USB Radio Bezels? - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Ford Ranger Discussion General discussion of the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-24-2010
Masteratarms93's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Goose Creek SC
Posts: 4,685
USB Radio Bezels?

Hey I know people mod there radio bezels on here for extra fog light button but I was wondering if anyone has integrated USB plug into there bezel?

Here's my setup right now:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/member...ed-stock-boot/

Obviously you can see the wiring mess I have going. I would really like to get that 2 USB DC 12v charger integrated into the radio bezel so I can A. Free up my lighter socket. B. Get it and the charger wire out of the way.

Anyone done this?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-24-2010
annguyen1981's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Chicopee, MA
Posts: 1,888
That's an easy one...

Buy something similar to this:
CLIPSAL 3 USB TO USB COMPUTER OR CAMERA WALL PLATE - eBay (item 230542157057 end time Dec-22-10 23:39:47 PST)


Remove the USB from the wall plate and mount it behind the bezel (you'd need to cut the rectangle where you want it tho).

Use a USB extention cable to connect to the cig lighter adapter.

Buy and hardwire an extra cig lighter behind the radio.

Connect the cig lighter adapter to the hidden cig lighter.

Done.


DOWNFALL:
You'll see the two screws holding the flushmount USB on the bezel. I haven't thought about how to hid those yet.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-25-2010
04blackedge's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (13)
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 23,426
Quote:
Originally Posted by annguyen1981 View Post
That's an easy one...

Buy something similar to this:
CLIPSAL 3 USB TO USB COMPUTER OR CAMERA WALL PLATE - eBay (item 230542157057 end time Dec-22-10 23:39:47 PST)


Remove the USB from the wall plate and mount it behind the bezel (you'd need to cut the rectangle where you want it tho).

Use a USB extention cable to connect to the cig lighter adapter.

Buy and hardwire an extra cig lighter behind the radio.

Connect the cig lighter adapter to the hidden cig lighter.

Done.


DOWNFALL:
You'll see the two screws holding the flushmount USB on the bezel. I haven't thought about how to hid those yet.
I have pretty much the same things sitting in my drawer right now. My idea was to just mill out the opening for the usb and then attach the actual plug to the back of the bezel and find some way to secure it. Maybe I'll get to it one of these days
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-25-2010
annguyen1981's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Chicopee, MA
Posts: 1,888
Until this thread popped up, I never thought about it, but it's a damn good idea...

Many of today's electronics can be powered/charged through USB. I might have to do this.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-25-2010
FULLSCALE's Avatar
Level III Supporter

iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Clinton, Ontario
Posts: 8,181
I did it a few months ago... I just replaced the 12v outlet on the right side of the bezel and put one in there.

Name:  IMG_3477.jpg
Views: 8
Size:  91.9 KB

Name:  IMG_3478.jpg
Views: 8
Size:  82.8 KB
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-25-2010
87xlt's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: In my truck!
Posts: 875
^ Now that i like!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-25-2010
FULLSCALE's Avatar
Level III Supporter

iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Clinton, Ontario
Posts: 8,181
I've used it more than I expected I would. I charge my iPod, GPS, camera... and didn't have to buy any car chargers for any of them!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-25-2010
evilclown312's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Logan ohio
Posts: 2,772
Quote:
Originally Posted by FULLSCALE View Post
I did it a few months ago... I just replaced the 12v outlet on the right side of the bezel and put one in there.



Did you make that your self or did you find that someplace?
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-25-2010
FULLSCALE's Avatar
Level III Supporter

iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Clinton, Ontario
Posts: 8,181
I bought it at Canadian Tire. I'm sure there's something similar down where you are... I had to do a little trimming (to the USB, not the bezel). It wouldn't be in there if I had to trim the bezel!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-25-2010
FULLSCALE's Avatar
Level III Supporter

iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Clinton, Ontario
Posts: 8,181
This is what I used... I think it was on sale for $6 or so when I got it.

USB 12V Auxiliary Power Outlet | Canadian Tire
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11-25-2010
ShadowRanger08's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,694
woah. I'm buying one tomorrow. haha. thats such a good idea!
did you trim off that mounting plate?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11-25-2010
FULLSCALE's Avatar
Level III Supporter

iTrader: (12)
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Clinton, Ontario
Posts: 8,181
You just unthread the back part and the mounting plate slides off... I had to trim that piece that unthreads because the bezel is thicker. It's hard to describe but you'll understand when you see it in person! If I remember right I trimmed one of the notches off the actual USB part in behind so it fit into the plastic ring that the 12V outlet was in, and then popped it back into the bezel. I remember making something to hold it tight from the back, using a big washer and a bolt. It doesn't look pretty but you don't see it!

That probably didn't make any sense... some day I can get some pics if you need them.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-25-2010
ShadowRanger08's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,694
I'll probably swing by CT tomorrow and pick one up, if I have questions, I'll bug ya! thanks a lot
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-25-2010
Masteratarms93's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Goose Creek SC
Posts: 4,685
awesome. great response.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11-25-2010
KLC's Avatar
KLC KLC is offline
RF Veteran
iTrader: (29)
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 13,115
What would be even better is if you could wire it to the stereo so that it operates as both a charger and input.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 11-25-2010
annguyen1981's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Chicopee, MA
Posts: 1,888
Fullscale's mod is clean, but after seeing that, I'd rather have it in my center console... less wires dangling from the bezel.


I might mod a 4-port USB hub to fit in my center console.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 11-25-2010
evilclown312's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Logan ohio
Posts: 2,772
Quote:
Originally Posted by annguyen1981 View Post
Fullscale's mod is clean, but after seeing that, I'd rather have it in my center console... less wires dangling from the bezel.


I might mod a 4-port USB hub to fit in my center console.
Not a bad idea man, i may try this also :)
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 11-25-2010
buggman's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (38)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Dougal County
Posts: 1,648
I ran out of room in my bezel, but I had an idea for the Explorer center console...
I removed the vents/controls from the rear panel & did a little modding...

Name:  consoleback11_2.jpg
Views: 12
Size:  113.1 KB

Name:  consoleback10_2.jpg
Views: 10
Size:  116.4 KB

Name:  consoleback6_2.jpg
Views: 9
Size:  113.1 KB

I took an old USB2.0 hub that had 1 broken port & disassembled it to get the ports off the PCB. Cut rectangles for the usb ports, re-wired them to the PCB & connected it to one of my switches to control the usb ports.

The ports are only supply 5v power, no connectivity to the head unit or anything, but I'm sure it wouldn't take too much more work to connect them to a head unit's usb.

I've also got a couple small cig adapter plugs with a usb port that just plug into the cig ports if I happen to need to plug in more usb devices.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 11-25-2010
evilclown312's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Logan ohio
Posts: 2,772
looks good bugman, only thing i dislike is the paint on it :(
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 11-26-2010
buggman's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (38)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Dougal County
Posts: 1,648
Yea,
I had to use black gloss Fusion, it's not that shiny now....I couldn't find any good plastic paint in gray.

The usb ports come in pretty handy... I've got some of those flexy usb lights that are used for laptops that I use to find the junk in my armrest console.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 11-26-2010
Masteratarms93's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Goose Creek SC
Posts: 4,685
Humm I like Adams idea but I can't find anything like it in the US. I found one for $40 but obviously that isn't gonna happen.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 11-26-2010
buggman's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (38)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Dougal County
Posts: 1,648
How about something like...
THIS
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 11-26-2010
Masteratarms93's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (8)
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Goose Creek SC
Posts: 4,685
That would be ok. No way to mount it and the back needs to be a power and a ground wire instead of another USB.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 11-26-2010
buggman's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (38)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Dougal County
Posts: 1,648
DERP!
Wrong link... I'm stupid & now I can't find the link for the plug-in I have.
I've got one that's a cig plug on the back & usb on the front, slim mount so it looks a lot like a cig plug cover. I've seen them with 2 or 3 usb ports on the front, just for charging though.
They have them on daily deals all the time for a couple bucks or less.
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 11-26-2010
buggman's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (38)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Dougal County
Posts: 1,648
Here we go....
try this on for size LINK
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Different Model Radio Bezels ScottG General Ford Ranger Discussion 89 02-22-2015 12:33 PM
For Sale: Radio bezels, 01 tails, 3rd brake light, cupholder (CA) gts007 Interior, Exterior, Electrical, & Misc. 14 06-10-2011 12:27 PM
For Sale: 2wd radio bezels - PA Clinton Interior, Exterior, Electrical, & Misc. 2 06-02-2011 03:04 PM
For Sale: 2 Radio Bezels...Both 2wd Edge/Twinstick Fx4 - OR Fx4wannabe01 Interior, Exterior, Electrical, & Misc. 16 04-11-2010 12:10 AM
ohc, radio bezels, dome lights, third brake light Colorado FordX4Ranger Interior, Exterior, Electrical, & Misc. 21 02-19-2010 05:39 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:16 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.