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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:08 pm    Post subject: Sunvisor TomTom Install - Nicely Done Reply with quote

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Roberto Barrios documents a very professional sunvisor install in his Mini using a stripped down TomTom GPS.

Not content with the factory fit satnav options offered by BMW, Roberto opted to strip down his TomTom and fit it into the sunvisor using a custom CNC milled aluminium faceplate.

He has even gone to the trouble of utilising a PIC processor so that the unit switches on with the car ignition, something TomToms used to be capable of many moons ago but dropped in an update a year or more ago. The GPS patch antenna has been moved off the board and installed under the sunroof.

It all looks very nice ad has been finished to a standard that is, if anything, better than factory standard. Although Roberto doesn't say which TomTom he used as the basis of this project, judging by the pictures in his blog of the stripped down unit it looks like it could be a ONE XL?

You can read more details and see all the build pictures on Roberto's blog here.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh, nice! Mrs-MaFt has a Mini. Shame she has a husband who is a complete retard when it comes to anything electronic...

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I dunno about that.....











Not just 'anything electronic'?







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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very neat but I'm not sure I would want one there
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very neat but my first impression was - wouldn't that block your view somewhat ?

Especially if you sit high up.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As he says, they're designed not to block your view and you could angle it if necessary. Clearly works for him.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very neat indeed, the hardware is from one of the XL units prior to the XL IQ/ XL IQ Live though but after the One XL, it will have used the Easy Port mount as originally supplied.
The PCB is different to the XL IQ although its got the five pin battery connector even though there are only three wires in use (only Live equipped units have the five wire batteries fitted).

Sad really when you have to resort to looking at batteries to identify the doner unit Shocked - Mike
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikealder wrote:
Sad really when you have to resort to looking at batteries to identify the doner unit Shocked
Even sadder when you can Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:30 pm    Post subject: unusual... Reply with quote

Interesting location. Can you tell the chap to let us know when he has a bump whilst using it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
Oh I dunno about that.....


Not just 'anything electronic'?


MaFt - he still hasn't forgotten the fonts has he?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: unusual... Reply with quote

gem wrote:
Interesting location. Can you tell the chap to let us know when he has a bump whilst using it.


as i mentioned above, my wife has a mini. the sub visor doesn't get in the way of your view. the seat drops very low so you still have very good visibility even with the visor in use.

honestly don't know what the issue is...?!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's done a very nice job with that. Makes my dashboard mount look like the equivalent of Stonehenge.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:04 am    Post subject: Re: unusual... Reply with quote

MaFt wrote:
gem wrote:
Interesting location. Can you tell the chap to let us know when he has a bump whilst using it.


as i mentioned above, my wife has a mini. the sub visor doesn't get in the way of your view. the seat drops very low so you still have very good visibility even with the visor in use.

honestly don't know what the issue is...?!

MaFt

Given that we're constantly advised never to operate our SatNav when driving, how does a front seat passenger safely operate one in the driver's sun visor? Or even see it clearly.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I think it's a pretty fine job and would even go so far as to say he's added value to his motor. Position on the visor is good too - plan the route, set off and move it one-handed out of the way to do most of the trip. For a quick confirmation glance it's easy to drop the visor momentarily and for longer use, it's no different from hiding behind it when driving into the sun.

I'd ask Mike to do me one except with changing vans every two years it would be a waste! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
I'd ask Mike to do me one except with changing vans every two years it would be a waste! Laughing
Swap the sun visor along with the van?
Spook51 wrote:

how does a front seat passenger safely operate one in the driver's sun visor? Or even see it clearly.
Why would the passenger want/try to do this?
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