1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

iPad In-Dash DIY/Build Thread

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kelson, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. Jan 11, 2011 at 3:19 AM
    #1
    Kelson

    Kelson [OP] My Truck is Cuter than Yours

    Joined:
    May 13, 2008
    Member:
    #6597
    Messages:
    4,505
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kelson
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    08 5-Lug Reg. Cab SR5
    SR5 Exterior/Interior (Color matched Front Bumper, Chrome Grille Surround and Chrome Rear Bumper/Silver Scoshe Dash Kit, A/C Bezel, A/C Vent Surround) LED license plate and white interior lights, Wet Okole Seat Covers, iPad in-Dash, JL CL-RLC, JL 13TW5 sub, JL 500/1 Slash V1 amp, JL XR 6.5 Components, Rockford Fosgate 6X9s in Boxes Front XRunner Coils, DJM Control Arms and Rear 4X4 Leafs, Custom 2" Angled Streetacos.com Blocks Front XR Bilstien Struts and Rear XR Bilstien Shocks, CravenSpeen Antennae, RX-8 Rims w/ Fronts:235/40-R18 Sumitomo HTR Rears:245/40-R18 Goodyear Eagle GT, 35% Tint front windows, OEM Sliding Privacy Glass w/ 5% Ceramic Tint, Flowmaster Super 44 dumped before the axle, URD Short Throw Shifter, Door Sill Protectors, Door Edge Guards, OEM Sport Pedals,The Retrofit Source Morimoto Mini D2S Stage III 35W 5K HID Headlights, OEM Fog Lights w/ piss yellow bulbs, OEM Cruise Control, Porsche 944 Bucket Seats, BeefedTaco Skid Plate, Whale
    This past weekend I finally had the time to start my iPad build in my truck. Honestly, you can hate on it as much as you want, but I love it as an in dash, 100x easier to use than any double din on the market. Sure it has it's shortcomings, but I have considered them and feel as though the benefits outweigh the risks.

    I've created this thread to help other people who may be interested in doing this as well, or if anyone else has done it on here, if they could post up some tips and advice for everyone to see.

    So anyway, on to the actual iPad part. I've only spent one full day so far on it, and it is far from finished. But on the first day we managed to fit the iPad in and create a prototype mount for it.

    The process to get the iPad to fit is actually quite simple; it requires you to dremel out the sides of the dash so that the iPad has enough clearance to friction fit in there. As of now, I've kept the two holes in the side of the dash panel, as you can see in the pic below. I've left it that way for now so that I can mock up the dock connector cable and get it to fit. I'll have more details on this when I finalize the mount.

    [​IMG]

    My build is going to go in a little different direction from soundman's one. iPad's have been known to overheat, and I did not want that to happen. So instead of making a solid backing, I have a mesh backing. Right now it is covered in felt so I don't scratch the iPad. I am currently looking for a fabric that will be at least a bit breathable.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    As of now I have some padding (idk what it's really called) on the side covering the exposed holes, and to help keep the ipad snug inside the mount.

    [​IMG]

    This build is FAR from over. I still have to do all of the wiring and such. The parts for that should come in the next couple of days, so I should be able to update this with wiring info.

    and to all the haters out there

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Jan 11, 2011 at 4:06 AM
    #2
    bookmonke

    bookmonke Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2009
    Member:
    #26662
    Messages:
    519
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Jacksonville, FL
    Vehicle:
    2008 DC PreRunner Rugged Trail
    Not hating, that looks pretty cool, are you making it dockable so you can carry with you.
     
  3. Jan 11, 2011 at 4:51 AM
    #3
    Kelson

    Kelson [OP] My Truck is Cuter than Yours

    Joined:
    May 13, 2008
    Member:
    #6597
    Messages:
    4,505
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kelson
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    08 5-Lug Reg. Cab SR5
    SR5 Exterior/Interior (Color matched Front Bumper, Chrome Grille Surround and Chrome Rear Bumper/Silver Scoshe Dash Kit, A/C Bezel, A/C Vent Surround) LED license plate and white interior lights, Wet Okole Seat Covers, iPad in-Dash, JL CL-RLC, JL 13TW5 sub, JL 500/1 Slash V1 amp, JL XR 6.5 Components, Rockford Fosgate 6X9s in Boxes Front XRunner Coils, DJM Control Arms and Rear 4X4 Leafs, Custom 2" Angled Streetacos.com Blocks Front XR Bilstien Struts and Rear XR Bilstien Shocks, CravenSpeen Antennae, RX-8 Rims w/ Fronts:235/40-R18 Sumitomo HTR Rears:245/40-R18 Goodyear Eagle GT, 35% Tint front windows, OEM Sliding Privacy Glass w/ 5% Ceramic Tint, Flowmaster Super 44 dumped before the axle, URD Short Throw Shifter, Door Sill Protectors, Door Edge Guards, OEM Sport Pedals,The Retrofit Source Morimoto Mini D2S Stage III 35W 5K HID Headlights, OEM Fog Lights w/ piss yellow bulbs, OEM Cruise Control, Porsche 944 Bucket Seats, BeefedTaco Skid Plate, Whale
    yup it slides in an out, there's no way i would leave that thing sitting in my truck when im not there lol
     
  4. Jan 11, 2011 at 5:10 AM
    #4
    tacomaintraining

    tacomaintraining Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2010
    Member:
    #31505
    Messages:
    69
    Gender:
    Male
    sorry bro but that looks like crap. its going to look horrible when the ipad isnt sitting in there. not hating just my opinion.
     
  5. Jan 11, 2011 at 5:12 AM
    #5
    paintdiddy

    paintdiddy Machine gun shits

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Member:
    #9924
    Messages:
    10,307
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    shithead
    nj and not from "the jersey shore"
    Vehicle:
    silver bullet
    looks good so far assuming your going to glass above the ipad to cover those holes.how do you plan on hooking up the ipad to the speakers???headphones to the aux input?
     
  6. Jan 11, 2011 at 5:28 AM
    #6
    Kelson

    Kelson [OP] My Truck is Cuter than Yours

    Joined:
    May 13, 2008
    Member:
    #6597
    Messages:
    4,505
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kelson
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    08 5-Lug Reg. Cab SR5
    SR5 Exterior/Interior (Color matched Front Bumper, Chrome Grille Surround and Chrome Rear Bumper/Silver Scoshe Dash Kit, A/C Bezel, A/C Vent Surround) LED license plate and white interior lights, Wet Okole Seat Covers, iPad in-Dash, JL CL-RLC, JL 13TW5 sub, JL 500/1 Slash V1 amp, JL XR 6.5 Components, Rockford Fosgate 6X9s in Boxes Front XRunner Coils, DJM Control Arms and Rear 4X4 Leafs, Custom 2" Angled Streetacos.com Blocks Front XR Bilstien Struts and Rear XR Bilstien Shocks, CravenSpeen Antennae, RX-8 Rims w/ Fronts:235/40-R18 Sumitomo HTR Rears:245/40-R18 Goodyear Eagle GT, 35% Tint front windows, OEM Sliding Privacy Glass w/ 5% Ceramic Tint, Flowmaster Super 44 dumped before the axle, URD Short Throw Shifter, Door Sill Protectors, Door Edge Guards, OEM Sport Pedals,The Retrofit Source Morimoto Mini D2S Stage III 35W 5K HID Headlights, OEM Fog Lights w/ piss yellow bulbs, OEM Cruise Control, Porsche 944 Bucket Seats, BeefedTaco Skid Plate, Whale
    Yup this mount is just the beginning, I'm going to fill in the side holes and strengthen the dash itself. Not sure if I'm going to glass over the top or go another route, but there won't be that fugly top part no matter what lol

    When the parts come in I will have it charging and a line out from just the dock connector. I'll prob throw an eq in the mix down the line so I can have it sounding decent.

    Right now its just straight aux from the headphone jack to the amp for
    My highs, then rca output from that to my sub amp. Quite honestly it doesn't sound that bad, but it's not acceptable for what I want. (IMHO, the digital to analog converter and internal amp on any idevice is terrible.).


    all my speakers are amped so I'm not going to be touching the stock wiring other than finding a remote for the amps.


    well, honestly it does. lol. I seriously spend $10 at a local craft store to buy felt and the padding stuff on the side just too make sure the ipad doesn't scratch, and so it stays snug inside the mount. I'm going to wait till all the work on the dash is done to finish the padding and backing because im going to have to rip it all up to work on it again and finish it.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2011 at 5:39 AM
    #7
    shane4x4

    shane4x4 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2010
    Member:
    #28981
    Messages:
    140
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado Springs, CO
    We just did a similar mod in our FJ, and we're LOVING it. Didn't have to cut the dash though since the FJ already has a big hole to mount the iPad from. Good luck on your build!
     
  8. Jan 11, 2011 at 5:51 AM
    #8
    Kelson

    Kelson [OP] My Truck is Cuter than Yours

    Joined:
    May 13, 2008
    Member:
    #6597
    Messages:
    4,505
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kelson
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Vehicle:
    08 5-Lug Reg. Cab SR5
    SR5 Exterior/Interior (Color matched Front Bumper, Chrome Grille Surround and Chrome Rear Bumper/Silver Scoshe Dash Kit, A/C Bezel, A/C Vent Surround) LED license plate and white interior lights, Wet Okole Seat Covers, iPad in-Dash, JL CL-RLC, JL 13TW5 sub, JL 500/1 Slash V1 amp, JL XR 6.5 Components, Rockford Fosgate 6X9s in Boxes Front XRunner Coils, DJM Control Arms and Rear 4X4 Leafs, Custom 2" Angled Streetacos.com Blocks Front XR Bilstien Struts and Rear XR Bilstien Shocks, CravenSpeen Antennae, RX-8 Rims w/ Fronts:235/40-R18 Sumitomo HTR Rears:245/40-R18 Goodyear Eagle GT, 35% Tint front windows, OEM Sliding Privacy Glass w/ 5% Ceramic Tint, Flowmaster Super 44 dumped before the axle, URD Short Throw Shifter, Door Sill Protectors, Door Edge Guards, OEM Sport Pedals,The Retrofit Source Morimoto Mini D2S Stage III 35W 5K HID Headlights, OEM Fog Lights w/ piss yellow bulbs, OEM Cruise Control, Porsche 944 Bucket Seats, BeefedTaco Skid Plate, Whale
    nice! did you go the analog route or the all digital?
     
  9. Jan 11, 2011 at 6:19 AM
    #9
    paintdiddy

    paintdiddy Machine gun shits

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2008
    Member:
    #9924
    Messages:
    10,307
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    shithead
    nj and not from "the jersey shore"
    Vehicle:
    silver bullet
    post some pics
     
  10. Jan 11, 2011 at 6:21 AM
    #10
    Hunter500ky

    Hunter500ky Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2010
    Member:
    #47031
    Messages:
    2,521
    Gender:
    Male
    E-Town Ky
    Vehicle:
    06 Tacoma 4x4 SR5
    Weathertech Mats, Toolbox, 6k HID fogs, Hardwire Escort 8500 x50,
    sub'd looks cool so far
     
  11. Jan 11, 2011 at 6:25 AM
    #11
    stevenstaco

    stevenstaco B A N N E D

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2010
    Member:
    #47180
    Messages:
    4,688
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    steven
    sacramento ca
    Vehicle:
    o7 trd sport sr5 4x4/06 4runner sr5 4x4
    1.5 aal,Tacomaworld sticker,Blacked out tail lights,bhlm,.dumped exhaust,relocated 7 pin ,rear diff breather mod,bed lights,hella 500s behind the grill,plastidipped lower vallance,mag light mod,debadged,black billit grill,bedmat mod,airaid intake,vynil armrests and back rests,tailgate theft mod, ipod interface,backseat cargo mod,front 5100s
    looks good ......i guess
     
  12. Jan 11, 2011 at 6:49 AM
    #12
    TacoNH

    TacoNH The Gunslinger

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2008
    Member:
    #11620
    Messages:
    173
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Cody
    Conway, NH
    Vehicle:
    07 Blue Tacoma 4.0/6speed
    B&M T-handle shifter, JVC CD/DVD player, Fish hanging from mirror
    Definately interesting and something I'd never expect to see. It's almost too much in my opinion.
     
  13. Jan 11, 2011 at 6:51 AM
    #13
    Richard Cranium

    Richard Cranium The lice...they hate the sugar

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2010
    Member:
    #47434
    Messages:
    2,492
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ted
    Omaha, NE
    Vehicle:
    2013 Raven FR-S
    Forever sideways and smiling :D
    pics or ban!!!
     
  14. Jan 11, 2011 at 7:31 AM
    #14
    flightcancled

    flightcancled Addicted

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2010
    Member:
    #30917
    Messages:
    1,465
    Gender:
    Male
    Syracuse NY/ Nantucket MA
    Camper top with racks, Custom fogs behind lower bumper. Interior LED lighting, Rock Lights, Hella 500s with upraged bulbs behind black billet grill, AAL, Front 5100s
    Looks good so far! Did you go with the 3G? I was really close to going for it, but I spend way too much time out of 3G service to make the Ipad a practical HU.
     
  15. Jan 11, 2011 at 7:38 AM
    #15
    Fennywald

    Fennywald Betty Blue

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2010
    Member:
    #46350
    Messages:
    572
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Vehicle:
    SR5 Tundra 4X4
    You definitely got an awesome build going man.. i'm really impressed how you pull a lot of interesting elements into your truck like the rx-8 rims and the x runner springs and they came out great. def don't see a lot of people doing up their trucks like that, it looks good tho! :cheers:
     
  16. Jan 11, 2011 at 7:52 AM
    #16
    BAMFTACO

    BAMFTACO Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2010
    Member:
    #30639
    Messages:
    10,289
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    JUAN
    Malibu, CA
    Vehicle:
    Taco
    Lift- king 2.5 with light racing uppers,tc coil bucket gusset, timbern bumps ,defined extended shackles with shackle brace. Armor- tire gate, custom tube bumper, kr fab rear bumper,trail gear wiy 78 in sliders Performance-intake manifold spacer, vibrant resonator as muffler, hps silicone hoses Random stuff- kenwood head unit,b&m t shifter, hood bug deflector, rear dust lights with custom bed bar and hi lift mount.
    That is awsome
     
  17. Jan 11, 2011 at 8:11 AM
    #17
    TacomaJack09

    TacomaJack09 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2010
    Member:
    #29796
    Messages:
    1,404
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jackson
    Montana!
    Vehicle:
    06 Access Cab 4x4
    Billie 5100's, Ride Rite Airbags, Tech Deck
    I applaud you! Looks great IMO! Can't wait to see it finished!

    I'm glad to see it in a reg cab too!

    Question: Driving at night, does it get on you nerves, because of the light it gives off?? Just wondering.
     
  18. Jan 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM
    #18
    shane4x4

    shane4x4 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2010
    Member:
    #28981
    Messages:
    140
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Well then....
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    All the details & more info can be found in our January 2011 issue ;)
     
  19. Jan 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM
    #19
    Richard Cranium

    Richard Cranium The lice...they hate the sugar

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2010
    Member:
    #47434
    Messages:
    2,492
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ted
    Omaha, NE
    Vehicle:
    2013 Raven FR-S
    Forever sideways and smiling :D
    Nice! :D Looks clean enough considering all the cords required.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    #20
    NoMallCrawlTaco

    NoMallCrawlTaco © "HELL FUCK YEAH!" © COPYRIGHT FOR MY PROTECTION!

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2010
    Member:
    #47315
    Messages:
    416
    Gender:
    Male
    Arizona
    4" Camburgs Icon AAL 3 Pac BLHM Tacoshi Grill More to come...
    I'm digging it!

    :popcorn:
     
To Top