Subaru Outback (5th gen) smartphone mount

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Subaru Outback (5th gen) smartphone mount by bummster Aug 30, 2017



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I was driving around in a rental Malibu, and noticed that it had these two slots in the center console that were obviously made so a phone could slide right into them vertically. Dumbfounded. What a neat feature! I had to have one...

Should fit all 5th Gen Subaru Outbacks that have a center console that looks like mine. The general idea is that you can plug your phone in, and then drop it into the cradle. iPhone 6 plus users should be able to reach their home buttons easily.

Be sure to use a rubber band as shown in the pictures. It seems to do best with a tall elastic as shown, but I'm sure if you double or triple up thinner ones it'll be fine. The plug uses the rubber band both to seal against the opening and to apply pressure to the plastic clip. The plug has a distinct wedge at the base of the plug that grips the seam between the top of the console, and the pocket plastic underneath. Mine has a nice "click" when it slides home.

The cradle is 88mm (X) wide by 17mm (Y) thick by 20mm (Z) deep. My LG V20 in a Speck case is approximately 11mm thick and drops right in with probably too much room to spare in the Y and doesn't touch the center stack or console. But that also means my wife's iPhone 6plus in a wallet case fits just fine too.

With summer heat cycles, I may need to add another clip to the rear of the dock like in the front, but so far it's doing great!

Update Sept 4, 2017: Added a smaller one. The opening on this one is 75mm x 14mm and should accommodate non-phablet style phones. I don't have one to test with, but should work.

Update Sept 19, 2017: Added a 77mm x 14mm variant. Also added step and igs files for the phablet mount.

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Do you have the .scad or a file that I could open in fusion 360 and customize? I want to add a charger port on the bottom so I can slid the phone in and it start charging.

I havn't had much luck importing .stl into fusion 360, I'm not very good at design yet haha.

Did you successfully make this? I really want one that I can just sit the phone down and it’ll be plugged in like my cradle I use on my nightstand.

The first one i made worked great, but was really ugly.

I'm sort of still reworking on it, but think I have a final product that will work and look decent. I haven't printed this one yet, because I ran out of black abs. You can't close the compartment behind it with my design, I wasn't sure how modification of the fast charger would affect the charging ability so i kept it as close to stock as possible.

Let me know if these work for you. I designed it to work with this fast charger.

I'm using double sided tape, to hold it down since i don't plan on removing it much.

I've added step and iges files. Hope that helps! I made mine a different program and I can't generate a scad file. :(

Thanks, surely one of those will work.

That actually looks pretty nifty! I have the same car with the same issue, where do I put my phone while it is charging?!

I have a lifeproof case, so what, if I may, are the inside dimensions?

Also, I made a center console storage compartment to hold specific items. That bin in the center between the two front seats is way too big without any dividers or anything to keep things organized. I'll try to get it posted soon (keep searching for subaru outback items).

The dock dimensions are 88mm x 17mm. So, it should fit most things. What dimensions are your phone in the case?

I was thinking of making a divider that slots into the OEM shelf notches. In truth, I don't store much of anything in my outback yet. :)

Phone in its lifeproof case is 76mm x 12mm. it should fit then.

Not sure what you are talking about for the OEM shelf notches. Under the radio? Or in the console between the front seats?

What I did with the center console between the seats was make it just wide enough for the entire area. It is just slightly snug, and the fabric has just enough fit to hold it in place.