My DIY iPhone Car Dock

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  1. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a

    notsofatjames

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    I made myself a little iPhone car dock, so thought I'd share my experience.

    Its basically a universal dock adapter clip-in (£9 or $9, i don't get the apple exchange rate!) and a bit of super-glue.

    I have an Alpine head-unit, with direct iPod connector. I had to cut the hole in the dock a bit bigger to fit the iPod cable dock through and it still connects to my iPhone. Just got a sharp blade and hacked away until it fitted well enough for the cable to come through far enough for my phone to connect. Then just a bit of superglue to attach the cable to the dock adapter. Then a tiny bit more superglue to attach the dock adapter to my car. I hung it over a cup-holder, and it fits like a dream, and there's enough room for the dock cable to come down and out the back.

    Sorry about the last pic, it's dark out. And sorry i haven't got a pic of my iPhone in the dock, the iPhone's taking the pictures.
     

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  2. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000

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    nice. how do you get your hand in there to press the release tabs on the dock connector
     
  3. notsofatjames thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You dont have to. I cut the hooks off so it just slides on and off.
     
  4. shrewsburywolf macrumors regular

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    Do you get any call functionality through your stereo, or is it just music play back?
     
  5. Jdm_rsx macrumors 6502

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    i have a alpine unit too just like you...with the cable

    if u hook up the iphone to the cable DIRECTLY..its only music...no phone...

    however, i have never try to hook it up to a dock.....and use the cable from there..
     
  6. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    nice setup. i have an alpine head unit with my ipod touch. i just have the cable ran through into the glove box. i just put in there and close the box and not worry about the battery dieing or not having anything good to listen to in the car;)
     
  7. notsofatjames thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    nah just the music, but i suppose i could just use BT headset if i wanted that too.
     
  8. JakeN488 macrumors member

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    I have an alpine ipod ready head-unit as well (CDA-9857). I do have the ipod cord in the glove-box and am thinking about moving it so its out in the open. When plugged in and playing music, the phone still does ring... your music fades out the ring-tone fades in. Unfortunately you still have to unplug it to talk and hear but at least you wont miss a phone call while the music's up. Nice job on the dock though, I'll prob do the same but I'm thinking of using an actual dock.
     
  9. Bootsie macrumors 6502a

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    I do the same thing, only it is a 2GB nano, it never really leaves my car except for once every couple of months to sync with the computer.
     
  10. kurtdaniel macrumors newbie

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    I just got an iPhone for christmas and I'm trying to figure out how to get it to play in my car without losing the ability to receive calls..

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  11. reliantj macrumors 6502

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    lol what a hassle...

    why don't you just do this, but attach it in the cupholder or stick it
    wherever else you'd like? $6 on amazon
    i love this setup for my room. wakes me up in the morning and charges
    cause my outlet is right next to my bed.
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  13. notsofatjames thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    cos look how big that thing is! and theres no-where for the iPhone to connect to my stereo. I prefer my method, looks great, and works as I like it.
    and your opinion's not valid here, I see a windows laptop in that pic...:D
     

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