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This is a discussion on AccessPORT v2 Mounted in car within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I recently got an AP and was excited about using the live data features. While the accuracy of this data ...

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    AccessPORT v2 Mounted in car

    I recently got an AP and was excited about using the live data features. While the accuracy of this data has been questioned by the enthusiast community, it is still fun to play with if only for the novelty.
    I went about mounting mine in a convenient spot so I could glance at it as I drove. Unfortunately, after searching around I didn’t find much useful information here at teh Club. Save for Sinister’s thread, but even that didn’t contain much 'how to' type info. Luckily there was an abundance of info on mounting an AP on NASIOC. The purpose of this thread is for the benefit of future searchers.
    After reading up, I went out in search of this:

    Type S Universal Holder.



    You would think this thing was made for AP the way if fits in there. It is apparently manufactured for a company called WINPLUS and can be found at Target, Autozone, Kragen (where I picked it up) or here @ Autobarn.com if your not into dealing with actual humans at brick & mortar stores.
    It has arms that extend out and a little platform that flips down at the bottom to support the AP





    The back has little clips to hang it from your air vent Or, if you please, you can remove the vent clips and secure it with the double stick tape provided.



    Here it is lovingly hugging my AP. Even the color matches!!!



    Here it is mounted in my car. I chose to hang it from this vent. I considered sticking it to that blank panel next to the cup holder, but didn’t want it to leave a sticky residue behind should I ever choose to remove it. It is pretty much the same location anyway.



    The cable just hangs down nicely and doesn’t interfere with stereo or HVAC controls.

    I decided I wanted to just leave the AP hooked up in my car almost all the time.
    However, there are two problems with this. One, the AP doesn’t turn off with the ignition, as long as it is plugged in to the OBDII port it is on. It just sits there telling you it can’t communicate with the ECU. Obviously, I don’t want my AP to be on 24/7. Two, you cant really leave it plugged in all the time because the dongle and cable stick down pretty far. They have the potential to interfere with your use of the controls, or you could break the dongle/OBDII port getting in and out of car. Both of these things would be bad. Also, I can foresee times when I may not want the AP on.

    To solve the first problem I ran the USB cable through a switch.



    I didn’t document this process with pics, but it was pretty simple. I just cut off a section of the USB cable’s casing. Inside you will find 4 wires. A power (red), ground (black) and two data wires (green). I just cut the red power wire and connected two leads about 6” long and taped the whole thing back up. I wired it up to a switch and mounted it in a blank.

    To solve the second problem I just popped the OBDII connector out of its port in the kick panel, connected the AP dongle and secured it under the dash by taping it to some random bracket. These are super bad pics, my camera wouldn’t focus that close, but you will get the idea.





    Now the cable disappears into the dash never to be seen again and my AP is powered up and down with the flick of a switch.



    C/N – If you are interested in mounting your AP in your car and wiring it to a switch, just read the whole thing.

    PS – I didn’t come up with this all on my own. If you search “accessport mounted” on NASIOC, you will discover a huge thread full of AP mounting discussion. Included in that thread is a link to the COBB forum where you will find a tutorial on how to wire your AP up to a relay switch, making it power up and down with the ignition.
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    where did you buy the switch from?

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    HA! Someone finally replied to this thread, exactly 2 months later.

    The switch came from RadioShack.

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    Ap mount

    How did you wire it to the switch? did you actually cut the wire or did you just splice it open? sorry for all the questions but I searched nasioc and I couldnt find anything. Looks good by the way hope I can do mine soon.

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    That's pretty sweet! I was thinking about this today as I switched the map on the ECU. I wanted to mount it as well, but really couldn't think of a way. I think I might try this
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    Quote Originally Posted by moclov13 View Post
    How did you wire it to the switch? did you actually cut the wire or did you just splice it open? sorry for all the questions but I searched nasioc and I couldnt find anything. Looks good by the way hope I can do mine soon.
    First cut off a few inches of the black outer casing of the usb cable. Next there is a braided shielding. Cut that away too, it's kind of a pita. Finally there is another foil shielding, this one is easy to cut away.
    Now you have access to the 4 wires inside the usb cable. The red one carries the power, that is the one we are concerned with. Cut the red wire and strip the the casing off each side. This red wire is really tiny. My wire stripper didn't even go that small, I just used a utility knife. There only like 6 little tiny strands inside that red wire.
    Connect two leads to the red wire about a foot long or so. Tape up the lead connections and tape the usb cable all back together. Just wire your two new leads to your switch and have made yourself a homemade switched usb cable.
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    This is honestly bad arse. I think I just found my weekend project
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    Dunno if putting a $700 piece of equipment in plain sight is a good idea... ?????
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    you switch off the power to the AP but is the OBDII still getting power? when the AP conector is hooked up 24/7.
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    If it's connected into the OBD.... It has power, but I think he has a rocker switch
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    ya a rocker switch the the power going to the AP but the OBDII is still conected right? so the switch would be the same as just unpluging the bottom of the AP?? i think
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    Quote Originally Posted by treq18 View Post
    ya a rocker switch the the power going to the AP but the OBDII is still conected right? so the switch would be the same as just unpluging the bottom of the AP?? i think
    Exactly. Once you flip the switch, you cut the power to the AP. There is still power going to the switch, but it is turned off. So, once you flip the switch, the power is off completely until you turn the switch back on where the AP would boot up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzr2874 View Post
    dunno if putting a $700 piece of equipment in plain sight is a good idea... ?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzr2874 View Post
    Dunno if putting a $700 piece of equipment in plain sight is a good idea... ?????
    Who said he was going to leave it rigged up there 24/7? Also, unless you know about COBB and their products, no one is going to know that it is worth $700. Personally, if the car is going to be sitting, just un-plug it and put it in the center console or glove box.

    Plus, even if someone WERE to steal it (by the oddball chance) there is nothing they can do with it unless it is unmarried from your ecu, which would virtually make it useless.
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