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Baofeng UV-5R A/C Vent Mount for 3rd Gen Tacoma

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tacoma Parts Marketplace (2016+)' started by supralee, Nov 14, 2020.

  1. Nov 14, 2020 at 12:11 PM
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    supralee

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    Hello,
    I design and manufacture custom mounts for the popular Baofeng UV-5R two-way radio. There are two versions:

    The first version installs on the A/C vent of the 3rd Gen Toyota Tacoma. This mount is designed to be easily snapped into the A/C Vent for installation and removal with no additional tools or hardware.

    Currently, the AC Vent model is specifically designed to work with the 2nd Generation Baofeng UV-5R with OEM antenna, OEM Speaker-Mic, and either the OEM 1800mah battery and OEM extended 3800mah battery. It will not fit the BF-F8HP or the UV-5R with the 2100mah battery. The Nagoya extended antenna will fit but will bend on contact with with windshield.

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    The second version is a Universal mount that incorporates a 1/4-20 threaded insert and allows for mount via Ram Ball. The Ram Ball is not included and must be purchased separately.

    https://www.amazon.com/Mount-1-Inch-4-Inch-Threaded-Cameras/dp/B0059X0YIQ/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=1"+ram+ball&qid=1606001841&sr=8-3

    The Universal Ram Ball mount version will fit all generations of the UV-5R with the OEM Speaker-Mic, and either the OEM 1800mah battery and OEM extended 3800mah battery.
    I have also designed a separate variant that will fit the UV-5R with the OEM 2100mah battery but will not work with the 1800 or 3800 battery.

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    Please specify which model you would like with the options:
    TRD logo
    Speaker-Mic Mount

    I sell the UV-5R Mount for $40 Shipped.

    Thanks for your interest!
     
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  2. Nov 14, 2020 at 12:40 PM
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    looks 3D printed. What's the material used for the print?
     
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  3. Nov 14, 2020 at 12:43 PM
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    Hello @MasonSTL I use ASA material, it's more UV resistant than ABS, and mechanical properties are more favorable.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2020 at 12:44 PM
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    Meant to edit my post; I think these are pretty cool coming from someone that uses a Baofeng when I wheel with others.

    However, if you're making and selling these, I'm sure that goes against forum rules as you'll need to become a vendor.

    Just a heads up.
     
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  5. Nov 14, 2020 at 12:56 PM
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    I think that only applies to sellers selling lighting products.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/buy-sell-trade-rules.392501/

     
  6. Nov 14, 2020 at 1:14 PM
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    Do you have a pic of the mount without a radio in it?
     
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  7. Nov 14, 2020 at 1:18 PM
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    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  8. Nov 14, 2020 at 4:30 PM
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    @tomwil Thanks for all the help :) haha
     
  9. Nov 14, 2020 at 5:02 PM
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    You should make one that mounts to a ram ball.. sure people, including me would be interested.
     
  10. Nov 14, 2020 at 5:24 PM
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    Nothing crazy!
    This is pretty neat. Pics of how it mounts to the vent? Interested in one!
     
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  11. Nov 14, 2020 at 5:25 PM
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    That's a great suggestion! I will try and design a mount that attaches to a ram ball. Which ram ball mount do you use?
     
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  12. Nov 14, 2020 at 5:32 PM
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    Thanks! It's a simple two tab design that snaps into the A/C Vent Ring.

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    For a ram mount, would it be possible to make screw holes in the back so the end user could mount whatever ram ball size they need? I have cobbled together ram ball mounts on non-ram holders for various things using JB Weld, but it always looks like crap.
     
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    I would definitely be in if this mount was made ram ball compatible.
     
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    That's a great idea! With @tacoma_ca recommendation, I could get get a nut on the mount for the installation of different size ram balls. I had assumed that all ram balls were the same size.
     
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    Count me in if it gets the ram mount upgrade
     
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    The 1" ball is the size usually used for mounts like this. The Quadlock 1" ball adapter is a similar example.

    You can also get a 1/4-20 female threaded 1" RAM ball then have a 1/4-20 through-bolt in your device, which may be of interest for your structural design.

    https://www.amazon.com/Quad-Lock-Ball-Adapter-Mount/dp/B07F8H7VZS
     
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    Why not just fab the 1” ball off the back into the design? One less piece to attach. You could fab 1” and 2”designs and sell whatever is in demand
     
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