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…