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RichardB
 


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Mounting an iPad 2 in D4

After having seen a few versions of iPad 2 mounts in D3 or D4 I decided to have a go myself.

I didn't follow precisely the approach taken by others. I wanted to:
- Go for a really neat and tidy install and a low profile mount for the iPad
- Have the iPad mount really easily removable when not in use with minimal remaining on show
- Have the iPad mount usable by passenger and not interfering with passengers knee
- Not obscure windscreen in any way / be legal

So I have ended up with a hybrid approach:
- Brodit D4 car mount as the foundation
- Brodit iPad 2 cradle (wall mount version) as the basis for the cradle
- Ram Mount 1" long arm (about 5" long) to connect mount to cradle
- Ram 1" ball joints with M10 screw to fit to cradle and mounts for the Ram arm.

Starting point - Brodit D4 mount:

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Starting Point - Ram 1" long arm & ball joints

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Starting point - Brodit iPad 2 cradle

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First modification step was then to drill and tap (M10) for the screw ball to attach to the Brodit mount. The ball screws well into the double thickness of plastic on the back of the cradle. Screw protruded no more than 0.5mm on front of mount so a little filing and it was flush. Sticker used on face side to cover original/new holes and Brodit badge (which I removed):

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Then to drill/tap the Brodit mount for the other ball. The mount is thinner than cradle so it's screwed in and then a M10 nut secures on the back. I've also modified the plate to be a bit visually neater (Dremmel, file and wet and dry paper down to 1200 grit):

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Then to install in car - the mount. As this stays in place all the time I didn't want it to look too ugly! I've used a piece of closed cell foam behind the mount and the console - this stiffened up the mount assembly nicely and can't be seen at all.

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Add the arm and cradle on. This uses a single thumb screw on the Ram Mount mount and takes about 5 seconds to fit or remove:

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And then the iPad 2. A 20cm iPad lead provides power via a mini Belkin USB adaptor in the 12v socket. I also have a iPad connector to a USB plug and a separate 3.5mm jack. This can go into the Aux Jack in the centre console to provide sound through car's speakers - good for movies!

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In practice, works well and iPad screen is easy to reach (perhaps easier than dash touch screen). Articulation of ball joints is best to driver's side but is a bit restricted towards the passenger. I thought this would be the case when looking at the components so this wasn't a surprise. It took me a while hunting on-line and then measuring in the car to find the 'right' components that would allow the right look/style and positioning so that it would work for driver and passenger. I hope others find this helpful.

Modification and installation took about 90mins including photos so its pretty easy.

Why did I do it, because I could!
 

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The wood effect on the D4 is very good!! Shocked Shocked Laughing Thumbs Up
   
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DSL wrote:
The wood effect on the D4 is very good!! Shocked Shocked Laughing Thumbs Up


Yeup, IKEA birch. You can get a kit to do the entire interior of the D4. I have it over everything now, dash, dials, carpets and seats. Gives a 'kitchen table' effect... which is 'nice' Rolling with laughter
  
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Re: Mounting an iPad 2 in D4

RichardB wrote:

Starting point - Brodit D4 mount:

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How does this piece fit in, does it glue to the console or something else?
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Yes, it clips onto the centre console. You can see it in some of the later pics with the ball head fitted and attached to the console but I did also change the shape of the plate.
  
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Richard great install

the Brodit D4 mount - will it also fit the D3 - infact will your entire assembly also fit a D3 if we follow your instructions.

thanks for your effort

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RichardB
 


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Preacher

For the D3, I think the Brodit mount fits in a different place. Higher up on the centre console. See the link below.

http://www.dsldevelopments.com/Brodit/resultsproclip.asp

Because of this it's probably a bit easier than the D4 as you could use a shorter arm. It might even be possible to dispense with the arm entirely and just use the standard brodit mount with its swivel mount back (I used the wall mount version that doesn't have the swivel because it gets in the way of the RAM ball joint) Wiggs has done this i belive; see pics in his gallery. If you do want to use the RAM arms then you can follow my approach for mounting the ball heads etc. I'm pretty sure this is as neat as I could make it.

Since posting the stuff above, I milled a bit out of the RAM arm's bottom joint (using a Dremmel) to give better articulation of the screen towards the passenger. Now it works really well and the mod is invisible in use.

Hope that helps.
  
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Richard
The mod you have done is great
Where did you get the Ram arm and ball ends?
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Wildrover wrote:
Richard
The mod you have done is great
Where did you get the Ram arm and ball ends?

Yes would also appreciate links to components used in the useful mod?
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I got the RAM mount components as below though there are are other suppliers these are the specific components.

The ball heads with m10 x 1.5 pitch (which is the standard M10) thread are these:
http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/1-ball-base-wit...8_286.html

And the long arm is this:
http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/double-socket-a...8_286.html

The Brodit pieces came from elsewhere as I didn't particularly like the look of the RAM versions. Hope that helps.

Setup is still going strong and thanks for your feedback.
  
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Richard,

Just followed you guide above, and used exactly the same parts, except the D3 brodit holder and the ram ipad mini holder rather than brodit one.

really pleased thanks for sharing (even though 2 years ago!)

will post a pic when i get the chance if anyone interested to see what it looks like in a D3.
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That's great. Very pleased that you found it useful.

I have to admit that I've also since 'upgraded' it by changing the holder to an iPad mini (retina) Brodit holder. It actually works and looks a bit better with the iPad Mini.

Interesting that you used the RAM holder instead of the Brodit one. I found that the Brodit mini holder is not as thick as the old ipad one so I had to add a bit of plastic to the back to give sufficient depth for the ball head to be screwed into the back of it. So it turned out to be a bit more fiddly than the original version.
  
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I used this component:
http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/1-ball-round-ba...8_286.html

which screws into the back of the ram ipad mini holder:
http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/apple-ipad-mini...0_673.html

Then the Long arm:
http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/long-double-soc...8_286.html

then the brodit mount plus the ball, i didnt use a nut though, just a threaded hole and a little araldite. going to cut off the excess out the back when i get a chance.

any pictures of your updated setup?
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Hi

Im trying to make a fit like this, but im just wondring, how did the ProClip hold up over the years?
  
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