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Old 07-07-2014, 11:01 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Thought you might enjoy seeing some of my hard work.

This iPad install lets me pop in and out the iPad Mini from the dashboard. It's wired to a Kenwood excelon radio that's mounted in the glovebox. Stock Infiniti speakers.

I'll take more pictures if there's interest.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:35 AM   #2
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Nice install. 👍

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Old 07-08-2014, 02:16 AM   #3
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Good work!

A few closeup pics would be nice.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:46 AM   #4
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Looks awesome. Can we get some pics of the mount with and without the iPad?
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:02 PM   #5
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you got it! Thanks for the compliments!

(FYI I fiberglassed in a second monitor for backing up, above the iPad)
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:09 PM   #6
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Sweet install! and excellent fiberglass. From the pics it looks factory. Is the Ipad your using 3g enabled?
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:29 PM   #7
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Sweet install! and excellent fiberglass. From the pics it looks factory. Is the Ipad your using 3g enabled?
Thank you! Yes, plasti-dip black spray paint over the fiberglass gives it the factory look. It's a 3G-enabled iPad Mini, so I can Spotify and Waze/Google Maps on the go.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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wow. Looks great
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Old 07-08-2014, 01:38 PM   #9
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Nice! I have been waffling between a aftermarket deck and keeping my 230 factory deck and using a 3G enabled iPad for nav.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:04 PM   #10
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Thats awesome. Plastidip never ceases to amaze me, especially with how creatively people use it on their jeeps. How do you like the setup? Feel it meets your needs? If you have any picture of the process I would love to see them. I have a nexus 7 that I would love to do this with in my JKU, sadly it seems apple owns most of the licensing with head unit manufacturers.

Also how do you like that head unit? I am looking to replace my own, you dont realize how nice it is to have a radio until it is gone..
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Nice! I have been waffling between a aftermarket deck and keeping my 230 factory deck and using a 3G enabled iPad for nav.
The iPad with Waze (for Nav and community-sourced police warnings) is amazing. It's better than the factory 730N nav I replaced by 100x. I'd highly recommend it! Just make sure you iPad either looks stock or you hide it when you park.

Sound quality is the same as stock, which wasn't bad.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:21 PM   #12
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I would love to get instructions on how you did this! This is exactly what I want to do with my soon to be ordered 2015 JKU Rubi (came from an '08 Sahara w/730n).
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:58 PM   #13
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The way you moulded the dash piece looks like factory. This is really really nice.
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:42 PM   #14
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I would love instruction on how to do this also! Please!
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:26 PM   #15
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Great job !
I have been wanting an iPad for maps and think its awesome !
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I would love to see how you did this also!
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:16 PM   #17
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Thanks, all!

The first step is to buy your necessities:

1. a small can of Bondo Glass
2. a small can of Bondo Body Filler.
3. an iPad dock - I bought mine here: Fifield Fab Custom Car Audio - Products - the iPad Mini M
4. Plasti-Dip (black) and painter's tape
5. LOTS of sandpaper in various grits

Once you've got all of that, the fun begins.

Remove the dashboard from the car and sell your Nav radio on eBay (you'll make around $700). Buy an iPad Mini with 3G with this.

Trim both the iPad dock and the dashboard so that they have a snug, semi-flush fit, with the iPad dock surface slightly more depressed than the dashboard. Melt the two pieces together to an extent. this will help strengthen your bond. I used a soldering iron.

Mix up some of the Bondo Glass, and spackle it onto the front and back. Try to be precise here, leaving minimal pockets of air. It'll look like a mess - this is OK.

Sand, sand, sand. Get it as smooth as you can once you've waited for it fro dry for a day or two. You'll reveal air pockets once it's all smooth - this is OK. Get your Bondo Body Filler and spackle that right over all of them. Again- wait a couple of days and then sand again.

It's a pretty repetitive process until everything is as smooth and shaped as you'd like it.

Once it's all good, it's time to spray. Tape off the rest of your dashboard except the middle panel and spray away. I gave it 7 coats of plasti dip and let it dry a few days. Don't spray where there's dust, and when you're ready to peel off the tape, run a sharp razor blade at the seems so that you don't pull of the rubberized spray paint with the tape.

That's it in a nutshell!

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Old 07-13-2014, 05:52 PM   #18
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Very nice install.

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