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Developed a wireless phone charger as a replacement for the CD player on the first generation model.


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Similar to many others, I found the CD player in my Gen 1 to be somewhat ineffective, particularly after I had swapped the original stereo/head-unit with a Maestro Carplay unit from a third-party manufacturer. Lately, the weather in Indiana has been rather chilly, allowing me the opportunity to retrieve my CD player and contemplate strategies for integrating a phone holder and charger into my car's interior.

I began the task by removing the CD player and the rear parcel shelf:

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Upon careful examination of the plastic trim ring, I determined that I had the capability to create a three-dimensional digital model and then produce a replacement using a three-dimensional printer. This replacement would effectively occupy the space formerly occupied by the CD player. I acquired an ultra-slim wireless charger that operates via a USB C cable. I strategically positioned the cable through the centre console and connected it to the ashtray cigarette lighter using a right-angle USB C adaptor, ensuring enough space for the ashtray lid to be securely closed.

Initial trim component:

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The first iteration of Fusion 360 has a cavity designed to accommodate a wireless charger, as well as a platform to securely hold a phone against it.

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Below is the visual representation of the component when it was printed:

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Upon conducting a test fit, I discovered that the back portion of the plate, which gradually narrows down to a square surface intended to rest against a CD player that is no longer there, does not need such intricate design. After making a few modifications, we have arrived at the final component, which now has a much simplified rear section that can be easily connected to the parcel shelf.

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(Due to reaching the maximum capacity for attachments, please go to the subsequent post below for more photographs.)

 

 

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The wireless charger was a great fit and was securely placed on the rear parcel shelf using zip ties and a makeshift gasket.

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The final result appears and functions flawlessly. The phone is securely secured and charges well!

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This update is excellent and I believe it does not need any modifications, save maybe a carbon fibre dip or wrap, but I am now satisfied with the black plastic.

 

 

 

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I want to create a redesigned dead-pedal for Gen 1 that will provide more space for the left leg to comfortably rest closer to the front of the automobile. I will create an own thread for this topic.

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Impressive achievement! I am engaged in a comparable activity. I replaced the AMI unit with a single din cubby and now I am considering installing a device in that space to provide phone charging functionality.

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Thank you!

Similarly, I too contemplated this matter - the cubby seemed to be a favourable concept, although I encountered two concerns with it:

1. Inserting and removing your phone from the slot may be a challenge, especially when reaching behind your shoulder. To ensure proper charging on the pad, it is necessary to discover a method to position the phone accurately in the designated area, considering that the cubby is much bigger than the phone.

2. You would need to devise a method to secure the phone in a stationary position to prevent it from moving. There are clearly methods to resolve this.

3. There would be plenty more slot capacity, since your phone would use just a certain amount of space. I was unable to determine further items that I could include in order to fully use the available space.

Please provide me with updates about the progress and outcome of your situation.

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The stereo I just acquired has comprehensive wireless carplay and Android Auto integration. Consequently, I no longer need visual access to my phone screen while driving, since all relevant information is conveniently shown on the stereo screen.

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Is there anybody proficient in designing a cubby/storage box using a 3D printer file that can accommodate the CD player? Although I am not proficient in this area, my children much like printing. I would gladly put my phone or GoPro camera in the cubby for safekeeping.

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