the Kiwi 3 ODB dongle arrived
also arrived is the 6-inch long RAM Mount arm
this is what the GoPro camera mount looks like with the extra long arm
this is with the standard arm
with long arm
The longer arm just place the camera more inboard so it is less likely to be obscured with a passenger. The truth is the standard arm would most likely just fine, but I want to have a longer arm. All my RAM Mount, except the phone model specific cradles have been used and reused in different mount configurations.
Update - USB-C cable:
I didn't want to order everything that I envisioned all at once. Some of these parts can only be best specified once other pieces are firmed up. The cables falls into this category, even now I am still unable to firm up how best to handle the Sony microphone. I don't want to waste money buying extra cables that I would not use.
The latest to arrive is a 6-foot USB-C to USB-A cable. This is for providing constant power to the GoPro camera from the rear 12V outlet. This location is chosen to keep the cockpit free of clutter, and to leave the two 5V ports up front for the iPhone and another device like the GPS sensor.
I chose this Amazon Basics cable as it is USB-IF certified
6-foot is just perfect
no extra slack at all by the time it reaches the 12V outlet where a 5V adapter will be inserted
this polyurethane bushing kit is for the front control arm; this is a stiffer racing version offered by Powerflex; it will be a very labor intensive installation which I am not looking forward to
I am still undecided yet as how best to set up the Sony mic so it hangs just off the boot door. Ideally the best location for it is under the licence plate light bracket. That will require extra 6 feet or more with the microphone cable length as it needs to be brought up to the hatch door hinge and down to the license plate light assembly. The other consideration involves the microphone is the Pro 3.5mm mic adapter.
I do not like the Pro 3.5mm mic adapter hanging off the GoPro camera. The only way to do that is to buy a USB-C extension cable and hope the high serial communication is not compromised. I can only find 1 meter long of these extension cables. I infer it is to keep maintain signal integrity so most devices would still work.
1 meter long USB-C extension cable
The problem with 1 meter long extension cable is it only reaches the bottom cushion of the rear seats which will where the Pro 3.5mm mic adapter have to rest. It is only marginally better than leaving the adapter hanging off the camera.
Update - still more update:
Just a bit more tiny progress on the GoPro setup.
To recap what started my GoPro headrest mount project. I wanted a vantage point that will capture the driver, the instruments, and most important the track. Of all the mounts I found in my research I like the BMW/MINI headrest mount the best. The most compelling features is it is modular, and safe in a crash. The major down side is the ridiculous high price. It consists of two parts that you need to buy. I knew that I can do better in designing my own.
the BMW/MINI headrest GoPro camera mount
it is modular, and designed for ease of removal - can my design achieve this? you bet
here is a nominal cost after discount
I hunted for my countless number of 5V adapter for 12V automotive outlets. Because of I own so many vehicles they are scattered. I don't care to waste money for brand name adapter like the Belkin sold at Apple Stores for $25 apiece. They cost less then $0.30 USD to make.
First I need to test if my older 2.3A adapter are up to the job for GoPro. This is one crap adapter that I have aplenty. While electrically it works fine, the deadly sin of the design is it works itself loose.
The only ones that I have that I found satisfactory is the "shorty". It is identically electrically to the green one on the left, but with stronger springs to keep the adapter from working loose. I got it from a 12V receptacle that I bought for another project, and it costed around $3 with the receptacle.
defective design (left), and the "shorty" adapters that works
just a photo of the GoPro charging - the red indicator illuminates
the "shorty" adapter is nice as it sits almost flush with the 12V outlet; for track condition, I would add a piece of 3M blue tape to further secure it
this is what the Sony stereo microphone looks like without the extension cable