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Poor man's vehicle mount....
April 23, 2011
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denisetdoris wrote:

All-Purpose mount...

Could have used this last month. I might order one anyway, for the truck, and modify my homemade piece for the bike. Looks nice !

Denis,

I know it cost a little more, but buy the RAM Mount - you'll be glad to did. Please, once you have the mount you can pay just a couple of more dollars to purchase the ball that mounts on your handle bars! I have both Magellan and RAM Mounts for most of my GPSrs and please don't think I'm made of money, because I'm not, but I've just been doing this for a while; But I never use any of the Magellan Mounts! Maybe I'm extreme, but I'm had to many times when the Magellan Mounts of come off of the windshield or let loose for another reason - however, I don't have a problem with the RAM Mounts...

David


 

 

 

April 23, 2011
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Before you order it for the truck remember that you can not put the unit on it with the cable plugged into the 510/610/710.
That means loosening the collar, spinning the mount, plug cable in, spin it back upright and tighten collar.
Then do that repeatedly every time you get in/out of the truck.
After a while it's a real pain in the you know what!

For a vehicle mount I found the RAM mount to be much better.
For a bicycle mount I would recommend the Magellan bicycle mount.

When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout

April 23, 2011
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All-Purpose mount...

Could have used this last month. I might order one anyway, for the truck, and modify my homemade piece for the bike. Looks nice !

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

March 21, 2011
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phild31 wrote:

Very nice!
:blush:

Thanks Phil, I have my moments ..... 😉

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March 21, 2011
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Caotix wrote:

Nice Job B)
I still think about how to do one for mine.

Is that snow in the background :woohoo:
I plan to go to Ontario in 4 weeks and hoped it be gone by then :blink:

Yup, like 15 inches on Friday morning....... keep on hoping, we still are !

Denis Gionet, OGA Executive Member - Northern Ontario.

March 21, 2011
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Very nice!

That's the only problem I have with being retired, I no longer have the resources of a large railroad repair shop to play with. :laugh:

Now I have to scrounge odds & ends or buy material. :dry:
I haven't bought a nut or bolt in over 30 years! 🙁
I hardly know where to find them. :blush:

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March 21, 2011
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Nice Job B)
I still think about how to do one for mine.

Is that snow in the background :woohoo:
I plan to go to Ontario in 4 weeks and hoped it be gone by then :blink:

March 21, 2011
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Here's a vehicle mount that I built in about an hour, for the x10 series. The bracket is made of a piece of 3/16" x 1/2" steel flatbar I had at work, drilled and bent for the correct mounting angle.

On it are installed 2 screws, #10 fine thread machine screws, with rubber faucet washers to cushion and prevent movement, with 1/4" metal flat washers that are punched to be concave in shape, to force the rubber washers to better seat against the rear of the unit.

A nut set at the correct distance will allow the unit to slide onto the heads of the bolts, making the rubber washers contact the battery cover, preventing movement and vibration. The screw heads have been ground down flat to 1/16" thick, so they slide into the slot in the battery cover, and the first 1/8" of the threads had to be ground slightly for proper fit, the screw is just slightly too big to fit.

The 2 screw heads have to be lined up just right, so they slide smoothly without binding in the cover, and the bracket has a curve in the screw area matching that of the cover so that the screws have the right angle.

Total cost - nothing. I had the screws and flatbar at work, a few nuts and washers at home (stainless mostly), a bit of time, and screwed it onto the original eXplorist swivel mounting plates I had made years ago. You'll notice the connector is plenty clear of the mounting arm, and can be plugged in before sliding the unit on the bracket. We went for a test drive yesterday down some gravel roads around town, rough and washboard, and honest to God, this bracket is more solid than the Triton mount I had on the same mounting plate ! The unit does NOT move, shake or vibrate, and there was still room for the Pioneer cd changer controller on there !

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