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Old April 3rd, 2015, 12:24 PM
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D90/D110 Dash Dock

Based on a suggestion and post by a fellow board member, I am in the process of fabricating a Dash Dock for my D110, similar in nature to the one Vector Off Road makes for the Jeeps. Link here: Vector Offroad

I will have a prototype ready in the next couple of weeks, and would like to gauge interest in such as accessory. My plan is to price it at, if not under, Vector's price of $130.00

The prototype will be the Long (Full Length version) at 49" and span the entire width of the dashboard, followed by, based on interest, a Short version at 16" wide.

Please let me know if this is something you'd be interested in, and I can turn this into some sort of a "Group Buy".
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 01:01 PM
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 01:20 PM
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Curious to see this develop.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 01:20 PM
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I would be interested, There is a lack of mounting options on the defender dash.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 03:29 PM
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I like the idea a lot, but having trouble getting my arms around it visually. Please keep us posted as it develops.
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 03:46 PM
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Very interesting.....
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Old April 3rd, 2015, 11:04 PM
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Thank you to those that have shown interest so far. I will start posting some additional info when the prototyping process is started.
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Old April 4th, 2015, 12:38 AM
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I remember seeing this at Expo with Lavendar, we were lamenting the fact that Jeep owners get this shit, but we don't. So hell yeah - count me in.
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Old April 4th, 2015, 07:21 AM
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Old April 4th, 2015, 08:47 AM
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Interested also...
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Old May 22nd, 2015, 03:26 PM
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Just an update for those following this thread:

Changing horses in the middle of the race, as the fabricator I was working with turned out to be a flake. I've already identified another, and should have a prototype ready by the end of next week.

Thank you for the interest.
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Here's the prototype or what I call "proof of concept", as it currently sits in my D110.

I am testing it in there, and plan on sending it to another board member for some feedback before finalization. Once it passes testing, it will be powder coated in black and ready for shipment.

I haven't decided if the powder coating should be a smooth or crinkle finish yet. I'm open to suggestions.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 09:18 PM
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I would say smooth... Send me out one and I'll test it

------ Follow up post added May 28th, 2015 06:24 PM ------

As I look at it...
It may need a center support which replaces the ash tray (with 1 or 2 cig lighter sized holes for charger locations or pass through's) that "plate" could be secured by 2 screws routing to a squeeze type bar/plate and the securing the bar...
I'm trying to think of a situation with an iPad and a few other gizmos mounted to the bar via ram mounts and a washboard road, if that makes sense...
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Where does it bolt up to?
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Old May 28th, 2015, 10:09 PM
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The 3 sheet metal screws, that secure the top of the dash to the bulkhead.
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Since my last posting, I've decided to modify the way the dock mounts in order to add more stability. Here's what I think is the final iteration, which uses the ashtray as the center mounting point, instead of the dash screw itself.

This version adds more support to the dock, and eliminates vertical movement/bounce. Relying on the ashtray's press fit into the dash alone, should be sufficient based on my testing so far, and if one wanted 100% rigidity, the ashtray itself can be attached to the bulkhead below, using 1 sheet metal screw.

Here are photos of the dock in it's finished state. Keep in mind that it is currently spray painted black, but the production pieces will be POWDER COATED black in a crinkle finish. Please also note that I drilled 2 holes up top and 2 on the bottom, to serve as entry and exit points for cable routing: Mini and Micro USB or other power supply type plug. The holes are 3/8" diameter, and can be enlarged by the user if need be. I can also make them without the holes if you don't need them.
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Here are pictures using Ram Mount accessories and an iPad:
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I was literally just looking at how I could make this work and then I see this.. I will be in for one
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Working out the production details and cost. I should have a price in the next couple of days, and will try to keep it under $130.00

For those who haven't yet, please let me know if this is something of interest, as I would like to get an idea of how many I need to produce. It looks like there are 10 potentially interested so far.
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I'm game too- great idea!
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