/8 inch?

fanksta (author)Hitman75942009-12-15

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

Hitman7594 (author)Hitman75942009-12-11

also what type of plexiglass did you use thickness ect.

redstarsrbija (author)2009-06-25

your instructable inspired me, here's mine :)

fanksta (author)redstarsrbija2009-06-27

i like the color combo

redstarsrbija (author)fanksta2010-06-07

CALAMITY!!! My xbox is showing error E74 :(.... boooooooooo

fanksta (author)redstarsrbija2010-06-08

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

redstarsrbija (author)fanksta2009-06-29

thanks man : )

Shadowfury (author)redstarsrbija2009-07-02

Is that a matte finish? That's awesome.

redstarsrbija (author)Shadowfury2009-07-04

somewhat i guess lol, i did put a clear coat on but it was very thin

Mr. G Reaper (author)2009-12-11

your custom xbox inspired me to make my own.

fanksta (author)Mr. G Reaper2009-12-11

nice work

larz1230 (author)2009-11-15

this is my first mod I think it looks ok for my first time   

bruno85 (author)2009-10-05


godzilla194 (author)2009-09-21

sound activated are here it cost extra

dakkenly (author)2009-09-12

So you didn't take the case off? Lol I need to know how to take it off...

fanksta (author)dakkenly2009-09-15

just stole this link from youtube havent really watched but theres hundreds out there

omarg8900 (author)2009-09-04

hey where did you buy that strip of leds? did you use a resistor or just like that thanks.

fanksta (author)omarg89002009-09-07

they just require 12v you cant you power from the fan step 7 shows you where to buy and where to connect

xirishboyn19x (author)2009-03-10

what are the measuments for this?

fanksta (author)xirishboyn19x2009-03-10

hope this helps... i used quarters on the edges to round them off

syngaming (author)fanksta2009-03-20

are American quarters the same size as canadian quaters lol just wondering lol

dont_bug_me (author)syngaming2009-07-29

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)syngaming2009-03-21

the circles about the same, i think there a little thinner

Alex1994 (author)2009-07-29

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?

fanksta (author)Alex19942009-07-29

i put the machine screw through the top and a nut on the backside i used my dremel tool on a slow speed to drill but im sure a drill would be fine just take it slow put masking tape over the spot you plan to drill good luck

Alex1994 (author)2009-07-29

How did you get the screws in?

musick_08 (author)2009-05-06

will this void ur warranty if you don't cut the warranty sticker?

Shadowfury (author)musick_082009-07-02

There's a small piece of plastic underneath one of the holes that you have to use to get the case open that Microsoft uses to check for a voided warranty. A punctured piece=void warranty.
But as for the sticker, it's just the first thing they check. And if they don't check the plastic piece, then you'll be fine. Also, if you're sending this in (if you get the RROD) and you leave the lights in, or leave the modded side panels/painted case on, they won't even bother checking.
If you have an older Xbox 360, just send it in before doing this to get the new heatsink/chipset, they'll replace the old one with a new one and then do the mods.

fanksta (author)musick_082009-05-06

i dont work for microsoft but i would assume that they look for that type of slickness

musick_08 (author)fanksta2009-05-06

thx, i think i'll buy another stock case (just in case i get rrod)

maxpower49 (author)2009-05-14

do you have to unplug the disk drive because i heard the next time you get online it will kick you

fankyspanky (author)maxpower492009-05-14

i suppose you probably could leave it connected. i've never heard of getting kicked mines been unplugged several times throughout this process and im online. if you mod your xbox (not cosmetic) you can get kicked

Chadbling (author)2009-04-14

i dont like the glass being put on top, i think it looks better with thin plexi glued from the bottom.

i did make a tutorial on how to replicate the charli murphy xbox, which is very similar to this, and includes where to find the coveted clear dvd top tray.

xirishboyn19x (author)2009-03-10

thank you

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