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  • in dash USB slot, where to get?

    I've seen pictures of folks installing extra USB slots in their dash, fab bezels, ashtays and so forth. Are those "bare" USB slots? and if so, where can you buy them? If not, are they just taken off an old motherboard, hub or something?

    I did search, but search is only as good as the search parameters.

    Thanks in advance.
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  • #2
    Any electronics outlet. There are USB ports designed for the backplane of a PC. Take the backplane off and you have a couple USB ports. Tah dah!
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      Or a simple powered hub and fab it in if you don't have enough spare mobos to rip USB ports off of!
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      • #4
        I use these :

        http://www.frontx.com/store/order_p.html

        Good stuff.

        I stuck them in some blank switch covers for my car :

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ankur View Post
          I use these :

          http://www.frontx.com/store/order_p.html

          Good stuff.

          I stuck them in some blank switch covers for my car :
          Excellent! I picked up a few of these; thanks for the link.
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          • #6
            ankur,

            how did you get the cuts so clean on the covers?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ankur View Post
              I use these :

              http://www.frontx.com/store/order_p.html

              Good stuff.

              I stuck them in some blank switch covers for my car :

              http://ankur.n23.net/switch_and_usb.jpg


              Awesome find. Thanks!
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              • #8
                I used front usb ports from an old pc case.
                My install in Toyota Tacoma

                http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=91579

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 0-0-7 View Post
                  I used front usb ports from an old pc case.
                  I was going to do the same, but since these have mounting hardware already, just means less time I have to put in fab'ing it into my console.

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                  • #10
                    Well, I found this device in the mp3car shop very nice. (Replaces the lighter)

                    Haven't seen it anywhere else. Anyone used it?
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                    • #11
                      I had mounting holes and rubber trim around it too but it didn't fit in the tight space that I had so I cut out most of it and epoxied it.
                      My install in Toyota Tacoma

                      http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=91579

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                      • #12
                        Barn! I already ordered a powered USB hub with the intention of tearing it apart; now i got to rethink this! Darn! To many good ideas
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                        OLD SYSTEM (DEAD)
                        Intel D945GCLF2 Dual Core ATOM
                        Lilliput 7" 629GL 2008 LED Backlight
                        BU-353 USB GPS Receiver / iGuidance / IGO8
                        M2-ATX Power Supply
                        RideRunner Front End / Various Skins
                        Windows XP SP3

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by djtecthreat View Post
                          ankur,

                          how did you get the cuts so clean on the covers?
                          I used a Dremel Stylus for the main part and finally a knife to make the edges. The top of one got a little scuffed as the dremel got away from me for a bit and went into my finger. So not just effort went into this but also some blood . I stuck the port with some epoxy and finally put some bondo in the back for additional support since you really need to push the USB cable into the slot so i didnt want the port to get dislodged.

                          cheers.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bes51659 View Post
                            Well, I found this device in the mp3car shop very nice. (Replaces the lighter)

                            Haven't seen it anywhere else. Anyone used it?
                            I haven't seen thie device before but I was going to try the same thing with my extra cigaret lighter. put a usb extension cable in there and fill the surrounding with hotglue or epoxy.
                            My install in Toyota Tacoma

                            http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=91579

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