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The Chippy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Ok so here it is after days of work..... The iPad install!!

I was bored with the RNSD and the RNSE didn't really inspire me either so I wanted to do something a bit different and spruce up the interior a bit. I also wanted to keep things as OEM as possible.

The iPad seemed to be the way to go as it runs all the latest stuff and is pretty much future proof for the time being. It also has a really good app called Dash Command which is basically live Vag com but with decent graphics - check it out on the app store and also TomTom for obvious reasons. These as well as many other apps would make the iPad an obvious choice.

All the iPad installs I've seen to date look pretty average so I wanted mine to be the best. They mainly look shit because of the insertion process and the fact that up until now, the "Home" button was the only way to get home, now a five finger pinch does the same so the need for an aperture to allow access to the Home button is now not necessary.

So here goes....

Started by getting a second hand centre console unit from the forum and cutting out the mounting point for the double din unit



Then cut down the front lip all the way round to about 3mm



I made sure this was constant with little tolerance to make sure the final piece would sit nicely up against it.





Next was setting out the insert



This insert was then built up using MDF layers to one constant thickness of about 18mm, ready to be shaped to fit the curved front. This was constantly planed and sanded to fit the console perfectly and guide runners were then fitted to enable the iPad to slide in from the side.





An aperture was designed in the right hand side to accept the iPad dock which will be used to charge and connect the iPad once it is installed.



A quick test fit to ensure that it fits perfectly...





A slot could then be marked out on the left hand side of the console. This is to allow the iPad to be inserted from the side therefore alleviating the issue of front mounting and the shite designs that most installers have chosen.



The dock had to be slightly modified as the leading corner - when laid flat - hit the flat surface first therefore holding the iPad up slightly, this corner/edge was removed allowing the iPad to sit flat in the profile.





The dock was mounted into the profile using Wurth bumper repair kit which is basically two-part liquid plastic that cures in about ten minutes. It is immensely strong when bonding two semi-porous surfaces.
A few holes were drilled and the shiny surface scored to provide a key for the liquid plastic to grab in to.



Then the iPad was slid into place. This held the dock in exactly the right position, ready for the liquid plastic to be pumped around it.





The back piece which holds the iPad in was covered in felt as were all the inside edges of the profile to ensure that the iPad was protected when sliding in and out.



The profile was then painted black for my own preference of keeping things tidy looking, no other reason!

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The Chippy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:25 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Me being me, I thought that I'd have a go of carbon fibre skinning - how hard can it be?

Pretty taxing was the answer, so after a couple of goes, I got my mate at C6 Carbon Mods to do it for me!!! Defeat, but for a good cause so I didn't mind!!

Here's some shots of my attempts..







Anyway, next on the agenda was to transfer the button and switches from the centre console to another position so I didn't lose any functionality. I decided to bring them down to the centre console between the seats.
First off was to cut the magnesium casing which holds the cup holder, hazard switch and esp/fog lights switches.



The cigarette lighter and small pen holder thingy was in the position that I deemed correct for the switches so this was removed and relocated too!
The hazard/ESP/Fog lights switch casing was then relocated to the original position of the cigarette lighter and plastic welded in place.







The small pen holder compartment thingy next to the handbrake was the next obvious place to relocate the cigarette lighter to so some small cuts and a small amount of farting around was need to make it fit correctly.





Next up was the two iPhone dock needed for my install, this will become apparent later on.
A simple set up, a wooden double dock with flocked interior to ensure no scratches and to keep the phones guided into their charging points. Charging points simply glued into position and leave to set whilst inserted into the phones whilst inserted into the dock... if you know what I mean!!













Nice tolerance on the fit meant I could hold it upside down and the phone wouldn't fall out.



Next up was cladding the top of the centre unit with all of the apertures cut into one piece. Harder than it sounds to make sure that everything was perfect with a 1.5mm gap around for consistency.
This was then two-part filled and rubbed down to blend in seamlessly with the existing unit.













This was now ready for paint to match the OEM finish. This got sent off to the local trimmers for them to do their thing.

I then received a teaser shot of the carbon skinning which was not ready but had been laid up ready for a few coats of resin....



Next up on the agenda was the HVAC unit. Obviously everything else on the centre console had gone or been moved but there was nowhere really for the HVAC unit to go, so it was to be incorporated into the same centre console, just in a different position.
The issue with this is that it was just too tall to go under the iPad. So off I went with the modifications again....

The top had to be removed to allow enough space for the iPad - so I cut it off!!



You can see from this angle that the PCB sits higher than the level I needed so I had to cut off everything apart from that for obvious reasons!! I would modify the iPad profile when it returned, to fit over the protruding PCB.



The front edge of the HVAC with the curve on then had to be let into the centre console so it sat correctly.





The centre unit then made a return...





I then noticed that everything apart from the ashtray had been re-used. All that is except the cup-holder. I then had an idea...



Then I made a surround for it to disguise it further and finish it off correctly...







With everything ready for the install, the carbon profile then turned up after a long wait!! But that's what you have to do when you want things looking like this...





The install then begun its final stage







And finally in the car...





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The Chippy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:28 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The only thing is that the carbon used for the iPad surround is different to the carbon in the car so I'll be getting the trims re-done soon to match the iPad install.
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The Chippy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:31 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The iPad connects to the headunit which is in the glove box, and one iPhone connects via bluetooth to the head unit too.
The iPad is also connected to the wifi OBD II unit for live diagnostics and live logging.
It is also connected to the other iPhone on a local area network for full browsing capabilities.
The iPad is also connected to a mifi for use with the TomTom app.
This means everything is connected to everything else, so usual bluetooth parrot connection to the head unit etc.
Both iPhones and iPad are also all on charge all the time they are plugged into their respective docks.
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The Chippy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:34 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I know a few of you have asked about my install, well here it is, finally uploaded pictures of the build and finished article.

http://audisrs.com/sutra472613.php#472613
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LeeT
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:39 am Reply with quoteBack to top

That is absolutely stunning Nick. Love it! I want the same. I now see the problem with the hazard switch though

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The Chippy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yeah I know, it's gonna be a bitch to change!! Still, I think I'm just being a bitch myself as it's a pain but not too bad... hopefully.... :/

Thanks for the compliment too Lee
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N11LS_J
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:51 am Reply with quoteBack to top

WTF?!!! That looks the dogs Nick, seriously loving it, and a a a a very unique mod too, hats off to you for all the effort gone into that mate, well worth it IMO, wanna do mine???
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:55 am Reply with quoteBack to top

wow amazing ive heard alot about this beast good investment am sure ull be a happy man good luck

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:56 am Reply with quoteBack to top

wow amazing ive heard alot about this beast good investment am sure ull be a happy man good luck

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 3:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

wow, i like alot. clearly alot of time and effort gone in there mate. i guess you will have a queue around the block wanting these......

just out of interest? why 2 iphone cradles? also can you stream music from any device? what HU did you use?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:32 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh my f... God, you are officially THE Chippy! Brilliant. Make them, sell them!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:02 am Reply with quoteBack to top

beautiful work, great attention to detail!

When I need a hip-replacement I know where I'll be coming!

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Starry
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

stunning is all i can say.. the cup holder is a nice touch also, i bet you were good at cdt at school
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Now this is what makes this county great................design/development/engineering at its best Well done The Chippy

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