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My car dock

Discussion in 'Android Accessories' started by qoncept, Feb 12, 2010.

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    I finally got my car dock for my Sequoia figured out. I ended up buying a Seidio Innotaveler as I couldn't figure out a good way to make a good dock, but I just didn't want to use the windshield mount it came with. I have an aftermarket stereo with a Bluetooth gateway (more on that later) and my goal was to keep it in view and in reach for navigation and music, and solid so it won't bounce around while driving or when I'm sliding the phone in.

    I had a piece of scrap 1/8" steel laying around that became my mount. It's bolted to the cubby hole that replaced the extra DIN slot when I replaced the OEM stereo with an aftermarket. I bent it to an angle that would make the phone easily viewable and bolted the Seidio dock's mounting clip to it. The dock slides on to the clip.

    As you can see in the pics, clearance was my biggest issue. The mount brings the dock up above where the OEM stereo would normally be and in front of the bezel. I hoped to kind of swing the bezel back in place when I was putting it together, but it's a bit of a juggling act because the vents need to slide straight in when putting the bezel back on. I'm not looking forward to taking it apart and putting it back together when I rewire my Bluetooth gateway, but once it's all together it works great.

    There's virtually no flex in the mount, and the single bolt in the clip allows me to tilt the entire mount to where I need it (I used lock nuts and washers so they shouldn't back out). I had a 2-usb cigarette lighter adapter to power the dock and Bluetooth gateway, but it was junk and didn't work so I'll need to wait until I can order a higher quality one to get everything wired (on the bright side, I won't be too lazy to get a roll of solder and do it right this time). The power will be wired directly to the stereo harness and just be exposed from the bezel to the dock, instead of running down to the cigarette lighter. I also want to get a right angle mini-usb cord to clean it up a bit, and as I'm finishing up I'll paint the mount black. Once I get another of the adapter clips from Seidio, I'll be able to easily take the dock off and put it in any other car using the windshield mount it came with.

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    Alright, I got impatient and paid $30 for a dual usb cigarette lighter adapter from Best Buy. I also picked up a cigarette lighter socket from Radio Shack so I wouldn't have to hack up the usb adapter and it'll be easier to pull out if I ever sell the truck. Finally, I bent the mount back a bit because it wasn't quite in line with my eye. I didn't paint it yet, but everything else is done. Only problem is I couldn't find a right angled mini usb connector ANYWHERE, so the power to the dock hangs out further than I'd like.

    You can see the Blackberry Bluetooth gateway in the little cubby hole. Originally I planned to hide it behind the dash but I figured I'd keep it in view in case I ever figure out what the status lights on it mean.

    Everything's working the way I want now. The BT gateway powers on when I start the truck, the Droid autoconnects and all I need to do is select a music source and make sure the stereo is set to aux in.

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