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Cheap Custom Garmin Mount

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by foxmotox7, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Dec 17, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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    foxmotox7

    foxmotox7 [OP] We'll see said the zen master

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    For those of you who don't want your Garmin mounted on the dash or the windshield, here's a cheap way to make a custom Garmin mount for your 2nd gen taco. I made this mount two years ago and it works great for my needs.

    Total cost ~ $10

    Items needed:

    Arlon APGN-VSM mount adapter plate.
    http://www.amazon.com/APGN-VSM-Vehi...FY/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1324147577&sr=8-20

    3M double sided mounting tape (the red stuff)

    (1) 6"L x 1 1/2"W Aluminum stock (~ $3 at Lowes)

    Hacksaw

    Drill and drill bit

    -Remove the HVAC controller.
    -Make a mark 1 7/8" from the edge of the aluminum.
    -Clamp the aluminum in your vise at that mark.
    -Bend the aluminum to 90°.
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    Remove from the vise and measure 2 1/2" from the bend and cut the excess off with a hacksaw.
    -You should be left with a 90° piece of aluminum that is 1 7/8" long on one side and 2 1/2" long on the other.
    -Hold the adapter plate on the side of the aluminum that is 2 1/2" long and mark for the two holes.
    -Drill the two holes marked and mount the adapter to the aluminum using the supplied nuts and bolts.
    -Cut a few strips of 3M mounting tape and stick it the 1 7/8" piece of aluminum.
    -Stick the mount to the location shown in the pick, snap the HVAC controller back in place and you're done.
    -Took me about 15 minutes to make and has lasted me for 2 years.

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  2. Dec 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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    The1youluv2hate

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    Looks great :thumbsup:
     
  3. Dec 17, 2011 at 4:41 PM
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    three west

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    nice, I need to do something like this for the car dock for my phone
     
  4. Dec 17, 2011 at 8:03 PM
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    Nice set up. I ended up using the i.trek Nuvi Sticky Mount to the plastic piece right under AC vent and above where yours is.

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  5. Dec 17, 2011 at 8:07 PM
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    nice!
     
  6. Dec 17, 2011 at 8:26 PM
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    Looks sweet
     
  7. Jan 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    clean!!!
     
  8. Jan 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM
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    Can you post a picture of your install?

     
  9. Jan 3, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    Did the same thing, except I went with the Panavise tacoma mount.
     
  10. Jan 3, 2012 at 9:52 PM
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    boomer6

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    Awesome! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. Jan 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM
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    Sorry for the delay in posting, here you go.

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  12. Jul 31, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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    Bobbb

    Bobbb "Rumors of Bob, but never Bob. It is Bob, right?"

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    Just finished doing a very similar setup to the OP for my handheld Garmin. Thanks for the idea!

    Fabbed a mounting plate out of flat aluminum stock-

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    Notched the edge of my Scosche bezel (with a utility knife) for clearance-

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    3M double-stickied (best invention since duct tape) the end of the bracket to the backside of the bezel (yes, I'm aware how dirty my truck is right now)-

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    Used the Garmin marine mount-

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    Ready to rock and roll-

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