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453 Smart "Cradle" RETROFIT - Iphone 6+/Galaxy

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With the Smart Connect App upon us, I have been faced with a problem. The Plastic Smartphone "cradle" that came with my 453 is (simply put) Amazing! I plugged it in and of course to much disappointment realized that my phone was too big. I enjoy my large mobile device and was let down that Smart USA did not have another solution for the large mobile users out there. I am happy to report that after much trial and error, I have come to a $25 dollar fix that will make ANY cellphone/gps/your second phone/your sons metal Hot wheels car stick effortlessly to the dash mount.
I will be posting a full tutorial soon but here are the finished images:
You will see the BEFORE:
and AFTER:
This method uses Highly Conductive magnets that are safe for all mobile devices without RPM hardrives. (No Zune or "ipod Classic') can be attached but since most modern devices have switched to solid memory you are good to go. best part: No Glue and this process is COMPLETELY REVERSABLE:


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GOOD IDEA!

You took the Scosche magnetic mount phone cradle and instead installed it in the center port where the usb plugs in.

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Aloha 453ers!


With the Smart Connect App upon us, I have been faced with a problem. The Plastic Smartphone "cradle" that came with my 453 is (simply put) Amazing! I plugged it in and of course to much disappointment realized that my phone was too big. I enjoy my large mobile device and was let down that Smart USA did not have another solution for the large mobile users out there. I am happy to report that after much trial and error, I have come to a $25 dollar fix that will make ANY cellphone/gps/your second phone/your sons metal Hot wheels car stick effortlessly to the dash mount.
I will be posting a full tutorial soon but here are the finished images:
You will see the BEFORE:
and AFTER:
This method uses Highly Conductive magnets that are safe for all mobile devices without RPM hardrives. (No Zune or "ipod Classic') can be attached but since most modern devices have switched to solid memory you are good to go. best part: No Glue and this process is COMPLETELY REVERSABLE:


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GOOD IDEA!

You took the Scosche magnetic mount phone cradle and instead installed it in the center port where the usb plugs in.
Yep! The full video tutorial is coming soon. you have to get a specific Magic Mount that has a screw backing. the best part it the screws are almost the EXACT MEASUREMENTS of the front part of the harness. Grab a T-10 screwdriver and unscrew the 4 screws in the stock harness and plug in the scosche magic mount that you bought. some light cutting with a blade and your done.
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Extra credit that the logo you see before you is like an S for "Smart" haha
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Nice to know for the customers!
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Scosche MAGVM magicMOUNT? Vent mount for mobile devices at Crutchfield.com
is the one to use, because unlike the one Michael posted, this one has a "Screw backing". basically it screws DIRECTLY into the smart Bracket with no pre-drilling or glue. Did I mention the USB 3.0 port is still accessible and working? Video seriously coming soon. I have been commissioned to build three brackets for clients we have ;).
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I just can't help but think that there HAS to be some sort of adapter plate that can be used to just add a ball joint on the end of the cradle after you remove the cradle itself like you did.

Kinda tempted to try this:

https://ibolt.co/car-docks/smartphon.../amps-plate-52
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Smart_Hawaii - "Video seriously coming soon."

Have you been able to put a video together of how to modify the phone cradle using the magnetic holder? Thanks!
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I carry an iPhone 6 PLUS in an OTTERBOX case

My plan (when I actually get my BRABUS CABRIO sometime next year?)

is to take apart the standard phone cradle.

Scan the arms

Add a few more locking notches

Print out new arms on my 3D printer

I have done similar operations before and it works
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I haven't found a need, while driving or otherwise, to use the Cross-Connect app. So I don't need a phone cradle that looks like a tumor on the dashboard. It is time-wasting overkill, IMO. If I ever find a Cross-Connect need someday, I'd want my phone connected by Bluetooth, and right in my hand. Meanwhile, I have a coiling charging cord in the 12V socket beneath the armrest, and the phone snuggled in the slot built into the rear cupholder, at easy reach.
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