Car mount (Ford Ranger)

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by diane143, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. diane143 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Looking for a car mount for a Ford Ranger.

    I could do cd, cigarette lighter or vent mounted.

    The lighter style concerns me a bit as it's close to the steering wheel and I wonder it will stick out too far.

    CD holder - I don't seem to find too many that will move so I can angle it towards me.

    Vent - the vent is in a great position but not sure I want to lose access to fresh air come summer!

    Ideally I'd love something I can slide in next to the deck, but not sure how feasible that is.

    Reasonably priced and I don't need an FM transmitter with it. Must be able to work with a case (Otterbox Commuter on a 4S). Swivel is a plus.

  2. Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    Hi Diane ...

    In some jurisdictions it is illegal to have blocking the view items hanging around the front windshield ... however from the options that did not work for you (with the dash vent being the most viable but Texas is hot for example and need the AC).

    A suction pump type cell phone holder would be the smart purchase .. as using glue will just muck up the glass.

    Anyhow .... I hit the search button for your parameters on the biggest iPhone out there .. and I found this one for about $10 or so .. there are others more expensive. Has the swivel and will fit 5s apparently which I think is 4s sized so I am guessing it is adjustable as they claim the otterbox is ok.

    Just wanting to give you another idea ... an alternative that might work.

    Otherwise ... get a 'floor mount truck console' that would fit under the dash below the stereo system .. and can view it from there .. guessing it is for map directions. That way you do not impede any other vehicle functions what so ever and are right with the law.

    My warmest regards.



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  3. SkippyThorson macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2007
    Utica, NY
    I just happened to see Ford Ranger and was interested in this topic. The only one I found to be suitable in any truck, because of the dash layout mostly, are the suction cup variety with an arm; kind of like an extended GPS clip. There's no place really convenient to prop up a phone in a truck - and believe my I've tried!

    The angle of the window is also a help because it's so vertical that it tends to fall off less. In my Saturn S-Series, the windshield is so slanted that the iPhone tends to pull down and come off. Not cool when your iPhone sails across the dash, hitting plastic and metal on its way to the floor. :eek:

    User above beat me to it - exactly!
  4. diane143, Apr 28, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015

    diane143 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Damn! I didn't want a windshield mount at all. That's why I listed the others. I'm really particular about anything on the windshield - our old emissions stickers used to drive me nuts!

    Skippy, that's what's worked best for you?

    I'm really spoiled as my exh welded a custom mount for my Escort, it's nice and small and at a perfect angle to see and reach.

    I think anything to the left of the deck would be great, angled towards me. Yes, navigation is the main reason though sometimes I like to hit "next' on a song. Right now I put it on the floor and it's brutal for navigation, especially as I don't have it playing through the deck yet. I have to get it moved into my line of sight.

    Thanks guys!
  5. brianbunge macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kennesaw, GA
    I have the Koomus CD-Eco car mount and absolutely love it. It does have a bit of swivel to it so it might work for you. My wife made me order a second one for her car a few weeks ago because she liked mine so much. It works just fine with both the 6 and the 6+.
  6. Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    Dearest Diane ...

    Then you do not have a USB slot to plug and play your music off the steering wheel buttons that control the deck. :confused: Ick that is a tuff one to deal with.

    Plan ONE ... find a welder and do what your ex-BF did.

    Plan TWO ... get the Koomus-CD-Eco-Universal-CD-Slot-Smartphone-Car-Mount-Holder-Cradle-for-Samsung

    about $25 ... or more.

    See if that works for your particular application.

    Has to fit your CD slot if you have one ... and they are particular as you can break your CD player by sticking things down the throat. So you have to get the right one.

    Plan THREE ... is upgrade your radio to a Kenwood or other system that has a USB slot ... there are remote controls that give you button push access to move the songs about even on shuffle play. At least you will have a CD slot that works with the Koomus and what it will fit properly.

    I know you are looking for an easy answer ...

    and welding might be the one.

    My warmest regards.


  7. diane143 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    It's a 2001, so no plug and play on the deck. I do have to pull it as there are conflicting reports of a cd changer port/plug on the back I could tap into. If it's not there I will replace the deck.

    The OEM deck does have a CD player so that is an option.

    I can deal with playing through the phone speaker for now, but I have to get it up off the floor.

    Two separate issues really. I'm trying to resolve the holder at the moment. And yes, every time I go down this route I think of having someone copy the one in the car lol

    The Koomas doesn't look bad and they have vent mounted ones as well. They didn't have any reviews on Amazon.
  8. Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    Dearest Diane ...

    Waste of time going through the back and seeing if that works or not as the iPhone only puts signal out two ways - USB or earphone jack. That is pretty much set in stone ... and it is best to work it the way Apple has it working.

    To get the most bang for buck ... and make you a happy lady.

    I recommend you upgrade to a Kenwood CD player (get the cheapest one out there, at Crutchfield you can purchase all the parts you need and pay for one shipping charge.)

    This one is $99 ... and has a USB port. Just use your USB Lightening cable and plug it in or get a heavy duty one for the Ranger and have it in the glove box maybe.

    Upgrade your speakers for your door ports and behind your bench seat to Co-Axial (it has a tweeter in the center of a midrange or woofer speaker) for another $75 or so. Behind the bench seat might need 'box speakers' ... Work it so you get four speakers going, so you can have the surround sound ... it makes the tunes really nice.

    For $15 you can get a Marine AM/FM rubberized whip antenna that is 40 feet long (coiled wire) in an 18 inch application. Together his will really pull in long distance FM stations and give you a strong clear signal that Kenwood is famous for. If the antenna swap is a chore, stay with the factory antenna you have.

    See if this one has a REMOTE CONTROL ... through the Kenwood that will function your iPhone music (it will see it as an iPod). This will allow you to advance the song shuffle with a push of the button on the infrared remote having the Kenwood work your iPhone that way.

    If not get the one that is ... like ... $125 ... until you find one with the remote control in the package.

    There are more expensive Kenwood that will also work your Phone for handsfree talking .. as they will supply a microphone and the sound for the phone will come through the speakers ... cutting off the music. For those it is best to have the steering wheel controls for that purpose.

    But for the vehicle ... don't put big bucks into it.

    Just enough money to make you free and happy.

    Later on you can get a less older vehicle that has the steering wheel controls.

    I have a 2008 Chevy Avalanche ... and it is nice to drive around in.

    I put Mercedes Benz synthetic oil in the engine so I can get 300,000 miles out of it ... this is only 30 cents more expensive then Mobile One synthetic oil.

    With the Kenwood .. then you can get the Koomus for the Kenwood application that way ... and have it for navigation in that manner you would like to have. See if they make one that works for you.

    Toss a few bucks at it ... and have the money buy your happiness and freedom.

    If you buy a headache (since you are an Apple person that doesn't suit your fancy I would conclude) .. then you get one.

    So do a little research, find out if you can swap the antenna easily (with the Ranger likely so), then make the careful purchase ... and when the radio and parts (speakers/antenna) arrive have a good electrical person do the install into the wiring harness so the radio circuit breaker is working properly.

    You will be very happy .... with your creative endeavors and the money you spent to get you there.

    May God keep you safe and well protected on your journey.



  9. Leggee macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2014
    I have a mag-tek set up. It involves a very slim metal disc stuck to your case/phone. It's really thin and barely noticeable. Then on the car a magnet is mounted that can swivel in all directions. Very similar to the Steelie but the huge difference being the magnet is not on the phone and just a thin disc. I got it on Amazon Japan.

    Attached Files:

  10. Leggee macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2014
    This is how it looks on the phone.

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  11. diane143 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Thanks for the info Alan! I hadn't considered something with a remote as all I really do is hit next now and then. Remember the clip on remote that used to work inline with headphones on the original iPods? I used to clip that to my key ring so I could go forward and back without thinking about it - miss that little accessory!

    My daily driver is way older and it has an Alpine deck from 2003 with a changer output. I've used Monster cable for my Touch and then a Kensington when I got the 4s. Those both played and charged through the dock connector. The Kensington finally cut out last fall and I ended up getting a Y adapter to play and just put a charge cable to an extra cigarette lighter USB port under the dash. I will have to upgrade the phone at some point so it didn't make sense to buy a new all in one dock cable. So..... Not too worried if the Ranger has a similar output behind the deck and I need to do the same thing. If it's not there I will definitely upgrade the deck.

    I stumbled on Panavise mounts today. The are similar to Proclip, except it looks like the Proclip Ranger one is on the vent, and the Panavise slides/screws in next to the deck.

    Here's what it looks like. I just wish it was on the left side. And I look at it and think, damn, I have some angle iron! I'd just need a AMPS holder to attach to it!

    Can anyone recommend a good AMPS holder that has small bottom feet and accepts a case? I don't really feel comfortable with the ones that just clamp on the side.
  12. Alan Mac Farlan, Apr 30, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2015

    Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    You are very welcome Diane ...

    When you 'shop' for your upgrade Kenwood radio and look at different models of AM/FM/CD players. Make sure something like the Kenwood DPX501BT CD receiver fits your Ranger and this one is $159.00

    This is the BIG BOX radio, that in some truck like the Ford, Chevy, Ram, the factory radio is about 4 inches tall on the side and 8 inches across the top ... well this Kenwood will fit EXACTLY into your Ford Ranger, in the Factory hole and just plug into the harness.

    The smaller cheaper Kenwood you have to buy an install kit to make that big hole into a smaller one .. usually they put a tray slot below the radio to take up the space.

    I have the Big Box Radio in my Chevy, and it has 80,000 colors to the dials ... and you can adjust the color to exactly match your dashboard lights.

    I like it a LOT !!!

    (I doubt that Ford has a USB port in the back of the deck behind the dash somewhere. BMW in their 2000 models did not have them yet, but Apple was making them with the iPod 30 pin clip .. before they went to Lightening.)

    For More MONEY .. you can buy Navigation Radios that will GPS and put in maps ... or there is an iCar Kenwood radio .. that looks like a computer screen and takes the place of that Big Box Hole I spoke of above. It might take the map from your iPhone and put it all there .. as it is an iCar radio that Kenwood or any of the other companies that make iCar radio displays now.

    Watch the You Tube Videos ... on the particular radio you are interested, and get well educated ... so that it has the remote control that suits your fancy.

    They have packages .. where you can buy the radio and the speakers at one go ... or buy the specials and discontinued radios for cheaper.

    I like the Kenwood as it has the best Reception of AM/FM of them all. Toss in that Marine AM/FM antenna I told you about that is 40 feet long in an 18 inch application ... and you got game.

    Read the reviews of other people that purchased it ... and see what they say.

    An hour or two of shopping over two days (sleep on it) .. and then put your Shopping Cart together.

    Talk to Tech Support on the internet chat .. just to be sure you have everything.

    They will go over your shopping cart items, double check the Ranger application, and be sure you have everything you need for a full installation and no additional purchases items later for ONE SHIPPING CHARGE.

    Since you do not have steering wheel controls, the paddles and buttons for handsfree radio and phone calls .. then you do not need to buy any black box translators to make them work with your after market radio ...

    Take your time ... shop carefully ... and you will do good.

    May God keep you safe and well protected on your journey.



  13. diane143 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Kind of morphing between the two issues...... My OEM deck is CD changer compatible and this device will let the phone play through.

    I have no desire for a full info screen, I find the, way too distracting. The idea of an extra compartment/tray with a smaller unit sounds appealing too.

    So it's $75 for that or $100 or so for a deck. Let's see what I find at the swap meet this weekend.

    Wasn't able to pull the surround off to see how the bracket attaches yet.
  14. Alan Mac Farlan, May 2, 2015
    Last edited: May 2, 2015

    Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    well .. you are good to go then.

    The Ford OEM radio has the four speakers all hooked in I think.

    Just sort out the plug in arraignment behind the dash board ... plug in your iPhone ... and you got stereo music out of the Ford OEM radio ... or at least two speakers.

    At the Swap Meet .. if you are lucky ... and can get a working AM/FM with a USB in it ... for cheap ... then all you would need to buy is the 'Install Kit' for that particular radio you got .. for example .. a Samsung radio would need a Samsung install kit for your Ford application (2001 model ... I think you said).

    Samsung ... for example .. would have four out puts for the quad speakers.

    You have the two in front (usually in the doors).

    Just two more behind the bench seat under the rear window (a pair of small box speakers pointing up that are held in place by a bracket screwed into the floor board) as I am thinking you have two door Pickup Truck ...

    Or they can go under the seat .. or build a plywood box like this one. You do not have to buy it if you do not want to .. however there are speakers and kits already made for your truck application.

    after you get the parts necessary to run your stereo ... just install the radio wire harness to the radio that allows it to snap into your truck electrical system .. and run the two rear speaker cable into the truck harness so that part snaps into the radio harness ... finish the hookup with the install kit that you will likely have to purchase.

    and you got game big time.

    All you have is some electrical labor to sort out ... the parts are not that expensive and at the swap meet ... even less so.

    You are smart .. you will do really good.

    Oh .. I don't like the iCar radio system as it is to distracting to me as well and looks ugly to my eye.


  15. diane143 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Yep! It's a 2001 and it does have 4 speakers. There are tons of decks at the swap meets and I know I can get a good new one for between $100 - $150 so no need to spend too much on used ;)

    Ford does offer USB/BT decks in newer vehicles and some people have swapped them out so that's an option if I find one of those - and it will look stock.

    I'll let you know how I do tomorrow :)

  16. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    ProClip's positioning looks better for you aside from blocking the AC vent. However, I'd recommend Panavise as its bracket securely bolts to your dash.

    Can't comment on mounts. ProClip probably makes one but I doubt you'd find it reasonable. That said, it always helps to post a number/range as one's reasonable isn't necessarily the next's.
  17. 1984world macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2008
    I have proclip mounts in all of my vehicles and love them. A bit pricey, but worth every penny. And you can have more than one (I have at least two mounts in each vehicle) installed at a time. Custom built for each vehicle/device, and very sturdy.

    Heres a link:
  18. diane143 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Takeshi74 - you're right. I do like that position better but for the Ranger, it's right on the vent. That I don't like as much.

    The Panavise mount is to the right of the deck and it is still a bit of a reach for me (I'm 5'2"). If I can modify it, or make a similar one for the left side, it would be perfect. Though..... I need to have someone hold it there for me to make sure the steering wheel won't block it. I would probably look at it for navigation more than touch it for song changes. Glad I thought of that.

    Reasonable... that can change with time. I was hoping to do it for under $25 but I'm just not happy with what I'm seeing out there in that price range (vent and cd tray mounts). I know ProClip and Panavise make a solid mount and that's pretty important too.

    As far as the decks go, I saw a number from $25 - $40, but the cheaper ones were pretty beat up and most had their wires clipped in all price ranges. I am not an electronics expert by any stretch of the imagination and I'm trying to do as much as I can myself so I'd rather not be splicing wires. I'm going to order the PIE unit.

    Which still leaves me mount-less lol! But I'm getting there :)
  19. Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    Hi Diane ...

    I looked at the Dash layout on the Ford Ranger and it is crowded, even with using a CD insert phone holder.

    Or you go with a Vent Mount and use the Right side vent to hold it in place while it is turned towards you.

    I still like the center floor console ... they make different kinds that just get put on the transmission hump and they stay there.

    Here is a Ford Ranger example where you can put one of those glue down holders .. (they have ones with 3m that you wet and remove and replace) or suction cup holders if you like.

    However it is made of steel .. so a magnetic mount is likely very easy to do so the iPhone is lifted to your eye level and easy to move about for the exact placement you need and want .. and that placement doesn't get into issues with window blocking and some driving laws especially if you go from State to State.

    You can get clever and use a larger circle magnet from a audio speaker salvaged from a flea market sale and then put the magnetic holder on that larger magnet for a secure hold that brings it up even higher.

    Additionally your vehicle operates exactly as you expect it to for driver and passenger comfort/safety.

    RAM Mount No-Drill Laptop Base f/Ford Ranger & Explorer Sport Trac


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    Compatible Vehicles:

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    Ford Explorer Sport Trac (2001-2006)

    Placement of Mount:
    Passenger side floor board, on top of seat bracket

    Drilling Requirements:
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    Seat Configuration:

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    Powder Coated Steel

    One 4" riser is included with this vehicle base. Riser allows optimized placement of mount with a minimal amount of intrusion of passenger leg space. Will not interfere with levers or factory installed consoles.
  20. Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    This is an example of the box speakers that I was talking about ... which fit behind your bench seat in the Pick Up Truck.

    That is if you do not have door speakers back there.

    The brackets screw to the floor board .. and the speakers are suspended.

    Point them UP ... to the ceiling of the truck ... they have really good sound; work the fader and balance controls until you get surround sound audio. It makes for happy road tunes. I am sure you can get them cheaper closer to home.

    Oh .. these are Tri-Axial speakers .. or three way .. have woofer, midrange and tweeter speakers in the box.


    New PYRAMID 2022SX 3.75" 200W 3-Way Car Audio Mini Box Car/Inside Home Speakers

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  21. maliu macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    Kenu airframe plus. I have spin around vents in my F150. I turn them upside down, holds great. But if you need heat, the phone cooks. Gotta direct hot air to your feet. AC no problem.
  22. Alan Mac Farlan macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    oh yeah .. I just realized.

    If you replace the 4 speakers you already have since they are cracked from age, use and being factory to begin with.

    Well you now have 4 circle magnets.

    Just have to dismantle the old speakers, basically be heavy handed with them as you are going to recycle all the materials ... and keep working it apart.

    The Magnetic has a base plate that is glued on which in some applications makes all the magnetic force go in the direction away from that base plate, making it stronger as a magnet in that direction. I mention that as sometimes you want to keep the base plate on.

    Otherwise, just use a sharp chisel to the line between the base plate and the magnet, give it a tap or two .. and that plate will come off. Usually then the magnet just comes free from the surrounding speaker assembly or just pull it off ... as the magnetic is what is holding it self to the metal frame of the speaker assembly.

    Do that four times .. and pop them on your refrigerator if you like.

    They really hold stuff to metal.

    Buy a magnetic like this at the hardware store is expensive and here you get them free.


  23. diane143 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Thanks Maliu. No AC so I'd like to be able to use the vents for fresh air. So you haven't had problems with your vents? Reviews are so mixed on them. My coworker has had one on his Focus all winter that he's happy with.

    Alan - you're good at spending my money! :p I'm going to stick with the stock speakers. I do have 4.

    That mount you linked to….. is there something to attach to that? If not it looks like it would be pretty low to the ground.
  24. alanrocks macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Check out the guys at Breffo. I use their product and it will work with various phone models with our without a case. I've seen lots of different cars they have tested it in on their Instagram page.
  25. a.guillermo macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2015
    That's interesting. It looks like it could be a good product, but know that whenever these companies make a product page on a website, that increases the overhead costs significantly. I bet you could find something very comparable or exactly the same on amazon or ebay for a lot less money.

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