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post #1 of 19 Old 01-26-2019, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Need GPS Mounting Advice

Hello Troops. I got a refurb Garmin Drive 50LM today from Amazon. The gps has a socket on the back of it that snaps over a small ball on an automotive suction cup mount. I am trying to get the thing mounted onto my long RAM arm that has sockets on each end for 1" balls. One end of this arm is already attached to a 1" ball on my front brake reservoir. I would like the gps to be able to quickly disconnect from the bike so I could take it into a restaurant with me. I do have an X Grip that fits the RAM arm but the arms are not deep enough front to back to hold the outer edges considering the 1/2" depth of the socket on the back of the gps.

I am attaching a pic of the back of the gps and also a pic of the arm on the brake reservoir. Could someone tell me what I would need to make this work?
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What you need is one of these. https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-230U (hopefully 1" is the correct size.)

Can I also recommend that you consider one of these. https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-HOL-GA50U
The reason is that I have found that my GPS (especially when mounted at the end of an extension) is subject to moving its position when I hit bumps in the road. Recommended by SECoda here in one of his posts re GPS is to apply a small amount of Loctite to the ball to prevent this from happening. Obviously, you cannot do this when you are continually removing the GPS from its ball mount.
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What you need is one of these. https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-B-230U (hopefully 1" is the correct size.)

Can I also recommend that you consider one of these. https://www.rammount.com/part/RAM-HOL-GA50U
The reason is that I have found that my GPS (especially when mounted at the end of an extension) is subject to moving its position when I hit bumps in the road. Recommended by SECoda here in one of his posts re GPS is to apply a small amount of Loctite to the ball to prevent this from happening. Obviously, you cannot do this when you are continually removing the GPS from its ball mount.
Thanks Brockie. The reason I went with this model gps was that it was cheap. I had searched the RAM site and could only come up with double balls of the same size on each end. I think that I need a size A on one end and a size B on the other. I do like the double ball idea but I think that I would be more comfortable with the cradle. It seems that it would hold the gps better with more stability. The problem with the cradle would be that the socket on the back of the Drive 50 sticks out 1/2" and would not allow the gps to sit down with it's back flush into the cradle. I am truly thinking of charging up the gps today, which I have not done yet, and taking it out in direct sunlight to see if it has acceptable viewability. If so, I might Dremel cut the socket off of the back of the gps. It would be un-returnable to Amazon at that point and also not usable with the supplied automotive suction mount in case the it would not work for the motorcycle. I was just looking for a mounting solution without hacking the thing up.

Does anyone have a Garmin Drive 50 mounted with success?

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I've been in a similar situation, and what you need is the 25mm to 17mm adapter:

https://www.amazon.com/ARKON-25mm-Ba.../dp/B01MZXRSST

As already mentioned, the only real issue that I've had is that it isn't as stable on the cradle side, so what I did was use a piece of thin rubber (from disposable gloves) and wrap that around the ball. It holds it tight, and I can remove it easily when I want to.
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I've been in a similar situation, and what you need is the 25mm to 17mm adapter:

https://www.amazon.com/ARKON-25mm-Ba.../dp/B01MZXRSST

As already mentioned, the only real issue that I've had is that it isn't as stable on the cradle side, so what I did was use a piece of thin rubber (from disposable gloves) and wrap that around the ball. It holds it tight, and I can remove it easily when I want to.
Thanks Zeke. Just to be sure......do you put the thin layer of glove material on the small ball that goes into the gps or the big ball that goes into the arm?

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It's on the small ball, where the RAM mount can't be tightened. It's not a perfect solution, but has worked for me!

Hope this helps!
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Well, I have to concede defeat on this project. The Garmin is just not bright enough to view in sunlight so I am returning it. I know there are motorcycle specific units made for motorcycles which are more viewable than those made for automobiles but I am not willing to cough up $400 - $700 for a Zumo. I think I will go old school with maps and use Google maps on my cell phone.

I appreciate the help Brockie and Zeke.
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Just a thought, but I used a Nuvi for quite a while before finally getting a Zumo, and yes it was difficult to see in bright sunlight. Although you can buy sunshades, I made one myself, larger than I could buy, and that actually helped quite a bit.
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Look for a used Zumo 550 or 650. They're all over Ebay and Advrider. $200-300. Lots of accessories and mounting options. Motorcycle specific. Mine has lived on my Vstrom for 75,000 miles. I went through a couple of Numi's. They are not bright enough in sunlight, the mounting is a PIA and the little USB connectors don't hold up.

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The reality is that unless you need to ride to a specific street address or follow a preentered planned route down various side roads something like a Garmin eTrex 20 and a map is all you need to find your way. https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-01.../dp/B00XQE6ZFG
I always carry a map and compass when exploring anyway and rely more on them than the GPS.

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