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    I currently drive a 2007 Subaru Legacy, and I am looking for advice to mount an Asus T91MT tablet. I searched this forum for a bit, and sites such as ram mount, but was unable to find something that would work for me.

    -The ugliness of the wiring does not bother me, and I do not wish to disassemble my car; which is why I abandoned my original car pc project.

    -The system must be entirely removable. I would like to be able to remove the T91 when I'm not in the car and use it around the house, etc. Basically, nothing permanent must remain on the car and no drilling or cutting can be done.

    Anyone have any advice or suggestions?

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    Originally posted by oneillium View Post
    I currently drive a 2007 Subaru Legacy, and I am looking for advice to mount an Asus T91MT tablet. I searched this forum for a bit, and sites such as ram mount, but was unable to find something that would work for me.

    -The ugliness of the wiring does not bother me, and I do not wish to disassemble my car; which is why I abandoned my original car pc project.

    -The system must be entirely removable. I would like to be able to remove the T91 when I'm not in the car and use it around the house, etc. Basically, nothing permanent must remain on the car and no drilling or cutting can be done.

    Anyone have any advice or suggestions?
    Yeah, find a gap between the framework of your dash, find someone to bend your metal bracket, and build your own bracket to fasten to your tablet.
    Something like this. Do it right and you may be able to find a spot where you can remove the bracket and tablet all together, but be prepared for your dash to deteriorate over time. In my beater I didn't care; in my Caddy - it started to crack the woodgrain. I found a slot between the radio and the dash that was better, but the leather wrapped foam area around the radio became deformed.

    Been there done that. I've been using tablets in my cars for over 10 years. The early ones had no docks so I did like Breaker021 and built a bracket to hold it and ran all the wires up to it however I could. I have since graduated to the minidock and now a full dock hidden away in the dash.

    You can do it. Two hints of caution - if you find an area to use, use all the depth behind the dash that you can. It will help immensely with shock prevention. Second, build your bracket out of the strongest material you can get. I started with aluminum that I could bend by hand to create my mold/prototype and took it to a metals shop and had them use their 400K machines to cut and bend 1/8th inch stainless steel for the production bracket.

    Good luck
    HARDWARE: Fujitsu Stylistic ST5111w/WiFi and dock, internal Hitachi 500G HD, external 1TB HD, Sierra Wireless Aircard 550, DVD-RW, BoomzBox HD radio, XM Commander, Delorme GPS, Saitek X-52 Pro joystick, BluSoleil Bluetooth, TPMS, FB, Elm327

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    • #3
      This is very similar to what I want to do, but I'm willing to make a few mods to hide wires. Keeps us posted!
      -Smith

      Car: 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T - No extras
      PC: None yet. Still planning. On a budget. Open to suggestions...

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      • #4
        I have decided to go the route of the suction cup mount for now, as it seems like the easiest starting solution.

        This is what I will be mounting:
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0661&Tpk=t91mt

        There do not seem to be any suction cup mounts available for this specific tablet, but if someone could give me a recommendation for something that comes "close enough", it would be greatly appreciated.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by oneillium View Post
          I have decided to go the route of the suction cup mount for now, as it seems like the easiest starting solution.

          This is what I will be mounting:
          http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...0661&Tpk=t91mt

          There do not seem to be any suction cup mounts available for this specific tablet, but if someone could give me a recommendation for something that comes "close enough", it would be greatly appreciated.
          Good luck with that. Suction cups scare me. When I first started using tablets, I dropped a few on my console shifter. Never shattered a screen, but ruined my fair share of touch panels and LCD pixels. Newer screens are much more fragile.
          HARDWARE: Fujitsu Stylistic ST5111w/WiFi and dock, internal Hitachi 500G HD, external 1TB HD, Sierra Wireless Aircard 550, DVD-RW, BoomzBox HD radio, XM Commander, Delorme GPS, Saitek X-52 Pro joystick, BluSoleil Bluetooth, TPMS, FB, Elm327

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          • #6
            I'm aware of the risk that it will fall off, but this will be mounted to the left of the steering wheel and not the right, so the console shifter is not a huge problem for me. Looking around, there appears to be plenty of suction cup mounts available for the Asus R2H, which is an older slate style tablet they used to sell with similar weight and dimensions.

            I think that my experiences will be different than yours based on the fact that this is a netbook based tablet and is therefore significantly lighter than most traditional 12 inch tablets. Although I haven't received my T91 yet, I'm pretty sure it's half the weight of my HP TX1000 I still have lying around.

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