Mounting an Accessport

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Interior Upgrades' started by wash, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. wash

    wash Active Member

    I just got a Cobb Accessport.

    Aside from the main functionality of flashing the PCM, the Accessport can also act as a boost guage, shift light and performance computer so it is what a lot of people are looking for in an interior upgrade.

    The easy way to mount it is to use the supplied adhesive backed ball but I don't like ~permanent mounting that leaves a mark.

    The expensive way to mount it is to buy a mount and adapter from Proclip. A good option but I don't like either of the mounting positions. One mount is low on the dash board to the right which moves your eyes far from the road and the other mounts on the door and still moves your eyes a lot and I'm not left handed so that is a negative.

    Looking at the layout of the interior, I think the position that makes the most sense is between the right hand side of the steering wheel and the MFT screen, pushed up high enough that your eyes don't have to move that far off the road but not so high that it blocks anything beside a view of your dash. Put it about 4-5" forward of the steering wheel so that it is easily reachable but not getting in the way.

    So now I know where I want to put it but how to mount it?

    I discovered that the mounting cradle has an Arkon double T to 17mm ball mount. With a little searching I found a lot of workable options but most involve suction cups or sticky things.

    I'm looking for something better. If I find it, I'll post about it. If you know of something, tell us.
     
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  3. Zormecteon

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  4. wash

    wash Active Member

    I have pre-ordered a couple airdock from their indiegogo crowd funding campaign.

    Its expensive but it has inductive charging for my phone when I'm not using my Accessport. It has sticky foam and magnets and the standard Accessport mount uses magnets so the Accessport should stick well to the airdock.

    There is still the question of how to mount the airdock where I want it but the company is selling a cheap CD slot mount with a ball end. That might be compatible with the standard Accessport mount and for $9.99 that would be a slick setup but not quite the location I want.
     
  5. wash

    wash Active Member

    Oh, the CD slot mount is out of stock, 4-6 weeks out but so are my air dock.

    I think I'll buy two CD slot mounts or maybe three.

    One I'll install the standard Accessport mount on in case I want to have my phone and Accessport mounted at the same time.

    Another I'll save for my second air dock which I can use in rental cars on trips.

    The third I might use for a camera mount or something.
     
  6. moshaholic2

    moshaholic2 Active Member

    I have a vent mount on order (just an ebay one). Planned on using the vent just right of the steering wheel, slightly above the start button.

    If it works well, I'll post pictures and link to the product.
     
  7. wash

    wash Active Member

    I just got an email, the $9.99 CD slot mount does have a 17mm ball so the Accessport mount should fit right on it.

    That's cheaper than a Proclip and probably more stable than an AC vent mount.

    There is a wait but if the position works, that seems like a good cheap option.
     
  8. wash

    wash Active Member

    I was looking for info on how the Fiesta dash comes apart.

    It seems fairly easy and may make the mount I desire relatively easy to install and very secure.

    It seems the MFT screen housing is held in the dash with clips so you only need a plastic mini-prybar to pop it out (or just open up the driver side seam).

    The gauge cluster is held in with three bolts I think and they should be easy to get to.

    I should be able to bend a piece of sheet metal in a shape roughly like this:

    C__________r---

    That is upside down but those are the characters I'm working with.

    The C bend will hook under the dash in the seam at the gauge cluster and the _r--- flange will fit underneath the MFT screen housing.

    I'll find a way to mount a 17mm ball to the mount and then it will take all manner of generic cellphone, navigation and Accessport mounts.

    The installation will be a little more involved than other mounts but it will not require suction cups, adhesives or drilling holes, puts your device right in your field of view but only blocks the view of your dash board.

    Hopefully I'll get to build a prototype in a few weeks.
     

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