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    Good Afternoon,
    I purchased a panel from an online vendor and had holes fabricated to fit generic USB extensions. The cables fit the hole just fine, but the problem is they don't stay in place. There is nothing to keep them from falling back through the hole after a the slightest pressure.

    Therefore, has anyone found a product that allows a USB cable to be mounted to a surface such as what I have purchased and seen in the picture below?

    Thanks a million!
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    Last edited by Archy88; 09-15-2011, 06:50 AM.
    Over a year later I guess it's true...a carPC is NEVER complete

    2002 Mustang CarPC

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    Over a year later I guess it's true...a carPC is NEVER complete

    2002 Mustang CarPC

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    • #3
      Maybe something like this?
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      • #4
        The extension I have now actually protrudes through the switch panel.

        With something like this, the item that I am plugging in would have to be the one which protrudes through to the underside of the switch panel where the head of this extension would be. It would work, but I'm going for a more custom/"finished" look...

        If only the head of the extension sat ABOVE the mounting tabs...then it would be perfect.

        Thanks for the reply!!! I appreciate the idea.
        Over a year later I guess it's true...a carPC is NEVER complete

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        • #5
          http://www.l-com.com/item.aspx?id=28964

          Expensive, but REALLY nice. Doesn't quite fit what you bought, but tbh, research before purchase, always :P
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          • #6
            can't you mount the headers flush to your trim panel?

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            • #7
              Now that looks nice...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by tft_lcd_org View Post
                can't you mount the headers flush to your trim panel?
                So that the plastic tabs on either side of the female port would sit on top of the trim panel? The holes created by the vendor barely fit a usb plug through them. I would have to have a new part ordered or hack up mine

                Originally posted by Zephrant View Post
                Now that looks nice...
                No kidding, but $60 bux for USB ports?? haha. Maybe I will order one and see if it even fits in my slot. But yes, they are sexy!
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                • #9
                  Why not use the USB cable in post #3, and glue it to the underside of your panel? You can gently sand/cut some of the plastic from the mounting hardware so that your USB port sticks up a little bit through the hole, and you can use a plastic epoxy to glue it to the panel. After 24 hours, those babies won't be moving at all.
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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=Archy88;1456937No kidding, but $60 bux for USB ports?? [/QUOTE]

                    How many do you need? They look to be $10 each. I would only need one or two for charging devices, or plugging in a thumbdrive for easy file transfers.
                    Most likely I'd use WiFi to transfer files anyway, and the I-Pad won't charge well off of a normal power port anyway, so one port for misc. uses and one wired to a high power USB charger, and I'd be good.

                    The downside to doing a bunch of work to custom fit a cable plug in to a bulkhead is that if you wear it out, you've got to go though that all again.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kegobeer View Post
                      Why not use the USB cable in post #3, and glue it to the underside of your panel? You can gently sand/cut some of the plastic from the mounting hardware so that your USB port sticks up a little bit through the hole, and you can use a plastic epoxy to glue it to the panel. After 24 hours, those babies won't be moving at all.
                      That is honestly a fantastic idea. I could actually cut the tabs off completely(I think I would need that much depth to sit through the panel) and there seems to still be a surface area around the plug for some glue.

                      Originally posted by Zephrant View Post
                      How many do you need? They look to be $10 each. I would only need one or two for charging devices, or plugging in a thumbdrive for easy file transfers.
                      Most likely I'd use WiFi to transfer files anyway, and the I-Pad won't charge well off of a normal power port anyway, so one port for misc. uses and one wired to a high power USB charger, and I'd be good.

                      The downside to doing a bunch of work to custom fit a cable plug in to a bulkhead is that if you wear it out, you've got to go though that all again.
                      Thanks for the reply. I've tried using wifi but I have always ended up going the route of a flash drive on my way to work, etc. Before the custom panel, I had a 4 port usb hub which had a usb wifi dongle, a micro usb cable for charging my phone, and then two ports for flashdrives, etc.

                      Unfortunately, my external harddrive requires more power than the usb hub can provide for large music transfers. This is where the 5th and 6th port came into play. I ordered two 6ft extensions which would plug directly into the carPC for this use.

                      In the end, yes...I definitely have way too many ports lol. But if I ever want to add a bluetooth dongle, etc I won't have to worry about taking apart my dash. But what I should have done was order a USB hub that is used to surface mount on a home office desk and had that plop into the panel. I guess I tried to get too fancy..
                      Over a year later I guess it's true...a carPC is NEVER complete

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Archy88 View Post
                        EDIT:
                        Good Afternoon,
                        I purchased a panel from an online vendor and had holes fabricated to fit generic USB extensions. The cables fit the hole just fine, but the problem is they don't stay in place. There is nothing to keep them from falling back through the hole after a the slightest pressure.

                        Therefore, has anyone found a product that allows a USB cable to be mounted to a surface such as what I have purchased and seen in the picture below?

                        Thanks a million!
                        Blue Seas dual USB charger in the 2nd row ash tray.





                        I want to do something similiar, but I just want to have the USB ports flush mounted without that housing around it... So you just see the usb ports only, for a more stealth install. ANy ideas???

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