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post #1 of 12 Old 01-28-2015, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade multiple unit GPS Mount

For a winter project, I decided to build an adjustable mount that would accommodate various sized GPS units, plus different types of phones. The mount was built to attach to the accessory bar of a Yamaha Super Tenere, but the design would be easily adaptable to a V-strom. Minor changes in the size of the u-bolts and baseplate on the ball mount would allow it to fit around the handlebars of the V-strom, or just using the ball mount baseplate without the u-bolts would allow it to mount on an accessory shelf. I designed the mount to be able to be constructed using simple hand tools. A small 4 metal brake (that fits into my vise) was used to make all the bends in the aluminum. It was made primarily from 1/8 and .080 ABS sheet plastic, 2mm aluminum that I reclaimed from an ammo can lightening project from a couple years ago, and various bits of 1/16 and 1/8 aluminum angle from my scrap pile. Initially I was going to built the ball and socket armature, but it would have required the purchase of a 1 drill bit, and that would have pushed the cost of the project beyond what I wanted to spend. I ended up buying the RAM armature. I did build the ball mounts though, from scrap aluminum tubing and a couple of threaded 1 balls I bought from McMaster Carr. The ball mount for the accessory rail was made from 1/4 aluminum plate from the scrap pile, plus a couple u-bolts from the hardware store. I fabricated those inserts in the u-bolts from ABS plastic, and coated the contact surfaces with Shoe Goo to provide grip on the accessory rail. The inserts spread the load around the accessory rail so it holds really well without having to crank down on the u-bolt mounting nuts.

All the threaded holes in the mount for the adjustment knobs are made by drilling a recess in the plastic, then gluing a nut into the recess using JB Weld.

The points of the mount that contact the various electronic devices are sheathed in rubber, both to provide vibration insulation and increased holding strength. The adjustment knobs have spring loaded shafts, to prevent them from loosening from vibration.

The mount is designed to have an integrated sunshield that will work with any device that's placed in the mount. It will attach to the upper clamp with those two small thumbscrews. I'm still working on that.

The mount is very solid. Once it's set up for a particular device, only two knobs have to be loosened to remove the device from the mount. It's easy to adjust (and remove, if need be), and easy to swing out of the way if I don't want it in my line of sight any more. The side support arms probably aren't necessary, as the rubber pads are sticky enough that just the top clamp and support shelf hold the device very securely on their own. The side supports are added security. I've included a bunch of construction photos in my photo album, along with the various devices that can fit in the mount: https://www.stromtrooper.com/members/...gps-mount.html

The photos show the various devices I have that can be attached to the mount. They are an older Navigon GPS, a Magellan, an iPhone 5s, a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, and an old LG Octane phone (which is my day to day phone). Initially, the mount would hold a device the size of a Kindle, but I figured that was overkill so I shortened the upper clamp arms.

I have about $40.00 in materials in the project, mainly for the knobs, rubber, and the RAM armature. I was pretty pleased with the way it came out. I posted this in case anyone wants to use it as a springboard for their own ideas.
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-29-2015, 01:12 AM
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FANTASTIC job! That looks like it came from a factory somewhere.

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Many thanks, Madchap!

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Awesome mount! What did you use for vibration dampening and how can I order one lol

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Thanks, Jon. This is the stuff I used on the mount to provide some vibration absorption between the mount and the device:

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I finally finished the remaining part of this project: a folding sunshield that attaches to the GPS mount. The sunshield was designed to integrate with the mount itself and not whatever electronic device is in the mount; that way, one sunshield will work for any device I'm using. I made the sunshield so it could be folded flat and put in my top case or crash bar bag if I didn't want to use it.

The mount was made from .080 ABS sheet plastic and 1/16" aluminum angle, and painted with Krylon Fusion satin black. I had to make the thumbscrews for the hinge mechanism, since I couldn't find a #4 screw that was big enough for my stubby fingers. The thumbscrews were made from #4 machine screws, 3/8" plastic tubing, and JB Weld.

Though all of this was designed for my S10, it could easily be adapted for use on a V-strom, either on a handlebar mount or a shelf mount.

There are additional photos in my photo album: https://www.stromtrooper.com/members/...gps-mount.html

As always, if anyone is inclined to use my design as a springboard for their own project, feel free.
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Mad skills RC. Looks factory made......

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RC, excellent!! I love a good DIY project. I've been trying to figure out how to amend my 478 holder (that is attached to my DIY windshield shelf) so that it is lockable when I leave the bike. Touratech always carried one but it was more $$$$ than I wanted to pay. I have a couple ideas for what I wanted to do and seeing your photos helped with a few pointers. Thanks for posting.
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Many thanks to you both. I had considered making this a locking GPS mount, but truthfully, I wouldn't trust any locking system I could have designed enough to leave a GPS on a bike unattended. I wouldn't even risk a Magellan, let alone something really pricey like a Zumo. I prefer taking the GPS with me.

I'm glad my design prompted some new ideas for you. That's one of the main reasons I post them; so some other DIY type out there like me can use something I did and adapt it for themselves. I'm appreciative of all those DIY riders out there who put their ideas up on forums like this back when I got into adventure bikes; I remember looking at their designs and thinking "that's pretty cool, but I think I can make some changes....."

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For anyone following this thread with an eye toward making their own unit, I've road tested this on my S10, and made a few changes on it based on those tests. On the S10 it was mounted to an accessory bar that's incorporated into a rubber mounted windshield bracket (similar to a less adjustable Madstad); because of that, the mount tended to vibrate more than I liked. I've since cut down the lengths of the shafts that fit to the ball mounts to about a half inch. I'll see how much of a difference that makes. I don't think the length of the ball mounts would have been as critical if the GPS unit was mounted to a hardpoint on the bike, like the handlebars.

I'll post some additional photos of the revised mount once it's finished.

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