Discussion in 'iPad' started by jr4284, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. jr4284 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    I've got a 2006 Subaru WRX STi, and I've finally got my production parts in to mount my iPad in it...

    No no, this isn't the Scosche one everyone's seen. I don't like the way it looks. So I set out to revamp my bezel to accommodate an iPad. Here are the results:


    Streaming radio for all of my local stations and non-local stations. Pandora. Great GPS integration. I link with my OBD-II port using a Kiwi Wifi and get digital gauges as well.

    Control of it is easy and safe - I use gestures and voice control to do everything... very little is actually "look and touch" if you don't want it to be.

    The tabs are remarkably strong... the FEA I did shows they'll take about 80 lbs to break off. Considering the weight of the iPad and positioning of the tabs, it'd take a 38G acceleration to snap 'em. There's also foam on the back sides of the tabs and in the "i" emblem that helps distribute that force.

    The Apple iPad dock is sitting in a tray. You can bring in power and take out audio through the 30 pin, or just grab audio out through the headphone jack on the dock. Nice low profile way of doing things.

    Paint match is soooo close. Hard to tell it's not stock, really.

    I'm psyched the way this thing came out.
  2. chris566 macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2010
  3. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
  4. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2010
  5. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    Great to meet another Impreza owner on the forum; I've got a 2004 WRX. I love mine, it's quiet and comfortable when you just want to get somewhere but it is also fast and handles brilliantly when I want a bit of fun. Plus there is always the grumble from the exhaust to listen to.

    The mount looks like it came out really well; almost like it's always been there. Did you have to re-route the air vents? On my year the centre air vents are directly above the stereo. Are you having any problems with reflections? What about audio? Do you still have an amplifier mounted somewhere?
  6. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
  7. jr4284 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    Thanks! I opted not to re-route the center air vents. I can make something to do it, but it wasn't a big deal to me. There's still some airflow through the modified vents I put in there, but obviously not as much. The air vents are the same on the '06 -- mounted above the bezel/radio area. I replaced both pieces with this one piece.

    As far as reflections go, I really don't have any issues with them. From the driver's viewpoint, the reflection looks into the passenger seat. Not an issue, but if it was, you can always put on the anti-glare cover on the iPad :)().

    The audio runs to a volume control knob (Absolute RSW250) first, then to the amp. When you're docked, you lose iPad volume control. Makes sense... sends the strongest signal out to the receiver where you have another volume control built in (typically). You can see where I mounted it here:

    The amp is under the passenger seat.
  8. justflie macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    Red Sox Nation
    Are you planning on making one for the 2008+ models? Looks pretty sweet. Nice pictures.
  9. cdubz macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2010
    That's a clean way to mount an ipad.I have an '04 STi and I was wondering how the digital gauges look through the pad.I was thinking about trying one of the apps for some tuning work.
  10. lozpop macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2006
    Hey, don't use it while your driving! ;)
    Except for Maps.
  11. talkingfuture macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2008
    The back of beyond.
    Thats pretty cool, I like it. Wonder if any car manufacturers will make an in dash mount for iPad. I've seen a lot of concepts that use iPhones in the armrest but nothing in production yet.
  12. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2006
    Fort Myers, FL
    That's awesome! I'd love to do it in my 05 RX-8! So do you remove the iPad everytime you leave the car? I'd be afraid it would get stolen.
  13. jr4284 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    Thanks! Injection molding = $$$, so I do want to get to the GR model subarus, but I can only do that once this starts selling.

    The gauges look great actually. I use Rev and can't give it enough praise. The OBD-II info is transmitted wirelessly using a Kiwi Wifi. I haven't used DashCommand a lot, but some people swear by that instead of rev.

    Pffff. Maps. Navigon baby! I'm jailbroken and added in voice control and assigned gestures to commands. My eyes never leave the road and I can change songs, albums, search google, tweet, update facebook, shuffle songs, etc. Safety is #1 in my book and it was in my mind while doing this.

    Probably pretty unlikely as they are always concerned with liability and potential litigation.

    Yep, just throw it in my glovebox. 5 seconds.
  14. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2006
    Tyler, Texas
  15. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    When i saw this thread title i thought it was going to be about how you caught a sexually transmitted infection from your ipad.
  16. SidBala macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    The iPad is indeed sexy. But not enough to hump it, I think.
  17. airtron macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2010
  18. Jasonbot macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2006
    The Rainbow Nation RSA
    Is anyone else excited about the fact that the OP did Finite Element Analysis to check if the tabs were strong enough?
  19. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
  20. Coukos34 macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    First off, I doubt he cares. And second, you do realize that if he did want to sell it, he could just get a replacement dash piece. Doesn't sound like you have dealt with modding cars before :rolleyes:
  21. Crosbie macrumors 6502a


    May 26, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    At first I thought this thread would be about an Atari ST emulator for the iPad. Which would have been cool. Then I thought it must be about catching a nasty rash off one. I was not expecting high quality automotive modifications.
  22. jr4284 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009

    Haha, yeah... I had requested a variety of ABS/PC blend spec sheets from my molder. I picked out a few that had the thermal characteristics of the rest of my car, then plugged their properties into the solver and went to town. Last thing I wanted was for someone to gun it and end up with a face full of iPad.

    This is 100% reversible. I still have all my old pieces. 0 cutting needed, that's the beauty of this.

    But STi's generally don't resell well. They are rally cars. I have 75,000 miles of 18.5 PSI engine beating. People looking to buy my car likely couldn't care less about the AV system. (True story, they used to sell STi's without a radio)

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