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    USB OEM Look?

    I have a 93 BMW 325i with some unused switch areas under the cubby (next to the cig lighter). I am planning on putting a remote on/off switch there for my PC... However I have 3 more slots I can fill (all are about the size of the top of a cigarette pack).

    What I am wanting to do is add usb ports to the areas, however make them look OEM... (I like to use memory sticks, and I plan on having a mini usb keyboard)

    Has anyone ever done this before? Is there any equipment on the market that I could take apart and create a cut out and have the USB connector slide right down in (and then run to my trunk where the pc is)? I hope I am explaining this well enough to give you a visual... Maybe, if needed, I could take a pic and draw something up...

    Thanks!!
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    hmm... how about "send some pics"

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    Just get creative with a USB hub and some decent fabrication. I've seen stock looking USB ports. If you want it to look really OEM, put a cover over them.
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    I agree with Dave (and Laguna), go for a USB hub device flush mounted. Though pictures would be helpful for us poor folk who don't know what a BMW interior looks like. Like they say, worth a thousand words...

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    Here are some pics of the interior... The section I am talking about is just in front of the shifter...
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    i only have 1 usb port to charge my Treo or play mp3 from my Cruzer micro
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    We would need pictures of up close to the shifter. Otherwise, we we really can't be sure of what you are talking about.

    But they're right. Just get a hub, get the ports off of it, and fabricate something to hold them in place. That's one of my next projects. You just gotta make it look good where you put it.
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    Found what I was thinking about... Damn I wish I would have thought about it before... So simple, yet so hard... lol..

    Here is what I got..

    The 3rd pic is the only thing I must overcome... I have never spliced a USB cable before and am not sure how much resistance the splice (solder) will cause... Anyone ever tried it?
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    I don't know if it's been done before, but to run it much longer then it is now without shielding in the car might cause problems.

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    Bury the hub in the car.... run a USB extension to the switch plate.
    Cut the opening on the swithc plate to fit the usb.

    at least that's what I would think of....
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