Mount A 7-Inch Tablet In Your Car For Better Music, Navigation

DIYer Adam uses his Nexus 7 for just about everything, including the music and navigation in his car. But unlike phones, tablets — even smaller ones like the Nexus 7 — don't mount quite as easily. Here's how he got his tablet up and running in his car.

He wanted to make a mount that didn't replace any of the car's innards (so he could resell it later on), so he ended up using InstaMorph (a mouldable plastic) and a few painted lumber connecting straps. He took out the factory stereo and velcroed the mount on the top and bottom before putting it back in, so some disassembly will be necessary. But, the final product looks pretty great, so it's worth the work (and of course, be sure to use hands-free devices to keep you safe on the road). Hit the link to see the full project.

Nexus 7 Custom Dash Mount [Cheskitech via Reddit]


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    That InstaMorph stuff looks interesting...how would it go in a car during an Aussie Summer?

      I was thinking the same thing, especially when reading InstaMorph/PLC turns to putty at about 60c. There's no way I'd use that in my car with any weight on it (like that of a tablet) in Australia.

      Plastimake is similar(probably same product) to Instamorph but via Australian supplier. Plastimake site has some pretty good how-tos and examples of uses. Have used it to recreate custom part for fridge door bracket and sliding gate track among other things.

      As to Aussie summer in car, for mounting tablet,... I wouldn't leave it in-situ for fear of sagging at 60 degrees+ .... besides, doubt you would leave tablet in car at that temp either or at all.

    So, he ripped out the car sound system,jammed some extra straps on the top and bottom, then shoved it all back in. There's two problems with that.
    1. Ripping apart a new car's dash to get the stereo out is NOT advised for the inexperienced.
    2. There's no guarantee your stereo will be the right size, to support the Nexus 7.

    Interesting, but i got pulled over and warned because of my 10 inch tab was on top of my Dashboard . Vic pols says its distraction .. told me to take of my toy on ma rear view mirror as well :-/

      and so you should what a stupid idea to have a 10 inch tablet on your windscreen, pitty you didn't get fined though

        True , but on a R33 Turbo its called "Rollin " :)

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