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post #1 of 11 Old 08-11-2008, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Who needs a RAM mount!

I've been searching for a way to mount a Garmin i5, one of Garmins cheapest, most basic, and non-waterproof car GPS units, on my DL650. The i5 has one of the ball and socket mounts that suction cups to a car windshield. Garmin doesn't admit to making any other mounts for it. RAM doesn't admit to making a mount for it, although I've recently discoverd the little 1/2" ball is common to some of the Nuvi units will do the job.

So I tried suctioning it to the windshield, just above the dash, with a bungee cord creatively used as a safety cord. It worked well one day, but wouldn't take on a hot and humid day. Then I tried suctioning it to the tachometer face. That worked okay, but the GPS was getting hit by the bars at full lock, and the tach is partially obscurred.

So, while I'm waiting for a machinist friend of a friend to create a u-bolt ball mount, I discovered my new and cheap way to firmly and securely mount the i5. It involves two zip ties and the Garmin supplied suction cup ball mount on the brake master cylinder. It puts the GPS just below my sight line, and seems to be solid as a rock. The added bonus is that in the quick rainstorm I rode through yesterday, I discovered that area seems to be a dead air zone. Everything else on the bike got wet. The GPS stayed dry.


Oh, and the scotch tape on the side of it is the safety feature to keep the battery hatch from shaking off
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-12-2008, 10:53 PM
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Plastic zip ties break, especially after weathering in the sun.
I use a RAM mount. Hundreds of times more expensive than zip ties, yes. But it won't snap off at 70 MPH and send my GPS to a shattering death on the roadway.
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Thats Sweet!!! I freakin love zip ties...

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I wouldn't trust that.....and are you sure that unit can take all the vibrations and dust/grime that comes from riding?

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Actually, it seems quite solid on the master cylinder and seems to be isolated from vibration. The bottom of the suction mount is a thick rubber gasket, and the GPS screen is clearer than the images in the mirrors.

I'm aware zip ties will deteriorate from the sun, but they're also cheap and take seconds to replace. I've also used a couple of small bungee cords to do the same thing. Neither is meant to be a permanent solution, and I have a machinist friend creating a u-bolt ball mount one of these days soon. For now it works just dandy though. A cheap solution for a cheap GPS.

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I have the same GPS and was debating how to mount it to my bike. I may have to give your idea a try!

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If the i5 is the same case as a Nuvi 200 (what I have) you can get a bike handlebar mount (i.e. bicycle mount) for not a lot of money. I put the mount on with zip ties in the middle of the handlebars and I just keep an eye on the weather so not to get it wet. If it happens to rain, I also got a bike mount for my GPS Map 60cs and it goes in the same place. Actually, both mounts fit side by side so I can choose the unit I want for any given ride. I like the Nuvi because I can make inputs so much easier, but the GPS 60 is my outdoor (hunting, camping, hiking, fishing) unit so why not utilize it?

Edge GPS out of Parker Colorado can set you up with just about anything and have some great re-furb units that save you some big $$ and still have full warranty. Great to work with and quick to get you the product.

The solution for a rainy day with a Nuvi is to put a ziplock bag over it and call it good if you have no choice. Usually I can see the rain coming or not use it at all if I know it will rain.
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Incredible how cheap one can be.



$47 on ebay

Be sure and let us know when it gets wet and/or flies off.

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Well, a RAM mount won't stop it from getting wet, and RAM's ball mount that fits the streetpilot i series and some of the Nuvi series doesn't connect securely to the socket. I tried. I was disatisfied.

I've asked a friend to machine an appropriately sized ball on a u-bolt for me. He'll get to it when his prostate rebuild is complete I suspect.

Meanwhile, the zip ties are working well. They've been on for a number of day trips with no issues. I check them when I put the Garmin on it. I'll replace them as necessary. I am doubtful the mount will fly off. Either one of the two zip ties holding it would do on its own. I consider using two as a bit of a safety.

And if it does, in fact, fly off. Oh goshdarnit, I'll have to by a Zumo or a Tom Tom Rider to replace it.

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Ram dry box?

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