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Modifying Griffin Car Dock

4th February 2014, 02:47 PM |#1  
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As anyone who knows who's bought one, the official griffin Car Dock uses a non standard mount size, making it difficult for those who do not like the standard suction cup mount they offer. (This guy) This guide will show you what you have to do in order to make it accept the standard size ball to allow you to use any mount you want. I used an iMagnet mount with my old S3 and loved it, but due to pain in the a$$ back on the Moto X, using a magnet style mount is not preferable.

This first pic shows the various mounts I had, disassembled, and what parts I used.

They are:

Upper left: Griffin official car dock.
Upper right: My old S3 mount, the iMagnet mount, and the socket piece I will be reusing.
Bottom: The Mountek Snap 2 mount I want to put the Griffin dock on. This mounts in the cd slot, a much better place to put it in my VW.



The only two pieces we really care about right now. The socket from the iMagnet mount, and the socket of the Griffin.

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4th February 2014, 02:54 PM |#2  
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VERY IMPORTANT! When you slice your thumb open with an exacto knife and come back to your chair, YOU MUST REMOVE THE CAT.



All done with the cutting. I basically just cut the threaded part of the Griffin down until it hit a flat area. If you go to far it starts to get thinner, but if your doing this project, you'll know when to stop.





Remove the cat again.



I threw on some epoxy, secured it over night, and it's as good as new. (take note of the cat's disgust with my project)





There! now your official dock will accept any standard mounting ball! (that's what she said! heeyooo!)
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This reminds me of all the DIY crap I had to do to the GSM Galaxy Nexus dock to get it to work with my Verizon model. It was a pain, but totally worth it in the end.

(And the cat pics were pretty damn funny)
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Awesome. Looks like I'll be doing this in my future. Note is I can find one of my old docks.

How's the epoxy holding up?
19th February 2014, 05:36 AM |#5  
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Like it would take the force of the gods to separate it. Rough it up good with sandpaper first, clean it good, slather it on, profit.

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VERY IMPORTANT! When you slice your thumb open with an exacto knife and come back to your chair, YOU MUST REMOVE THE CAT.

Remove the cat again.

Such a cute kitty! Wish mine were more friendly to me, lol! And thanks for the tutorial!
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20th February 2014, 08:35 PM |#7  
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I would also advise when you have the epoxy securing it, to not let it run into the internal cavity of the main dock, as there are wires and other bits of wizardry in there.

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