Car Dock Solution : spec dock, send station extender

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by rafter.shop, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. rafter.shop macrumors newbie

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    Just got my iPhone 4 and I thought I would share my in car solution. I drive a Jetta Sportwagen. I had an aftermarket head unit installed. It has iPhone integration through a 30 pin cable.

    I didn’t want exposed cables hanging out in the car, so I decided on a spec-dock from

    http://2point5.com

    The installer had to drill a hole at the bottom of the cup holder for the cable to pass through. Everything is hidden except for the black dock. It has a universal opening so I could insert the pocket that came with the SwitchEasy case I used on my old 3G.

    http://www.switcheasy.com/

    I found though that on rough roads, the universal dock 30 pin connection through the custom SwitchEasy pocket didn’t provide enough support for the phone. The phone would rock forward and back just enough to make me nervous and occasionally lose the audio connection with the head unit.

    The best solution I found was the Send Station dock extender.

    http://www.sendstation.com/us/products/dockextender/

    Even though it’s a bit ugly when the phone is not connected, the phone is locked in tight. No more bouncing around. I now use it with the Incipio SILICRYLIC case for my i-4.

    In the pics, you can see some black foam tape I wrapped around the spec-dock. It tightens up the fit and gives a little cushion from bad road shocks to the phone. I’ll probably need to replace the foam tape periodically, its getting a little ragged where it is exposed. Otherwise, I love the setup. Clean and secure.
     

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  2. h1kar1 macrumors regular

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    That is the exact setup i have been using in my 07FJ for over a year now.

    Used the extender becasue i used a vaja case.


    Any how i will note that the currnet extender does not fit the bumper case.
    However i was able to dremel it down a bit so that it does.

    currently working fine now..
     
  3. rafter.shop thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I know what your saying about the dock extender fit. I'm not married to the Silicrylic case, and I wonder about the how other cases will fit. Thinking hard about the Otterbox. I am really hard on phones.
     
  4. 8mpg macrumors regular

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    that looks great. I have been looking for a good dock for a while now. I want something simple. I found that an Apple 1g Ipod/iphone dock will work but with the bouncing around, i dont think its a good idea that all the weight rests on the dock pins.

    I just need a back for the iphone to rest on.
     
  5. TB2010 macrumors newbie

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