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post #1 of 6 Old 04-25-2008, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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My PennyTech EZ-Pass mount

When I bought my Wee, a whole 3 days ago, the previous owner had put some really ugly black velcro on the windscreen to mount his EZ-Pass toll tag.


Not only is it ugly, you have to look at it all the time, and since it's not the proper velcro, it isn't even very secure. I wanted something a bit more polished and inconspicuous. Looking around the bike, the tag fit right in between the screen and the mount down low. I though about just using the right velcro down there, but thought it would be difficult to attach and remove given the angles involved. I swap my tag between my truck and bike, so it needs to be easy. I figured I needed some sort of pocket.
For the impatient, here's the end result:


Here's how to do it:
Look around your basement and find a large black plastic container. Mine was actually for gunpowder, but any reasonably stiff, but flexible plastic would work.

Cut the side out and bend it around your toll tag. I trimmed mine with scissors and made sure to leave the top exposed to allow the tag to be grabbed easily.

I left the back side lower since I wanted to be able to easily see that the tag is there and also that edge will determine where it sits on the bracket. I tried to get some nice corners by bending over the edge of the bench, but it only worked so-so. A little curve seems to be fine though.
In restrospect, I should have left the front taller to completely cover the tag, after installing, it doesn't need the clearance there. Have to save that for v2.0.

Next I found some nice wide electrical tape and wrapped it carefully around the whole thing to form the pocket.

You want to keep it nice and tight as friction and gravity are the only things holding the tag in. Also be sure and get a wrap around above the thickest part of the tag, this pulls it in a bit above that ridge and makes it more secure. Try to be neat, but a few wrinkles or bubbles won't be a big deal.
Optionally, cut a couple of thin strips of tape to cover the exposed adhesive on the inside of the pocket.

Finally, make a couple of slits in the bottom of the pocket, right at the back. Slip a couple of black 8" cable ties down inside the pocket and out through the slits. Take the windscreen off and run the ties back around the windscreen bracket and tighten them up. Use pliers to get them nice and tight as that makes them lay flat.

Snip off the tails and put the screen back on and you're all set!
So a piece of black plastic, Some electrical tape, and 2 cable ties; not quite free, but pretty damn close!

I just did this last night, so I haven't actually tried it yet. I don't think they'll be a problem with the tag reading, but I'll report back.
It seems secure enough for street riding, off roading might bounce it out though. I'm sure it could be made more secure with a strap or a little velcro. If anyone sees an EZ-pass tag on the side of the road, it's probably mine.


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post #2 of 6 Old 04-25-2008, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Well, tag read fine and it didn't move at all, even on my bumpy driveway. Still would recommend removing the tag, or securing it better, for offroading, but it looks to be just fine for the street.
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Nice, are you using that for your EZpass (or other toll tag) too? And, $2, jeez, you must be rich!
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Here in Illinois we can get additional Ipass units for $10 deposit and they all deduct from one Ipass account. I have one dedicated to all my vehicles. I painted the one for the bike black and mounted it very low under the short smoked Suzuki screen. Don't even know its there and it is tucked nicely behind my custom made GPS mount. Never need to remove it.

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Here in Illinois we can get additional Ipass units for $10 deposit and they all deduct from one Ipass account. I have one dedicated to all my vehicles. I painted the one for the bike black and mounted it very low under the short smoked Suzuki screen. Don't even know its there and it is tucked nicely behind my custom made GPS mount. Never need to remove it.

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Yeah, I could get another tag, but the reason I don't is that I have a commuter plan for the bridge I cross daily. The plan is tied to a particular tag, and there is a minimum number of trips you have to make each month to get the plan price. So if I had 2 tags, I wouldn't make enough trips on either tag (during riding season) to meet the minimum, which is set at 17 trips per month, so it doesn't take much to drop below it.
It would sure be nice if they would make it per account instead of per tag, but that's just not the way it's setup.
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