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#1 Chutney

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 08:40 PM

I am considering a little project for my 2008 focus. I want to possible create a binnacle to sit in the recess, where the ST / RS additional gauges sit.

Ideally my plan will be to make a very lightweight pod that is finished in the same material as the dash top, to house a Sat Nav / MP3 unit.

I spend a significant amount of time in my car (usually about 60-100hrs per month) so fitting and removing a sat nav to the screen everyday (plus the obligatory wiping the screen each night to stop opportunists breaking the window on the hope of finding a sat Nav, after seeing the rings on the glass) is a bit tiring. So I was planning to make a little lightweight unit that could be fixed to the top (like on th ST/RS) that would look like an original fitting.

Biggest issue I have is trying to get hold of some material to cover it all with, so does anyone know where I could get some - or something as close to it as possible?

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 08:56 PM

I am considering a little project for my 2008 focus. I want to possible create a binnacle to sit in the recess, where the ST / RS additional gauges sit.

Ideally my plan will be to make a very lightweight pod that is finished in the same material as the dash top, to house a Sat Nav / MP3 unit.

I spend a significant amount of time in my car (usually about 60-100hrs per month) so fitting and removing a sat nav to the screen everyday (plus the obligatory wiping the screen each night to stop opportunists breaking the window on the hope of finding a sat Nav, after seeing the rings on the glass) is a bit tiring. So I was planning to make a little lightweight unit that could be fixed to the top (like on th ST/RS) that would look like an original fitting.

Biggest issue I have is trying to get hold of some material to cover it all with, so does anyone know where I could get some - or something as close to it as possible?


I hope you can make this happen mate,
it would look great,



although have you seen the air vent clips that hold your sat nav ?

yes you would still need to drop it every night but would prevent stains on the windscreen

also have you considerd fitting an additional 12v socket in the panel under the steering wheel where the OBDII port is,

then you could plugh in the satnav and clip to the vent all on the driver side freeing up the centre console. just an idea even till you get the main project sorted,

ive got a TOMTOM XL Live and purchased the clip vent holder on ebay. its a non genuine TOMTOM Part :lol: but geninely works

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 09:22 PM

I have looked at the clips today at Hellfrauds, but not keen.

I have seriously been thinking this evening about having an iPhone or Android device built into the 'pod' which then would allow for a multi-function pod that would be near invisible to window-peerers.

Also knowing what is possible with apps on android and the iPhone it could make for a really great addition... But it would be the power and line-out feeds that would be the most tricky to hide.

I am not going to be cutting or chopping anything on the car, as anything that could compromise the car's warranty is banned.

But the most important thing right now is to find some material to cover it with... Without that nowt is going to happen.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 09:24 PM

would it not be easier jus to get the head unit with sat nav built in?

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 09:56 PM

Possibly... But the Ford OEM part looks like a child designed it. :(

Sorry to anyone with one, it is only my opinion.

This whole idea started after looking at a replacement head unit, with built-in Sat Nav and iPhone connectivity... But I am not quite ready to rinse 500-1200 on a head unit for a car only costing 7500. I have an iPhone already, I have plenty of wood and fibreglass to make a dash pod so the only real cost would be time, effort and a few cables.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 10:04 PM

Why don't you buy the Titanium tray and have the screen swing forward as you open it on slides , that way you can take power from underneath and no one will know any difference, one thing to remember though in summer that part of the Dash takes alot of heat from the Sunshine

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 10:29 PM

What is this "Titanium tray" to which you refer?

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 10:38 PM

What is this "Titanium tray" to which you refer?

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Same place as the ST gauges , The Titanium has a popup storage tray

see here

http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/Focus2010
Thumbnails to the right hand side

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:54 PM

I had seen something like that on a car in one of the dealerships, but can't see how that could be retrofitted into my car, without having to remove the dash or cutting a huge hole in the top.

I am quite happy for someone to point out the obvious and make me look stupid as to how it would be fitted easily...

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 02:57 PM

I had seen something like that on a car in one of the dealerships, but can't see how that could be retrofitted into my car, without having to remove the dash or cutting a huge hole in the top.

I am quite happy for someone to point out the obvious and make me look stupid as to how it would be fitted easily...



you would need to cut the das mate, somthing like the picture below,
but if it wasnt cut perfectly straight it wouldnt be a problem as the top lip of the box is wider than the actual hole itself.

and since its a genuine ford part your putting in, it wont effect the value of the car at all.


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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:37 PM

Eeek.... Not comfortable with hacking parts off the car.

Seen a partial solution to the iPhone connectivity issue, with the Parrot MKi9200, but would all depend on whether it can run Music, whilst the multi-tasks and run my sat-nav app.

Probably asking a little too much, but is a step in the right direction.

Though creating a dash pod would still be something I'd like to try my hands at.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:53 PM

Eeek.... Not comfortable with hacking parts off the car.

Seen a partial solution to the iPhone connectivity issue, with the Parrot MKi9200, but would all depend on whether it can run Music, whilst the multi-tasks and run my sat-nav app.

Probably asking a little too much, but is a step in the right direction.

Though creating a dash pod would still be something I'd like to try my hands at.


That's my dash above, it wasn't that bad at all to cut out, I was s**ting myself at the thought of it but once I got stuck in it was quite easy,
I fitted the st pod in mine with different gauges in that actually work in my car.
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If you want a step by step guide on how I done it just let me know : )

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:09 PM

watching this with much interest!
leemaxd, your gauge pod and gauges look awesome B) i think they look better than the oem gauges
reading this thread has made me want to fit either the titanium tray and fit my sat nav in there or go for what you've done and fit the gauges. ive been trying all day to find a guide and where to buy the tray but with no luck, any pointers where to look?

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:15 PM

I take you aren't running the 5cylinder Volvo engine then?

Could that be the boost pressure running on a TDCi lump? Not sure what sort of boost a turbo gives on the diesel lumps, but had wondered whether it got close to, or indeed was higher than the turbos on the petrol models.

They do look good. Thumbsup

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:17 PM

I brought the dash unit and pod off eBay for I think it was about 30, you can buy the storage compartment option new for about 150 from ford I think but don't quote me on that, but if you buy the st pod new it is quite expensive, especially if the gauges are never gonna work.

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