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My car mount prototype

Discussion in 'iPad DIY' started by benst, Aug 8, 2010.

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    I recently bought an iPad and decided to mount it in the car for big screen GPS and iTunes for music.

    My effort is no better than a prototype, but I doubt I'll be able to improve it much - trying not to spend any money, just used parts I already had at home.

    I used an aftermarket stereo mounting bracket, a bit of right angled metal, a wall speaker mount, small piece of thin MDF, and velcro (with one side attached to the back of my TPU iPad case). The speaker mount allows me to set the perfect position, and this brings the iPad closer to me, so I don't have to reach to change songs or whatever, but it's a bit in your face, so i may remove it. I've used wingnuts so I can easily remove the bracket if I need to.

    I've temporarily mounted it in the top slot, and moved the stereo down but the stereo face plate is a different shape to the hole in the dash so it doesn't fit and looks shit. At least this way I can still access the stereo controls easily, but I don't need to as steering wheel controls will change volume and still switch to radio if I want.

    And as you can see I haven't trimmed any bolts yet or painted any of it to make it blend in.

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    I'd love to do something like what these guys have done but I don't want to completely destroy the dash, and it would probably cost at least $500 (if not $1k including new dash parts) to pay someone else to mount it properly:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TaVigs8Who[/ame]
    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiRSna2yCMk[/ame]
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    I would get that steering wheel issue fixed first ,with it being on the wrong side and all.
    Lotion in the passenger door panel , for emergency use only :)


    Great idea on the mount though , a hot glue gun and some fake pleathure from a fabric store and it would be cherry.

    I think you just inspired me to try it now , Thanks for sharing.
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    You cheeky monkey - that's windscreen washer soap.

    Is hot-glue the only sort to use? Is there a cold alternative?
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    Gorilla glue would work great , you get that pleathure like the one shown on this site wallpaper and that would look great , you could even do the mount ,
    Shun super glue for the obvious white residue fingerprint issue.

    Once I get my life in order , just moved to an island, I will attempt a car mod based on your design due to the simplicity and the ability to make it look good and cheap as heck.
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    That's Great! However those who paid for the service have a better style and design.
    Whid on't you save some money and then paid for this service.

    Your Renault would be a 5 Stars Car!
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    Wow you got ripped!!! Your cockpit is on the wrong side!!!!

    *runs like hell*

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