[How-To] Custom Car Mount/Home Dock


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  1. spiz

    spiz Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Samsung Vibrant Car Mount/Home Dock​


    The total cost of this can vary, but it's still inexpensive. If you are like me and like sleek and not bulky, then this is for you.

    Disclaimer: You take full responsibility of anything you do to your phone listed in this guide.

    ** Note: The desk mounting portion of this only works if you have a glass/smooth plastic surface **

    Materials/Parts
    • Samsung Vibrant
    • Extra back cover OR Gel Case from TMobile ($16.99)
    • Garmin Suction Cup Mount ($14.23 +shipping from Amazon.com)
      Found here: Amazon.com: Garmin Suction Cup Mount: Electronics
    • Something that can cut hard plastic (Gardening clippers work fine)
    • J-B Weld ($5 at most stores)

    So the total cost of the parts if you decide to use the Gel Case from TMobile is approximately $40. If you're like me and don't need one of the extra back covers that your phone came with, then that will save you 17 bucks, bringing the total to $23. Not bad for how amazing this works.

    Steps:

    1. Take your Garmin Suction Cup Mount apart by removing the suction part from the clip (just pull it off).

    2. Take something that can cut plastic. I used some gardening clippers, but you could choose to use a utility knife, small saw, etc...

    3. Cut the parts as shown below.
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    4. Then clean the two surfaces that you'll be applying J-B Weld. Any oils can cause less strength in the weld. So clean off the extra back cover or the gel case, whichever you decide to use.



    5. Apply J-B Weld as shown below.
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    6. Quickly place this onto your desired location on the extra back cover (or gel case) and hold firmly for approximately a minute. The weld will form and be very hard within 4 minutes, so be somewhat quick, but also careful. Picture of mine below:

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    7. That's it! I let mine sit for an hour or so before even testing, but at that point, it was plenty strong enough.

    This can now mount to your windshield or a glass/smooth plastic or metal desk/table at home. With the brightness of this screen, sunlight is never an issue when mounted on the windshield. Be creative and put it wherever you want. More pictures below!

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    Thanks for checking out this guide. I hope it helps someone or at least sparks some creativity to come up with something similar. Later!
     

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    spiz Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    In case anyone decides to do this, I forgot to mention something.

    I've found that it's easier to leave the back cover of the phone attached to the suction part. When I want to take my phone off, I actually remove the phone from the back cover.

    The main reason for this is that you don't have to push so hard on your phone when re-attaching. It's safer for the phone and more convenient when switching backs.
     

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