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celica91gts
11-10-2008, 04:49 AM
hey guys, I've been looking for a clean way to mount my safc in a location that will keep it in an easy place to see, easy to access the buttons and keep it out of view so that the lower class of society will not be tempted to break in and steal it. :bigthumbu

start out with an $8 investment in one of these:
http://www.autobarn.net/unphho.html
yes, you are probably discouraged by now but please read on. (i bought this at my local auto zone for $10)

materials needed:
a pencil
fillips head
flat head
wire cutters
exacto knife
small file
sand paper (optional)

1) first use a flat head screw driver to carefully pry this plastic piece in your car off. we will call this piece "yay" from now on.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0791.jpg
2) lay "yay" aside for now and turn to the cell phone holder you have bought. flip it over and start taking it apart.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0793.jpg
3) take this screw out and save this screw.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0794.jpg
4) this piece will have a piece of double stick tape over it. peel the tape off and take the plastic piece out of the metal frame. to look like so.........
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0795.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0796.jpg
5) next flip over the cell holder and unscrew the 3 screws on the back off.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0797.jpg
keep only the back part, you may discard the front.
6) next use your wire cutters. (not the purpose of wire cutters but its what i had) and cut the indicated parts on the back.http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0798.jpg
do this on both sides.
7) after you have done this to both sides, carefully snap it in half. it should be a clean break like shown.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0799.jpg
*to make sure we are on the same page. this is a picture of the parts you should now have.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0802.jpg
8) next is the hard part, lucky for you i did the trial and error and all you have to do is follow these exact measurements. use a ruler and measure from the top 16 mm down, mark with pencil. once again do the same and measure down 34 mm and mark it. this will be the top and bottom of the area you are to cut. please be sure to cut on the same side that i am.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0805.jpg
9) as accurately as possible from side to side mark at 31 mm and at 41 mm.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0806.jpg
10) next use the black metal frame you took off earlier and trace using the markings you just measured.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0807.jpg
11) using an exacto knife start the slow and painful process of cutting this. i found the easiest way was to start lightly to make an imprint and then start applying pressure once you have a line to guide you.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0808.jpg
DO NOT get impatient and think of new and awesome ways to do this unless you want "yay" to come out cracked like mine.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0809.jpg
12) after "yay" is cut, you can smooth the edges down with a small file or sand paper.
13) test fit to see fitment. (you can also now forget about the black metal frame.)
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0811.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0812.jpg
14) making sure we are on the same page here is what you should have.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0813.jpg
15) put it together to look like so. adjust the way the screen faces you to your liking using the teeth and tighten.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0814.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0816.jpg
16) clip back into car. my mount fits very snug, but if yours rattles a bit simple take "yay" back out and pad the plastic piece sitting in there with something like silicone or caulking.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0820.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0817.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q307/fieldplaya097/DSCN0819.jpg
it does get in the way of my mirror a bit but i am 6'1 and sit really close so my mirror points pretty high, also its a bigger mirror. i am going to solve this by mounting the safc up a little higher.
tomorrow im going to fill holes damn holes i drilled and super glue that nasty crack together before i put it in. hope you guys liked the write up.

Shadowlife25
11-10-2008, 10:28 AM
Stickied for future reference. Excellent write-up.

celica91gts
11-11-2008, 12:20 AM
Thanks man, i still want to buy your molded frame for the safc though. :bigthumbu your version would look much cleaner then this.

Shadowlife25
11-11-2008, 12:58 AM
Well, now I'm fighting with the machine shop to try and get my schematics back. They just keep giving me excuses. Fail.

I will for sure let everyone know when I get this ready to go. :)

Once again, great job, very creative.

Carolina91GT-S
01-12-2009, 01:49 AM
You have a drawing for some other SAFC mount? or a molded frame? I want more info. any pics?

Shadowlife25
01-12-2009, 02:40 AM
I had done schematic drawings for a multi-use framework that would house an SAFC and 2 52mm gauges or an SAFC and 2 double stacked digital gauges (like a timer or such).
It would also act to relocate the sunroof controls to fit into the bottom.

Issue is that I now have to redraw it. The machine shop I contracted to make it has completely flaked out and say they "lost" my schematic.

I'll do it this week if you'd like. :) Just need to get the AutoCad fired up and re-take all my measurements.

besign
05-26-2010, 12:58 PM
good idea ..