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      06-01-2012, 02:35 AM   #1
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So here is the first how to for the F20 in this forum, from what i can see...

The task: Fit a dashboard mount to the F20
Why: Because i hate suction / vent mounts for my phone- the either leave a mess, or block ventilation!
What do i need?:
  1. Dashboard mount http://www.dashmount.co.uk/index.php...11i-Drive.html
  2. Phone mount (attaches to dashmount and holds phone) http://www.brodit.com/product.html?id=514164
  3. STAR T20 Screwdriver
How:
  1. Step 1: Remove the centre console vents

    In this step, which is not as easy as a certain youtube video would suggest, we remove the center console vents. I did this by gripping the top right of the vent and getting my fingers under and unsnapping it, then i ran my fingers along to unsnap the left hand side. As seen below:



    I then ran my fingers down from the leftside to finally unclip the vents:



    At this point you can safely rest the vents on the centre console, it wont damage or scratch anything



  2. Step 2: Remove the passenger side T20 (STAR) screw

    Below you can see the screw which needs removing, this was simple, although a little effort was required- so make sure you use the correct bit, or you'll bald the head.



  3. Step 3: Insert the dashboad mount

    At this stage, i was a little worried as i couldnt figure out how to get the mount in. Turns out you simply need to slide it down between the dashboard and the CD unit as shown in the image below. ensure you align the screw hole with the screw hole in the dash



  4. Step 4: Reassemble

    Reassemble by screwing the T20 screw back in (nice and tight so everything comes together), and snap the vents back onto the dash


  5. Step 5: Attach your chosen phone bracket

    I used my brodit dock from my previous car, but you can attach whatever you wish. Any brodit dock works with this solution. The great thing about brodits is that its on a cylinder adjustable- so it can be rotated any direction to suit your needs



  6. Step 5: Admire work

    Congratulations, you now have a convenient way to access your phone. I'll post up how i routed my USB cable to the arm rest, if i ever get around to it:



    UPDATE: I wrote the USB routing guide: http://f20.1addicts.com/forums/showt...6#post12113876
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      06-01-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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Very handy ):
Is there any danger of snapping the clips when pulling the vents off?
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      06-01-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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Very handy ):
Is there any danger of snapping the clips when pulling the vents off?
dont think so- it looks pretty solid to me
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      06-01-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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What a good write up. Photos are really excellent and makes a great MUST READ if I get around to it....though I will do it in my jeep now just to get the practice in!
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      06-01-2012, 02:26 PM   #5
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What a good write up. Photos are really excellent and makes a great MUST READ if I get around to it....though I will do it in my jeep now just to get the practice in!
Thank you! I shall post up anything else I do in similar format
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      06-02-2012, 01:14 AM   #6
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I just installed a Brodit vent mount. It literally took 30 seconds, is very stable, and is in a great position (between the steering wheel and iDrive screen).

I use to have my iPhone mounted left of the vents, but found it too distracting looking that far left each time (I use TomTom on the iPhone).

Now it is right in my line of sight.

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      06-02-2012, 02:35 AM   #7
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iBeech, all your DIY are excellent...keep it up mate!
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iBeech, all your DIY are excellent...keep it up mate!
Thanks Fanis as long as i keep doing things to my car, i'll document and share
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Do you know if it's possible to mount the dashboard mount you use on the right side of the console (you know, for left steering cars)? I use a Brodit Proclip in my current car and would love to have something similar in my F20.

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Do you know if it's possible to mount the dashboard mount you use on the right side of the console (you know, for left steering cars)? I use a Brodit Proclip in my current car and would love to have something similar in my F20.

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Yes- just do the same but on the opposite side!
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Thanks for this guide, really handy!
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A company in Australia called Hold My Phone has 2 options that are click on, and don't require any dismantling of the dash:

http://www.holdmyphone.com.au/1841-1...tre-Mount.html
http://www.holdmyphone.com.au/1841-1...and-Mount.html

You can also select a bracket for your specific device.
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A company in Australia called Hold My Phone has 2 options that are click on, and don't require any dismantling of the dash:

http://www.holdmyphone.com.au/1841-1...tre-Mount.html
http://www.holdmyphone.com.au/1841-1...and-Mount.html

You can also select a bracket for your specific device.
Thats the Brodit solution.
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good job, thank you for the explainantion.
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Great Post - Once my car is delivered, I will be doing the above
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Great guide, thanks for posting.
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Thankyou

part just arrived so will be fitting this weekend. Have had the car for a week now. Love the way it drives, but a few niggles that hopefully the dealer will sort out...
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