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MOD: Tablet mount above the center console.

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by G.T., Jan 17, 2016.

  1. Jan 17, 2016 at 10:01 AM
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    G.T.

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    I have a 2nd gen truck but I can't imagine that this would be much different for any of our trucks which is why I've placed this here instead of in the 2nd gen section in the hopes that it can help anyone that is looking for this type of solution.

    The mount I'm using is a RAM Mounts product. I took the included 2.5" round base adapter out and replaced it with a double ball adapter and a short arm, and then added an appropriate sized X-Grip for the iPad.

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    Usually the mounting rod is between the seat and the center console but I hadn't put it back since the stereo install.

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    Plenty of room for accessing the controls as the iPad sits both high, and back enough to not be a concern.

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    The empty PanaVise bracket to the right of the climate controls is for the IBS battery manager.

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    I mounted the "no drill" bracket with the front left passenger seat bolt.

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    Once in, bend the internal aluminum rod to suit your needs.

    NOTE: Not pictured is how I put the charging cable into the black plastic sleeve before the aluminum bar so that it would be safe from snags and tangles. I simply snaked the cable through the sleeve and then reinserted the aluminum bar.

    Parts list:

    RAM-B-316-1-202U Pod 1 universal no-drill vehicle base.

    EDIT: Use RAM-B-316-1U Pod 1 universal no-drill vehicle base as you save a few bucks by not having the 2.5" round base adapter included with it.

    RAM-B-230U double 1" ball joiner

    RAM-B-201U standard length double socket arm

    RAM-HOL-UN8BU RAM universal X-Grip cradle for 7" tablets

    Monoprice 6' black certified lightning cable

    Kimdrox dual USB power adapter
     
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  2. Jan 17, 2016 at 11:29 AM
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    How much did this set up cost you?
     
  3. Jan 17, 2016 at 11:37 AM
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    Minus the tablet I'd say about $120.00 for everything. I use Amazon to hunt for deals and save on shipping.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2016 at 11:40 AM
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    Ok thanks I'm going to try hunt it down on Amazon
     
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  5. Jan 17, 2016 at 3:35 PM
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    What exactly is the power source for this? (Sorry, I'm not seeing where the wire is going)
     
  6. Jan 17, 2016 at 3:46 PM
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    It's running to the power port area like you would to charge a phone. He doesn't have it pictured
     
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  7. Jan 17, 2016 at 3:47 PM
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    Ah cheers, that was throwing me off.
     
  8. Jan 17, 2016 at 4:04 PM
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    You can kinda make out the cord running up on the second pic
     
  9. Jan 17, 2016 at 4:45 PM
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    That cable you see going over the lower dash console is actually for my dashcam. To power the iPad I used the Kimdrox dual USB power adapter.

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    It's hard wired into the power for the climate controls on my 2nd gen.

    @BotoSlap808, I found a less expensive way to source the no-drill vehicle base so I edited the original post with those details.
     
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  10. Jan 17, 2016 at 4:59 PM
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    Nice write up, think I'll do this.
     
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    Looking forward to seeing your results in a 3rd gen. Please do share pictures for other 3rd gen. owners.

    Welcome to TacomaWorld @Welshy141, if you or others want more detailed pictures let me know and I will take them for you short of tearing the dash apart to show the solder work.
     
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  12. Jan 17, 2016 at 6:50 PM
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    Sweet thanks for the write up! I'm going to try Amazon first. I definitely want to put this in my truck with all the driving I do for work
     
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  13. Jan 18, 2016 at 3:23 AM
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    Looking at all their stuff, thinking about this for the iPhone when I order all the stuff you did.

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    I'm just not sure how tight it fits, in the video they had to push down it get it in so I think I'll try it as well.
     
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  14. Jan 19, 2016 at 7:22 AM
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    Stephan, that looks handy but even though my truck came with thirteen cup holders I don't think I want to surrender one like that. I created another mounting solution thread that may be of interest to you. I have less than five minutes time inside a 3rd gen cab so I don't know how helpful that solution will be for you.

    @Welshy141, here are some more pictures that I took for you.

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    If you look close at the plastic sleeve you can see where I cut a small slice into it to let the cable exit without kinking it. I left some extra slack in the exposed cable as my wife didn't want her own A-pillar phone mount at first and would unplug the cable from the tablet so that she could charge her phone. Now she has her own A-pillar mount on the passenger side.

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    At the bottom this is all you can see of the cable. I am still tinkering with it but I think what I will do is have it snake under the seat a bit before turning back up to slip under the center console to make it invisible. I have Weathertech floor covers and they have a high lip edge so with factory carpet I imagine it would be more visible if you did it the same as I did in this picture.

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    I have the USB power adapter ports in the glove box for now. After about a month I'll bury them behind the glove box to clean up that space.
     
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    Yea I see you have one cup (coffee) holder behind the shifter.
    I'm thinking there is room for phone mount in one and coffee in the other.
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    On your other thread I am tracking it and it is cool, 3rd gen guys have this no handle.

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  16. Jan 19, 2016 at 1:57 PM
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    Thanks for the pictures. Sucks that they took that away from 3rd gen owners.
     
  17. Jan 22, 2016 at 10:43 PM
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    Sorry that I'm not fully tracking, but is the power supply the vehicle itself or a battery in the glove box?

    I'd like to have mine wired to my Taco's battery like my toughbook mount in my work Explorer.
     
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    I am looking for a way to be able to mount a tablet that is non-intrusive to passengers and also the radio/ac area and was curious about this PanaVise bracket. Do you think it would be sturdy enough to hold 13 oz? I am planning on picking up an Nvidia Shield K1 8" Tablet :) It will run Torque Pro and when I am bored be my entertainment center since it is deemed as a gaming tablet! I would be mounting a Ram ball to it with most likely a 2" Extension arm coupled to an X-Grip.
     
  20. Feb 10, 2017 at 6:53 AM
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    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/hondo-garage-big-squeeze-tablet-mount.473434/
     
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