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Universal: Mounting an Apexi AVC-R


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Okay, so this is a real quick and dirty guide to show how I mounted my AVC-R, I think it turned out okay.

 

Basically i picked up an AVC-R and looked into mounting options, buying an Apexi stand was both (relatively) expensive and personally I don't like mounting stuff on my dash. I removed the CD holder beneath my CD deck and noticed it was a pretty close fit for the AVC-R. So this is what I did:

 

Step One:

 

Measured up the gap and then off to bunnings. After a bit of searching I found a DIY mounting bracket, I think the rough specs are 2mm thick, 20mm wide, 150mm long. Or therabouts. Judged it to be pretty close to the size I needed and thin enough to bend. Cost about $3.

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3100/3089174438_e3df407044_o.jpg

 

Step Two:

 

I used metal cutters / tin snips whatever and pared the bracket down to the length and width (plus some extra) I needed. Then stuck the bracket in a vice to bend a bit of both ends which was going to enable me to wedge the plate into place. You'll notice one of the immediate benefits of this mod is younger more youthful looking skin.

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3129/3089174490_653099de9f_o.jpg

 

Step Three:

 

Test fit it. At this point I realised my deck was not mounted exactly square, so the mounting plate would need to be modified to compensate. A couple of attempts later and it eventually fit snugly as shown below. The only thing keeping the mounting plate there is the pressure from both wings of the plate. The plate is prevented from being pushed further in by the bottom of the deck bracket. Once pushed in it is very secure, I kept an allan key handy for removing the plate.

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/3089174366_7ab021348d_o.jpg

 

Step Four:

 

The final touches. I don't have any more progress pics, but there were two things left to do. I used a round file to create a hole in the bottom right hand corner of the mounting plate, this is where I would run the cables of the AVC-R. I also wanted to cover the plate so I went to textile traders and picked up a bit of vinyl. They sell it in 10cm increments, I got 20cm which overall was about 10 x the amount I needed. This was fine as covering the plate took a few attempts to get it right. Oh and for sticking it on I used contact adhesive. The vinyl cost again around $3. I used some 3mm picture mounting tabs to stick the AVC-R to the vinyl, another $3. Any double sided tape would probably do.

 

The result:

 

So for probably close to just $10 later, my apexi-AVC-R is now mounted and looks like this:

 

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3047/3089174530_38b5b78089_o.jpg

 

The End.

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I dont think you could have made this install any easier and any cheaper

 

Killa job mate. Looks sweet.

 

Have thought of a few options about a similar install, bunnings and textile traders can expect to get $3 from me in the near future.

 

PS: You should be a hand model

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If you have a dead / unwanted deck, you could take it apart and do the exact same thing.

 

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Haven't cleaned it up yet, Don't have the tools to cut through the steel easily but will work on it more.

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