Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego, CA
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will this part require sanding for the relocating kit?
also, for the exisitng 12v piece, how do i detach it...?
I relocated it to the side of the base of the shifter ( below the plastic panel and shift boot ). The duracell inverter is plugged into it, and it's laying to the left side of the bottom of the shifter, zip tied into place. You have to use the cigarette lighter to power the tablet, so it can't be mounted anywhere in the cabin. No pictures are really necessary here. There's nothing to really show lol.
I finally got around to starting my own install (I've been buying the parts piecemeal since January), and I'll mention a personal observation -- unless you're very concerned about it or you live in an area with unreliable GPS, don't bother with the Plexiglas bracket.
I used the metal bezel and the GPS on my Nexus 7 works perfectly fine: I brought it out on the road last night to confirm, and Torque was all too happy to confirm I had 12 satellites visible, 8 locked, and a precision of 6 m on the GPS signal.
The scarier problem with the metal bezel, of course, is that you're putting a metal object in direct contact with glass. To avoid that, in true hacker form I spaced the tablet from the bracket using soft foam weather stripping. The most laborious part of it was that because the weather stripping was about 1 cm (.4 in) wide, I had to cut it lengthwise with an Exacto knife prior to mounting it along the contact face of the metal bracket.
As a bonus that I suspect the plastic bracket might not have, I can gently slide the tablet in and out of the bracket without causing damage to the tablet -- I've had the bracket and tablet together for a while now without having gotten around to completing the dash install (I'm always anxious about any irreversible changes I make to my vehicle, and going to town with a Dremel is one of them), and every so often I take my tablet out of the bracket to enjoy it as a portable device. This also means that in the unlikely event the tablet is damaged, a new bracket won't be required. =)
First of all, amazing install. I have a tablet laying around so i'm ordering the parts to install and going to tackle this soon. Question about powering the tablet though. I'm currently using the cigarette lighter to power my radar detector, which I definitely want to keep. Is it possible to hardwire the tablet directly to the battery or something else that will allow it to power on on car start? I'm new to electrical mods so if that makes no sense send a virtual slap my way.
by the user bryanjca
I have rigged a temporary installation using some plastic and 3m tape, to my amazement the GPS works perfectly and has not dropped a signal once (I unplugged my GPS booster for this test).
I just ordered a sheet of ABS plastic online and I plan to use the metal piece as a template to create something similar out of plastic. Plastic does not block GPS signals but metal does.
by the user majik:
Maybe this will help.....
Nexus 7 open: http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/1...n4UKYoEVx.huge
Red square = GPS
Orange square = NFC
Yellow square = WiFi
so it appears the GPS chip is right above the power button.
Originally Posted by majik
I grabbed two thin small plexiglass sheets from Home Depot. I used the metal bracket as a template, used a sharp edge to mark my path, and cut it out with a dremel. I found some screws a little longer than what came with the bezel. (I bought 2 in case the first messed up. I did mess it up, so I used that as a template for the 2nd and it was perfect. $1.97 each).
1. I placed the plexiglass BEHIND the Nexus 7 and screwed it in half way, sandwiching the Nexus between the bezen and plexiglass.
2. I held it in my hands, lined up the screen display so it was perfect, and had my wife put two small squares of 3M Double-sided tape between the Nexus and the Plexiglass.
3. I held it in place while my wife screwed in the rest of the screws, bending the plexiglass slightly and having the screws tighter on the bottom to help keep it from sliding down (also the purpose of the 3M).
I also used a 90º angle 3.5mm m/f 3.5mm jack for the audio cord so it wouldn't be sticking out directly from the tablet. The adapter isn't necessary, but definitely made it better since the audio cable wasn't bending so much.
The plexiglass makes the GPS MUCH better. With the metal bracket, the GPS was worthless - it worked less than 50% of my interstate drive this morning. Now I have a full signal and it said it was accurate to 23 feet from INSIDE my garage.
1.Analogix ANX7808 SlimPort transmitter
2.Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU with Adreno 320 GPU
3.Elpida J4216EFBG 512MB DDR3L SDRAM chip (four, for a total of 2GB RAM)
4.Texas Instruments BQ51013B inductive charging controller
5.Qualcomm Atheros WCN3660 WLAN a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and FM radio module
6.SK Hynix H26M51003EQR 16 GB eMMC NAND Flash
7.Qualcomm PM8921 quick charge battery management IC
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