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Old 11-07-2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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So I saw this post on autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/07/c...ple-ipad-mini/), and just after the few other examples I've heard of, it got me thinking. Would it be possible to install an iPad mini in my wrx? I have little to no know-how of how to even start such a project, but does anyone have any idea where to begin?

This could be super epic and awesome, or super miserable and destroy my interior. I need to measure first, but I'm not near my car at the moment. I have a '12 wrx. Would the iPad mini fit in place of the radio console? I know it probably won't be a perfect fit - might need to saw out a bit, but that general area above the vents looks like it could actually fit the mini, what do you think? The ipad is 7.78in x 5.3in x .28in. Not that depth would really be an issue...

I'm cautiously excited....
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #2
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:50 PM   #4
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The normal ipads in cars just look absolutely retarded and I don't know why anyone would do that. The ipad mini on the other hand is small enough it should look nice and flow well. I believe (someone should confirm this) the standard size for a double din opening is 4x7in. So minor cutting would be needed to make it fit. Its so close you may even be able to get away with doing something like cutting an 8x5.75 hole and then using ABS plastic to make a face that the ipad mini would sit flush in.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:54 PM   #5
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I got the call to put one in the week before they came out, just before the hurricane, its tempting but I've got a motor swap to do or I would do it. Wouldn't be hard and would be very cool. I was trying to convince him to do two, one in each visor. That way your passenger can play too.

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So I saw this post on autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/07/c...ple-ipad-mini/), and just after the few other examples I've heard of, it got me thinking. Would it be possible to install an iPad mini in my wrx? I have little to no know-how of how to even start such a project, but does anyone have any idea where to begin?

This could be super epic and awesome, or super miserable and destroy my interior. I need to measure first, but I'm not near my car at the moment. I have a '12 wrx. Would the iPad mini fit in place of the radio console? I know it probably won't be a perfect fit - might need to saw out a bit, but that general area above the vents looks like it could actually fit the mini, what do you think? The ipad is 7.78in x 5.3in x .28in. Not that depth would really be an issue...

I'm cautiously excited....
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:59 PM   #6
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LOL, i wonder if they will make an app called iDrive.. talk to drive..
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:16 PM   #7
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Ahh this is so cool! I tried searching for something like that but was unsuccessful. Any way there is anything for a '12 wrx yet?

And I agree about the mini. the regular ipad is way too big. hence why I'm pretty excited about the mini! it shouldn't look as ridiculous..

@tuzzio, who is slicvic?

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Old 11-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #8
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The Google Nexus 7 fits like a glove in the double DIN opening. A mini Ipad would need some minor trimming, bondo, sanding and painting. But doable.

Car audio is all about creativity and not so much does it fit.

Perhaps search the car audio forum as that would have been the better place to start. I'd recommend you find the nexus thread to see what that guy did to put a tablet in the dash and look pretty OEM to boot.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:24 PM   #9
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Soundman in CA will build your dash and send it to you. Expensive but these guys do great work. You can check out their youtube videos, the one showing the ipad mini install was on a volkswagen cc and they utilized magnets fiberglassed into the "pan" they create. Here are the links to their site as well as the youtube video.

http://www.soundmanca.com/photos-and-info/

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Old 11-08-2012, 12:22 AM   #10
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:19 PM   #11
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LOL, i wonder if they will make an app called iDrive.. talk to drive..
Just wanted to point out BMW already has patent on that name. BMW computer software = iDrive

And now something relevant-> I think that the mini in a car makes a whole lot more sense than a full size iPad. Thats just excessive
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:04 AM   #12
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Yeah, it looks awesome.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:29 AM   #13
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SLICVIC is a user i just bought a nardi set up from, he had an ipad in his car. His FS thread had pictures of it installed.

Edit, there is a space SLIC VIC
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:46 PM   #14
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slic vic. ok I'll drop him a line. thanks!
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:03 PM   #15
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Lol double sides sticky tape lmao jk.
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:25 AM   #16
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Hahaha. My dad seriously suggested I use velcro....
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:23 AM   #17
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bahaha! That is in no way acceptable to do to your car or the ipad.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:17 PM   #18
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:48 PM   #19
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someone needs to make a double din plate that holds a 7" tablet... Or even better a metal frame that would mimic the size of a double din cd player. there has to be some sort of standards to that stuff as cd players always seem to fit...
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:41 PM   #20
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someone needs to make a double din plate that holds a 7" tablet... Or even better a metal frame that would mimic the size of a double din cd player. there has to be some sort of standards to that stuff as cd players always seem to fit...
Forgive my tech noobiness. But what's a double din plate? I'm trying to outsource a manufacturer in china who specializes in apple products and if I can give good specifications to what we're looking for, he'll give me a quote. If I can figure a way around shipping, it shouldn't be that expensive bc I've worked with him in the past.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:56 PM   #21
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Here is my setup (originally )

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2300312


And here is the setup I made last night for my Nexus7 over the top of my headunit. *I still have some minor cleanup to do on the bracket edges.

Basically I made a two 3 sided brackets , bottom (resting for tablet), side, front and a top "L" bracket to keep it from falling backwards when accelerating. Then screwed them into the face-plate with very little screws from the back.

The brackets basically create a 1 centimeter cube for the tablet to sit on/in, I used 3mm thick carbon-fiber sheet as material. I also mounted it so that there is a 8mm gap from the bottom so the factory radio buttons are still accessible even with the tablet in in use.

Why make it this way, I wanted to keep the Pioneer unit and backup camera for when I do not want to use the tablet.

I case anyone wonders I use MiFi for my Nexus and or navigation when the tablet is in use. I connect the tablet to the headunit via bluetooth. I even use the steering wheel controls for voice commands and skipping on the tablet and yes my phone is also paired at the same time and I can use the wheel answer and hangup wile the tablet is in. In short when setting up the Bluetooth you have to specify what funtions the tablet has and what functions the phone has (phone = phone only, no streaming audio).

I am using "Car Home" as the Home screen wile in the car

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Old 11-20-2012, 05:42 PM   #22
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What do you guys suggest I hae 2013 hatch with no nav but I want to install a good system DVD and better speakers
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:44 PM   #23
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What do you guys suggest I hae 2013 hatch with no nav but I want to install a good system DVD and better speakers
This is the wrong place to ask that. There are plenty of long threads addressing that question.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:45 PM   #24
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Here is my setup (originally )

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2300312

And here is the setup I made last night for my Nexus7 over the top of my headunit. *I still have some minor cleanup to do on the bracket edges.

Basically I made a two 3 sided brackets , bottom (resting for tablet), side, front and a top "L" bracket to keep it from falling backwards when accelerating. Then screwed them into the face-plate with very little screws from the back.

The brackets basically create a 1 centimeter cube for the tablet to sit on/in, I used 3mm thick carbon-fiber sheet as material. I also mounted it so that there is a 8mm gap from the bottom so the factory radio buttons are still accessible even with the tablet in in use.

Why make it this way, I wanted to keep the Pioneer unit and backup camera for when I do not want to use the tablet.

I case anyone wonders I use MiFi for my Nexus and or navigation when the tablet is in use. I connect the tablet to the headunit via bluetooth. I even use the steering wheel controls for voice commands and skipping on the tablet and yes my phone is also paired at the same time and I can use the wheel answer and hangup wile the tablet is in. In short when setting up the Bluetooth you have to specify what funtions the tablet has and what functions the phone has (phone = phone only, no streaming audio).

I am using "Car Home" as the Home screen wile in the car

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Headunit only:

with Tablet:
This is awesome. How much did it set you back once completed?
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:12 PM   #25
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This is awesome. How much did it set you back once completed?
Thank you

It set me back about 4 hours and glued hands, the Screws were less then $5. The 3mm carbon fiber sheet was $45, but I had that already from another project so that was kinda free.
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