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Cheap RAM mount

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by s.wilson, May 13, 2020.

  1. May 13, 2020 at 10:26 PM
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    s.wilson

    s.wilson [OP] Less talk, more tech

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    I just got my Tacoma and started poking around seeing what vendors are selling for these trucks. The aftermarket really does support these trucks well! But, I was amazed at some of the ridiculous prices and uselessly over engineered products too.

    I'm a big fan of RAM mounts to put your phone up high enough that you're not dropping your eyes down to see what notification popped up on your screen... And for Google maps, bc Toyota's navigation software isn't very good!

    So after seeing some absurdly priced RAM mounts for our dashes, here's my $8 answer. In my case it was free, since I had one laying around.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EET8X8Y/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_i_UAnVEb1RMYPM8

    This mount had a 2.5" aluminum base. I trimmed and repainted it to match the curve of the dash. It has a couple different hole patterns predrilled into it. After cutting, I was still able to use 5 holes.

    For mounting, I just used some self tapping screws I had in the garage. Some nicer screws would dress it up a little better, but after some black paint, I won't give them another glance.

    The finished mount is much more rigid than the smaller RAM 2-hole mount I used in my previous vehicle and it's drilled into an easily replaced trim piece, should I ever want to put it back to original. IMG_20200513_193345.jpg
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  2. May 14, 2020 at 1:21 AM
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    Flkracker

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    Seems like screws or pressure of use would crack the bezel. Very nice and clean.
     
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  3. May 14, 2020 at 2:56 AM
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    TX_Taco88

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  4. May 14, 2020 at 3:19 AM
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    FishnTx

    FishnTx rather be feeeschin

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  5. May 14, 2020 at 4:44 AM
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    EchoDeltaSierra

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    This is the same one installed in my truck. I’ve use this since October and the aluminum brackets that use the head unit bolts are a must for any truck that will be off-road. The bezel around the head unit is not designed to support any lateral weight. This kit addresses that.

    Additionally having a RAM Tough-Track allows for quick repositioning of the ball mount(s). Here’s a setup I often run... CarPlay Maps on the head unit, ham radio head unit on the left, scanner on the right.

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  6. May 14, 2020 at 4:44 AM
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    TX_Taco88

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    They are pretty heavy duty magnets for the price. I have done rock crawling/desert runs/pesky mall speed bumps and never had my phone fall of my $6 mount. Are the RAM mounts probably a little sturdier? yea if you plan on hitting your phone with your hand. Can't beat if for the price. I am thinking about getting the EXE little powered mount from their site. Kind of cool
     
  7. May 14, 2020 at 4:45 AM
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    TX_Taco88

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    Damn, nice head unit! I really need to upgrade my shitty one. Nice set up all together.
     
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  8. May 14, 2020 at 4:46 AM
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