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IPod Touch/iPhone mount for VW Golf/GTI/Jetta

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iPod Touch/iPhone mount for VW Golf/GTI/Jetta. 1999-2005. This is my first instructable, and although it is very car and device specific, it may give ideas to other tinkerers. They make mounts specifically for these cars, but instead of spending $50-$100+, I spent $12, and like the placement of the iPod much better.
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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What you'll need:
iPod touch/iPhone clip.
(I purchased this in the mall at one of those booths that sell cellphone accessories.) Cost $11. This was my main purchase.
Thin, pliable piece of metal. I took mine off the back of an old hard drive.
Two nuts and bolts
Two self taping screws
Spray Paint
Thin foam (optional)

Oh, and a car. Preferably one of the ones mentioned previously.

Step 2: The beginning

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Removing the center vents.
To pull out the vents, use a screwdriver and pry them gently from the center out. They should come out rather easy. Use torx screws left and right side. Pull out entire unit, may require a little force. Don't pull it out too far, wires will still be connected.

Metal plate
I pried off this metal backing from an old hard drive. You can purchase a piece at a hardware store.
After prying it off, I figured where it would need to be bent in order to attach it to under the dash, between the vents.
Bend the plate in a vise, and flatten out an defects. (I also had to goo gone the stickers).

After figuring the placement, I primed, painted, and put a little semi-gloss on the plate

Step 3: Attaching the iPod clip

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This was the difficult part. Finding nuts and bolts that worked. Taking the clip and the metal plate to the hardware store, I needed to attach the clip to the mount, without loosing the ability to rotate the clip.
After finding nuts that are not too long, drill holes in both the clip and mount and attached them with the screws.
adaum23 years ago
hi just to be a kill joy idea is great but and its a safety issue if you have airbag going off your iphone may hit you at some 500 mph not such a good idea just watch where you mount the phone tks alan
robragland5 years ago
I wanted to add my thanks for the inspiration for this mounting technique!

I found a long thin piece of metal at the local Cole Hardware that had a variety of screwholes across it, and a larger hole at each end. It fits perfectly into the space between the vent and the dash space. 

I bent one end at about 90 degrees on the steps, slipped the "shim" in, and the hole on the end allows me place my belt clip case's ratchet into it with a loose but secure fit. I can easily take the belt clip case off entirely or just remove the iPhone from the clip. Plus I can always slip the metal out and put it in the glove box to keep all signs of an expensive piece of electronic hardware out of sight from casual thieves!

While it does bounce some as a result of hanging away from the dash, it puts the iPhone closer and more at dash height, so I can operate the controls without worry of looking away too long or far from the road.

The shim only cost 1.47 or so....nice!
could you post some pics or perhaps even your own tutorial about it i want to try something like this but im not quiet sure how to approach it or the kinda shim i need to use
Funny. Ive been trying for so long to find an effective solution. I got on here and searched for Ipod car mount. Ironically enough someone with a VW made an instructable. And I just happen to have an old hard drive. Haha. Thanks!
Scammah6 years ago
I just purchased a Archos 5 and this just might work for me to set it up in the my vehicle. Thanks for the info, I'll post some pics if it works.