Long Shot Cup Holder?

Sonix

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!'m looking for a location to slide part of an adapter into so I can mount a small tablet..."carputer" get it!

The only, and best looking, place that is suitable is the hole that holds the sliding cup holder in gen8 rollas. My question, is it easy to remove the cup holder part, or does it involve work? I suppose it's a body question, but someone may have broken theirs and replaced it.

Thanks

 

fishexpo101

I know Karate, Kung Fu, and 47 other dangerous wor
Not too bad to remove it - but you'll need to fabricate something in its place, as there isn't anything immediately underneath it except a big opening, if I remember correctly.

To remove - pull ashtray out. Then tug on the bottom of the trim opening. Should pull out a bit, might have to work around the edges with a taped up flat head screw driver or putty knife. Some people were able to just yank the cup holder out - just have to disengage two clips at the top of the cupholder - though you might end up breaking it (a non-issue if you plan on tossing it or modifying it anyways).

Might be tough to fabricate a new "sliding" compartment, but also depends on what directly you ultimately want to go in. Not sure on your model year - but I have a covered cubby almost immediately above the sliding cupholders that will hold something the depth and width of a stock of CD jewel cases.

Might be able to make something work from the little ashtray portion of the center stack. That lower depression lines up pretty well in that regard - could fab up something pretty inexpensively to "pull" a small tablet into.

 

Sonix

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I should have given this link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006Y0GBV2/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Got it a week ago for 17 bucks, The round base flips and swivels to click into position, so it looks like the mount itself may take care of itself because it has many click angles in many directions. In fact it is great as a desktop holder, so I keep the mount on the tablet and take it wherever I want.

In Maryland if you mount these things too high, you can get stopped and ticketed for an obstructed view. But with this method it would actually be below where a screen would go in newer cars. Only mine will do Torque (computer reader app) email, google Navigation, and much more!

Oh, this weekend will be a doozy!

Might be tough to fabricate a new "sliding" compartment, but also depends on what directly you ultimately want to go in. Not sure on your model year - but I have a covered cubby almost immediately above the sliding cupholders that will hold something the depth and width of a stock of CD jewel cases.
Not in any I've ever had, but I buy older ones.

 
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fishexpo101

I know Karate, Kung Fu, and 47 other dangerous wor
Neat looking stand/holder for a tablet. Might fit in that area - but you might be pretty tight on viewing angles, Probably looking to mount that permanently in the car, swing it out when you need to hook up the tablet, then slide back in the dash to avoid attracting thieves? That would be a pretty nice install - assuming you had enough clearance. Dimension on the Amazon site makes it sounds like it might go. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

 

Sonix

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Oh it will fit (Grrr), before I bought it I thought the ring was to thick for the cup holder plastic thing (?), but it isn't! As far as viewing angles, it looks like thats the best part because it can do what would yield a perfect slightly up angle when the ring is in the hole and flat against the tablet.

I don't want to make it permanent, just slide the ring in and out, that way I can use it in any other car or at home/office etc!

As it is now, I just sit it in the small tray below the radio bezel, but the shifter obstructs part of the view.

 
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jeff88

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What model year/generation is your corolla? As it so happens, I have all of the center console components out right now. It is really easy to get to the box/cup holder assembly. Take out the ashtray, then pry off the bezel carefully with a flat head screwdriver (cover it with a towel or electrical tape, to protect the bezel) and then slowly work each side out of the console until you get to the top and it should pop right off. There are 4 screws holding in the combo unit. Unscrew those, move the shifter into the L setting (for autos, not sure about manuals) and the box should slide right out. If yours is like mine, there will be a bracket on either side holding the cubby and cup holder together, one screw on each side. I don't know if it would work, but those brackets might help you install the new item, if you're planning on saving the cubby.

If you want pics, let me know and I can post them tomorrow when it is light out.

 

Sonix

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Pics would be great! I have a 98 that I'm doing right now, next will be a 99, both are basic cheep auction cars. I also intend to do something with a 2000 Buick LeSabre. Thats why I want it to be not permanent. If I can work this out I have more courier drivers that would be interested. I'm using a 10.1 inch XOOM tablet, but intend to buy a new Nexus 7 2 when they come out. I also have a MIFI Hotspot that is about the size of a small flip phone for the carrier data,

To that end, do you think just removing the cup holder thing and leaving a horizontal hole would be possible? I took apart a dash many years ago and I won't be doing that again ever!


 

Sonix

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UPDATE:

Got curious, so I removed the ashtray, but it was not wide enough for the Circle/base of the mount. Thats when I tried to just set it on the open cup holder (not so good), then noticed that I could set it there and push the cup holder part of the way in! Presto, it works, without modifications, and I can even angle the tablet towards me!

Damm!

 

jeff88

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Congrats on finding an easy fix! Wasn't sure if you might want to still open 'er up or not, so I'll post these pics for you just in case (and for anybody else who might want to consider this).

It's still all dirty, I haven't gotten around to cleaning it, I'm still working on my project!


The cubby is easy to take out with just 4 screws:



Once, the cubby is out, the brackets on each side has one screw in it:



What it looks like without the cupholder in it:



What it looks like without the cupholder and in place:



 

jeff88

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Nice, clear pictures and instructions! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, hopefully I can finish it up pretty soon here and then I can post pics of the final project!

Yea, they are. Yours is cleaner than mine though!
Good to know I'm not the only one with a dirty interior! I think Toyota purposefully designed the car to attract as much dirt and grime as possible, every time I clean it, the next day it's got something on it. Conspiracy I tell you, conspiracy!


 
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Sonix

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After all the drama, something occurred to me. One could simply use a piece of plywood or plexiglass (or clipboard) about 12"X7" and take the leftover material and fashion a slot glued to the clipboard a little bigger than the mount ring then just slide it between the passenger seal and the console. Totally removable, and so is the tablet!


 

Sonix

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I just wanted to take the time to thank this forum and the posters, My query turned out to be a process that turned out to be great!

I ended up with 2 same size pieces (14x5x.5") of nice thin wood and neoprene spacers that I got from Lowes, The were great too, an attendant cut one board to size per my specs exactly, and then suggested the spacers. I glued it up in 10 minutes and this morning I slid it between the car seats. This gives me a good angle for it's use, and enough room for the car charger to plug into the tablet.

Btw, Staples will soon be selling a 3D printer, if it can print a duplicate of my holder i'm going to buy one.

http://www.staples.com/3D-Printing/cat_CL205651?icid=SearchResults3D

Thanks

Vic

 
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