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post #1 of 32 Old 03-05-2008, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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GPS Mounting for the Cheap A$$!

So I am ready to pull the trigger on a refurb 2610, but after looking at all the mounts in the "Show me your mounts" thread, I am having second thoughts.

The SW Moto mount looks to be the best for my needs, but buying a $80.00 mount for a $180 GPS seems a bit crazy.

Am I alone on this? $80 would pay for some nice farkling
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It is crazy.

Take a look back at some of the many home brewed RAM versions that stick the unit above the gages like the SW moto.

I of course think mine is brilliant :rolleyes: , but many others are good too
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It is crazy.

Take a look back at some of the many home brewed RAM versions that stick the unit above the gages like the SW moto.

I of course think mine is brilliant :rolleyes: , but many others are good too
I think yours is perfect.

1) Where did you get the 1/4" AL plate?
2) Is it possible to have it cut at the place of purchase? (I have nothing to cut AL with).

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So I am ready to pull the trigger on a refurb 2610, but after looking at all the mounts in the "Show me your mounts" thread, I am having second thoughts.

The SW Moto mount looks to be the best for my needs, but buying a $80.00 mount for a $180 GPS seems a bit crazy.

Am I alone on this? $80 would pay for some nice farkling


I could have started this thread and posted the exact same thing word for word! Same GPS.. same mount...

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I made my own mount. Cost me about $5 in parts. (and the $28 Garmin motorcycle cradle).

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I think yours is perfect.

1) Where did you get the 1/4" AL plate?
2) Is it possible to have it cut at the place of purchase? (I have nothing to cut AL with).

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I work at a shipyard and the aluminum was scrap (that's my story & I am sticking to it).

I'll admit I cut mine on an N/C table, but we regularly cut aluminum with a jig saw.
I could lay it out and replicate mine with a jig saw, rasp/file and a drill.

* I have mine mounted in the upper mount holes, so the legs would need to be longer if you want to use the lower holes.
Just add the distance between the holes to the vertical 2.0000 & 3.4399 dims (EDIT and the 1.000 vertical as well)

Also look at some of the other ones folks have made, some are very simple to make.

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2) Is it possible to have it cut at the place of purchase? (I have nothing to cut AL with).

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Likely where you purchase it can cut it, but be prepared for the possibility of a honkin' charge. Definitely worth asking, but some shops are very process oriented, and the setup, etc. costs. You could cut out the posted design with one of those hacksaw-blades-in-a-handle things that you can get for $7 at the hardware store. It'll take awhile, and your lines won't be really straight. But a little more time with a $15 file and you'll be good.

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I have cut thin (up to 3/16" thick ) aluminum plate numerous times on my Craftsman bandsaw equipped with a bi-metal blade which costs $5-10 bucks.

If you know someone who has a bandsaw, but no metal-cutting blade, just go buy one at Sears and donate it to him when you've completed your project. Either cut it yourself or a good buddy will do it for you.


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Any opinions on this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/1-Motorcycle-Mou...QQcmdZViewItem

Seems fairly cheap and easy...
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Any opinions on this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/1-Motorcycle-Mou...QQcmdZViewItem

Seems fairly cheap and easy...
Yup, its for fat cruiser bars and the Nuvi and c5xx series car units.

This one is not what you want.
Unless its for your cruiser with a 1" dia bar and you have a Nuvi or C5xx series GPS.

I hope you understand with the 2610 you will have to buy either a RAM or Garmin cradle just to hold the unit.
Then you will need a "mount" to attach this cradle to the bike.

I guess you could get creative with the basic car mount that comes with the 2610 and stick it on a shelf over the instruments.

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