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Simple R170 NAV mount on coin tray

I occasionally use a UNIDEN TRAX Navigation device, and decided this was the neatest way to mount it as I don't like having it stuck to the windscreen.
I have the large coin tray fitted, not the cupholders.
The mount consists of a dense foam rubber pad with a hole cut in it to match the shape of the Nav device. The slot is cut to face the driver to reduce reflections.
The rubber is 10mm thick with self adhesive layer on one side (top side).
Peel off the Adhesive cover paper and stick on a thin layer of black trim carpet, leaving an area at the back for the support block.
Behind the Nav device I add a support block, being a second layer of foam for stability stuck to the adhesive layer.
One needs to check that the tray will still close with the foam rubber mount in place so that there is no way it can jam the tray closed.
It is not stuck to the coin tray, so when not using the Nav, I can still use the coin tray.

Normally the mount and the Nav reside in the centre console and can easily be removed from there and mounted, with one hand.
The Nav is high enough to be easy to read, and it is secure enough to operate when driving and the tray gives a point to support ones' left hand whilst operating the screen with one finger.
Now everyone has Nav screen sticking up from the middle of the dash, this does not look so odd (or stuck-on) and looks more integrated than a suction cup on the glass.
And whilst the power cord is not fully integrated, it is out of the way.
Total cost was zero as I had the materials, but it's really a $10 solution.
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Hi
I know this is an old thread but I just wanted to say what a good idea this is !!

I have an old Garmin nuvi that I sit on a stand on the dash - But when I get some time I will have a go at the this.

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Aha I was thinking of doing something similar with my iPad. I have the cupholder instead of the coin tray (US model) but I have access to a 3D printer...
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Aha I was thinking of doing something similar with my iPad. I have the cupholder instead of the coin tray (US model) but I have access to a 3D printer...
Got the cupholder BUT also have the (really tiny) ash tray. I used to put my garmin in it (can't now with the cam lighter plug there) but it always slid out on the floor during turns (can't imagine why ) .

Just wondering what your design might look like & where you were planning on putting it (or how to fasten it down--velcro?) once completed.


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Aha I was thinking of doing something similar with my iPad. I have the cupholder instead of the coin tray (US model) but I have access to a 3D printer...
I searched for iPad mount in SLK and found a YouTube series about a neat r171 installation but nothing at all for a r170.

Restructuring the whole centre stack for a model that might be obsolete in 5 years seems too much, but since the items there, heater, stereo, switches, get touched very rarely, having an iPad on a neat mount in front of them, that can swing to the side when necessary, could work well. The music would be all bluetooth controled so that easy.

My iPad cover has a pivoting keyboard/cover and this hinge and frame with the keyboard removed would almost make the perfect starting point. Then the question is where/how to secure it. I think I'd need a spare secondhand facia panel to be the donor part and maybe screw to that descretely.

All the mounts I found so far look too bulky and ugly.

There are lots of people who have put iPads in sedans and I am sure that works well, but has anyone done this in an open car, as I suspect with the high light levels and increased reflection, the readability might be poor?

Having driven the Tesla with its huge centre screen, I can see he appeal of all this.

For the r170 , much better than just adding a doubleDIN stereo with nav screen, as all the latest functions are instantly available with the iPad or tablet installation.

Three years ago, I saw this done on a 20 year old BMW 3-series convertible and it looked pretty radical then. Now everycar has this type of display.
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Here is the one I referred to

360 Swivel Rotating Smart Bluetooth Keyboard Case Folio Cover For ipad mini 2 3 | eBay

Remove keyboard, then frame and hinge mount is ready to go.
put bluetooth keyboard in glovebox for passenger to use with the iPad.
A couple of small pieces of velcro on the frame rear and silver hinge to stop it flapping around..
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Neat - something like that one with the integrated keyboard but WITHOUT the keyboard could work. I was actually going to try to make something that replaces the slide out cup-holder tray entirely. This way I could back-wire the USB cable. Like I said I have access to a 3D printer at my day job so making a quick prototype is possible. When the ME comes back from his wedding I'll see if he's interested in helping me with this project.

Whatever I use, I want it to be secure. Bean-bags and Velcro don't cut it. I have a 2014 Durango for my daily driver and I've gone around a few corners on three wheels with that machine. I expect the same thing will happen with the little 'Benz.
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