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A while back I got disgusted with a $300 contraption I'd installed for mounting my iPad. Being an on-again, off-again woodworker -- who pretty much knows his way around a router table -- I decided to make a trip to the scrap pile. Glad I did. Fits like a glove and doesn't vibrate at all. The possibilities are now endless when you think of the ports that can be added for cable management.
 

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Nice work. Can you make it so you still have access to the storage bin with the tablet in place? Is this something you would be willing to sell to other members?
 

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You flatter me. But, yes, you just lift it out using the Ram mount as a handle. Since I seldom, if ever, have reason to access the bottom bin, the system works great. I find the hidden compartment to be like your attic; you occasionally climb up into it for something you forgot you had. The factory version is annoying; anything you place on the plastic surface, slides around and clangs mercilessly. This method lets you line the surface with whatever you like. I used a $3 vinyl, grooved stair tread from Lowe's I cut to size. Objects stay put, making for a much quieter ride. On top of that...it just looks cool. Here are more pictures showing concept to prototype.
 

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Excellent work! I have been looking for a good phone mount for my G2 & there may be some inspiration in your design. I don't like having my phone mount stuck to a vent or the windshield. Thanks!
 

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You start to visualize the possibilities. The key is not to overthink it, which I did at first. Just cut your bottom panels to fit. Once you get the underneath support legs right, you let the trim dress it out. Again, you can see why I had no choice.
 

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That Alpine CarPlay touch-screen unit, which hit the streets in early 2015, actually replaced an earlier head unit my son and I installed with a backup camera when I dumped the nav in 2013, in favor of an iPad. You'll need a pocket drawer (Honda makes it, but hard to find) to take up the space where the radio controls of the nav used to be. Couldn't live without CarPlay. Even though it has Apple maps, nothing can't touch WAZE, especially when displayed on the iPad. The WAZE app not available (yet anyway) for CarPlay so far as I know.
 

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Wow very nice work, all around (woodwork and electronics.)

Do you happen to know whether that Alpine CarPlay unit could be installed in an RL that did not originally have navi? Thanks.
 

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My understanding is you should have no problem fitting that same Alpine Unit...which now goes by the model #iLX-107...into an RL. Not much changed, I believe, except newer model has a little more oomph in processing power. Crutchfield's I'm sure can nail it down for you.
 

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My understanding is you should have no problem fitting that same Alpine Unit...which now goes by the model #iLX-107...into an RL. Not much changed, I believe, except newer model has a little more oomph in processing power. Crutchfield's I'm sure can nail it down for you.
Thanks, and sorry, I should have been more clear. I was asking if this Alpine unit could be installed in a G1 RL (such as yours) that was not originally equipped with the navi head from the factory? I am searching for a used G1 and just wanted to know if I could install this Alpine unit in an RTL that lacks the oem navi?
 

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The initial version came together without a center bar where Ram mount attaches. Felt it needed more height and liked the idea of another storage area. Also the added meat for for the screws and nuts didn't hurt.
 

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Thanks, and sorry, I should have been more clear. I was asking if this Alpine unit could be installed in a G1 RL (such as yours) that was not originally equipped with the navi head from the factory? I am searching for a used G1 and just wanted to know if I could install this Alpine unit in an RTL that lacks the oem navi?
I really am confused now. Mine is an RTLNAV where I scrapped the OEM Navi to I put in the Alpine. Like I said, I had to add the pocket drawer. The RL should already have it, in which case I'm certain the CarPlay Alpine would fit an RL. Hope I haven't muddied the waters any worse.
 

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I really am confused now. Mine is an RTLNAV where I scrapped the OEM Navi to I put in the Alpine. Like I said, I had to add the pocket drawer. The RL should already have it, in which case I'm certain the CarPlay Alpine would fit an RL. Hope I haven't muddied the waters any worse.
Yeah, we are sort of talking past each other.

"RL"= Ridgeline. This is not a reference to a trim level. It is just a short-hand way of referring to any Ridgeline.

"G1" = First Generation Ridgeline, i.e. 2006-2014. This is used to distinguish between the original Ridgeline model and the all-new 2017 model that was recently released (which is referred to as the "G2" model.)

So what I was asking is whether the Alpine unit you installed in your G1 Ridgeline can be installed in any G1 Ridgeline, even if it does not have an oem Navi unit?

Your G1 Ridgeline had an OEM Navi unit, so we know it will work in a G1 Ridgeline with an OEM Navi unit. I was just wondering if you knew whether the Alpine unit could be installed in a G1 Ridgeline that does not have the OEM Navi unit?
 

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I was just wondering if you knew whether the Alpine unit could be installed in a G1 Ridgeline that does not have the OEM Navi unit?
ISO, per Crutchfield, this Alpine HU will fit a 1G RL w/o OEM Navigation. (Enough acronyms for everyone? :act029:)
 

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ISO, per Crutchfield, this Alpine HU will fit a 1G RL w/o OEM Navigation. (Enough acronyms for everyone? :act029:)
Thanks for clearing that up. I obviously have some nomenclature issues ... nothing some single malt won't cure. Counting the hours.
 

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A while back I got disgusted with a $300 contraption I'd installed for mounting my iPad. Being an on-again, off-again woodworker -- who pretty much knows his way around a router table -- I decided to make a trip to the scrap pile. Glad I did. Fits like a glove and doesn't vibrate at all. The possibilities are now endless when you think of the ports that can be added for cable management.
SWEET! Nice work. Love the way the best of Ram Mount was reused in a better, more creative and totally custom application.
For an off/on wood guy, you know your way around the shop.

With a personal narrow interest, my similar project focused on the Torque and spectrum analyzer apps on a rooted Kindle. And I'm an old school dedicated GPS user - mostly cuz of reusing portable electronics used elsewhere.

I'm not familiar with very many iOS apps so pardon the ignorance. What apps you running?

Looks kooky but the Magellan only gets used on road trips and the Kindle is an occasional use thing.

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"RL"= Ridgeline. This is not a reference to a trim level. It is just a short-hand way of referring to any Ridgeline.
Since Honda (ACURA) has a Sedan named RL is it often confusing referring to the Ridgeline as an RL. I was corrected on this in the past and have stopped referring to my Ridge as the RL ever since.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acura_RL
 
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SWEET! Nice work. Love the way the best of Ram Mount was reused in a better, more creative and totally custom application.
For an off/on wood guy, you know your way around the shop.

With a personal narrow interest, my similar project focused on the Torque and spectrum analyzer apps on a rooted Kindle. And I'm an old school dedicated GPS user - mostly cuz of reusing portable electronics used elsewhere.

I'm not familiar with very many iOS apps so pardon the ignorance. What apps you running?

Looks kooky but the Magellan only gets used on road trips and the Kindle is an occasional use thing.

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Nice setup. I use all the stock apps that come pre-loaded with CarPlay units. On the iPad there are any number I can to go. Mostly it stays on WAZE for all navigation.

Right now working on a design to mount my iPhone so it's not sticking out of that upper pocket all the time. Frankly, with CarPlay, your smart phone can sit or hide anywhere as long as it's attached. Found yet another use for the infamous slug between the seat heater switches...a very economic way to retract the umbilical cord -- the cost of a rubber grommet.
 

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SWEET! Nice work. Love the way the best of Ram Mount was reused in a better, more creative and totally custom application.
For an off/on wood guy, you know your way around the shop.

With a personal narrow interest, my similar project focused on the Torque and spectrum analyzer apps on a rooted Kindle. And I'm an old school dedicated GPS user - mostly cuz of reusing portable electronics used elsewhere.

I'm not familiar with very many iOS apps so pardon the ignorance. What apps you running?

Looks kooky but the Magellan only gets used on road trips and the Kindle is an occasional use thing.

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Meant to say I am going to check out the apps you mentioned assuming there's an iOS crossover. What you got is cool.
 
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