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post #1 of 6 Old 08-08-2008, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Ram Ball bolted onto top of dash?

I have a question about how to mount my Garmin 2610 GPS onto my new DL650.

I have seen several forums on this site that discuss various GPS mounting options but not the one I had in mind, so I am not sure if my idea is doable.

I would like to mount my GPS on a ram ball mounted just above the instrument cluster, in the area between the top surface of the dash and the windshield. I have seen several mounts that use either a custom cut bar or a shelf mounted somehow between the dash and the windshield.

I am thinking about something simpler, but I am not sure if it can be done. The idea I had is to disassemble the top piece of plastic instrument housing and drill a small hole at the top dead center as indicated below:



The hole would be just large enough to take a 0.25 inch by 20 bolt. The bolt would come out of the top of the dashboard and go into a ram ball like the following (witch I have).


There would be a lock washer on there too of course and perhaps a fender washer to keep everything tight and prevent the plastic dash roof from cracking.

Then, clamped to the ball would be the standard short double arm clamp which goes to a ramball mounted to the back of my GPS.

Although this maybe a more complicated installation, I think this would be a cleaner installation because I don’t need to attach a shelf or crossbar. The approach is similar to mounting a ramball on the top of a brake reservoir, but instead its mounted on the surface of the top of the dash.

I have all this hardware in my possession (from other experiments with my past bikes). The only thing I don’t have yet is a dl650 factory service manual so I don’t know if (1) the top of the dash can be easily taken off and (2) if there is enough clearance under the dash for the head of an 0.25 inch bolt and maybe a fender washer (it might interfere with the back of the LED display or wire harness going to it, for example).

Since I don’t have the service manual yet I don’t even know how to remove the dash. Before I do an exploratory on my shiny new bike I thought I would ask the experts. (Yeah, You!)

Any thoughts… ideas… comments… snickers…

Thanks!

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This may be totally irrelevant but here goes:

I have an analog GPS, a globe compass on a suction cup.

I mounted it low on my winscreen and soon realized that I maintained a constant WSW bearing, no matter where I was headed.

I moved the magnet around the windscreen and realized that the magnets in the speedometer are strong enough to affect the compass.

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I have a 2610 and I was going to do pretty much the same thing. I decided it would be a PITA to do it and opted for a mount for the handlebars. Too much taking apart stuff vs tightening 2 lock nuts on a u-bolt.
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I mounted my 2720 exactly where you are wanting to mount yours. I'll try to get some picts up tomorrow when I get home. I'll be better able to describe how I did it as well.

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I mounted my 2720 exactly where you are wanting to mount yours. I'll try to get some picts up tomorrow when I get home. I'll be better able to describe how I did it as well.
Great Firedog! I will be watching for an update!

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I didn't think it would be strong enough for a heavy 2610 cantilevered out on even the shortest of RAM arms. I took a piece of angle iron, notched it, drilled it, and 20 min later I had it sandwiched between the screen mount and the fairing. The bolts are long enough. I also didn't want to start drilling holes in the plastic, and wanted it to be completely removable, without any scars.

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