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.